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MPF
01-13-2010, 05:15 PM
*Taken from Dio's Myspace*

After a few hiccups between Christmas and New Year’s, such as a blood clot, a trip to the emergency room, and a three day stay at the hospital, we had a quiet holiday spent with family and close friends. Ronnie and I just returned from Houston, where Ronnie had his third chemo treatment, and all seems to be going well. Ronnie and Simon Wright went to see Avatar, which he thought was amazing! He has also been writing more chapters for his book.

While at M.D. Anderson Cancer Centre on his second trip, he met a DIO fan named Carmen who has been having treatment every other day for a year, and is eagerly awaiting a bone marrow transplant. Ronnie and Carmen have become fast friends. Carmen is a very positive happy person whose existence, like Ronnie’s, depends heavily on music and sports. On the third trip, we also met his mom and sister, whose total support is so important to all cancer patients. They have become part of our family as well.

The support we get from all of our friends and fans is such a blessing to Ronnie and I.
Ronnie, Geezer, Tony and Vinny will be doing some interviews in the upcoming weeks to be included in the new 30th anniversary Heaven and Hell DVD due out sometime this year.

We would like to thank Simon Wright, who has been such a help with everything and a good, good friend, of course our doctor at MD Anderson, Dr. Ajani, and especially our family doctor, Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, without whose quick diagnosis and help with all the nurses and hospitals, we would be lost. His care and compassion is unwavering.

Thanks again to all of Ronnie’s friends and fans, and --- by the way ---- Ronnie has not lost any hair yet!

------ Wendy Dio



It's great to hear Dio is still pulling though. I know he will kick cancer's ass!

mankvill
01-13-2010, 05:19 PM
Thanks again to all of Ronnie’s friends and fans, and --- by the way ---- Ronnie has not lost any hair yet!

:fist:

Sanitarium78
01-13-2010, 05:32 PM
It's great to know everything is going well so far. Dio still has a very long road ahead of him and it won't be easy. After the treatments he's gonna need time to get back to normal and into touring shape. Given his age I think he should just do a farewell tour and then retire once he's better. He deserves a retirement and he doesn't owe anyone anything else in the metal world. He's done more for it than anyone could've asked of him:horns:

ravenheart
01-14-2010, 12:37 AM
Ronnie's hair is blatantly indestructible.

ChildrenofSodom
01-14-2010, 06:43 AM
Ronnie James Dio is a god on earth. I didn't know he was writing a back. Where can I pre-order?

ravenheart
01-14-2010, 07:12 AM
He's been doing an auto-biog for a couple of years.

Sanitarium78
01-14-2010, 12:24 PM
The Dio auto-biography will no doubt be one of the best reads off all time. I wonder if he'll include the stuff he's going through with cancer or not? I'm deffinately looking forward to it's release whenever that happens to be.

davidis138
01-14-2010, 12:58 PM
My cousin told me they have dates that they're gonna be scheduling for this year in support of the DVD so it seems like Dio's gonna beat this thing :light:

Sanitarium78
01-14-2010, 05:30 PM
My cousin told me they have dates that they're gonna be scheduling for this year in support of the DVD so it seems like Dio's gonna beat this thing :light:

Yeah, they've had the dates up for about a month or so on Black-Sabbath.com. Heaven & Hell is schedueled to play Sonisphere and some other festivals in Europe this summer. It is a good sign no doubt, but no one should take it to mean that Dio is gonna beat this by then. There's still a long way to go before that happens.

Over on the Sabbath boards many believe that these dates are being booked just to give Dio a time frame to get better by. It doesn't necessarily mean he will be better by then. They don't have top billing at any of the shows so if they have to pull out it won't hurt the festivals too badly. This is also a good sign for the future of H&H too. By booking these dates they're telling the fans they do wanna continue making music and touring together:party:

Maiden33
01-14-2010, 05:39 PM
I mean this in the nicest way possible...

Screw Heaven and Hell.

I saw them, they put out a record (that many, including myself were phenomenally disappointed with). They've toured quite a bit in the last 3 years. If Dio does continue his career in some capacity, I want a solo farewell tour - nothing more. A record prior would be nice, but not mandatory. I just wanna see his solo shit live. That's all I ask.

Sanitarium78
01-14-2010, 06:03 PM
I mean this in the nicest way possible...

Screw Heaven and Hell.

I saw them, they put out a record (that many, including myself were phenomenally disappointed with). They've toured quite a bit in the last 3 years. If Dio does continue his career in some capacity, I want a solo farewell tour - nothing more. A record prior would be nice, but not mandatory. I just wanna see his solo shit live. That's all I ask.

I liked TDYK but you're right that they have toured a lot over the last few years. Dio was planning on doing some solo dates in Europe before he had to cancel them due to the cancer. He was also planning on releasing Magica 2 & 3 so there are deffinately plans for him to go solo again if he pulls through this.

Playing shows with HNH is a better choice for him right now. I say that because playing solo he would have to be the whole show. Who knows after this if he'll have the energy for that right away. With HNH he doesn't have to do that because Tony, Geezer and Vinnie can help pick up the slack if Dio isn't feeling to well that particular day. Doing some gigs with HNH is better for him because it'll help him get back into "touring shape" and when he feels well enough he can go out solo again.

ChildrenofSodom
01-14-2010, 07:17 PM
Maybe they could change the Heaven and Hell setlist? I mean, they only have 4 albums to choose from. Everyone loves that stuff, but they could stand to throw a few Dio solo stuff and Ozzy-era Sabbath in there, make the whole crowd happy.

Maiden33
01-14-2010, 07:24 PM
Maybe they could change the Heaven and Hell setlist? I mean, they only have 4 albums to choose from. Everyone loves that stuff, but they could stand to throw a few Dio solo stuff and Ozzy-era Sabbath in there, make the whole crowd happy.

I don't know, I don't think that's the answer. Because the people that really want Ozzy material will still want Ozzy himself and more Ozzy material, and the people that want Dio's solo stuff will still want more than just a song or two. Frankly I think it would be wrong to ask Tony and Geezer to learn Dio solo tunes. Especially Tony. I mean the man has made a shit-ton of albums himself, enough great material to fill multiple totally different sets, it'd be silly to ask him to basically do covers. It's basically compromising the big picture in order to really not satisfy anyone.

I sincerely hope, as has been mentioned, these couple of H&H shows are merely a stepping stone to Dio getting up to snuff again, to hopefully give us one more solo tour. The thought of him finally retiring without me having EVER seen him solo breaks my heart.

idrinkwine732
01-14-2010, 08:39 PM
If Dio is up to it, I don't see him retiring without him doing a Dio solo tour.

IrritatedTrout
01-14-2010, 08:57 PM
I'd love to see Dio solo, but I adore H&H also. As long as I get to see Dio perform I'm happy, no matter what band it is.

idrinkwine732
01-14-2010, 09:19 PM
I'd love to see Dio solo, but I adore H&H also. As long as I get to see Dio perform I'm happy, no matter what band it is.

I feel the same way. Just to be in his presence as he performs would be enough for me.

ravenheart
01-15-2010, 02:22 AM
Dio won't retire completely until he's finished Magica.

Since I've seen Dio solo four times and H&H three times, I don't actually care in which capacity I see him again for now. Until he finishes Magica. Then I want a full Magica tour and fuck all you Greatest Hits lovers.

Blitzkrieg Witchcraft
01-15-2010, 08:22 AM
I saw Dio preform the whole Magica album in concert. It was a beating.

ChildrenofSodom
01-15-2010, 10:40 AM
I've never seen him do solo. I would kill for that experience.

Sanitarium78
01-15-2010, 12:23 PM
I've seen him twice solo. Back in '96 and '97. He put on excellent shows both times. For the concert in '97 he had a meet and greet in a local record store that afternoon. I got to meet him shake his hand and got himto autograph my Last In Line CD! That's my most prized possession on my colloection.

When I meet him it was only just a few monents all we did was exchange plesantries and he signed my CD. Just from those few minutes though you could tell how friendly of a guy he is. He was talking with all the fans like he knew you and he was just catching up with old friends. You didn't get the feeling at all that the people there were strangers to Ronnie in anyway.

The concert that night was amazing he played a small club and there were only about 4 or 5 hundered people there. Ronnie performed like he was playing in front of a huge festival crowd though. I can't remeber the exact set but he played for about and hour and 45 mins and he did a good mix of solo, Sabbath and Rainbow material. Just a totally awesome day that was for me and my brother who went with me to the meet and greet and the show.

Maiden33
01-15-2010, 12:47 PM
He was talking with all the fans like he knew you and he was just catching up with old friends. You didn't get the feeling at all that the people there were strangers to Ronnie in anyway.

This was my biggest positive remark after meeting Jon Oliva.