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    Only once, damn it. 2003, as Dio, with Iron Maiden and Motorhead. One of my favorite concerts of all time.

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    15.08.1984 Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY
    21.09.1985 Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY
    21.08.1990 The Ritz New York City, NY
    06.08.1992 Beacon Theater New York, NY
    19.05.2007 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ
    08.09.2007 Jones Beach Amphitheatre Long Island, NY
    10.08.2008 Nikon at Jones Beach Wantagh, NY
    25.08.2009 WaMu Theater @ MSG New York City, NY
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    1 Sacred Heart Tour 1985 San Antonio, Tx. Rough Cutt opened. This was my first concert ever.
    2 Dream Evil Tour 1988 San Antonio, Tx. Savatage and Megadeth opened.
    3 Lock Up The Wolves Tour 1990 San Antonio, Tx.
    4. Magica Tour 2000 San Antonio, Tx. Budgie and Legs Diamond opened.
    5. Magica Tour 2001 Austin, Tx. Armored Saint and Lynch Mob opened.
    6. Killing The Dragon Tour 2002 San Antonio, Tx with Scorpions and Deep Purple.
    7. Master of the Moon Tour 2004 Phoenix, Az. I actually got to meet Ronnie after the show but I didn't have a camera. He was a class act and met with all the fans.
    8 Black Sabbath (H&H) 2007 Osaka, Japan
    9 Black Sabbath TDYK Tour 2009 Columbia , MD

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    Six times.

    Dream Evil 1987
    Dehumanizer 1992
    Heaven and Hell Canadian Tour 2007 x3
    Metal Masters 2008
    montreal '86 / montreal '92 / montreal '94 / toronto '99
    montreal '07 / quebec '07 / ottawa '07 / toronto '08 / philadelphia '13 / ottawa '14

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    God, I can't even count how many times I have seen Dio. All the way back to Elf........

    I am still in shock.
    May 16, 2010. RIP, RJD.

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    I checked my old list and found eight times for myself. More than I thought! Unable to see him on LOTW or Dehuminizer due to lack of transportation but was no problem after those tours.

    1994 -

    September 10th, Blind Mellon's, Buffalo. NY - Dio/Atomic Opera - first time seeing Dio in person was up close! Awesome to finally hear H&H live, even if it was just the last part of the song. It was also the one and only time I had the chance to meet him...and didn't. I went with one of our guys from my college radio staion who got us backstage passes, so after the show we hung out and waited for the band to show. And waited, and waited, and...well, I'm not sure what happened but we waited quite a while and he didn't make itout there. Since it was late and we had a decent drive back, we had to leave. Oh if only...but it wasn't meant to be.


    2000 -
    April 24th - Annie's, Cincinnati, OH - Dio/The Unband - not a great venue but a great show regardless. First of my three Magica tour shows.
    November 16th - The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA - Dio/Yngwie Malmsteen/Doro - I happened to be in the San Jose area on business that week and saw this show the night before I headed home. No singer for Yngwie as he was in between them (long story) so a unique show for him. Dio - about 1 hr 45 minutes of GREAT material.

    2001 -

    February 21st - Bogart's, Cincinnati, OH - Dio/Lynch Mob/Armored Saint - Along with great sets by the openers, this was by far the best of the three Magica shows. TWO HOURS of great, great stuff. Full H&H song, Rainbow, best of the solo material, couldn't ask for more!

    2002 -

    June 16th - Polaris Amphitheater, Columbus, OH - Dio opening for Scorpions and Deep Purple - short set but still good. First time seeing the other legends as well, so it was a treat.

    2003 -
    August 9th - Polaris Amphitheater, Columbus, OH - Dio opening for Iron Maiden with Motorhead - Quality show by all three bands.

    2007 -
    May 11th - Time Warner Amphitheater, Cleveland, OH - Heaven & Hell with Megadeth and Machine Head - FINALLY!!! Call it Sabbath 'cuz it was - Ronnie with Tony, Geezer, and Vinnie. With three good friends, lots of beer, and a hotel room to crash in, it was a GREAT nice to say the least.

    2008 -
    Aug 16 - Post-Gazette Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA - Heaven & Hell with Judas Priest, Motorhead, Testament - I wrote a review of this show a while back and it still stands. Great performance again. I can't say enough that I was very fortunate I had the chance to see this lineup twice. Never again unfortunately.

    Folks, this is why you can't bear grudges for so long against someone. Imagine if Tony and Ronnie never buried the hatchet four years ago and got back together. We'd never have what we had over the past few years. RIP Ronnie. We miss you already.

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    Lost count, but still not as often as I could have (which I now regret greatly)!

    I still remember seeing his first tour with Black Sabbath supporting the Heaven & Hell album, Bill Ward still on drums - Philadelphia PA (the same place they appeared at a few years ago - the now demolished Spectrum).

    Ozzy had been SUCH a disappointment on the last tour (barely able to stand, let alone sing). Damn, what an improvement! And different, the sound had somehow evolved. Dio didn't have to imitate Ozzy. When he was on top of it, Ozzy was great. But Ronnie, he was always a professional and never failed to give a good performance.

    Oh and on bearing grudges, I don't think I forgave Ozzy for his lousy performances during the "Never Say Die" tour until about 2005 (when I finally got to see him perform VERY well with Black Sabbath at Camden NJ).
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    I saw him 3 times, once with the Dio band and twice with Heaven & Hell. Always good.

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    1992: Cleveland (I was only 2 at the time)
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    5 times in 2007
    twice in 2009

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    Can't remember all the dates, sorry...

    Solo:
    Once for Magica in Hartford (was supposed to be twice, I stood outside NY unable to get in)
    Once for Killing the Dragon in Worcester
    Once for Master of the Moon, I *think* in Worcester

    Heaven & Hell, not necessarily in order (I'm old):
    London, Ontario w Megadeth
    Radio City Music Hall, NY
    Mohegan Sun, CT w Megadeth
    Lowell, MA w Megadeth
    Mohegan Sun, CT w Alice Cooper
    Mohegan Sun, CT w Testament & Priest
    Wallingford CT for TDYK
    Boston, MA for TDYK

    I only wish it was more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainYowza View Post
    Good god, man - that's highly impressive. Rainbow too, eh? I was just too young to see that. Looks like my possible neighbor kamikazetom is the king of seeing Dio perform. As I listed, I was at many of those same shows, and I'd forgotten about the Canyon Club event (which was great) so I'm up to 14 now. Thanks for reminding me of that....gotta go update my spreadsheet.
    Yeah, I would have loved to have seen actual Rainbow with Ronnie. That's cool. Ask Tapio, I bet his number of times seeing dio is in triple digits, easy.
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    You can't believe how terrible I feel now after deciding to skip Heaven and Hell last they came to town...


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    I've only seen him twice, but both times were superb. Dio was definitely an amazing frontman.

    Dio - 2004 - Detroit, MI
    Heaven & Hell - 2007 - Cleveland, OH

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    Just once with Heaven & Hell in Copenhagen, 2007.

    Not only do I now feel very fortunate to have been there, I also had a couple of moments with Dio. When he began his stage rap to introduce Voodoo, I couldn't help myself and shouted "VOODOO!". Dio interrupted himself and said "you've got it! See, he knows what it's called!". Throughout the show, he also returned quite a few of my "devil's horns"-signs.

    He was a class act frontman, no other way to put it. I will always be in awe of how animate and energetic he was on stage and how he always seemed to get a kick out of singing in front of even the smallest audiences.

    Metal has lost its voice and music in general has lost a gentleman and a fantastic entertainer.

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    1992 BLACK SABBATH The Civic Center. Atlanta, GA

    1998 DIO The Outer Edge. Marietta, GA

    2000 DIO The Masquerade. Atlanta, GA

    2002 DIO Lakewood Amphitheater. Atlanta, GA

    2002 DIO The Masquerade. Atlanta, GA

    2004 DIO The Masquerade. Atlanta, GA

    2007 HEAVEN AND HELL Air Canada Centre. Toronto, ON

    2007 HEAVEN AND HELL Radio City Music Hall. New York, NY

    2007 HEAVEN AND HELL Grasop Metal Meeting. Dessel, Belgium

    2007 HEAVEN AND HELL St Petersburg Times Forum. Tampa, FL

    2008 HEAVEN AND HELL Nissan Pavillion. Bristow, VA

    2008 HEAVEN AND HELL Superpages.com Amphitheater. Dallas, TX

    2009 HEAVEN AND HELL Red Rocks Amphitheater. Morrison, CO

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    I've seen him only once,

    June 26, 2009 at Graspop festival Belgium.

    A gig to remember! It's so sad he died...

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    5 times for me:
    20.09.1998 - Festivalna Hall - Sofia, Bulgaria (as DIO)
    07.07.2005 - Kaliakra Stadium - Kavarna, Bulgaria (as DIO)
    31.12.2006 - City Square - Kavarna, Bulgaria - New Years Evening (as DIO)
    25.06.2007 - T-Mobile Arena - Prague, Czech Republic (as Heaven and Hell)
    28.06.2007 - Kaliakra Stadium - Kavarna, Bulgaria (as Heaven and Hell)

    I met him in person on 31.12.2006, on press conference which he gave before the New Years Evening concert. I asked him 5 or 6 questions. You can see 2 of them here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qkh0YZGOsfw

    That's me with Him:
    http://forums.katehizis.com/index.ph...e=post&id=1497

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    105 times:

    01. Ronnie James Dio: 15.08.1987, Hämeenlinna, Finland
    02. Ronnie James Dio: 29.05.1990, London, UK
    03. Ronnie James Dio: 02.09.1992, Edinburgh, UK (as Black Sabbath)
    04. Ronnie James Dio: 20.11.1993, Neumarkt, Germany
    05. Ronnie James Dio: 22.11.1993, Osnabrück, Germany
    06. Ronnie James Dio: 23.11.1993, Offenbach, Germany
    07. Ronnie James Dio: 24.11.1993, Ludwigsburg, Germany
    08. Ronnie James Dio: 25.11.1993, München, Germany
    09. Ronnie James Dio: 27.11.1993, Birkelbach, Germany
    10. Ronnie James Dio: 28.11.1993, Hannover, Germany
    11. Ronnie James Dio: 30.11.1993, Augsburg, Germany
    12. Ronnie James Dio: 01.12.1993, Zürich, Switzerland
    13. Ronnie James Dio: 04.12.1993, Vienna, Austria
    14. Ronnie James Dio: 21.02.1997, Helsinki, Finland
    15. Ronnie James Dio: 23.02.1997, Stockholm, Sweden
    16. Ronnie James Dio: 24.02.1997, Oslo, Norway
    17. Ronnie James Dio: 25.02.1997, Gothenburg, Sweden
    18. Ronnie James Dio: 23.03.1997, London, UK
    19. Ronnie James Dio: 19.05.1998, Bakersfield, CA, USA
    20. Ronnie James Dio: 20.05.1998, Yucaipa, CA, USA
    21. Ronnie James Dio: 22.05.1998, San Francisco, CA, USA
    22. Ronnie James Dio: 23.05.1998, Las Vegas, NV, USA
    23. Ronnie James Dio: 24.05.1998, Scottsdale, AZ, USA
    24. Ronnie James Dio: 25.05.1998, San Diego, CA, USA
    25. Ronnie James Dio: 28.05.1998, Albuquerque, NM, USA
    26. Ronnie James Dio: 29.05.1998, Denver, CO, USA
    27. Ronnie James Dio: 31.05.1998, Oklahoma City, OK, USA
    28. Ronnie James Dio: 01.06.1998, Kansas City, MO, USA
    29. Ronnie James Dio: 02.06.1998, Wichita, KS, USA
    30. Ronnie James Dio: 03.06.1998, Sauget, IL, USA
    31. Ronnie James Dio: 05.06.1998, Medina, MN, USA
    32. Ronnie James Dio: 06.06.1998, Milwaukee, WI, USA
    33. Ronnie James Dio: 08.06.1998, Rantoul, IL, USA
    34. Ronnie James Dio: 09.06.1998, Pekin, IL, USA
    35. Ronnie James Dio: 11.06.1998, Fort Wayne, IN, USA
    36. Ronnie James Dio: 12.06.1998, Cincinnati, OH, USA
    37. Ronnie James Dio: 13.06.1998, Louisville, KY, USA
    38. Ronnie James Dio: 15.06.1998, West Springfield, VA, USA
    39. Ronnie James Dio: 16.06.1998, Riviera Beach, MD, USA
    40. Ronnie James Dio: 18.06.1998, Buffalo, NY, USA
    41. Ronnie James Dio: 19.06.1998, Old Bridge, NJ, USA
    42. Ronnie James Dio: 29.10.1998, Gävle, Sweden
    43. Ronnie James Dio: 30.10.1998, Karlstad, Sweden
    44. Ronnie James Dio: 31.10.1998, Gothenburg, Sweden
    45. Ronnie James Dio: 01.11.1998, Oslo, Norway
    46. Ronnie James Dio: 03.11.1998, Helsinki, Finland
    47. Ronnie James Dio: 04.03.1999, St. Petersburg, Russia
    48. Ronnie James Dio: 05.03.1999, Moscow, Russia
    49. Ronnie James Dio: 12.06.1999, Sölvesborg, Sweden
    50. Ronnie James Dio: 25.09.1999, London, UK (as Deep Purple)
    51. Ronnie James Dio: 26.09.1999, London, UK (as Deep Purple)
    52. Ronnie James Dio: 18.11.1999, Stockholm, Sweden
    53. Ronnie James Dio: 19.11.1999, Norrköping, Sweden
    54. Ronnie James Dio: 20.11.1999, Karlskoga, Sweden
    55. Ronnie James Dio: 21.11.1999, Sundsvall, Sweden
    56. Ronnie James Dio: 23.11.1999, Umeå, Sweden
    57. Ronnie James Dio: 24.11.1999, Luleå, Sweden
    58. Ronnie James Dio: 26.11.1999, Oulu, Finland
    59. Ronnie James Dio: 27.11.1999, Turku, Finland
    60. Ronnie James Dio: 29.11.1999, Helsinki, Finland
    61. Ronnie James Dio: 21.03.2000, Ventura, CA, USA
    62. Ronnie James Dio: 23.03.2000, Seattle, WA, USA
    63. Ronnie James Dio: 24.03.2000, Seattle, WA, USA
    64. Ronnie James Dio: 25.03.2000, Portland, OR, USA
    65. Ronnie James Dio: 27.03.2000, San Francisco, CA, USA
    66. Ronnie James Dio: 10.06.2000, Sölvesborg, Sweden
    67. Ronnie James Dio: 06.10.2000, Gothenburg, Sweden (as Deep Purple)
    68. Ronnie James Dio: 07.10.2000, Stockholm, Sweden (as Deep Purple)
    69. Ronnie James Dio: 06.05.2001, Oulu, Finland
    70. Ronnie James Dio: 07.05.2001, Helsinki, Finland
    71. Ronnie James Dio: 18.05.2001, London, UK
    72. Ronnie James Dio: 04.10.2002, London, UK
    73. Ronnie James Dio: 05.10.2002, Wolverhampton, UK
    74. Ronnie James Dio: 06.10.2002, Manchester, UK
    75. Ronnie James Dio: 06.07.2003, Turku, Finland
    76. Ronnie James Dio: 18.07.2004, Helsinki, Finland
    77. Ronnie James Dio: 04.08.2004, Karlsruhe, Germany
    78. Ronnie James Dio: 10.06.2005, Tampere, Finland
    79. Ronnie James Dio: 08.12.2005, Helsinki, Finland
    80. Ronnie James Dio: 09.12.2005, Jyväskylä, Finland
    81. Ronnie James Dio: 10.12.2005, Oulu, Finland
    82. Ronnie James Dio: 01.07.2006, Tuuri, Finland
    83. Ronnie James Dio: 28.08.2006, Copenhagen, Denmark
    84. Ronnie James Dio: 29.08.2006, Århus, Denmark
    85. Ronnie James Dio: 24.03.2007, London, ONT, Canada (as Heaven And Hell)
    86. Ronnie James Dio: 09.06.2007, Tampere, Finland (as Heaven And Hell)
    87. Ronnie James Dio: 10.06.2007, Helsinki, Finland (as Heaven And Hell)
    88. Ronnie James Dio: 13.11.2007, Birmingham, UK (as Heaven And Hell)
    89. Ronnie James Dio: 14.11.2007, Cardiff, UK (as Heaven And Hell)
    90. Ronnie James Dio: 15.11.2007, Nottingham, UK (as Heaven And Hell)
    91. Ronnie James Dio: 17.11.2007, Plymouth, UK (as Heaven And Hell)
    92. Ronnie James Dio: 18.11.2007, Bournemouth, UK (as Heaven And Hell)
    93. Ronnie James Dio: 06.06.2008, Oulu, Finland
    94. Ronnie James Dio: 07.06.2008, Lahti, Finland
    95. Ronnie James Dio: 30.05.2009, Moscow, Russia (as Heaven And Hell)
    96. Ronnie James Dio: 31.05.2009, Moscow, Russia (as Heaven And Hell)
    97. Ronnie James Dio: 01.06.2009, St. Petersburg, Russia (as Heaven And Hell)
    98. Ronnie James Dio: 02.06.2009, Helsinki, Finland (as Heaven And Hell)
    99. Ronnie James Dio: 14.06.2009, Karlsruhe, Germany (as Heaven And Hell)
    100. Ronnie James Dio: 16.06.2009, Bonn, Germany (as Heaven And Hell)
    101. Ronnie James Dio: 25.07.2009, Oulu, Finland (as Heaven And Hell)
    102. Ronnie James Dio: 07.08.2009, Vancouver, BC, Canada (as Heaven And Hell)
    103. Ronnie James Dio: 08.08.2009, Seattle, WA, USA (as Heaven And Hell)
    104. Ronnie James Dio: 10.08.2009, San Francisco, CA, USA (as Heaven And Hell)
    105. Ronnie James Dio: 11.08.2009, Los Angeles, CA, USA (as Heaven And Hell)

    Before anyone decides to comment about band names, the above list is a cut-n-paste from a separate posting I made a while ago. If there is no "as hee-hee-haa" above, it means the band was Dio.

    Tapio

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    I feel very happy that I got see Ronnie live for two times at least:

    2007 H&H Offenbach, Germany

    that was a hell of a trip for me. I arrived at the venue very early (some guy I never met before gave me ride to the place), hours before the show actually started.
    the show itself was the best I've ever seen so far; "children of the sea" was the second song on the setlist & as Ronny started to sing the lyrics..."in the misty morning..." I felt the tears flowing down my eyes. that was really, really an intense show for me, finally seeing SABBATH reunited with the best singer they ever had (just my opinion; I've also seen them with Tony Martin & Ozzy before).
    after the show, I had a little chat with with Scott Warren, telling him that I missed "Lonely is the word" (haha). also got the chance to get my ticket-stubb signed by tony iommi, who took a moment to sign stuff outside (in the rain!).
    after that, I had to take a taxi to frankfurt, and tried to catch some "sleep" on a seat at the local trainstation (together with other weirdos arround me); my train left at 5:30 on the morning, 4 hours later I finally arrived home. Have to admit I skipped school that day...haha.

    2009 H&H Karlsruhe, Germany

    again, another great show. can't say which one of the both I saw I liked more. but this was - for sure - the LOUDEST show I ever attended. ---> Tony's guitar!! Glad I had some ear-protection with me...haha.

    One thing I never did manage was to see DIO (the band) ...I planned on seeing them in Reichenbach (Germany) last winter, but that tour got cancelled as we all know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diotapio View Post
    50. Ronnie James Dio: 25.09.1999, London, UK (as Deep Purple)
    51. Ronnie James Dio: 26.09.1999, London, UK (as Deep Purple)
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    67. Ronnie James Dio: 06.10.2000, Gothenburg, Sweden (as Deep Purple)
    68. Ronnie James Dio: 07.10.2000, Stockholm, Sweden (as Deep Purple)
    Can you explain, please?

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    I've seen him three time with Dio: "Last In Line" tour Glens Falls, NY, "Sacred Heart" tour Troy, NY, and "Dream Evil" tour Glens Falls, NY.

    With Sabbath, I've been very lucky to see them five time: "Dehumanizer" tour Albany, NY, Radio City Muci Hall - 3/30/07 (My favorite all-time concert), Albany, NY - 5/16/07, "Metal Master" tour Holmdel, NJ, and what turned out to be his second to last ever show, Boston, MA - 8/28/09.

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    I saw him 5 times:

    08-05-2000 Rock City Nottingham UK (Dio, Magica)
    12-08-2004 Carling Academy Birmingham UK (Dio, Master Of The Moon)
    21-10-2005 Carling Academy Birmingham UK (Dio, Holy Diver Live)
    13-11-2007 NEC Birmingham UK (H&H, The Dio Years)
    27-05-2008 Carling Academy Birmingham UK (Dio)

    25-11-2009 Academy Birmingham UK (Dio, I booked tickets to this show, but it was cancelled)

    I was also hoping to catch H&H on The Devil You Know tour, when it came to the UK.

    I've been listening to the man since i was very young, 5 or 6 years old, since my older brother played me his records.

    His passing has left a very large hole in my life, which can never be filled.

    R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio 1942-2010

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    I am so jealous of all you guys who got to see him live a bunch of times. I unfortanatly never saw him live. The only time I was really in position too, I was 14 and a so called friend went and got me a ticket, in which I paid for, and the f'n bastard never showed. Not only was I out the money but I missed the show. I believe it was The Last In Line tour. After that I never really got the chance. The last time he was in my area was the last show in Atlantic City. God now how I wished I got tickets.

    I explained to a co-worker yesterday why I was so sad. To us Metal fans he was the greatest. For us this is as big as Michael Jackson for the Pop music world. Ronnie had the greatest powerful voice out there. And judging by those who knew him, he was the nicest, kindest human being as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pery_mason View Post
    Can you explain, please?
    the Symphonic shows Purple did with several special guests... I guess WITH Deep Purple would have been a better explanation!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxUccHzY0K8[COLOR="silver"]
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    October 1992: Dehumanizer tour
    April 1997: Solo show in support of Angry Machines
    May 1998: Solo show in support of The Last In Live double live album
    August 2007: Heaven & Hell

    It kind sucks that there was such a long gap between the last two. But for whatever reason he wasn't booked to play my area for quite a long time I'm still greatful that I at least got to see him

    Tapio that is an impressive list. I know how big of a Dio fan you are because i've been to your page many times. But I had no idea you saw him live that much. WOW!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by devilmaycare View Post
    My only question would be...

    "WHY"??
    Because he's a big fan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryHeart View Post
    Because he's a big fan.
    Yeah I know... A little harsh...

    I just don't like anything RJD put his name to particularly since say... 1984... but you're right...

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    Quote Originally Posted by devilmaycare View Post
    Yeah I know... A little harsh...

    I just don't like anything RJD put his name to particularly since say... 1984... but you're right...

    I have to ask Why? Not trying to be smart, and you can PM me as we should keep this clean. But IMO the LEGEND that is Dio is: outstanding music. what changed for you after 84.

    I will preface this in that I know music is a very personal thing, and one persons favorite is anothers trash. I knew you did not like TDYK, but I had always assumed you were a pretty big Dio fan. Just curious.
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    Exactly twice. Ronnie got me into metal. Tuned into local 96.7 hard rock station and they were playing Rainbow in the Dark a few years ago and I was blown away. Bought Holy Diver and went from there.

    Saw the rehearsal for this tour last may, got his autograph and shook his hand.

    Then saw the LA show in August, got backstage and my H&H vinyl autographed.

    One of the classiest guys in the industry. All four of those guys actually.
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    I have to ask Why? Not trying to be smart, and you can PM me as we should keep this clean. But IMO the LEGEND that is Dio is: outstanding music. what changed for you after 84.

    I will preface this in that I know music is a very personal thing, and one persons favorite is anothers trash. I knew you did not like TDYK, but I had always assumed you were a pretty big Dio fan. Just curious.

    Okay. THis is way of topic in a "CONCERT" thread, but the question was asked.

    Yes I AM a big Dio fan.

    But I am a fan of his work from the first Rainbow record (well, about half of it) through to "The Last In Line" in particular.

    When I was MUCH younger I loved pretty much everything with the RJD name on it, but age, experience, general life stuff... changes opinions, views & tastes... Sometimes you just grow out of stuff, or get into other stuff.

    I've always said here that I like SOME of the first Rainbow album, that I think RISING is horribly over-rated and that I like 3 songs out of the six on offer, but that Side 2 could redeem just about ANY record. I LOVE LLRnR, H&H, MR & Holy Diver... The Last In Line was excellent too for the most part, but then...

    For ME, the standard of Dio's "solo" records plummeted, tired Holy Diver (the song) retreads swamped most of them, decent melodies were rarer than hen's teeth. I honestly can't think of a post 1984 song that I'd consider indispensable in my collection.

    I didn't like Dehumanizer. As you say I didn't like TDYK.

    And let's face it. The VOICE was going. His vocals didn't SOAR the way they did, he walked where he used to fly... Granted for his age, he was AMAZING... but I don't judge by age... I judge by performance. That's why I didn't attend those final two shows I had tickets for... I just knew I'd be disappointed.

    So I am a fan - you could say - of PAST GLORIES. I know this isn't a particularly good time to express this, but I always have on these forums & RJD's tragic death hasn't (& SHOULDN'T) change my opinions & I won't pretend otherwise.

    As you say. Music is a personal thing. These are my opinions & I certainly don't expect ANYONE here to agree with them.
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    I am happy to say that I've seen him five times although I wish I saw him more. Here's my list:

    June 2002: Dio/Scorpions/Deep Purple at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA
    December 2002: Hammerfall/Kings X/Dio at the Worcester Palladium in Worcester, MA
    July 2003: Motorhead/Dio/Iron Maiden at the Worcester Centrum in Worcesterr, MA
    May 2007: Machine Head/Megadeth/Heaven and Hell at Tsongas Arena in Lowell, MA
    August 2009: Coheed and Cambria/Heaven and Hell at Bank of America Pavilion in Boston, MA

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    1984 Last In Line tour
    1985 Sacred Heart Tour
    1987 Dream Evil tour
    1992 Dehumanizer tour
    1998 Last In Live tour (opening for Iron Maiden)
    2002 Killing The Dragon tour (twice, as headliner)
    2003 Killing The Dragon tour (opening for Iron Maiden)
    2007 Heaven and Hell Live tour

    That makes 9 times, and he was killer each and every time. God, I will miss him...
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    I was fortunate to see Ronnie 7 times (most of them with Black Sabbath) -

    but my favorite was in 2007 at Merriweather Post Pavillion in Maryland with Heaven and Hell. My daughter, just 18 at the time, had won a poster contest for the Dio Years, chosen by the band. One of the prizes was the opportunity to meet them after the show. Tony, Geezer and Ronnie were incredible - so gracious, so kind. They exceeded every expectation we could have had and then some.

    But Ronnie could have talked all night. I had the distinct feeling we could've gone out and had a beer together. I get the sense from reading all the tributes that he was just like that - had a way of making you feel like you were the only one in the room. Our conversation revolved around his work on the the Butterfly Ball. He just lit up. And I'll cherish the memory forever.

    the list is as follows:

    August, 1980 - Black and Blue Concert with Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult in Hartford, CT (with Bill Ward!)
    July, 1982 - Mob Rules tour in Troy, Wisconsin (with 38 Special)
    August, 1992 - Dehumanizer tour in Washington, DC (with Prong)
    June, 2002 - Dio, Deep Purple, Scorpions in Columbia, MD
    May, 2007 - Heaven and Hell in Columbia, MD (with Megadeth)
    August, 2008 - Heaven and Hell in Bristow, VA (with Judas Priest)
    August, 2009 - Heaven and Hell in Bristow, VA (with Coheed and Cambria)

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    I had a couple of 'false starts'. In 1988 I was supposed to go, but "friend" never bought my ticket and ripped off my $20. (He was an ex-friend after that).

    In 1992, Dio didn't play at the Costa Mesa shows opening for Ozzy. We got Halford & Ozzy so that was still an awesome treat.

    Finally, In 2000 he headlined at Universal Amphitheatre for the Magica tour. They played Magica in it's entirety - it was awesome.

    2002 - Dio was the third act with Scorps and Deep Purple.

    2003 - Dio was the second act with Iron Maiden and Motorhead. They played Stargazer!!!!!!

    2006 - I was at a Queensryche show and he came out to play Dr. X during Mindrcime 2. (That was the highlight of that night for sure).

    2007 was the best show yet! It was the first of the Heaven and Hell tours and was just incredible. I thought I missed my chance seeing Dio with Sabbath, but alas they made it happen!

    2009 was the last show. I bought a last minute ticket that afternoon off craigslist and made it to the Greek just in time. I even sat by myself. It was a great show and in retrospect, I am really really glad I went.

    So there you go, just 5+ times seeing the man in concert. He sure was on top of his gave every single time that's for sure.

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    First saw Ronnie on the last in line tour 1984 at De montfort Hall in Leicester & had the honour of meeting the man albeit too briefly, then Donington 1987, Black Sabbath 1992 at the NEC Birmingham, Special guest to Alice Cooper 2000 also at the NEC & finally Heaven & Hell 2007 at the Nottingham Arena. Also had tickets for Lincoln Engine Shed gig & Bloodstock, but for obvious reasons cancelled.
    I still can't take the news in, i grew up listening to Ronnie sing with that golden voice & part of youth died on the 16th May.
    RIP RONNIE JAMES DIO.

    I almost forgot Black Sabbath were due to play the first ever gig i ever went to which was the Heavy Metal Holocaust at Port Vale Football Ground, Stoke On Trent in 1981, but some reason i can't remember why, they pulled out, but they were replaced by Ozzy Osbourne's Blizzard Of Ozz & for that i am eternally grateful as i managed to see the late great Randy Rhoads live.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slack_haddock View Post
    First saw Ronnie on the last in line tour 1984 at De montfort Hall in Leicester
    Hey I was there. That was the night he cut the encore short & stropped off because some twat climbed onstage!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Siegler View Post
    Yeah, I would have loved to have seen actual Rainbow with Ronnie. That's cool. Ask Tapio, I bet his number of times seeing dio is in triple digits, easy.
    Sounds like Captain Yowza & Joe were at some of the same Dallas shows that I was - Found my pictures of the Dio show at DCL & will have them uploaded to my facebook page soon - when I do I'll post a link so Joe & Capt Yowza can relive some old memories

    Was talking to a friend of mine today & he reminded me of the Gypsy Tea Room show where we saw Ronnie play Gates of Babylon - I forgot about this show - I do remember wanting to hear LA Connection that night - unfortunately now with Ronnie gone I can't listen to that song with it's opening lyric - just too soon & it's one of my favorite Rainbow songs
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    My first time seeing Ronnie perform at the Spectrum in Philadelphia he was in Black Sabbath in 1981. Then a few years later In Philadelphia it was Holy Diver Tour 1983 then 1984 Last in Line Tour and 1985 Sacred Heart Tour . Later in 2007 Heaven and Hell Masters of Metal Tour in Camden, NJ and little did I know that this would be his last performance Heaven and Hell in Atlantic City, NJ . I wish I had seen him more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by devilmaycare View Post
    Okay. THis is way of topic in a "CONCERT" thread, but the question was asked.

    Yes I AM a big Dio fan.

    But I am a fan of his work from the first Rainbow record (well, about half of it) through to "The Last In Line" in particular.

    When I was MUCH younger I loved pretty much everything with the RJD name on it, but age, experience, general life stuff... changes opinions, views & tastes... Sometimes you just grow out of stuff, or get into other stuff.

    I've always said here that I like SOME of the first Rainbow album, that I think RISING is horribly over-rated and that I like 3 songs out of the six on offer, but that Side 2 could redeem just about ANY record. I LOVE LLRnR, H&H, MR & Holy Diver... The Last In Line was excellent too for the most part, but then...

    For ME, the standard of Dio's "solo" records plummeted, tired Holy Diver (the song) retreads swamped most of them, decent melodies were rarer than hen's teeth. I honestly can't think of a post 1984 song that I'd consider indispensable in my collection.

    I didn't like Dehumanizer. As you say I didn't like TDYK.

    And let's face it. The VOICE was going. His vocals didn't SOAR the way they did, he walked where he used to fly... Granted for his age, he was AMAZING... but I don't judge by age... I judge by performance. That's why I didn't attend those final two shows I had tickets for... I just knew I'd be disappointed.

    So I am a fan - you could say - of PAST GLORIES. I know this isn't a particularly good time to express this, but I always have on these forums & RJD's tragic death hasn't (& SHOULDN'T) change my opinions & I won't pretend otherwise.

    As you say. Music is a personal thing. These are my opinions & I certainly don't expect ANYONE here to agree with them.
    Thanks for humoring me and responding. Yep it is waaaay off topic, and you could have replied in a PM.

    I respect your taste in music, and was just looking for your opinion. Thanks for taking the time to answer.

    Now back to the thread.....
    "I can honestly say it’s truly been an honor to play at his side for all these years, his music will live on forever." ~ Tony Iommi (Speaking of Ronnie James Dio)

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