December 15 1972, the day that changed my  life many more ways then I would know.  I was in New York city  a few weeks earlier shopping for albums when i looked up at the marquis of , what was then, the  Academy of Music on 14 th street. It read: December 15 th Uriah Heep with special guest Manfred Mann.  I looked at my buddy Joe and said, “what do you think, shall we go” ?  We bought  2 tix!

What neither of us expected was that we were going to get blown away by the 3rd band on the docket for the evening, a band called Elf.

That was my first Ronnie James Dio experience. At the time Ronnie was known as Ronnie Padovana (his real name) and he played bass and sang for Elf. We came to see Heep, especially David Byron (one of the Great voices of rock that left us way to soon) and left completely mesmerized by an unknown dude named Ronnie.

                  That was the beginning. Since that day I’ve seen Ronnie James Dio many times, in many bands, and each time was like the first……..I was mesmerized!

What is it about this man, his voice and his lyrics that have mesmerized so many for so long. We welcome all of you with a Dio addiction to help us all understand the Magic.

To be continued…..



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