There never was, and there will never be another Ronnie James Dio or another like Ronnie James Dio. His contribution to rock music cannot be put into mere words. Ask anyone in rock music, new or veteran.
As a kid one of my favorite past times used to be practicing drawing the Dio logo on my notebooks. I’ve spent countless hours listening to his voice come out of the boom box via Sabbath and Rainbow albums. If you’d asked me who’s the one vocalist I admired in metal, it would be Dio. If you ask me now, the answer will be the same.
So, seeing him live last year in August was surreal on many levels. Not to mention standing inches away from him in the photo pit when I shot these. Seeing Heaven & Hell (Sabbath, Sabbath, Sabbath) live and getting to capture the band’s presence, for me, can’t be explained without seeming cheesy.
Am sad to hear he passed away. RIP Ronnie, we’ll miss you. I’ll miss you.