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Ronnie James Dio: In Celebration Of An Icon

The Life And Music Of A True Great

When Ronnie Dio died five years ago, the metal world lost one of its most enduring inspirations.

This is our look back at his career through stories from Classic Rock and Metal Hammer. From his beginnings as a doo-wop artist in the late 1950s, on to his first hard rockin' steps with Elf, and then massive recognition with Rainbow, on to the rejuvenation of Black Sabbath and finally to establishing his own band, before reuniting with his one time Sabbath mates in Heaven & Hell.

There are also tributes from Corey Taylor, Doro and Glenn Hughes, as well as comments from Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler on what Dio and his legacy means to them. 

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