Black Sabbath members tribute to Ronnie James Dio
Ronnie James Dio in Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath members guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler have paid tribute to Ronnie James Dio. They also tweet for the 10th anniversary of the legendary musician’s death.

Legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio died of stomach cancer 10 years ago (May 16, 2010) at the age of 67. We know for his work with Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Heaven & Hell, and his own band DIO. He invented the ‘Devil Horns’ for inspired metal music fans. Dio replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath in 1980. They also recorded the “Heaven And Hell” and “Mob Rules” albums, plus “Live Evil”. That’s happened before he leaving in 1982. He rejoined the group 10 years later for an album called “Dehumanizer”, and again teamed with the group under the Heaven and Hell in 2006. The band released an album called “The Devil You Know” in 2009. After one year later he died due to stomach cancer.

A free public memorial service was held on May 30, 2010, at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles. In the tribute attended by more than 2,000 fans, friends, and fellow musicians.

On today Tony Iommi tweeted about Dio: “Remembering our dear friend Ronnie. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since Ronnie passed away. He is so greatly missed but never forgotten and his music will live on in our hearts forever.”

Geezer Butler also wrote this: “RJD. 10 Years already. How time flies. Miss you.”

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