Vocalist/guitarist Steve Gaines of California thrashers ANGER AS ART has released the following statement regarding the passing of legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW):"Last Sunday, I was on the phone and online with so many people, and a lot of tears were shed. "So many times, you think that a hero's impact on your life is internal, or personal. Like you are the only person that 'gets it' (maybe that is part of the appeal of underground metal bands, I dunno). But Ronnie jumped out of the speakers and appealed to this 12-year-old pimply-faced kid so long ago. "I had been told by all of the music people around me that hard rock was just a bunch of screaming. But not Ronnie. That voice was powerful and majestic. Always. "As an aspiring vocalist, it was a goal to shoot for — and I know that even on my best day I was nowhere close to him. "Like all else who met him, he was a class act, and a gentleman. But what I realized since his passing was that he had the same impact on me that he had on everyone else. People truly loved this guy. "I will be attending the memorial service a week from today simply to pay respect and reverence to someone who shaped my life. "Thanks, Ronnie. It was not wasted effort. To this kid, it meant the world."