Ronnie James Dio

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When I see lightning — you know it always brings me down
'Cause it's free and I see that it's me
Who's lost and never found.

Ronald James Padavona (10 July 194216 May 2010), more famous as Ronnie James Dio, was an Italian-American rock musician, who was a vocalist in the bands Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and later Heaven & Hell.

See also:
Black Sabbath


  • It correlates itself with the way almost all of the people in this country believed in Richard Nixon up until the time he decided he was going to take a leap off the tower and fell flat on his ass and became just a little lump of blood and putty. That was my way of saying that the common man will always rise above the leader who oppresses them.
  • We always seem to begin or end in Philadelphia, it's the best place to start and the best place to stop. You're fantastic. My favorite place. Thank you!
    • Dio's Live At The Spectrum, August 25, 1984
  • You know, music was given to us to color our world, and some people like blue, some people like green, some people like the combination of both. It's just a matter of personal taste. I don't think that it matters what you do or what your main interest is. I think music especially should be enjoyed and liked in its entirety by everyone.
  • All Wagner, Ring, whatever. [...] The whole Valkyrie thing was cool, 'cause it was so tied into metal. I like Wagner's strength, just the pureness of it. I like a couple of Mozart things, but mainly Wagner.
  • But I think it's a hell of a book. I think Whoever put it together did quite an interesting job, but I think that it was ... I think that things were put in there to capture a group of people so they would follow a religion.
  • The dancer is the free spirit unfettered by chains and not confined by four walls. Noone seems to care much for those they can't control.
  • I am not an Atheist or an anti-God person but my beliefs are that you do not have to go to a place to worship, you don't have to go to a house to do that and that God resides in you and me and so does the Devil and heaven and hell is where we live on this earth. If the God that everyone prays to is such a wonderful God he wouldn't have people suffering so horribly as they are.
  • Lyrically I like to use themes that make the listener use his or her imagination, and to give a little of the lessons I've learned in my own life. The best subjects are always people, who never fail to amaze me by their unpredictability.
  • That was obvious that there are people in this world who always going to try and take advantage of you — and do take advantage of you. Those kings and queens are the people who think that they are so important, who want to take advantage of you, and that makes your life Heaven and Hell. Promises that you're going to get [is] the Heaven part, and Hell [is] when they don't come real.
  • I brought melody and classicalness and a great amount of musicality to this band. Ozzy began it, and he deserves all the accolades he can get because he helped invent this kind of music. What he did was absolutely right for what it was, but music grew at that point, and I think it grew beyond what Ozzy was capable of giving an audience from a musical standpoint.
  • I'm lucky that I am a very hard person and strong within my beliefs, so that this hasn't really been a problem for me, y'know, I just get cancer, I'll kick the hell outta you.
    • Interview by 39 News in the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, 2010
  • I refuse to be beaten in any way, shape or form, so I'm gonna beat this too.
    • Interview by 39 News in the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, 2010



  • Where was your star?
    Was it far, was it far?
    When did we leave?
    We believed, we believed, we believed
  • All my life, it seems
    Just a crazy dream
    Reaching for somebody's star,
    Like an open door
    That you've passed before,
    But you never had the key.
    • "A Light in the Black" on Rising (1976)

Black Sabbath[edit]

Dio, 2002
Love is a never ending smile.
  • If there isn't light when no one sees
    Then how can I know what you might believe?
    • "The Sign of the Southern Cross" on Mob Rules (1981)
  • I'll smash your face in,
    But with a smile,
    All together you'll never
    Be stronger than me.


  • It's the same old song,
    You've gotta be somewhere at sometime,
    And they never let you fly.
    It's like broken glass,
    You get cut before you see it,
    So open up your eyes.
  • Each day you hear the sand as it moves and whispers,
    Come and sail on my golden sea,
    Maybe one day you'll be just like me,
    And that's free.
  • Don't look behind
    'Cause a tear that never dries
    Can only make you blind.
  • Whenever you dream,
    You're holding the key,
    It opens the door
    To let you be free.
    • "Sacred Heart" on Sacred Heart (1985)
  • There's perfect harmony
    In the rising and the falling of the sea.
    And as we sail along,
    I never fail to be astounded by
    The things we'll do for promises
    And a song.

Heaven & Hell[edit]

  • Maybe if we cry together,
    Maybe if we cry as one,
    The tears that fall could kill the fire
    And keep everyone
    From Atom and Evil.
  • Let me go! I've seen religion,
    But the light has left me blind.
    Take me back!
    I must have the Bible Black.

Quotes about Ronnie James Dio[edit]

  • Ronnie was one of the nicest people you could ever meet, we had some fantastic times together. Ronnie loved what he did, making music and performing on stage. He loved his fans so much. He was a kind man and would put himself out to help others. I can honestly say it's truly been an honor to play at his side for all these years. His music will live on forever.

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