It was a very sad day when I heard the news of Dio’s passing. This year brings the death toll to a handful. I can’t say that I’m the biggest Dio fan, but a lot of the bands that I listen to and swear by today have been influenced by him in one way or another.
Dio truly was, one of Metal’s great pillars. Tenacious D have jokingly asked him to pass that torch to them (on their song titled “Dio”). This would be such a torch. I’m simply at a loss for words to describe his passing.
Below is a video tribute of him by Bay Area Backstage TV. A recommended watch.