.

Metal God Ronnie James Dio Laid to Rest in Los Angeles

June 1, 2010 8:32 AM ET

Heavy metal god Ronnie James Dio was laid to rest this weekend at Los Angeles' Forest Lawn Memorial Park's Hall of Liberty at a memorial attended by more than 1,200 people. Hundreds more watched on television screens set up outside the hall as chants of "Dio, Dio" and scores of Ronnie's trademark "devil horns" filled the air. The crowd was packed with Dio's family, friends and heavy metal stars he'd inspired, including Deep Purple's Glenn Hughes, Asia's John Payne and Anthrax's Joey Belladonna, who sang Rainbow's "Man on the Silver Mountain" at the service, the AP reports.

The Devil You Know: check out Ronnie James Dio's life in photos.

Dio, who passed away May 16th after a battle with stomach cancer, "touched all of us with his music and his message and his magic," said Dio's cousin and Elf bandmate David Feinstein at the service. "I know that Ronnie truly loved all of you. He had a great appreciation for your loyalty. I'm talking about all you out there, all the fans." Dio's son Dan Padavona paid tribute to his father in a speech that pleaded with fans to get checked regularly by a doctor, as Dio had ignored warning signs for years before discovering he had cancer.

Read Rob Sheffield's farewell to Dio, "You Got to Bleed for the Dancer."

"He was a huge influence and was probably one of the key heavy metal singers of all time," Slash told Rolling Stone . "He is seriously going to be missed." Ozzy Osbourne added, "He was a great, great singer. It's a terrible loss."

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Road to Nowhere”

Talking Heads | 1985

A cappella harmonies give way to an a fuller arrangement blending pop and electro-disco on "Road to Nowhere," but the theme remains constant: We're on an eternal journey to an undefined destination. The song vaulted back into the news a quarter century after it was a hit when Gov. Charlie Crist used it in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida. "It's this little ditty about how there's no order and no plan and no scheme to life and death and it doesn't mean anything, but it's all right," Byrne said with a chuckle.

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com