• Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford remembers late singer Ronnie James Dio as a “mentor” whose “voice is still with us.”
  • Halford’s comments, made Friday, came one day before the 10th anniversary of Dio’s death from stomach cancer. Discussing the onetime Black Sabbath singer with Billboard, Halford says, “Ronnie was a mentor to me as far as his solid professionalism musically. He gave 100 percent onstage, songwriting, producing and recording. I would watch and learn as he would interact with his fans, giving each one time, knowing that those moments live forever for them.”
  • Although 10 years have passed since Dio died at the age of 67, Halford says his voice has never left this world. “His voice is still with us, as it always will be, and the power and honesty in it will always give me a thrill and a chill,” Halford says. “As a fellow singer, his standalone voice means everything, possessing such uniqueness with instant recognition — 10 years or 100 years, it doesn’t really matter. Ronnie and all we love about him is eternal.”
  • Is Dio among the greatest metal singers of all time? Did Dio peak as the singer for Black Sabbath, Rainbow, or as a solo artist?