Up the Downstair

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Show #213: R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio

June 11th, 2010

rjd rip Show #213: R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio

My blog was on hiatus last month when Ronnie James Dio lost his battle with cancer of the stomach on the 16th. From what I’ve read, he was a really nice guy. He didn’t seem to have a big ego, was happy to deal with his fans, and treated his opening bands well. Even my girlfriend got a kick out of him in the movie Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey.

He was 67 when he died and had a long career beginning in the late 1950s when he played in numerous rock’n'roll groups. In 1967 he helped form The Electric Elves who, over the course of eight years, would morph into The Elves and finally Elf. He broke into the big time in 1975 when he joined Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow. After that he joined Black Sabbath and started his solo career after leaving The Sabs (for the first time) in 1982. His operatic vocal style became a heavy metal staple and helped Sabbath move beyond the Ozzy years.

To commemorate RJD, here’s his solo show from 10 July 1994 at Summerfest in Milwaukee.


Jesus, Mary & the Holy Ghost
Strange Highways
Don’t Talk to Strangers
Mob Rules
Holy Diver
Man on the Silver Mountain
Heaven and Hell
Give Her the Gun
Stand Up and Shout
The Last in Line
Rainbow in the Dark
We Rock
Here’s to You

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Ronnie James Dio

YouTube has some footage from his last concert performance on 29 August 2009. Here’s Dio with Heaven & Hell (the Dio-fronted version of Black Sabbath) doing “The Mob Rules”.

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