RAMzine Issue 2 - Apr. 2015 - Page 5

(which was the only Dio-line-up Sabbath album released under the Heaven and Hell name). Black Sabbath - who Ronnie joined after Ozzy departed, did quite well for themselves since gaining the voice of Dio with albums such as Heaven and Hell, Mob Rules and Dehumanizer earning the groups ‘best sales’ since 1974. Ronnie simply seduced his audiences, keeping them spellbound until the last note had played. His trademark had to be ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ and all things mystical and medieval which suited the voice of this true legend in his own right! After a tour in the summer of 2009 with a spin-off version of Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, Dio revealed he was ill. Ronnie car- ried on singing right up until the very end of his memorable career – he died aged 67 leaving the industry and his millions of fans in tatters! Since Dio’s death a Cancer Charity has been set up in his name - Dedicated to support cancer prevention research, raise awareness and educate the public with the focus that early detection and prevention is of vital importance when dealing with this deadly disease that robs families of its loved ones. Link here: www.diocancerfund.com On March 31, 2014, the tribute album Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life was released. It was organized and produced by Wendy Gaxiola, with album proceeds benefitting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. The Stand up and Shout Cancer Fund are holding a Memorial Day for the 5th year celebration of Ronnie James Dio’s Music at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, CA Dio is the legend with a legacy that lives on in the hearts and minds of metal heads everywhere, sending a shiver down the spine of not only this man’s voice but the sheer mention of his name. His last live performance was with Heaven & Hell on August 29, 2009, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. May 16th will always be the day the thorn resurfaces and opens the wound once again, reminding us of what a true hero the rock and metal industry has lost! Illustration by Gerardo Israel Rodela Quiroz.