The renowned metal burger bar has taken to their Tumblr page to respond to a neighbor’s complaints about Lockdown’s mural depicting metal legend Ronnie James Dio. There’s a concern that the mural, showing Dio raising his arm with his index and pinkie finger extended in what is known in popular nomenclature as a ‘rock on’ gesture, is satanic.
Understandable, but that is not the case.
In a post to the bar’s Tumblr, Lockdown provides a perfectly reasonable explanation of the mural and a defense of the bar’s community contributions.
I hope you are doing well. I am writing on behalf of Lockdown Bar and Grill in regard to your email. First of all, I wanted to let you know that what is pictured in the mural is not a salute to Satan; your interpretation is incorrect. The artist pictured in the mural is Ronnie James Dio, one of the most renowned metal artists, giving the “metal horn” sign, which he is credited with developing. If you follow the link below, it will give you the definition and meaning of the sign, see number 1 and 2:
In laymen terms, the sign means, “rock on”. That being said, we will not be changing the mural and we hope that you understand the true meaning of the symbol now. We have also received no other complaints, just compliments regarding the artwork.
This is the second satanic controversy involving a Chicago bar this fall