A Staggering Who's Who of Rock Onboard for Ronnie James Dio’s Birthday Fundraiser

By Mason Bugaresti 7/9/21 | www.samaritanmag.com

The Late Ronnie James Dio — photo credit:John Harrell.
Stand Up and Shout for Ronnie James Dio’s birthday, the global virtual concert set for tomorrow (July 10) from Rolling Live Studios, includes a staggering who’s who of talent — including Alice Cooper, Geezer Butler, Sebastian Bach, Lita Ford, Sammy Hagar, Rob Halford, and Tony Iommi —  coming together for performances, interviews, and birthday wishes for the late rock legend. 

The event is hosted on rollinglivestudios.com and begins at 5 p.m. EST, raising money for The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the late musician who was the frontman of Dio, Black Sabbath, Rainbow and before losing his battle with stomach cancer in 2010.

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is dedicated to supporting cancer prevention research, raise awareness and educate the public with the focus that early detection and prevention saves lives. According to their website, the Fund has raised over $2 million in its history.

"He was an artist who was not only well respected for his talent, but also admired and loved by his peers and fans worldwide, some of which included renowned celebrities, musicians, and prominent individuals from all walks of life," says the Rolling Live press release for the event.

The birthday event also includes Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Beck; Bogert & Appice); Vinny Appice (DIO, Black Sabbath); Michael Angelo Batio (Nitro, Holland, Shout); Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, Jon Bon Jovi), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax); Chuck Billy (Testament); John Bush (Armored Saint); Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses, Slash's Snakepit); Mikkey Dee (Scorpions, Motörhead); the DIO band--Oni Logan and Tim "Ripper" Owens, vocals; Simon Wright, drums; Scott Warren, keyboards; Rowan Robertson, guitar; and Bjorn Englen, bass—Aynsley Dunbar (Journey, Frank Zappa); keyboard player Steve Ferlazzo, Frank Ferrer (Guns N' Roses); Chuck Garric (Alice Cooper); Lzzy Hale (Halestorm); Lena Hall ("Hedwig and the Angry Inch"); Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion); Terry Ilous (Great White, XYZ); Richie Kotzen (Poison, Smith/Kotzen); LA metal band Liliac; James LoMenzo (White Lion, Slash's Snakepit) Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses); Sean McNabb (Quiet Riot, Dokken); Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, DIO); Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne); Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, "Raiding the Rock Vault"); Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper, Hollywood Vampires); guitarist Jasmine Star; Derek St. Holmes (Vanilla Fudge, Michael Schenker Group); Tenacious D's Jack Black and Kyle Gass; Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne); Scott Travis (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy); Mexican rock band The Warning; Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders) and Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust).

The virtual fund-raising concert will also feature exclusive archival footage from Dio's life and long-spanning career, and footage from Dio Cancer Fund events held in Los Angeles since 2011 when the Fund began.

There are items being auctioned, including a "grab bag" of specially selected vintage DIO and Dio Cancer Fund event merchandise which includes a limited number of copies of Dio's biography, event tee-shirts, baseball caps, laminates, and lithographs.

Tickets are now available for the VIP After Party the next day, July 11, also at 5 p.m. EST. They can be purchased at: https://rollinglivestudios.com/di

Since 2016, the Dio Cancer Fund has also supported the research of Dr. David Wong and his team at the UCLA School of Dentistry in creating a saliva test for the early detection of cancer.

The Fund has previously donated to the T. Martell Foundation for Cancer AIDS and Leukemia Research, the stomach cancer unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for stomach cancer during the last six months of his life.

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