Ronnie James Dio
July 10, 1942 –
May 16, 2010
One of the Gods of Heavy Metal passed from our company recently. I felt compelled to pay tribute.
In Portsmouth, NH, they had no idea back in the 50's that the innocent little Italian kid playing the trumpet and french horn would be an arena-destroying force of Metal 20-30 years later. Raised Roman Catholic, Dio made the 'devil horns' famous during his career shooting them on stage to his legions of loyal thrashing metal heads, which they picked up and ran with- creating the everlasting symbol of METAL! I took this along with elements from such songs as "Holy Diver" to create the tribute you see here.
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