I posted a short tribute on my myspace page of my fantasy trilogy,as an aspiring singer,Dio was a major influence and inspiration and so the same in my writing.In fact,I have done some editing already ,and plan to enlist the help of a couple of more people in the opinion dept.
I foresaw the possibility of something happening to someone within the Sabbath camp,though I really didn't think it would be Dio.Because of this and due to the nature of my book and the obvious influences,I tried my best to get the publishing end started last year,before the announcement was made about Dio,it surprised my wife greatly but I even asked her ex-boss,a doctor,if she could be an initial investor in the process.
As for now,I am continuing to try to improve in my writing skills and keeping my fingers crossed that somehow,some way,I can really do something with this,as far as I know,no one specifically from the metal scene has ever done anything like this.,I'm no idiot,I know I have to create an interesting enough story to catch the attention of non-metal heads as well,but within my chapters is an actual tribute to metal,much of it inspired by the person and lyrics of Ronnie James Dio.Now more than ever,I wish that I had the money to at least get things started and take a shot at it.
Though I was familiar with the story of Dio singing for Sabbath,it was the infamous tape double -header of Paranoid/Heaven and Hell where I first heard Dio.Depending on my mood,one side or the other was played a lot.
Over the years I have come to identify myself more with the Dio side of Sabbath,as well as his Rainbow material and solo albums.Though I am a major fan of Iommi's playing and like all shades of Sabbath,in Dio,I have found more of a kindred spirit.As I wrote in my tribute,he really was a hero,with his charity work and treatment of fans,he really lived what he sang about,he stood up for the abused and oppressed in his words and actions. \m/