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Download Fest Plays Tribute to Dio; Public Memorial Announced

How cool is this? The second stage at this year's Download Festival will be named after Ronnie James Dio. Thinking about Download makes me wonder what sorts of tributes to expect at this weekend's Rock on the Range right here in Ohio. I'm certain Dio will be mentioned often and many horns held high in his honor. Whatever happens, I'll be at Rock on the Range and report back directly to you. 

From Download:

"The rock world was in a state of shock when it was announced that Ronnie James Dio, one of the finest vocalists ever to walk the earth, sadly passed away. The legendary singer, who fronted bands including Black Sabbath and Dio, had been battling with stomach cancer since the end of 2009. As our tribute to the great man, we've revealed that the second stage at this year's Download will official be called the Ronnie James Dio Stage."

There will be a public memorial honoring Dio's life May 30th in Los Angeles. Click for more details about the service.

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Reader Comments (3)

I am thinking we'll be seeing a lot of RJD tributes this summer all over.
May 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari
2 thumbs up to Andy Copping for doing this w/ his festival.And I agree with you Kari. The guy was one of the Godfathers of heavy music in general,and I sincerely hope everybody out on the road this summer can pay tribute to the "Man On The Silver Mountain" this year by at least mentioning the influence he had on the genre.
May 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary
Ill be at Rock On The range , and I know it will be bitter sweet when Killswitch Engage does their cover of Holy Diver ....R.I.P. Ronnie james Dio
May 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTommy

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