Thursday, March 16, 2006

Lost And Never Found

As the four founding members of Black Sabbath enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Nihilist In Golf Pants makes the case for one Mr. Ronald Padavona:

However, the most bizarre exclusion was lead singer Ronnie James Dio of Black Sabbath. He replaced Ozzy Osbourne in 1979 and helped resuscitate the bands career over the course of two studio and one live albums before leaving in 1982. In 1992 he returned for a reunion album of sorts. Next to Osbourne, Dio was the next most popular singer in the band and deserved induction. The snub broke the Fleetwood Mac precedent. In their 1998 induction Peter Green, Danny Kirwin and Jeremy Spencer were inducted alongside eventual replacements Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, despite the fact that the Buckingham/Nicks era was clearly responsible for the bands largest commercial successes.
I grew up -- and am now growing old -- listening to Mr. Dio's music. He deserves to be inducted as a member of Black Sabbath, as a member of Rainbow, and as a solo artist. But that's just my opinion. The fact is this: Black Sabbath has entered the RNRHOF. Are they entered as "the original version of Black Sabbath with Ozzy on vocals"? If so, does that mean that a Dio version of the band can be inducted separately at a later date? And if so, will Sharon Osbourne approve?

I'm not so sure that the "Fleetwood Mac precedent" is a good thing. Sure, the Buckingham/Nicks era was Fleetwood Mac at its peak. But it would never have happened if it had not been preceded by the Peter Green era. Following this logic, Jimmy Carter ought to receive some kind of award from CPAC or the Heritage Foundation because his presidency led to that of Ronald Reagan.

Dio's time will come; count on it.

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