Friday, May 21, 2010

RONNIE JAMES DIO: MY TRIBUTE TO A LEGEND AND MAN WITH A BIG HEART


I wanted to write a short tribute to a man that I have revered as one of my favorite vocalists of all time. A man that lost the battle with cancer but went out with dignity and strength. It took me a few days to be able to write this as the first couple of days all I could do was cry and just feel the sadness. I didnt actually know him but I met him at NAMM a few years back and wanted to tell the story as it was one of the coolest meetings I have ever had with a rockstar. I want to also say that I have been a huge fan of Ronnies since I first heard Heaven and Hell in 1980, one of my fave albums of all time. I am a fan girl of his for 30 years.
I waited 28 years to meet this giant of metal and I finally got my chance when my friend told me Dio would be at NAMM. I decided to go just to meet him. (It helped that Nikki Sixx would be there too but thats another story)
I got my pass to go the infamous NAMM convention in Anaheim and went with a bunch of friends including my soon to be good friend Tore Moren (Who shreds in Jorn Lande's band, whom was visiting from Norway at the time. Jorn is a huge friend and fan of Ronnies and he was his mentor)
I get in line for Ronnie and it was super long,like a few hundred people. My good friend Gus was up there with me when it came to be my turn to meet the singer that sings to my heart and soul. I get up to the table and Gus says to Ronnie, Hey Ronnie (as he points to me!!) this girl is a HUGE fan and loves you! Ronnie just gave me this beautiful smile and proceeded to grab me and pull me behind the table and spin me around to meet the band (including the amazing Rudy Sarzo, who I adore!!) and it was so fast that I was in such shock and just in plain joy that this small ,but immensley caring and loving singer of all singers was showing me all this attention, like I was the only person in the room. I squeeled in delight as he hugged me and kissed me on the cheek and signed my drumhead ( MAGIC!!) and photo...we got a few photos throwing the horns, and if you know me you know every single pic of me is with the horns, I just cant help it its been a habit for years!! ( I get a ton of shit because of it too...but screw them!) I walked away from this legend with so much love and respect for him as he made me feel like I meant something to him, like I mattered!! I have only felt that way with a few rockstars and Jorn Lande and Jon Schaffer from Iced Earth were the other two exceptions.


Me before the Heaven and Hell show in San Diego, Dio shirt and horns up!\m/\m/

The whole thing would have been perfect but I got all drunk at the after party at the Hilton and lost my camera...thank God it was a point and shoot but that wasnt the problem...I lost the pics with Dio and Nikki Sixx, who I had been waiting to get a photo with them for years. I was devastated. Luckily my new found friend Tore Moren took pity on me and stayed with me for the rest of the night as I bawled like a baby. He became my knight in shining armor that night and is one of my best friends ever because of that moment. Thank you Tore. He and I cried about Dio the other night and for our friend who also has the big C and is in the battle of her life. Jorn also was devasted about Ronnie and even cried himself. We were all heartbroken to hear the news the other day and we will never forget the amazing singer of small stature that had the biggest most sacred heart in rock n roll history. Goodbye Ronnie and hope you found your Heaven because you brought Heaven to me every time I heard your voice.
My fave song by Dio ever...always made me weep live....his voice was incredible...
All the Fools Sailed Away

1 comment:

Tore St Moren said...

Gone, but not forgotten. Ever!
R.I.P.