Yesterday 16th May my dear, dear friend Ronnie James Dio passed away at 7.45am LA time. I’ve been in total shock I just can’t believe he’s gone. Ronnie was one of the nicest people you could ever meet, we had some fantastic times together. Ronnie loved what he did, making music and performing on stage. He loved his fans so much. He was a kind man and would put himself out to help others. I can honestly say it’s truly been an honor to play at his side for all these years, his music will live on forever. Our thoughts are with Wendy Dio who stood by Ronnie until the end, he loved her very much. The man with the magic voice is a star amongst stars, a true professional. I’ll miss you so much my dear friend. RIP – Tony


RIP Ronnie James Dio, one of the best Heavy Metal singers of all time.

Ronnie died at 7:45am this morning, but his music will live for eternity.


The members of Twisted Sister along with millions of metal fans around the world mourn the death of our friend Ronnie James Dio.

Ronnie not only was a giant in the world wide metal scene, but he was also one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet.

Beginning in 1983 when we first toured with Ronnie in Canada, and continuing over the last 7 years when we played dozens of festivals around the world, Ronnie was one of the most supportive and gracious members of the music community. Our thoughts and prayers are with Wendy and Ronnie’s family.

Dee, Jay Jay, Eddie, Mark and AJ


Dear Ronnie,

I just got off stage in Zagreb. I was met with the news that you’ve passed on. I’m kind of in shock, but I wanted you to know that you were one of the main reasons I made it onto that stage to begin with. When I first saw you in Elf, opening for Deep Purple in 1975, I was completely blown away by the power in your voice, your presence on stage, your confidence, and the ease with which you seemed to connect to 6000 Danish people and one starry-eyed 11 year old, most of whom were not familiar with Elf’s music. The following year, I was so psyched when I heard the results of you joining forces with my favorite guitar player. You guys sounded so right for each other and I instantly became Rainbow’s #1 fan in Denmark. In the fall of 1976, when you played your first show in Copenhagen, I was literally in the front row and the couple of times we made eye contact you made me feel like the most important person in the world. The news that you guys were staying in town on your day off somehow embedded itself in my brain and I made the pilgrimage to the Plaza Hotel to see if I could somehow grab a picture, an autograph, a moment, anything. A few hours later you came out and were so kind and caring… pictures, autographs and a couple minutes of casual banter. I was on top of the world, inspired and ready for anything. Rainbow came to Copenhagen a couple more times over the next few years and each time you guys blew my mind, and for a good three years were my absolute favorite band on this planet. Over the years I’ve been fortunate enough to run into you a half dozen times or so and each time you were as kind, caring and gracious as you were in 1976 outside the hotel. When we finally got a chance to play together in Austria in 2007, even though I may not have let on, I was literally transformed back to that little snot nosed kid who you met and inspired 31 years earlier and it was such a fucking honor and a dream come true to share a stage with you and the rest of the legends in Heaven and Hell. A couple of weeks ago when I heard that you were not going to be able to make it to the Sonisphere shows that we would be sharing this June, I wanted to call you and let you know that I was thinking of you and wish you well, but I kind of pussied out, thinking the last thing you needed in your recovery was feeling obligated to take a phone call from a Danish drummer/fan boy. I wish I’d made that call. We will miss you immensely on the dates, and we will be thinking of you with great admiration and affection during that run. It seemed so right to have you out on tour with the so-called “Big Four” since you obviously were one of the main reasons that the four bands even exist. Your ears will definitely be burning during those two weeks because all of us will be talking, reminiscing and sharing stories about how knowing you has made our lives that much better.

Ronnie, your voice impacted and empowered me, your music inspired and influenced me, and your kindness touched and moved me. Thank you.

Much love,



We mourn the tragic passing of the great Ronnie James Dio. In addition to his powerhouse vocal ability, Ronnie was a true gentleman who always emanated great warmth and friendship to us and everyone around him. We will miss him.
Paul, Gene, Tommy and Eric.


We are filled with great sadness at the terrible news about our friend Ronnie James Dio – our condolences and love go to Wendy and Ronnie’s family – Ronnie was a wonderful man and will be sorely missed.



It is with huge sadness we hear that Ronnie has lost his battle against stomach cancer, and our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Wendy and family at this terrible time.  From his earlier years in Elf, Black Sabbath and Dio, right through to his most recent days fronting Heaven and Hell, Ronnie, time and again, proved his genius as a frontman, always giving his all to his fans and his music. Ronnie was not only an incredibly gifted singer but also a wonderfully warm, intelligent and generous person and this shone through both on and off stage leaving a positive mark on everyone he came into contact with. A longstanding friend of Maiden, we played many shows together over the years and we will all miss him greatly.

The world has lost an irreplaceable talent and, first and foremost,  one of the finest human beings you could ever wish to meet.

Steve, Bruce, Adrian, Dave, Janick, Nicko and Rod




  1. Arturo Espinoza Says:

    It hurst me a lot. Ronnie was my inspiration. He and David Coverdale were my vocal school. I learned from both of them. Ronnie James Dio was an authentic metal man, so pure, so respectable. I will miss him always and forever.

  2. Shadowchaser82 Says:

    Es curioso, nunca me ha caido muy bien Lars Ulrich pero su mensaje me ha parecido el más emotivo de todos.

    Lo que más me gusta es que casi todos hacen mención a lo agradable y simpático que era. Siempre me dió esa impresión, y es una lástima que ya no pueda conocerlo en persona… Siempre soñé con hacerme una foto junto a él y cruzar un par de palabras…

    Yo nunca le olvidaré.

  3. Maritza Says:

    Siento pena por esta partida, realmente una voz privilegiada
    dentro del rock, no necesito gritar para ser escuchado.
    Feliz viaje Dio.

  4. carlos y lucas.. Says:

    la verdad, esta partida me da mucha pena.. era uno de los grandes del heavy, uno de los mejores cantantes.. me impresiono en temas como Dream On, o Holy Diver.. pero me duele mas que se nos halla ido una persona maravillosa (segun dicen) y me encantaria haberlo conocido en persona. Siento una sensacion muy extraña al escuchar uno de sus temas.. y saber que esa voz se nos fue y ya no esta.. Pero mientras escuchemos, cantemos, toquemos o simplemente recordando alguno de sus temas SIEMPRE VIVIRA ENTRE NOSOTROS.. nuestras mas sentidas condolencias a su familia y amigos. El nunca se fue.. su legado y su persona quedara en nosotros, y en todas las personas que fueron tocados con su voz..


  5. banda de D S MORE (ecuador) Says:

    nosotros nos apenamos por la muerte de DIO un gran inspirador musical todas nuestras condolencias con sus familiares y amigos

  6. ismael lopez Says:

    se ha ido un maestro en el heavy metal nunca lo olvidaremos nos dejo un legado que vivira por siempre, ahora te toca demostrale a Dios lo que es el heavy metal nos veremos


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