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"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 itís 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 intoRock & Roll Heaven on May 16th, 2010, at 7:45 AM after a long and hard battle.
Berserk Button: Vivian Campbell, the ex-guitarist of his solo act. 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.
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.
Ur Example: His work (solo and as a member of Rainbow and Black Sabbath) was a huge influence on Power Metal both musically and lyrically, and he's sometimes credited as inventing it, though it tends to differ from most later Power Metal due to being slower and a bit less technically flashy on average.