The picture above is a 2009 promo picture for “The Devil You Know”


  • Real Name: Ronald James Padavona

  • Birthdate: July 10, 1942
  • Birthplace: Portsmouth, New Hampshire USA
  • Death: May 16, 2010 (Stomach cancer)
  • Band Position: Lead Vocals
  • Started in Band: May 1979
  • Left Band: October 1982
  • Returned to Band: Early 1991
  • Left Band: November 13, 1992
  • Returned to Band: Spring 2006, remained until his death
  • Album appearances: Heaven & Hell, Mob Rules, Live Evil, Dehumanizer, Sabbath Stones, The Dio Years, Live at Hammersmith, Live at Radio City Music Hall, The Devil You Know, Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell
  • Other Bands: Rainbow, Dio, Elf


Ronnie & The Redcaps: 1958


  1. vincenzo iapino says

    you life after death,in my heart whit your music

    • Sam I am says

      I believe Ronnie James Dio is the “Rock & Roll Angel” he sings about in his Heaven & Hell album. He can release the chains of infatuation so you can live again. Ronnie James Dio is not dead!



  3. Lucas Sikic says

    Cada vez que escucho la voz de Ronnie James DIO me emociono. Fue y seguirá siendo uno de los más grandes del HEAVY METAL!!! Gracias DIO ! ! ! !

  4. I have seen Dio soooooo many times as a teenager in the 80’s…..I’m 45 now and still (LOVE) the music!!!
    And Aug. of 2009 my wife got tickets in 4 HEAVEN & HELL- THE RETURN OF….DIO, IOMMI, BUTLER, & APPICE……& OMG WHAT AN “FN” CONCERT IT WAS…..My wife always thought the music was loud & could not understand it, but after she saw the show, she was very impressed by the concert…..Myself I miss that part of Heavy Metal Music, my is broken after the loss of Ronnie James Dio in May of 2010, but am glad I got the chance #1- to see my Idols in concert- & #2- to have them all sign my Rules Of Hell, Box Set after the show…Now I have a small piece of Heavy Metal History 2 remember the last time Ronnie James Dio was on stage!! (R.I.P.) Ronnie!!!!

  5. the remaining original line-up of Dio have reformed with a new vocalist

  6. I like Ronnie.However,there was a time I didn’t.He could come off as arrogant sometimes.Regardless of the reasons,he had no ritght to insult Ozzy.Ozzy was mad that he was kicked out of Sabbath.People have to understand Ozzy’s perspective.I do understand that Ozzy was to blame as well(given the stories by Geezer and Tony).

    But,I do like his singing and music.But,I care not for the years when Ozzy and Ronnie would verbally attack another in interviews.They were both succesful and had no reason to compete.It was sad when Ozzy tried to make up for it and Ronnie would not share the stage.Many fans wouldv’e liked it.Well,atleast Rob Halford stepped in and didn’t whine like a kid about it.It is sad when people can’t move on from the past.

    I mean Ronnie did good with Sabbath,Rainbow,and Dio.I like those early recordings of him with various bands from the 50’s and 60’s.You can get those on youtube.He is my favorite Sabbath singer after Ozzy.So,I do like him.But,it is too bad him and Ozzy couldn’t get along.It is sad that he passed away,but he will not be forgotten.

  7. Ronnie. Do you remember Dehumanizer in Oakland Ca.? It was your last show with the Sabbs. I was there. I felt the magic. Thank you for the autograph in San Francisco it is my last treasure. The ending is just the beginning.

    • Steve Armourae says

      I’m guessing this is the same Oakland performance that is on Youtube, Ronnie on top form, great version of Children of the Sea & he congratulates the support band Exodus

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