LAMONT’S MUSIC NOTES-JULY 10, 2019…TODAY THE GREAT RONNIE JAMES DIO WOULD HAVE BEEN 77 YEARS OLD.
MANY CONSIDER RONNIE JAMES DIO ONE OF THE BEST METAL SINGERS OF ALL TIME. HE FRONTED OR FOUNDED SOME OF THE GREAT BANDS IN ROCK AND ROLL INCLUDING RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH, DIO, AND HEAVEN AND HELL. HE IS ALSO KNOWN FOR POPULARIZING THE “METAL HORNS” HAND GESTURE.
NINE YEARS AGO RONNIE JAMES DIO PASSED AWAY ON MAY 16, 2010.
THE MOST TRAGIC THING ABOUT DIO’S DEATH FROM STOMACH CANCER IS IT COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED. DIO HAD NOT BEEN TESTED FOR STOMACH OR COLORECTAL CANCER FOR AT LEAST 10 YEARS. ( THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RECOMMENDS A COLONOSCOPY EVERY 10 YEARS OVER THE AGE OF 50)
GEEZER BUTLER, DIO’S BANDMATE IN SABBATH AND HEAVEN AND HELL STATED IN THE BOOK “LOUDER THAN HELL: THE DEFINITIVE ORAL HISTORY
OF HEAVY METAL”:
“All the doctors said if he’d have gone in [for a colonoscopy] a year earlier or two years earlier, they could have treated him, If it had been stage one they could have dealt with it. But by the time Ronnie was diagnosed, he had stage four cancer, which was inoperable. The doctor hinted that it was just a matter of time and there was nothing they could do. It’s really upsetting to think about that, and hopefully it will encourage people who need to have a check up to get it done.”
ONE OF A KIND WITH A BOOMING VOICE AND GREAT STAGE PRESENCE, THERE HAD NEVER BEFORE BEEN ANYONE LIKE RONNIE JAMES DIO, AND THERE NEVER WILL BE AGAIN.
HERE’S VINTAGE DIO. RIP RONNIE