Dio Refused To Call Off Last Concert Despite Agonizing Pain

12/09/2010
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(Rock AAA) Heaven and Hell bassist Geezer Butler has told how singer Ronnie James Dio refused to call off his last show with the band even though he was doubled up with stomach pain.

Dio didn't know he was suffering from the cancer which would eventually kill him, and didn't know it would be his final appearance on stage but he knew he was in agony. Yet it didn't stop him going on to play a full concert.

"I'll always remember he came out for the very last gig. We said, 'Look, Ronnie, if you're that ill we'll just blow the gig.' And he said, 'No, I'm not gonna blow the gig.' He made himself go on.

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