It was almost six weeks ago that metal legend Ronnie James Dio died and the tributes keep rolling in. Yesterday, a video appeared online that featured members of thrash mainstays Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax sharing their memories of the man. The video was originally recorded and broadcast as part of the broadcast of the Sonisphere festival in Bulgaria (Bulgaria loves metal).
The video has some interesting revelations, such as Dio was a big sports fan who liked the Chicago Bears. Or that his pre-show prep consisted of drinking a beer and smoking half a joint. Or that the dudes from Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax are getting freaking old.
In any case, it's an interesting glimpse at how Dio will be remembered and a nice, low-key tribute. And if that's got you all misty-eyed for the loss of a metal pioneer, don't forget we had our own, kick-ass Dio tribute a while back, in case you want to relive some memories.
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