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May 20, 2010
A public memorial service for heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio will be held at 2 p.m. May 30 in the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park, Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles. Dio, who sang with Rainbow before replacing Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath and was known for his two-fingered devil-horn salute, died Sunday. He was 67.
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September 4, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
If you listened very closely on Tuesday night during Black Sabbath's return to the city, you could hear the Big Bang of heavy metal echoing through the sweat-drenched Los Angeles Sports Arena.  It was buried in the slow, menacing guitar lines of guitarist Tony Iommi, and propelled by Geezer Butler's cavernous bass lines. And it was in the unholy yowl of Ozzy Osbourne, 64, shuffling along the stage like a retired vampire in search of a blood nurse, who long ago moved beyond a parody of himself to become a virtual trademark in black.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2010 | By Keith Thursby, Los Angeles Times
Ronnie James Dio, a legendary heavy metal singer who replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath and also was lead singer for the bands Rainbow and Dio, has died. He was 67. Dio died Sunday, according to a statement on his website by Wendy Dio, his wife and manager. Maureen O'Connor, a Los Angeles publicist, said Dio died in Los Angeles. No cause was given, but Dio had said last summer that he was suffering from stomach cancer. "Today my heart is broken," Wendy Dio wrote. "Many, many friends and family were able to say their private goodbyes before he peacefully passed away."
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
More than 100 guitars bearing the signatures of rock, pop and country stars including Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Tom Morello, the Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney will be auctioned Dec. 1 to benefit the Dio Cancer Fund established in memory of hard rock singer Ronnie James Dio. The instruments will be previewed Nov. 19 at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, where they will be auctioned two weeks later. Other artists who have signed donated guitars include members of Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, Metallica and the Alice Cooper Band.  The guitar signed by Van Halen is a prototype electric made for him. The auction also includes a custom hand-carved Ronnie James Dio memorial guitar made by DBZ Guitars and an acoustic-electric guitar signed by “Twilight” film series star Robert Pattinson.
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November 15, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
More than 100 guitars bearing the signatures of rock, pop and country stars including Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Tom Morello, the Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney will be auctioned Dec. 1 to benefit the Dio Cancer Fund established in memory of hard rock singer Ronnie James Dio. The instruments will be previewed Nov. 19 at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, where they will be auctioned two weeks later. Other artists who have signed donated guitars include members of Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, Metallica and the Alice Cooper Band.  The guitar signed by Van Halen is a prototype electric made for him. The auction also includes a custom hand-carved Ronnie James Dio memorial guitar made by DBZ Guitars and an acoustic-electric guitar signed by “Twilight” film series star Robert Pattinson.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 1988 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
Heavy-metal belter Ronnie James Dio has enough lung power to blow out a forest fire, but in some ways he got blown off the stage by the second-billed Megadeth at the Long Beach Arena Saturday. There's no question that Dio--also the name of the singer's four-piece band--mounted yet another extravagant stage show. It didn't provide quite the sensory overload of last tour's castle and fire-breathing dragon production, but there were lotsa lasers, flash pots and beasts doing battle.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 1988 | JONATHAN GOLD
CHECK LIST **** Great Balls of Fire *** Good Vibrations ** Maybe Baby * Running on Empty ***ANTHRAX. "State of Euphoria." Megaforce/Island. Speed metal--which is approximately to plain-vanilla metal what Chuck Berry used to be to, say, Patti Page--comes in many flavors. But only specialists and teen-agers can usually tell the difference.
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September 4, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
If you listened very closely on Tuesday night during Black Sabbath's return to the city, you could hear the Big Bang of heavy metal echoing through the sweat-drenched Los Angeles Sports Arena.  It was buried in the slow, menacing guitar lines of guitarist Tony Iommi, and propelled by Geezer Butler's cavernous bass lines. And it was in the unholy yowl of Ozzy Osbourne, 64, shuffling along the stage like a retired vampire in search of a blood nurse, who long ago moved beyond a parody of himself to become a virtual trademark in black.
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April 19, 2007 | Steve Appleford, Special to The Times
IN the beginning, there was Ozzy Osbourne, a singer of grim, gloomy tales in the British heavy-metal band Black Sabbath. The group made rock history and fueled the first big wave of the metal masses. But when the singer was invited to leave abruptly in 1979 (and began a successful solo career), the story did not end. His replacement was Ronnie James Dio, an American with a vocal style more darkly operatic than Osbourne's bug-eyed howl.
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October 27, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward and singer Ronnie James Dio -- former members of British metal supergroup Black Sabbath -- are forming a band called Heaven and Hell, named after their 1980 hit, according to their publicist. They plan to launch an international tour next year. Original Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne said in a statement that he wished Iommi and Dio well, adding that their project "has nothing to do with Black Sabbath. There is only one Black Sabbath."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2010
A public memorial service for heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio will be held at 2 p.m. May 30 in the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park, Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles. Dio, who sang with Rainbow before replacing Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath and was known for his two-fingered devil-horn salute, died Sunday. He was 67.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2010 | By Keith Thursby, Los Angeles Times
Ronnie James Dio, a legendary heavy metal singer who replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath and also was lead singer for the bands Rainbow and Dio, has died. He was 67. Dio died Sunday, according to a statement on his website by Wendy Dio, his wife and manager. Maureen O'Connor, a Los Angeles publicist, said Dio died in Los Angeles. No cause was given, but Dio had said last summer that he was suffering from stomach cancer. "Today my heart is broken," Wendy Dio wrote. "Many, many friends and family were able to say their private goodbyes before he peacefully passed away."
NEWS
April 19, 2007 | Steve Appleford, Special to The Times
IN the beginning, there was Ozzy Osbourne, a singer of grim, gloomy tales in the British heavy-metal band Black Sabbath. The group made rock history and fueled the first big wave of the metal masses. But when the singer was invited to leave abruptly in 1979 (and began a successful solo career), the story did not end. His replacement was Ronnie James Dio, an American with a vocal style more darkly operatic than Osbourne's bug-eyed howl.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 1988 | JONATHAN GOLD
CHECK LIST **** Great Balls of Fire *** Good Vibrations ** Maybe Baby * Running on Empty ***ANTHRAX. "State of Euphoria." Megaforce/Island. Speed metal--which is approximately to plain-vanilla metal what Chuck Berry used to be to, say, Patti Page--comes in many flavors. But only specialists and teen-agers can usually tell the difference.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 1988 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
Heavy-metal belter Ronnie James Dio has enough lung power to blow out a forest fire, but in some ways he got blown off the stage by the second-billed Megadeth at the Long Beach Arena Saturday. There's no question that Dio--also the name of the singer's four-piece band--mounted yet another extravagant stage show. It didn't provide quite the sensory overload of last tour's castle and fire-breathing dragon production, but there were lotsa lasers, flash pots and beasts doing battle.
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October 6, 1985 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
"SACRED HEART." Dio. Warner Bros. Ronnie James Dio attended the traditional school of heavy metal, studying as a singer with bands like Rainbow and Black Sabbath. And he certainly graduated with honors, judging by this album, already screaming up the charts at a much faster clip than the two previous Dio LPs. It's not hard to see why: A wily if unoriginal songwriter, R.J.D. appropriates snatches of music and catchy instrumental touches, whirls them in a blender and-- voila !
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