Ronnie James Dio Remembered At Pearl Jam, Kiss Concerts

Kiss’ Paul Stanley cupped the microphone in his hand and stood in the middle of the stage, pointing toward the sky. “Let’s make sure he can hear us up there,” the guitarist said, leading thousands of fans in a chant during a Kiss concert in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday night.

“Ronnie! Ronnie! Ronnie! Ronnie! We love you and we miss you!”

It was one of many tributes paid to legendary heavy-metal singer Ronnie James Dio, who died on Sunday of stomach cancer. He was 67. A number of metal artists and their fans sent condolences to the former Black Sabbath singer. Widely regarded as one of the most recognizable voices in metal, Dio also performed with Rainbow, Elf and his own solo band.

“We mourn the tragic passing of the great Ronnie James Dio,” Kiss bandmembers said in a statement. “In addition to his powerhouse vocal ability, Ronnie was a true gentleman who always emanated great warmth and friendship to us and everyone around him. We will miss him.”

Other groups, like Pearl Jam, let Dio’s music do the talking. About 45 minutes before their concert was to begin in Boston, house speakers blasted music spanning Dio’s career, and during a performance of Pearl Jam’s “Alive,” the band closed the song with riffs from Black Sabbath’s “Heaven and Hell” single.

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