James Dio is one of the biggest losses in Heavy Metal.
My deepest thoughts go to Ronnie James Dios family, especially his wife Wendy, and all his close friends.
His music will always live in our hearts, and his large legacy will keep our memories alive: Dio the band, Rainbow, Elf, Hear & Aid, the greatest Black Sabbath period, and finally Heaven & Hell.
He was also known to be a great human being, with a lot of friends, and caring about each one. I never ever heard anyone saying something wrong about him.
I never had the chance to meet the man himself, but some of my friends did, and they can tell about his kindness and good humour.
Nevertheless, I've been lucky enough to see him performing live several times, between 2000 and 2009.
I had a lot of respect for him, musically and as a human being.
Dio, you will be forever remembered, and I thank you for all the good music and all the positive energy you have spread over the world!!
I haven't written yet all reviews of the Dio concerts I saw, but I will complete this section soon. It's my humble tribute to this exceptional human being, "Magic" Ronnie James Dio.
Dio May 18, 2000 Paris, France La Locomotive
Deep Purple - October 25, 2000 – Paris, France - Palais des Congrès
Dio - September 30, 2002 Paris, France Le Divan Du Monde
Dio - June 27, 2003 Balingen, Germany Bang Your Head Festival
Dio - May 27, 2006 Roselaare, Belgium Schwung Festival
Heaven & Hell -June 23, 2007 Dessel, Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting Festival
Heaven & Hell -June 19, 2009 Clisson, France Hellfest
Heaven & Hell - June 23, 2009 Paris, France Casino de Paris
Heaven & Hell - June 27, 2009 Monza, Italy Gods Of Metal Festival
Heaven & Hell - July 30, 2009 Wacken, Germany Wacken Open Air