Once in a while, I do post about famous people. Usually musicians and sometimes athletes. Almost always because one that I did really like and admire has passed on.
Ronnie James Dio
(July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010)
He died 3 days ago. A few people I know were surprised to find out that this bummed me out. He was "before my time" you know, since I'm all of 24 years old. Which I guess is true. However, I listen to a lot of music that would be considered "before my time" to be honest. Aerosmith, Led Zep, Pink Floyd, Aretha Franklin, Phil Collins, Frank Sinatra, Journey, The Temptations, Boston and the list goes on and on of people who were famous before I was ever even born and in some cases, before my parents were born. I like a lot of old music.
Dio was one of my mom's favorite metal musicians. He was her first live metal concert. She loved his music. I get my appreciate and love of metal from her. She turned me on to people like Dio and other hard rock and metal acts that were "before my time" so to speak. So see, from a young age, I've been rocking out. ;) So because of my mom introducing me to his music, I liked Dio as a kid and kept on liking him.
So when she sent me a text to tell me about him passing on, I felt a bit bummed. There's another great musician that I didn't get to see play live and now never will. Though, I found out from her that he had stomach cancer and had to cancel the upcoming tour he was planning because of being too ill. So, like most instances like this, it's sad they're gone but wonderful that they're no longer in pain and suffering. His music will live on and I, like so many others, will keep rocking out to Dio for years to come.
This is and always has been my favorite song by Dio.