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.
"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.