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Music: Ronnie James Dio
aka: Dio
Gaze into the eyes of your new god. Because even dead gods dream.

"Because Dio taught me, in part, what it is to be a man. Oh, he did not teach the rational lessons: He did not teach me morality, or responsibility, or restraint. No, Stanley, he taught me that being a man means sometimes ruining things in the most extravagant fashion possible. Because you can, and because it’s awesome."

Born Ronald James Padavona, Ronnie James Dio (July 10, 1942 — May 16, 2010) was a Heavy Metal musician from New Hampshire. He was well known for his powerful singing voice and popularizing "the horns" hand gesture. He worked with Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and his own solo band Dio. Near the end of his life, he handled the vocal duties of a reunited Sabbath, under the name Heaven and Hell.

He unfortunately was diagnosed with stomach cancer in November 2009. He ascended into Rock & Roll Heaven May 16th, 2010, at 7:45 AM after a long, hard battle, confirmed by his wife Wendy Dio on his official website.


Discography:

DIO:
  • Holy Diver (1983)
  • The Last in Line (1984)
  • Sacred Heart (1985)
  • Dream Evil (1987)
  • Lock Up the Wolves (1990)
  • Strange Highways (1994)
  • Angry Machines (1996)
  • Magica (2000)
  • Killing the Dragon (2002)
  • Master of the Moon (2005)

Elf:
  • Elf (1972)
  • Carolina County Ball (1974)
  • Trying to Burn the Sun (1975)

Rainbow:
  • Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow (1975)
  • Rising (1976)
  • Long Live Rock 'n' Roll (1978)

Black Sabbath:
  • Heaven and Hell (1980)
  • The Mob Rules (1981)
  • Dehumanizer (1992)

Heaven and Hell:
  • The Devil You Know (2009)


Ronnie James Dio provides examples of:

  • Author Existence Failure: Unfortunately. The sadness factor of Dio's death is brought Up to Eleven when you discover that just about 12 hours before he did die, a rumor got out that he was gone. His wife said he was hanging in there- not doing good, but alive. This was at about 3:00 AM, May 16th. Flash forward 4 hours, 45 minutes...
  • Berserk Button: Vivian Campbell. Observe. He starts ranting at about 45 seconds in. According to Vinnie Appice their mutual dislike stemmed from arguments over band business decisions that Viv disagreed with. Ronnie did later express some regret for his harsh words.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He was normally a pretty nice, calm guy... until you pissed him off. See Berserk Button.
  • Blues Rock: Before Dio joined Rainbow, Elf's music awesomely combined Hard Rock with Rhythm And Blues.
  • The Cameo: Tenacious D appeared on the music video of "Push". He then appeared on Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny as himself.
  • Catch Phrase: The words "LOOK OUT!" show up in a lot of his songs.
  • Cool Old Guy: He was 38 when he first sang for Black Sabbath and 67 when he toured for the last time.
  • Cover Version: He and guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen made a cover of Aerosmith's "Dream On".
    • He contributed vocals to Welcome To My Nightmare: An All-Star Salute To Alice Cooper, on the song "Welcome to My Nightmare".
    • He also sang "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" on the We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year album.
    • He further collaborated with Malmsteen and added Tim "Ripper" Owens to the mix to cover Ozzy Osbourne's "Mr. Crowley". In both of his collaborations with the guitarist, Malmsteen plays approximately two or three times more notes than necessary.
  • Creative Differences: His animosity towards Ritchie Blackmore was legendary due to their highly adversarial relationship while Dio was in Rainbow.
  • Egocentric Team Naming
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: There's always a mention of rainbows in his music.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: He voiced Dr. X on Queensr˙che's Operation: Mindcrime II album.
    • He sang on couple of songs on Roger Glover's The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast album.
    • He also sang background vocals on Big Band version of "Holy Diver" on Pat Boone's In a Metal Mood album.
  • Heavy Mithril: He was in a band called Elf, and the music video for Holy Diver features a sword-wielding Dio running through a spooky castle and fighting medieval dudes.
  • Large Ham: Possibly the largest ham in metal, which is no mean feat.
    • Subverted by God Himself, as Dio was 5'4" (1.62m.) That's a lot of ham in a not-so-large frame.
  • Mind Screw: He loved this trope, at least in the lyrics.
  • Musical Theme Naming: Not himself, but his name was used for Dio Brando, who is considered a very influential villain in the development of manga.
  • Old Shame: When some of the songs from his earlier years resurfaced in the internet, Dio claimed he would've been happier if they had stayed hidden.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse : Packed one of the most powerful voices in hard rock/metal history into a 5'4" frame.
  • Rated M for Manly
  • Stage Names: Dio took his name from an italian mafia member Johnny Dioguardi. For your information, dio is italian for God.
  • Start My Own: After he left Black Sabbath.
  • What Could Have Been: He wasn't working on one, but two sequels for the Magica album before he died. Also, a second Heaven & Hell album was also planned.
    • In the wake of Dio's death, Tobias Sammet revealed that the two of them had been discussing the possibility of Dio guesting in Avantasia.
    • He was originally cast to play Doviculus in Brütal Legend, but the role later went to Tim Curry. Rumors speculated that the reason for Dio's departure from the project was because of behind the scenes fighting with Ozzy Osbourne (who did lend his voice to the game), but Tim Schafer set the story straight by saying that, as Doviculus changed over the course of development, Curry simply fit the role better than Dio (siting Curry's role in the film Legend as a good example of why). Still feels like a Negated Moment of Awesome to not have Dio involved in the project though, considering that lending his voice to a game that celebrates everything heavy metal would have been a fitting send off.

His solo career provides the examples of:

  • Black Sheep Hit: Rainbow in the Dark is one of his most well-known songs, but after recording it, Dio thought that it sounded too "pop", and would have destroyed the tape, if the other band members had not talked him out of it. He later warmed a bit up to the song, eventually using it as one of his signature songs.
  • Breakup Song: "As Long As It's Not About Love" from Magica.
  • Concept Album: Magica
  • Epic Rocking: "Egypt (The Chains Are On)", "All the Fools Sailed Away", "Lock Up the Wolves", "Strange Highways", "Stay Out of My Mind" and "Eriel".
  • "I Am" Song: "I Am" from Master of the Moon. Also, "I" from Dehumanizer, contributing that page's quote.
  • Instrumentals: "Magica Theme" from Magica and "Annica" from the limited edition of the album.
  • Mascot: Demonic Murray, who is always giving the horns.
  • Motifs: Rainbows, eyes and dreams.
  • Nightmare Dreams: Dream Evil's title song and album artwork.
  • Power Ballad: "All the Fools Sailed Away", "This is Your Life" and "As Long As It's Not About Love"
  • Song Of Song Titles: "My Eyes", covering his tenures in Rainbow and Black Sabbath as well.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: The man rocked hard. At the expense of his lyrics not making a lick of sense.
  • The X of Y: Master of the Moon

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alternative title(s): Dio; Ronnie James Dio; Dio
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