13. Ronnie James Dio was originally signed up to provide the voice of Doviculus in the metal video game Brütal Legend, but was eventually replaced by Rocky Horror Picture Show star Tim Curry. No reasons were given for the decision. Their loss. Still, there’s always that 1989 Holy Diver platform game to sate your appetite.
14. As a lyrical master of all things swords and sorcery, Ronnie would be inspired to write while watching his beloved New York Giants on TV.
15. The vocalist was introduced to Indian food by Glenn Hughes and took to it like a duck to, um, curry. “He tried it and loved it and wouldn’t stop eating it,” remembers Wendy.
16. In the Manga series Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, the character Dio Brando – a British vampire – was named after the metal legend and actor Marlon Brando. From Part 3 on, he’s simply known as Dio.
17. Ronnie James Dio severed his thumb in a gardening accident in 2003 and revealed his first thought was how he was going to flash the horns onstage. “I was in my yard trying to place this garden gnome on a slope,” he explained. “This is a seriously heavy piece of garden ornament, probably 60lbs or so. Anyway, it fell over, I fell into the shrubbery and then began to slide down to the bottom of the hill. My hand landed on a rock, and the gnome landed on it, squashing my thumb between the rock and the gnome. I just looked at my hand and the first thought that flashed into my mind was, ‘How on earth am I going to make my devil horn sign now? That’s my trademark!’ I wasn’t worried about the injury, more concerned with my career. I’m thankful I still have my thumb and I can still do my horn sign.”
18. Following Ronnie James Dio's death, his estate auctioned off exactly 666 of his belongings at Julien’s Auction in New York City in 2018. “I am glad that Ronnie’s extensive collection of items will go to his fans, museums and collectors around the world to be displayed for all to see and enjoy,” said Wendy. “These items are very special to me but I recognise the historical importance of anything to do with Ronnie and he would want his fans to be able to own, enjoy and see these items for many years to come.”