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More Tributes to Dio: Slayer's Kerry King, Among Others...

By Newsferatu, Writer
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 @ 3:54 AM


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Slayer's Kerry King, Velvet Revolver/ex-Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan, DIO bassist Rudy Sarzo and Rainbow/Black Sabbath/Ozzy Osbourne bassist Bob Daisley pay tribute to Ronnie James Dio.

Kerry King: "Few people have had the ability to carry a song like Dio, literally demanding your attention as he effortlessly recreated live the amazing things he did on record. It's odd how things get taken from you quickly...I just saw him a month ago. I know I was lucky to have known Ronnie. One of the nicest guys in the business, without a doubt. He will be hugely missed."

Bob Daisley (Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne bassist): "Today, with the sad passing of my friend and colleague, the world has lost a great man. Not only was he a unique singer, musician and writer, he was a very special human being. Long live Rock ‘n’ Roll and long live the memory of the great Ronnie James Dio. He’ll be sadly missed in many ways, bless him."

Rudy Sarzo: "I'm saddened beyond words. I will miss the sound of your voice, your magical presence and your wondrous stories. My only consolation is that your now free from your pain. I love you, Ronnie."

Duff McKagan: "My part in this 'summer music playlist' it is going to be a touch bittersweet as it turns out. Last weekend, Ronnie James Dio succumbed to his battle with stomach cancer. From what I understand, Ronnie fought like a warrior to the end. I was supposed to pick a new-ish song for this list, but when it comes to rocking out in the summertime, sometimes you just got to go a little bit old-damn-school. 'Last In Line' is an ass-kicker right up there with anything, punk, rock, and/or metal, and us rockers owe a bit of reverence to this great man. R.I.P., RJD!"

Biff Byford (Saxon): "Today I heard my friend Ronnie Dio has lost his battle. It is a great loss to us all. I first met Ronnie in the early eighties when we played with Black Sabbath and BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, the infamous Black And Blue tour. I first heard him sing on Butterfly Ball and from that moment I understood what great singing was all about, he was at the top of his game from then on. His voice was always powerful and soaring his phrasing was uniquely his, copied by many but never bettered. I will miss him as we all will. The last time we met was in Finland last year, both bands stranded in an airport with flight delays. What do you do, go to the bar, get drunk and tell rock and roll stories. He told great stories. Deepest condolences to his family.
Somewhere in the night a candle burns for you.
To absent friends."

Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio): "I'm going to miss him so much. We lost a Giant yesterday.... Just broken today. I was blessed to share some music with him, but mostly, I am thankful his friendship. Ronnie was a good hearted caring man. He brought so much happiness through his music. Thank you Ronnie for the gifts you shared with us. Ronnie made Magic and Ronnie was and will always be Golden.
Goodbye Ronnie. Love you forever,
Doug."


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