Ronnie James Dio
(July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010)
Los Angeles, CA
April 1, 2005
Just like the millions of Rock Fans around the world, I was stunned this past Sunday morning to hear the news that Ronnie James Dio had passed away a few hours earlier. Just a few weeks ago I was excited to see him on stage at the Golden God Awards, throwing his metal fingers in the air – as it should be.
Metal and Hard Rock has truly lost an icon, an innovator, and a gentlemen. I had the pleasure to work with Ronnie a number of times over the years, and every experience was memorable. He had the heart of a giant and the vocal pipes of an even larger man than that. The music world will never be the same.
I shot this photo of Ronnie in Motorhead’s dressing room in Los Angeles a few years ago. As always, RJD was in a great mood and really played it up for my camera. I am really going to miss the Holy Diver.
RJD Memorial Info:
Wendy Dio has asked that in lieu of sending flowers, please make a donation to the Ronnie James Dio “Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.” You can send your check or money order to the Niji Entertainment Group, 12400 Ventura Blvd. #624, Studio City, CA, 91604. From all of us at the Niji Entertainment Group.
Lastly, there will be a Public Memorial Service for Ronnie James Dio on Sunday, May 30th at 2:00 PM at The Hall Of Liberty located at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068.