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Rock Legend Ronnie James Dio Dies Aged 67

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Former Rainbow and Black Sabbath singer Ronnie James Dio died earlier today, aged 67, after a battle with stomach cancer.

The first gig I ever went to was to see his own band, Dio, in 1985 at the legendary Glasgow Apollo.

But even by then, RJD had been making music for more than a quarter of a century.

His first single, with the band Ronnie and the Red Caps, was released in 1958. This one, An Angel Is Missing, is from 1960:

When Former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore formed Rainbow in 1975, he hired Ronnie James Dio as lead singer. Dio’s previous band, Elf, had supported Deep Purple on tour for several years.

Here’s Rainbow performing The Man On The Silver Mountain and Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll in, I think, Munich in 1977.

Dio left Rainbow due to musical differences in 1978 and took over as singer with Black Sabbath after Ozzy Osbourne was sacked in 1979.

Here are recordings of RJD performing Paranoid and Iron Man with the band in 1980:

Dio and then Sabbath drummer Vinnie Appice quit the band in 1982 to form Dio, along with guitarist Vivian Campbell and bassist Jimmy Bain.

Here’s a few of the band’s early, best-known songs. First up, Holy Diver filmed in Utrecht, Holland in 1983:

Next up, The Last in Line, filmed at The Spectrum (presumably the one in Philadelphia) in 1984:

And finally, the wonderfully cheesy video for their 1985 single Rock ‘n’ Roll Children:

Ronnie James Dio – RIP.

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TV Newsround: When’s My Favourite Show Coming Back – And More!

The second season of In Plain Sight and the Law & Order: Criminal Intent will both return to the USA network on Sunday April 19th

In Plain Sight, which stars Mary McCormack as a US Marshal working in the witness relocation unit, is back for a 16-episode second season.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent ‘s eighth season sees Jeff Goldblum join the cast as a detective born and bred in Manhattan’s upper west side.

The World Poker Tour has agreed a new one-year deal with Fox Sports Net, who took over the show last season.

The season will include 26 one-hour episodes, with filming due to start in a few months.

Perhaps with one eye on the buzz being generated by the much-anticipated live-action Marvel Comics Avengers movie, the Cartoon Network has ordered 26 episodes of Marvel Super Hero Squad. The team in the animated adventure will feature Captain America, Silver Surfer, Hulk, Wolverine and Iron Man, several of whom are also lined up to appear in the live-action movie currently in pre-production. The half-hour show is expected to premiere later this year.

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