I own my own gardening and landscaping business. I was weeding a flower bed when my wife called (her ring tone is Trobo Lover/Judas Preist...BTW) she broke the news to me at about 1:00 P.M. I was shocked! The last report I had gotten from his website said he was doing better and would be touring again soon. I sat right there in the bed and wept. Hell I'm tearing up typing this now, almost a year later. Ronnie had a great influence on my life, and still does. I feel lucky that I saw him in concert with Heaven and Hell in Chicago shortly before he postponed the tour. It was one of his last five concerts...and ironically the fifth concert of his that I saw. I intend to burn a CD of all my favorite songs, well as many as will fit on two CD's anyway, of Ronnie's from Elf, Rainbow, Sabbath, Dio and side projects and distribute it to my friends to listen to on the anniversary of his untimely death. Keep the music alive so that he may touch the lives of other, as he did mine. Thank you Ronnie....your music and impact WILL NEVER DIE!!!!! \m/ \m/
P.S. Screw you Gene Simmons. The "Devil Horns belong to Ronnie!
I had just finished research for my real property class, when I took a break, and cruised the net looking for news. I remember looking at the computer screen blankly for what felt like forever when I saw that Dio has passed away. I wasn't reading the article, ore or les, I was simply just staring at it, trying to comprehend what i was reading. I was just shocked.
Thankfully in a couple of weeks, I will have the chance to record a Dio tribute radio show show.