After the sad news that metal demigod Ronnie James Dio (Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Heaven & Hell) was diagnosed with stomach cancer, his legions of fans and brothers in metal have been offering their support. Joining the ranks of his well-wishers is Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, who spoke yesterday on Canada’s syndicated radio program 'Metal7080' about his musical peer and his wishes for a speedy recovery. We’ve got details and links below the jump, so read on...
As reported on Blabbermouth, Halford spoke candidly on the radio show about Dio’s health, and reported that he’s been in touch with Ronnie’s wife Wendy recently, who told him the singer’s treatment is scheduled to begin this week. In addition to well wishes, Rob opened up on his friend’s revered role in music history.
“Ronnie has dedicated his entire life to metal,” Halford explained. “I love him a lot and I'm very hopeful, because he is being treated by some of the top people… and I'm sure that he will get fit and he will get well and be back out to the metal stages of the world as soon as he possibly can. So he is in my thoughts and my prayers… not only for myself, but I think for millions of his fans all around the world. He is a wonderful man. I can't wait for him to get well and be back out there singing his heart out.”
You can hear the entire Halford interview at the Metal7080 site, where Halford also discusses his new solo holiday album Winter Songs and his newly-launched product line, Metal God Apparel.