I’ve written way too many of these damn things this year.
I grew up listening to this guy. Whether with Rainbow, Black Sabbath/Heaven & Hell, or Dio, I counted myself a fan of his work. “Rainbow in the Dark”, “Holy Diver”… the song list goes on and on. Just some damn good, classic metal. By all accounts he was a super guy, too. John Roling did a college radio interview with Dio, and they chatted for several minutes after the on-air interview was finished. Paul Legerski has a great picture of himself, his wife, and Dio backstage that still hangs in my office at work as a Christmas card.
It’s hard to believe he was fifty years old in that video, but even in recent years that signature voice never wavered. I saw him live just a few years ago, and it’s easily one of my favorite concert performances.
The metal scene lost one of its greatest figures today, and the world lost a good man. May he rest in peace.