Heavy metal legendRonnie James Diohas been named one of the greatest singers of all time via LA Weekly’s “The 20 Best Singers Of All Time” feature. Coming in at #20, the renowned vocalist anchors the list – positioned among many diverse and fellow legendary powerhouses such as Freddie Mercury, Mariah Carey, Amy Winehouse, Ella Fitzgerald, andMarvin Gaye– makingDiothe only heavy metal vocalist to make the cut.
Best known for replacingOzzy OsbourneinBlack Sabbathon the band’s1980 classic album Heaven AndHell,Dio‘s storied career also includes singinginbands such asElf,Rainbow, and his namesake,Dio. The singer’s legacy was tragically cut short on May 16, 2010 after losing a battle with cancer at the age of 67.
Wendy Dio exclaims, “Yes!!!!!!!! I am so excited about this incredible honor and only wish that Ronnie could have been here to read it himself.”
If you are located in SoCal or are able to travel to the area, join Wendy Dio and the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund at the 2nd Annual RIDE FOR RONNIE Motorcycle Ride and Concert, taking place on Sunday, May 22, 2016. On that day, riders will depart from Harley-Davidson of Glendale,CA and ride to Los Encinos Park in Encino, CA, where they will be treated to an afternoon of live music, raffle/silent auction, food trucks and more. See the poster below for more information and prices, or visit http://www.diocancerfund.org.
Any potential doubters of the new material had their faces truly melted by the sheer aggression of tunes like Porkies, just about having time to compose themselves in time for the old favourite of Thug Workout.