Review of Ronnie James Dio This Is Your Life


I had such high hopes for this album. I should have known that it wouldn’t be able to live up to the hype.

For those of you who don’t know ‘Ronnie James Dio This Is Your Life’ is a tribute album to the late Ronnie James Dio. With sneak previews of songs by Corey Taylor and Halestorm that were amazing I thought this album was going to be amazing, Metallica being on it notwithstanding. I guess I should have checked the track list before I got this album because I already have three songs on this album from other albums one of which is from a previous Dio tribute album. I also felt that there were some performances on the album that just felt mailed in. However I was happy to see some songs from the 1990 Black Sabbath album ‘Dehumanizer’ on there.

3 1/2 fedoras out of 5. Buy it anyway because proceeds do go to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

You’re still missed Ronnie. \m/

Here’s one of my favorites from the album, Jasta doing Buried Alive from the aforementioned Dehumanizer album.

Ronnie James Dio’s last performance

The guys over at have posted their tribute to the late Ronnie James Dio including footage from his last performance.

The show was in my old stomping grounds of Atlantic City, NJ with Heaven and Hell. Of course no one knew at the time that it would be his last performance.

Personally I had not seen Dio perform live in any capacity since 1990 during the Lock up The Wolves tour and I wish I would have seen him perform since then.

L.A. declares 5/30 Dio Day

City Declares May 30 ‘Ronnie James Dio Day':

I never liked the city of Los Angeles. I don’t mean the people. I actually found the people out there to be actually very friendly. I just never liked the city itself. I was out there on business about 15 years ago and I just didn’t really care for the city.

However I may need to rethink my stance on that as L.A. may now be the coolest city in the world as they have proclaimed May 30th from now and in perpetuity Ronnie James Dio day in recognition of his long and storied career in metal.

I now have a high metal holiday.

All hail his name. m/

Dio 5:30

The Dio Memorial

Fans gather to remember Ronnie James Dio:

This is a surprisingly good article from the AP about the memorial service held for Ronnie James Dio held this past weekend.

If I had the cash myself and my lovely and talented wife Jade would have been there ourselves.

While the slew of musicians were there was an impressive list I’d rather focus on Ronnie’s son Dan Padavona and what he had to tell the crowd…

Dio’s son, Dan Padavona, cautioned the memorial crowd to be screened regularly by a doctor and take care of themselves, something he said his father did not do.

“I beg you not to make the same mistake my dad made,” said Padavona. “For dad, the show always had to go on. He ignored the warning signs for years, and all along the cancer was growing and mutating from something that was probably easily defeatable into a monster which even Dio couldn’t slay.”

Maybe in death Ronnie will be able to save some lives.

Ripper sings Dio

TIM ‘RIPPER’ OWENS Performs DIO Classics At Akron Bar/Restaurant:

Secretly I’ve always thought that Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens was the second coming of Ronnie James Dio. These videos of Ripper singing Man on the Silver Mountain and Children of the Sea literally gave me chills.

I’m not yet about to say the king is dead long live the king but damn if Ripper ain’t close.

Fred Phelps dares tangle with the master


You know, I’ve been keeping quiet about Fred Phelps and his merry band of assclowns from the Westboro Baptist Church for a few years now. In case you don’t know who they are they’re the ‘God hates fags’ church. And I use the term church very loosely. In the past they’ve been known to protest the funerals of AIDS victims, gay people that have been killed in hate crimes and even those in our military who gave their lives for their country so asshats like Phelps can be guaranteed his free speech.

I’ve known about them longer than most people and I was outraged at first however I soon learned that the real way to combat these idiots is to ignore them. The more attention they get the more they thrive on it. So I’ve been biting my tongue on them hoping others would follow suit so that their ‘organization’ would whither and die. But people still get outraged with them and they still get the attention they seek.

Now they’re doing something that even has my attention. They plan on protesting the public memorial of the one true metal god and my icon Ronnie James Dio.

Check out what these idiots had to say…

“You know 67 year old, Satan-worshiping (or at least one of their enablers) Ronnie James Dio (of showing his devil horns to the world each time he goes in public) BLACK SABBATH fame is dead, right? We’ll be there! Just because the chances of any of God’s elect being amongst this group of heavy metal sycophants is slim to none does not mean they should not get some good words.”

I guess the WBC gets all their exercise jumping to conclusions. I am a Christian. I am proud to be a Christian. I am also proud that I a, a huge fan of Ronnie James Dio. I also know plenty of other Dio fans that are Christians as well. And while I do not like getting into who is more Christian than who type arguments I can honestly and without hyperbole claim that me and my fellow Dio loving Christians are more Christian than anyone in the WBC will ever be.

They continue to engage in their usual brand of verbal diarrhea.

“Yes, it is true that Ozzy Osbourne did ‘accidentally’ bite off the head of a bat, but THAT is the least of their sins (little nasties!), they currently do not do that, but they throw raw meat to the audience and encourage violence of EVERY FORM!”

Hold the phone just a minute there junior. I’ve been to Sabbath shows. I’ve been to Dio SHows. I’ve also been to several dozen Ozzy shows. Not once was even a scrap of anything even remotely resembling meat ever thrown to the audience. I think they may be thinking of GWAR shows. And again at none of those shows was violence ever encouraged. As a matter of fact it was quite the opposite as I always made temporary friends with those in the seats around me or waiting in line. They continue…

admitted sins of this now dead and in hell pervert: 1) He hates his neighbor(s) starting with Ozzy Osbourne

Let’s stop right there. I’m sure they’re meaning neighbor in the biblical sense as in Love thy…which the Westboro clowns seem to forget. Anyway, Ronnie and Ozzy buried the hatchet a long time ago.

and continuing down to his pornography star niece Gen Padova!

I didn’t know Ronnie had a porn star niece and even if he does what the hell does that have to do with him? And how do they know that she’s a porn star? Every Obit I’ve read about Ronnie mentioned his son, grandchildren and father but I haven’t read anything about a niece. Not to mention Ronnie’s real name is Padavona not Padova.

2) He hates God. Pay especial attention to the fact that he changed his original sir name from Padova to Dio, which means God in Italian.

He hates the Catholic Church and at this point I can’t blame him for that but that’s another rant for another day. But how can you say he hates God when he has songs like Hungry for Heaven. And he took the name Dio from a gangster in the 50s.

3) Ronnie the simpleton enabled, and encouraged Sorceries: everything he was about including the little finger horn thing (he got this from his mother which is an incantation to ward off the ‘evil eye’) to the drugs, bloody raw meat and his fellowship with those pentagon necklace wearing freakish band members.”

First off the horns, aka the maloik, he got from his superstitious grandmother. So if you think about it the horns are about as evil as throwing salt over your shoulder. And so the guy writes about dragons and wizards and he’s encouraging sorcery? At the very worst he encouraged some kids to play D&D. Again, no raw meat and I don’t think they wore pentagon necklaces. Would they pick those up at the Pentagon gift shop in Washington?

With all the outlandish lies that come out of the WBC it makes me wonder if they’re just one giant troll out for the lulz. Like an IRL version of 4chan.

Anyway if they do protest his memorial they will be walking into the dragon’s den so to speak. It’s not really a good idea to piss off a bunch of mourning metalheads.

Now I’m going back to acting like Phelps and his inbred brood don’t exist. And while I’m at it let me reiterate that not all Christians are judgmental assahts like Phelps. As a matter of fact I don’t even consider them Christians. Most of us are generally nice people but idiots like Phelps give us a bad name. Not to mention that the press doesn’t give coverage to normal Christians just overzealous assclowns.

The Master has returned home: Ronnie James Dio has passed away

Legendary Heavy Metal Vocalist RONNIE JAMES DIO Dies:

Last night it started out as a hoax that Ronnie James Dio had died. Then his wife Wendy Dio said that Ronnie was not in good shape but he was still alive.

Now it has been announced that my one true musical idol has passed away after his battle with stomach cancer exactly a month since the death of my only other metal hero Peter Steele had died.

In my opinion Ronnie James Dio had a way of crafting lyrics that no other mortal possessed and was the main influence to my own music writing style.

And he hadn’t lost a step since his first days with Rainbow.

In 2009 his album with Heaven and Hell was as still as good as the original Heaven and Hell album by Black Sabbath in 1980.

He had so much more music to give.

I do have other metal heroes but they are only lesser idols compared to Ronnie James Dio.

You will be missed terribly.

All hail his name. m/

Ronnie James Dio diagnosed with stomach cancer

Singer Ronnie James Dio has stomach cancer:

It turns out that Ronnie James Dio’s hospitalization is because he has contracted stomach cancer. However he is being treated at the Mayo Clinic.

Here’s hoping that he’s able to beat this.

Ronnie James Dio hospitalized

Dio Hospitalized:

Metal god Ronnie James Dio was hospitalized ths past week with an undisclosed illness canceling Dio’s European tour.

Get well soon. The metal world isn’t the same without you.