A message from rock legend Ronnie James Dio:
Ronnie James Dio, the man widely credited for pioneering the "devil's horns" hand sign, recently spoke to Kerrang! about the "widespread abuse of his creation" amongst ... people who flash the sign without knowing the meaning behind it.
"It's all right as long as it's accepted for what it was," Dio told the magazine. "It was a more serious thing at the time, when I was with [BLACK] SABBATH. That was a band that was very dark, and that's what I wanted it to be. It was symbol of the darkness of that band.... It's become so damn polluted now. The people who are doing it don't know what it means and they have no idea that they shouldn't be doing it.
..."The point is that you can't just flash it. You have to have a face that goes with it. There has to be some emotion behind it. It can't just be the raising of the arm, trying to get your fingers in the right position.... As stupid as this might sound, I never once did that on stage unless it was to punctuate something that was a little more dark...."
(Yeah, yeah, I know -- for Bush, it's a Texas thing.)