Metallica discusses their tribute to Ronnie James Dio

Metallica discusses their tribute to Ronnie James Dio

March 24 (UPI) -- Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich spoke about the band's tribute to Rainbow frontman Ronnie James Dio in an interview published on Monday.
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Church threatens to picket Dio memorial

LOS ANGELES, May 30 (UPI) -- A Topeka, Kan., church known for picketing military funerals says it will protest outside a Los Angeles memorial service for rocker Ronnie James Dio.
Rocker Ronnie James Dio dead at 67

Rocker Ronnie James Dio dead at 67

LOS ANGELES, May 17 (UPI) -- Ronnie James Dio has died of stomach cancer, his wife Wendy confirmed on the U.S. rocker's Web site Sunday. He was 67.
Ronnie James Dio battling stomach cancer

Ronnie James Dio battling stomach cancer

HOUSTON, May 16 (UPI) -- The wife of heavy metal rocker Ronnie James Dio says her husband is "not doing good" in a Houston hospital where he is battling stomach cancer.

Name change heavenly for rockers

LONDON, April 3 (UPI) -- They were known as Black Sabbath in the early '80s but the Anglo-American heavy metal group now works under the name Heaven and Hell.

Heaven and Hell reunited onstage

NEW YORK, March 25 (UPI) -- Black Sabbath is set to play a sold out show at Radio City in New York on Friday, but, they will be playing under the alias Heaven and Hell. "You can call us 'Mayor Koch' if you want to," said vocalist Ronnie James Dio. "What we're called doesn't matter,

Osbourne, Sabbath reunion reports conflict

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Black Sabbath fans are still be the dark about whether Ozzy Osbourne or Ronnie James Dio will front the British band's reported tour next year.

Black Sabbath singer forces name change

LOS ANGELES, July 27 (UPI) -- Former Black Sabbath singer Ronnie James Dio has forced Dios, a California psychedelic rock band, to change its name, XFM reported Tuesday.
Ronnie James Dio
Ronnie James Dio of Heaven and Hell performs in concert at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on September 15, 2007. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush)

Ronnie James Dio (July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal vocalist and songwriter. He performed with, amongst others, Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and his own band Dio. Other musical projects include the collective fundraiser Hear 'n Aid. He was widely hailed as one of the most powerful singers in heavy metal, renowned for his consistently powerful voice and for popularizing the "devil horns" hand gesture in metal culture. Prior to his death, he was collaborating on a project with former Black Sabbath bandmates Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Vinny Appice, under the moniker Heaven & Hell, whose first studio album, The Devil You Know, was released on April 28, 2009. Dio died of stomach cancer on May 16, 2010. One of the last songs he recorded was titled "Metal Will Never Die".

Ronnie James Dio was born Ronald James Padavona in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the only child of Italian parents. They lived in Portsmouth until the family moved to Cortland, New York early in his life. His parents raised him in the Roman Catholic Church, an experience he found unsatisfactory.

He initially played the trumpet and French horn and even recorded several singles with various rockabilly bands when he was a boy. When he was in high school, he joined a band called The Vegas Kings, in which he played the bass guitar. He eventually became the lead singer of this band, which changed its name to Ronnie & The Rumblers and finally to Ronnie And The Red Caps. Their first 7-inch single was released in 1958 on Reb Records under the name Ronnie & The Redcaps. Its A-side, 'Lover' still had Billy DeWolfe on vocals but Dio's voice can be heard clearly in the back. The B-side, 'Conquest' is an instrumental in the style of the Ventures, featuring Dio on trumpet.

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