Me clearly remembers when me was a wee lad & Mobil petrol stations were having a promo. Fer every RM10 of fuel pumped ye got a sticker & once ye had ten stickers, ye got to choose a free cassette. One time me dad let me choose & even though me was just 10 years old, me hand randomly pointed towards the gold cover of Rainbow's Long Live Rock n Roll. Suffice to say, me ears were too tender fer the ruckus & the tape was consigned to the drawer of forgotten relics.
But me curiosity was awakened again when later on, me kept hearing Rainbow tunes on the nightly FM radio programmes such as Pilihan Anda. (Yes, in the Dark Ages prior to the world wide web, us folks had to rely on local radio fer entertainment!). Soon that tape was dug out & the slow journey towards metaldom had begun.
Any long hair worth his or her salt will always have a soft spot fer Ronnie James Dio. In fact, many, like meself, would have had their first forays into heavy rock thanks to the many classics he penned - Temple of the King (Rainbow), Heaven & Hell (Black Sabbath) &, of course, Holy Diver (Dio).
Sadly, Dio succumbed to stomach cancer yesterday. He was 67.
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