RAVAGE Frontman: 'The Metal World Will Never Be The Same'

Al Ravage, the singer of Boston, Massachusetts metallers RAVAGE, has posted the following message regarding the passing of legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW):

"The metal world will never be the same. Ronnie James Dio has died.

"I remember first hearing [DIO's] 'Don't Talk To Strangers' on a metal compilation tape in the early '90s. I was just getting into metal and I thought it was an OK song, and that DIO was a band worth looking into, but when my brother brought home the cassette tape of 'Holy Diver' a few weeks later, I became a DIO addict. After that, I quickly bought the whole DIO back catalogue and I don't think there was any album I looked forward to more than a new DIO release — or a new recording featuring Dio — as his work was so consistently great. The Dio eras of SABBATH and RAINBOW were instrumental in helping me get into and appreciate those bands.

"My first real metal concert was seeing DIO on the 'Angry Machines' tour at the Strand Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island in 1997 — a great show...and I had the privilage of seeing him a few more times over the years.

"I will be forever bummed that I won't get to hear 'Magica Part II' or a second HEAVEN & HELL album.

"That's two great metal singers lost in a very short period — as Tony Taylor from TWISTED TOWER DIRE also died recently. This, in a word, sucks.

"Ravage in peace, Ronnie. Your metal will live on forever like a Rainbow in the Dark."

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