As a young man torn between the worlds of Run DMC and Motley Crue, my musical taste was tamed by pop culture and a young MTV. As the youngest of four with two older brothers, a certain man's voice often was heard coming from my brother Joel's Cerwin Vegas.
That voice was Ronnie James Dio (often pronounced, Ronnnnniieeee Jaaammmmeesss Dio Mother fuckers!)
What does Dio have to do with sports you say? He was a HUGE New York Yankees fan. According to Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian,
So many memories of Ronnie. Toured together many times. He always had a kind word and a smile and he LOVED the Yankees. In 2004 on the DIO/ANTHRAX tour I would get the Yankee score every inning for Ronnie while he was on stage. He was so into them.
A little band called Black Sabbath did three albums with Dio at the helm, including "Heaven and Hell" in 1980, "Mob Rules" in 1981 and "Live Evil" in 1982.
He had Sebastian Back vocal power, pre VH1 Celebrity Fit Club.
Tenacious D is Tenacious D because of Ronnie James Dio.