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Monday, August 10, 2009

Will the Real Ronnie James Dio Please Stand Up and Shout?

Posted By on Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 10:00 AM

click to enlarge Devilish: Heaven & Hell
  • Devilish: Heaven & Hell
With the possible exception of Judas Priest's Rob Halford, Ronnie James Dio is probably the greatest heavy metal singer of all time. Dio's a bit of an anomaly to metal's usual Satanic shtick--he's an Italian-American Roman Catholic--though that hasn't stopped him from recording and touring with the members of Black Sabbath as Heaven and Hell, who play the Warfield tonight. Nor has it prevented him from writing tunes like "Lady Evil" and "Heaven and Hell." Dio's high notes frequently surround lyrical themes of existentialist humanistic issues, but he's got a flair for classical mythology, Dantean archetypes and quasi-mystical magical realism as well. We thought it would be fun to see if all you true heshers out there can tell a real Dio couplet from a fake one.

click to enlarge Rennaisance Man: Ronnie James Dio
  • Rennaisance Man: Ronnie James Dio

Which of the following are actual Ronnie James Dio lyrics?

1) Between the velvet lies, there's a truth that's hard as steel

2) You ride the tiger, so let it out

3) Warlocks and wolves walk in the moonlight, you've been captured by fright

4) I'm the night, the night, the dark and the light

5) The devil is never a maker, I think he's coaching the Lakers

6) Cry out to legions of the brave, time again to save us from the jackals of the grave

7) Elves are all around me, pixie dust in my eyes, magic comes to life again

8) She was a succubus, quite dangerous, she caught me in her spell

9) In the misty morning on the edge of time, we've lost the rising sun, it's the final sign

10) Riding in a gypsy caravan, wont you tell me who I am?


Answers: #'s 1, 2, 4, 6, and 9 are all authentic Dio lyrics; #5 is an altered version of "Heaven and Hell" sung by Tenacious D in the movie "Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny."

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