Ronnie James Dio
While Ronnie James Dio is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential heavy metal artists of all time, he may be best remembered for popularizing the “Metal Horns” or “Throwing Horns” hand gesture in metal culture. According to a version provided by the singer himself, the act derives directly from the classic Italian apotropaic gesture, which his grandmother did on a regular basis.
The first time Dio quit or thrown out of Black Sabbath was in 1982 when conflict arose over the mixing of the Live Evil album. Iommi asserted that the album’s engineer began complaining to him that he would work all day long on a mix, only to have Dio return to the studio at night to “do his own mix” in which his vocals were more prominent. This was denied by Dio. The conflict led to Dio and Appice ultimately quitting the band later that year.
Rainbow, the band he joined led by Ritchie Blackmore, was named after the infamous rock star watering hole, the Rainbow Bar and Grill on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. Coincidentally, it was where Dio met his wife Wendy, who was a waitress at the establishment and who was introduced to Dio by Blackmore who knew Wendy back in her native England.
Final Resting Place:
Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills
6300 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles, California, 90068
Grave Location:Courts of Remembrance, Distinguished Memorial, Sarcophagus 77
Grave Location Description
As you enter the cemetery gates drive ahead and turn left on Evergreen Drive. With the White Church on your left continue driving and then turn right on Vista Lane and park in front of the large outdoor mausoleum. As you walk to the entry way (with actress Betty Davis crypt on your left) continue walking straight ahead through three corridors. Look to your right and along the wall you will see the large Ronnie James Dio sarcophagus complete with throwing horns vases on both sides of his final resting place. While in the neighborhood don’t forget to visit Lemmy nearby.
Grave Location GPS34.1498058348, -118.3196120445
Visiting The Grave:
Read More About Ronnie James Dio:
- Published Obituary
- Wikipedia Entry
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