Friday, 28 May 2010

Top 5 Ronnie James Dio Albums

Sad news the other week to hear about the passing of Metal legend Ronnie James Dio. He had an incredible career spanning six decades, appearing on his first seven inch in 1957, and releasing albums with a roll call of classic rock bands. Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and then back round for a series of reunions before his most recent releases with the RJD-era Sabbath line-up as Heaven & Hell.

I only saw him play live twice, both times with Dio. A 1987 headline show at Hammersmith Odeon was one of the most unintentionally funny gigs I've been to. In support of the band's fourth (and probably worst) album, and at a time when traditional Metal was on the wane, Ronnie managed to squeeze almost as many Metal cliches into the 90 minute set as Spinal Tap. The crowning glory saw a giant metal spider descend from the ceiling as the lead guitarist fired laser beams at it from the end of his strat. Despite that I've nothing but fond memories for Dio's best work and incredible vocals. Rest in peace Ronnie and keep on rocking.

1. "Holy Diver" Dio

2. "Rainbow Rising" Rainbow

3. "Heaven & Hell" Black Sabbath

4. "The Last In Line" Dio

5. "Trying To Burn The Sun" Elf


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