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The Surprising Early 1960s Doo Wop Music Career of Heavy Metal Icon Ronnie James Dio

2 days agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

The late, great Ronnie James Dio is known for his powerful voice, his pioneering sound, his slight stature and his iconic use of an old Italian hand gesture to indicate the devil’s horns of heavy metal (also handy memory tool for major/minor pairs on guitar per Suke Cerulo.) What is lesser known about the musician,...

When metal rocker Ronnie James Dio was a doo-wop artist

4 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Before Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell, late metal legend Ronnie James Dio was a doo-wop artist. (more…)

Ronnie James Dio’s Widow Says Gene Simmons Is Disgusting For Trying To Trademark “Horns” Hand Gesture

Kiss frontman Gene Simmons is already getting some blowback for his attempt to trademark the seminal rock hand gesture. After hearing about Simmons' attempt to trademark the "horns" gesture, veteran music executive Wendy Dio, the widow of the late Ronnie James Dio, has called it "disgusting." Many credit her late husband with popularizing the gesture.

Ronnie James Dio hologram makes US debut at Pollstar Awards — watch

Metal singer digitally rose from the dead ahead of a full theater and festival tour.

Surprise Ronnie James Dio Hologram Closes German Metal Festival

11 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Ronnie James Dio is the latest star to be resurrected in hologram form. The metal icon passed away in 2010, but his new virtual avatar made a surprise appearance at Germany’s Wacken Open Air festival last night alongside the Dio Disciples, a tribute group featuring Dio’s former bandmates. They closed out the event by performing […]

Ronnie James Dio Hologram Debuts, Will Tour Next Year

Metal icon Ronnie James Dio died in 2010, and yesterday, he performed at Wacken Open Air—a metal festival in Germany. Yes, Dio has his own hologram now. During a performance from Dio Disciples—a band featuring Dio’s bandmates and friends—the...Show More Summary

21 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Week

Magic: The Gathering fans gather, bikers ride for Ronnie James Dio, vegans tell jokes and more cool stuff to do and see in L.A. this week. fri 5/20 It's a weird time to be a Magic: The Gathering fan — illustrators Wayne England and Christopher Rush died within a day...

Jimmy Bain (Rainbow, Dio), RIP

Jimmy Bain in 1983 (photo by Dana Wullenwaber) More sad news in the music world. Bassist Jimmy Bain, who played with Ronnie James Dio and Ritchie Blackmore in Rainbow during the Rising era and was later a longtime member of...

Jack Black Remembers Ronnie James Dio: 'He Kicked Major Ass'

Heavy-metal legend Ronnie James Dio died five years ago this Saturday after a short but intense battle with cancer. One of his biggest fans is Jack Black. Along with his Tenacious D bandmate, Kyle Gass, Black paid tribute to the onetime Black Sabbath and Rainbow frontman by writing a song...

You Can Bowl, Bike and Barbecue in Honor of Ronnie James Dio This Weekend

This Saturday will mark the fifth anniversary of the death of legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio. The powerful voice behind genre classics such as “Holy Diver” and “Rainbow in the Dark” was silenced at the age of 67 by stomach cancer. But if Ronnie’s widow Wendy Dio has...

For Our Consideration: Saluting Ronnie James Dio, metal’s uncool godfather

A little over three minutes into “Temple Doors,” the opening track from the debut album by Philadelphia doom metal band Crypt Sermon, frontman Brooks Wilson sings the seemingly nonsensical phrase “fool, fool.” The words float there, isolated, between the song’s first chorus and second verse, and they don’t appear again. Show More Summary

Rainbow/Elf bassist Craig Gruber, RIP

Veteran hard rock/heavy metal bassist Craig Gruber died yesterday (5/5), after battling prostate cancer, Blabbermouth reports. He was 63. Gruber was a member of Elf, one of the early bands of Ronnie James Dio (who we lost in 2010),....

Remembering Ronnie James Dio

Today bears no anniversary for the metal legend Ronald James Padavona, known to the music world as Ronnie James Dio. It’s a month before the anniversary of his passing and his birthday isn’t until July 10th. However, that doesn’t change the fact that Dio‘s influence is felt every day, with every modern day metalhead owing […]

Tiger Sharks Swim To Dio In Bahamas Footage

Shark Diver Magazine recently concluded their October expedition to Tiger Beach in the northern Bahamas, and their interactions with the local tiger sharks have been expertly set to a 1980’s classic by Ronnie James Dio. Steve Cruz recorded...Show More Summary

Watch us beat the last boss of Skyrim

Okay, that's it. We're done. Skyrim is vanquished, and Ronnie James Dio can now mount his big clean tiger and ride it down into the midnight sea full of shiny diamonds like the eyes of a cat in the black and blue. Or something.Who knows, maybe Dio's adventures in Skyrim will continue someday... Show More Summary

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