Ronnie James Dio, one of the greatest songwriters and singers in heavy metal, passed away this weekend.
I put together a Ronnie James Dio Playlist on YouTube to try and share some great moments, but no one song, or article, will be able to capture his influence on the genre, and the positive uplift it gives thousands of kids who look for a place to belong, a music that sings of fighting for something against incredible odds, all wrapped in a cloak of fantasy, sorcery and lightning.
The following three threads have great discussion:
Blabbermouth: “Metal Legend Ronnie James Dio Dies At 67″
Metafilter: “Shiny diamonds.”
reddit.com: DIO R.I.P.
NPR did the best job I’ve seen so far in a mainstream news source of covering his passing:
Friends and family links:
Rock Nightmare: R.I.P Ronnie James Dio”.
Thoughts on Religion (and other things): On Ronnie James Dio.
You can pay your respects at Ronnie James Dio.