Sunday, May 16, 2010
R.I.P - Ronnie Dio and the Prophets - Love Potion No. 9
Looks like the rumors are true and my man Ronnie Dio didn't beat the big C that i wrote about back in November 2009....
RIP Dio... Bummer.... I'm a lot more shaken up here than i thought....
if you missed it the 1st time here is a re-post from 11/30/09 with a little story of my encounter with Mr. Dio...
I thought i was going to take some time off but in light of some information i was recently told i though this was pretty appropriate. Taken from the official Ronnie James Dio website:
Ronnie has been diagnosed with the early stages of stomach cancer. We are starting treatment immediately at the Mayo Clinic. After he kills this dragon, Ronnie will be back on stage, where he belongs, doing what he loves best, performing for his fans.
Thanks to all the friends and fans around the world that have sent well wishes. This has really helped to keep his spirit up.
Long Live Rock and Roll, Long Live Ronnie James Dio"
Most folks know the metal elf God as singer in the the hard rock and metals bands of Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio, but I'm sure there are a good many that never knew he was cutting records as far back as the 50's & 60's. This here one is from 1964. here is the whole story if you need it: Ronnie Dio Wiki
I was lucky enough to have actually toured w/ Mr. Dio back in the 90's when my little shit band Godspeed opened up for the tiny man with the big vox. And although we didn't "hang out" much when we did have some interactions he was always super cool. He bought us a few drinks from time to time, let us drink his leftover Guinness from his dressing room and even gave us some advice of the music biz... Which obviously we didn't heed. We broke up soon after this tour.
Anyway, i just found this record a few weeks back. I was out and about one Saturday morning with my son digging for stuff at the flea market around town. We were just about to leave when we rolled up on a small stack of 45's. I started thumbing through and got about 1/2 way through of a very uneventful stack, best stuff in it was maybe some Tommy James 45's or Beach Boys; Pretty standard stuff, when the lady goes, Do you want the whole stack? I just want to get rid of them. At which point i say, there is not much i can use in here. Her reply was they are cheap. Oh yeah, how cheap? 2 bucks cheap. So i shell out the 2 beans without even looking at the last 1/2 of the stack. Not thinking much of it i put the records in the "I'll get to these later" section of the room. Well i finally did get around to checking them out this little gem reared its rare little head. So anyway, it's not the greatest 45 on the planet but hearing "little Ronnie" talking about being the loneliest boy in town and knowing what a metal God he turned into is a real hoot. And i guess these thing are kind of rare as well.
So Long Live Rock and Roll and Long Live Ronnie James Dio!!!
Ronnie Dio and the Prophets - Love Potion No. 9