In my career there is one distinction I hold most dear. I've had the honor of playing on a song with the great Ronnie James Dio. Every time I get the chance to tell someone about this I do, because for me it is a point of great pride. He was an icon, and to me, personified everything that is great about Heavy Metal. He perfected the art; and by the time I got the chance to meet him, he still came off as the most humble and kind human being I've ever met. Watching him sing was witnessing a master at work, as well as somebody who truly loves what they do. A man who had found his calling, his true passion, and devoted his life to it. Ronnie, you've touched us all, and you will be sorely missed.