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- Posted on Jun 1st 2010 7:00AM by Matt Glazebrook
Along with some 1,200 fans who braved the heat to watch outside on video screens, the Los Angeles service was attended by a number of the singer's hard rock peers, including one-time Deep Purple singer Glenn Hughes (like Dio, a '80s-era Sabbath alumnus), Queensrÿche frontman Geoff Tate and Paul Shortino, who had a brief stint providing vocals for Quiet Riot in the late '80s.
Dio's cousin David Feinstein, who played guitar in the singer's early '70s blues-rock outfit Elf, paid his respects to the late rocker. "He touched all of us with his music and his message and his magic," he said. "I know that Ronnie truly loved all of you. He had a great appreciation for your loyalty. I'm talking about all you out there, all the fans."
There were also musical tributes: latter-day Asia vocalist John Payne performed a version of 'Heaven and Hell,' the title track of the first and most successful album to come from the Dio-Sabbath collaboration, while Anthrax's Joey Belladonna gave a rendition of 'Man on the Silver Mountain,' a track by Dio's late '70s group Rainbow.
Dio died on May 16 from stomach cancer. He spent his final years touring with Heaven and Hell, a reformed version of the circa-1980 Black Sabbath line-up.