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Dio was an American heavy metal band led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, formed in 1982 after he left Black Sabbath. In an interview, available on the special edition re-release of Holy Diver, Dio states that he never intended to begin a solo career. His intention was to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member, drummer Vinny Appice. Naming the band Dio made sense from a commercial standpoint, as the name was already well-known at that time. Dio in Italian means "God".
August 16, 2010
Iron Maiden paid tribute to Ronnie James Dio as they headlined the fourth day of Sziget festival on Saturday (August 14). The band dedicated 'Blood Brothers' to the former Black Sabbath singer, who died in May aged 67. Read more
June 11, 2010
The Download festival will pay tribute to Ronnie James Dio and Stuart Cable, who have both recently died. Organisers said a video message remembering the late musicians would air at 8pm (BST) today (June 11). Read more
May 31, 2010
Hundreds of fans gathered in Los Angeles yesterday (May 30) for the funeral of former Black Sabbath singer Ronnie James Dio. Dio, who died earlier this month following a battle with stomach cancer, was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Read more
May 20, 2010
Ronnie James Dio’s life is to be celebrated at a public memorial service in Los Angeles later this month, it’s been announced. The former Black Sabbath vocalist passed away on Sunday following a battle from cancer. He was 67. Read more
May 20, 2010
The three remaining members of Heaven & Hell have paid tribute to Ronnie James Dio who died, aged 67, from stomach cancer on Sunday. His Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell bandmate Tony Iommi posted an emotional statement in tribute to his “dear friend.” Read more
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