ronnie Metal Star Ronnie James Dio Passes Away

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Ronnie James Dio died of cancer this weekend at the age of 67.

He was the man behind the on-going debate in metal circles for years – who was the better front man of Black Sabbath? Ozzy Osbourne or Ronnie James Dio?

Ronnie had been with Rainbow before taking over for Ozzy in Black Sabbath in 1980, made the album Heaven and Hell, which many deem the best metal album of all time, and then had his own off and on relationship with Sabbath.

He also enjoyed a successful solo career with his self-titled band, Dio, in between his three stints with Black Sabbath (1980-82; 1992; and 2007-2009, when the band toured as Heaven And Hell, to differentiate it from Osbourne-led versions of Sabbath).

Listen in to The Mob Rules by Sabbath with Dio


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