Ronnie James Dio, the guy who replaced Ozzy Osbourne as frontman for Black Sabbath, has succumbed to stomach cancer at the age of 67. A veteran of Elf, Rainbow, Heaven & Hell and his own eponymous band, Dio was one of the gods of metal and his presence will be deeply missed. And if truth be told, many of us who are fans of Ozzy-era Sabbath fans may have respected Dio, but his lyrical floridness and borderline-pathological flashing of "the horns" (see above) amused the shit out of us. At times coming off like Frodo Baggins' acid-casualty cousin, Dio was a solid entertainer, and if anyone had a hope in Hell of stepping in to fill Ozzy's shoes, he was probably the most logical choice for the job, so rest well, Ronnie.
And in closing, here are the complete lyrics to M.O.D.'s "Ballad of Dio" (1987), all eleven seconds of it:
In the dark of the day
Or the black of the sun
He's coming for you