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Ronnie James Dio, whose soaring vocals, poetic lyrics and mythic tales of a never-ending struggle between good and evil broke new ground in heavy metal, died Sunday, according to a statement from his wife and manager. He was 67.

Dio revealed last summer that he was suffering from stomach cancer shortly after wrapping up a tour in Atlantic City, N.J. with the latest incarnation of Black Sabbath, under the name Heaven And Hell.

“Today my heart is broken,” Wendy Dio wrote on the singer’s site, adding he died at 7:45 a.m. “Many, many friends and family were able to say their private goodbyes before he peacefully passed away.

“Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all,” Wendy Dio continued. “We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us … Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever.”

The statement was confirmed by Los Angeles publicist Maureen O’Connor.

Dio rose to fame in 1975 as the first lead singer of Rainbow, the heavy metal band put together by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, who had just quit Deep Purple.

Dio then replaced legendary vocalist Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath in 1980 with the critically acclaimed album “Heaven And Hell,” considered by many critics to be one of the finest heavy metal albums of all time. His on-again, off-again tenure with Black Sabbath touched off an intense debate among fans as to which singer was the true essence of the band — a discussion that lasted until his death.

He also enjoyed a successful solo career with his self-titled band, Dio, in between his three stints with Black Sabbath (1980-82; 1992; and 2007-2009, when the band toured as Heaven And Hell, to differentiate it from Osbourne-led versions of Sabbath). Many of his most memorable songs revolved around the struggle between good and evil, including his signature tune “Heaven And Hell.” He also drew heavily on medieval imagery in songs like “Neon Knights,” “Killing The Dragon” and “Stargazer.”

“He possessed one of the greatest voices in all of heavy metal, and had a heart to match it,” said Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French, whose band toured with Dio since 1983, and was to do so again this summer at European rock festivals. “He was the nicest, classiest person you would ever want to meet.”

Dio organized an all-star charity collaboration in 1986 called “Hear N Aid” to raise money for famine relief in Africa, styled on the successful “We Are The World” campaign of a few years earlier. His solo hits included “Rainbow In The Dark, “The Last In Line” and “Holy Diver.”

info: Yahoo Music


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I did written about this show in May 07, but they didn’t manage to come .

Now, metalheads! its confirm. from LAMC’s productions:

Guys, go and save your money!!!

AMBASSADORS OF ROCK presents HEAVEN AND HELL “The Reunion of BLACK SABBATH & RONNIE JAMES DIO! Get ready for the Heavy Metal Show of the Year at Fort Canning Park on Sat, Oct 27th! Earlybird tickets are $110 until Aug 31st at all Sistic outlets, http://www.sistic.com.sg or by calling (65) 6348-5555. Price increases to $125 from Sept 1 to Oct 26th and then $150 on show day.

Don’t miss your once in a lifetime chance to see the greatest heavy metal band of all time, Black Sabbath along with the legendary Ronnie James Dio on lead vocals live at Fort Canning Park on Oct 27th, 2007. Ladies & Gentleman prepare yourselves for HEAVEN and HELL!

Black Sabbath are the undisputed kings of heavy metal. They single-handedly defined a riff-fired genre and created a sound that has rabidly influenced generations. The mighty Sabbath return with more volume, drama and mystique than ever before! Remade and remodelled, the HEAVEN and HELL tour line-up includes Black Sabbath legends TONY IOMMI on guitar, GEEZER BUTLER on bass and VINNY APPICE on drums. Reuniting with metal’s greatest voice RONNIE JAMES DIO for the first time in 15 years they are casting their dark spell over the entire World.

Earlier last year the hard-rocking quartet convened to record three new songs for Rhino Records new release, Black Sabbath: The Dio Years. The sessions went so well that the band agreed to satisfy longstanding demands for a reunion tour. Launched in Canada on March 11th, the Heaven and Hell World Tour spotlights Dio’s tenure with Sabbath and features selections from all three of the group’s studio albums, Heaven and Hell (1980), Mob Rules (1981) and Dehumanizer (1992), as well as the newly recorded tracks such as their first single “The Devil Cried”.