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The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the voice of Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio, is planning a weekend of activities in Los Angeles to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the singer's untimely death from gastric cancer on May 16th, 2010.
The weekend will include a public memorial service, as well as a celebrity bowling tournament and the inaugural "Ride For Ronnie" motorcycle ride and BBQ.
A free public memorial service will take place at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills on Saturday, May 16th to mark the 5th anniversary of Ronnie's passing. Several former band members and friends who worked with Ronnie over his illustrious career are expected to speak and perform his music. As seating for this event is limited, if you are interested in attending, please send an email, along with your name, phone number, and the number of seats to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The weekend will kick off on Friday, May 15th with a Celebrity Rock 'n Bowl tournament at Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City. It will be a fun evening of bowling, entertainment and a silent auction, which will include bowling pins autographed by Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, Yes, Anthrax, Metallica and many others.
All events lead up to the inaugural "Ride For Ronnie" motorcycle ride and BBQ on Sunday, May 17th. Riders will depart from Harley-Davidson of Glendale and ride to Los Encinos Park in Encino, where they will be treated to food, live music, raffle/silent auction and more. Fans who don't ride are welcome to attend just the BBQ.
A privately funded 501c3 charity organization dedicated to cancer prevention, research and education, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund has already raised close to $1 million in its short history. Monies raised have been committed to the cancer research work of the T. J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research, and the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life.
The acoustic album "Falling Home" by Swedish progressive rock innovators Pain of Salvation is out now via Inside Out Music in Europe (North America will get its edition on January 13th, 2015).
In order to celebrate the album's street date, another song off "Falling Home" has now been launched online. Check out the unique acoustic cover version of Dio's classic "Holy Diver" track below, thanks to Metal Hammer. Pain of Salvation's Daniel Gildenlöw checked in to comment about this special song as follows:
"A few years back we were asked to play in a local metal event where every band got three songs from a particular artist. We got Dio on our plate, and decided to make a very special rendition of 'Holy Diver'. It stayed with us over the years, and we are thrilled finally to be able to present it on recording. We just wish Ronnie could still be around to hear it.
"I spent a few months last year listening to Tony Bennett and was deeply impressed with his timing and balance of expressiveness and subtlety. So when we did this odd rendition of 'Holy Diver' it presented me with the perfect opportunity to play around with those vibes. Our fans might think this vocal style is new for me, but my family knows better - they've heard me singing like this in the car for many years now. Really, people who think I'm using my voice in an extremely versatile way in Pain of Salvation should sit in the backseat of my car a few times. That's where the shit happens, hahaha.
"PS: Luckily, my kids have still not come to the age when they get embarrassed and tell their daddy to please shut up with the singing in the car." More...
This week's Rocksmith 2014 DLC pack includes five arena rock singles.
Learn to play “Holy Diver” by Dio, “Turn Up The Radio” by Autograph, “Nothin’ But A Good Time” by Poison, “Seventeen” by Winger, and “The Stroke” by Billy Squier.
The downloadable content is available today on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and Steam.
“Holy Diver” by Dio – E Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Turn Up The Radio” by Autograph – Eb Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Nothin’ But A Good Time” by Poison – Eb Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Seventeen” by Winger – Eb Standard - Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“The Stroke” by Billy Squier – E Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
Author Ian Carroll has launched a crowd funding campaign to release a book about the many bands he has interviewed at the Download festival.
Full details on the campaign and perks for contributing can be found at Kickstarter here. Carroll comments:
"In 2005 I started to write the book of the Donington & Download Festival (including Monsters Of Rock at Milton Keynes).
"I was coming to the end of completing the Official Book of the Reading Festival and saw Donington as the second release in my 'Festival Series' of books, covering my favourite festivals that I attend every year - Donington/Download Festival is the longest running rock festival in the UK, covering all genres from rock to classic rock, Emo to Screamo, Punk to Hardcore, Black Metal to Death Metal and every style in between, plus in the last 5 years the addition of drum & bass and dance - the festival that caters for all.
"I have traveled the length and breadth of England interviewing bands and artists for the book and have had some great times in amongst the hard work. I've also had many phone interviews from Metallica to Testament, Lordi to Staind, Alice Cooper to Queensrÿche and also what was possibly one of the legend Ronnie James Dio's last interviews, prior to cancelling his final UK tour." More...
Ronnie James Dio is one of the most beloved figures in rock history. His gifts, both as a singer and songwriter, are instantly recognizable, whether he was with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, or leading Dio. Sadly, Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010, but his towering voice and legacy live on.
To celebrate one of rock’s most powerful voices, an all-star group of his friends and fans recorded 13 of their favorite tracks for a tribute album that will raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.
Produced by his longtime manager and wife Wendy Dio, the album includes contributions by such metal heavyweights as Metallica, Motörhead, Scorpions, Anthrax, and Rob Halford, as well as appearances by many of the musicians who performed with Dio over the years.
"This Is Your Life" will be available from Rhino on April 1st, 2014. The track listing is as follows:
1. “Neon Knights” – Anthrax*
2. “The Last In Line” – Tenacious D*
3. “The Mob Rules” – Adrenaline Mob
4. “Rainbow In The Dark” – Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher*
5. “Straight Through The Heart” – Halestorm*
6. “Starstruck” – Motörhead with Biff Byford*
7. “The Temple Of The King” – Scorpions*
8. “Egypt (The Chains Are On)” – Doro
9. “Holy Diver” – Killswitch Engage
10. “Catch The Rainbow” – Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren*
11. “I” – Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy*
12. “Man On The Silver Mountain” – Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren*
13. “Ronnie Rising Medley (Featuring A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer, Kill The King)” – Metallica*
14. “This Is Your Life” – Dio
* Previously unreleased More...
Def Leppard guitarist, Vivian Campbell (who has also previously been a member of Sweet Savage and Dio) has announced through the official Def Leppard website that he is currently two months into chemotherapy treatment, after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Despite the treatment Campbell has promised that he will still be performing with the band this Summer. The post from Campbell reads as follows:
“I feel fortunate that my cancer sent me an alarm call in the form of ‘the cough that wouldn’t quit’. Otherwise, how would I have known? After several months of trying every inhaler known to man, my doctor finally had me X-rayed. A further CAT scan revealed that enlarged lymph nodes were doing wrestling manoeuvres on my windpipe – hence the cough. What was causing the enlarged lymph nodes, however, was yet to be determined, so I underwent a surgical biopsy on March 11th, the first day of Leppard rehearsals for our Viva Las Vegas shows. Obviously, I didn’t make it to rehearsal that day, but it’s okay; I know the songs by now.
"My diagnosis was Hodgkin's Lymphoma and 6 months of chemotherapy is the prescribed treatment. I’m about 2 months in and feeling rather spiffy, all things considered. Hodgkin's has an over 80% cure rate, so by my reckoning, if you’re going to have a cancer, Hodgie’s is the one to have! More...
Finnish pagan metal outfit Moonsorrow and German power metal group Freedom Call have been confrmed as the latest two bands to take part in this years edition of the British metal festival, Bloodstock Open Air, which will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th.
Speaking on the confirmation, Moonsorrow stated: "We are truly excited to take part in Bloodstock Festival 2012. It's been way too long since we played on the British soil in 2008 and we know that lately there has been a huge demand for Moonsorrow to play in the UK. So, all our loyal fans in the UK, we want to see a massive crowd of insane berserks during our set. Don't let us down because we promise we don't let you down, cheers!"
Freedom Call added: "The Bloodstock Festival is the pulsating heart of Heavy Metal...a great audience, which knows exactly to revel."
The lineup for the festival is now as follows: More...
There is absolutely no question about it, if you want to go to a metal festival, go to a European one. Wacken Open Air and Download might well be the most famous, with the Sonisphere events gaining plenty of exposure too, but for my money, it just doesn't get any better than Graspop Metal Meeting, which takes place in a small town in Belgium called Dessel. This would be my third time attending the event, and more likely than not, it won't be the last.
The festival kicked off on Friday the 24th with a rather unusual choice of band, namely FM. The band features two former members of New Wave Of British Heavy Metal band, Samson but their style is much more album orientated rock than metal. Nevertheless, they proved to be a good way to start the festivities, opening with the song, "Wildside." As it was only half past eleven in the morning and the majority of the crowd had been up all night drinking and shouting, "TIMMY!" it took the audience a little while to get into the mood. In any case, they were still very appreciative of FM and perhaps the biggest response came when the band performed a cover of "Heard It Through The Grapevine," a song made famous by soul legend Marvin Gaye. Maybe it would have been better to start with something a little heavier, but either way, FM put in a solid performance and were warmly received.
After deciding to skip the first bands on the Marquees, we hung around the main stage to wait for the next band, Dio Disciples. I've always liked "Ripper" Owens and felt that he doesn't get the credit he deserves so the prospect of him singing Dio songs this afternoon seemed quite interesting. "Interesting" didn't quite cover Dio Disciples though, as when they took the stage, they instantly proved themselves to be an outstanding way to remember Ronnie James Dio. Owens was in top form for the performance, which opened with "Stand Up And Shout" before leading into the classic, "Holy Diver." Owens isn't the only vocalist in the band either, as he is joined by Little Angels singer Toby Jepson, who was just as impressive as Owens and whose voice was absolutely magnifficent. The group frequently got the crowd to cheer as loud as they could whenever Dio's name was mentioned and most importantly, they seemed to be genuine about what they were doing. Make no mistake, Dio Disciples are not a cash in, they are one of the most heartfelt tributes to anything you will ever see. If Dio could see his music living on like this, with two amazing vocalists leading the charge, he would be proud. More...
There are some individuals in their field of music that are so important, they seem like they'll live forever. In many ways these legends do, as people will continue to listen to their music for years to come, but the lack of their physical presence on Earth can always be felt. Jazz lost a king when Miles Davis passed away in 1991, hip-hop lost one of it's most respected artists five years later when Tupac Shakur was murdered and heavy metal suffered from one, if not it's greatest loss this time last year, when Ronnie James Dio succumbed to stomach cancer.
The importance of this heavy metal titan who stood only at 5' 4" can never be exaggerated. this is the man who is credited with introducing the "heavy metal horns" hand gesture, which is used worldwide to this day by metal fans signaling their love of music, their approval or simply to acknowledge each other. As a singer, he was an influence to countless heavy metal vocalists and even at the age of sixty seven, he was still being credited as one of the best in the business, a title backed up by his winning of the Best Metal Vocalist Award at the 2010 Revolver Golden Gods Awards. Perhaps most importantly though, Ronnie James Dio was known for being one of the true gentleman of heavy metal. Unlike a number of other rockers, Dio wasn't known off the stage for excessive partying, violent encounters or a gargantuan ego, he was known for his honest love and respect for his fans and his undeniable intelligence and philosophic nature. More...
The "Fallen Heroes" video tribute which was played during the 2011 Revolver Golden Gods Awards has been posted online. The video pays tribute to Ronnie James Dio, Slipknot's Paul Gray, Avenged Sevenfold's The Rev, Type O Negative's Peter Steele and Alice In Chains' Mike Starr. You can view the video in the player below.
The organisers of Britain's largest hard rock and heavy metal festival, Download, has confirmed a further forty three names for this year's event, including such big names as Children of Bodom and Biohazard. The festival will be held at the legendary Donington Castle in Leicestershire from June 10th-12th.
The lineup is now as follows:
All That Remains
Baptized In Blood
Black Stone Cherry
Black Veil Brides
Bowling For Soup
Bring Me The Horizon
Bullet For My Valentine
Children Of Bodom
Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows
Devil Wears Prada
Duff McKagan's Loaded
Envy Of The State
Escape The Fate
Funeral For A Friend
Hyro Da Hero
Karma To Burn
Lower Than Atlantis
My Darkest Days
Plain White T’S,
Puddle Of Mudd
Rise To Remain
Sacred Mother Tongue
Straight Line Stitch
System Of A Down
The Damned Things
The Dangerous Summer
The Dead Lay Waiting
The King Blues
The Morning After
The Pretty Reckless
Times Of Grace
Former Dio members Craig Goldy (guitars,) Rudy Sarzo (bass,) Simon Wright (drums) and Scott Warren (keyboards,) has announced that they will be embarking on a tour of Europe together with Toby Jepson (Fastay, Gun) and former Judas Priest/Iced Earth and current Yngwie Malmsteen and Charred Walls Of The Damned singer, Tim "Ripper" Owens. The group will be touring under the name Dio Disciples and will be performing some of the late heavy metal legend's most classic material.
A message from Wendy Dio, the wife and manager of Ronnie James Dio, had this to say about the tour: "There will never be another Ronnie, but we want to keep his music alive and hope you will support the band and become one of the DIO DISCIPLES. We will post the UK/European tour dates as they are confirmed, and we are planning some US dates also. Hope to see you at one of the shows."
Down bass player Rex Brown, who is also a former member of Texas based heavy metal legends Pantera, has revealed that he has formed a new band with Vinny Appice, the former drummer for Black Sabbth/Heaven & Hell and Dio and guitarist Mark Zavon, who has been a member of Ratt and W.A.S.P. amongst others. Also in the band is lead singer Dewey Bragg. The band has described their sound as a mixture of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Alice In Chains and plan to begin recording music shortly.
According to Wendy Dio, the wife and manager of heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio, who sadly passed away last year, some of the biggest names in heavy metal and hard rock will be taking part in a forthcoming Dio tribute album.
"It probably won't come out this year, but everybody signed up," Dio told Noisecreep.
So, who's signed on thus far? "Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Glenn Hughes, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Lemmy (Motorhead)," she said, adding Grohl will do the Black Sabbath hit 'Mob Rules,' and Halford will be taking on 'Long Live Rock 'N' Roll.' And artists keep coming on. "I just talked to Alice (Cooper), roped Alice in and Sebastian (Bach) and Chris (Jericho)," she said, referring to fellow attendees at the Golden Gods press conference. And Cooper already has a song in mind, going back to the Elf days, according to Wendy.
Read the full article at Noisecreep.
Multinational melodic metal band Eden's Curse has paid tribute to the memory of vocal legend Ronnie James Dio by recording a rendition of the Dio track "Rock ‘N’ Roll Children." The song is set to be included on all territorial releases of the band's third studio album “Trinity," due out in mid March.
Also, as previously hinted by the band last year, they would also be recording a cover version from one of the groups “biggest influences," which has also now been identified as the Dokken song "Unchain The Night," which is set to be included on the Japanese release of “Trinity” due out March 15th on Spiritual Beast.
Bassist and chief song smith Paul Logue explained "Unashamedly Dokken, along with Queensryche and Pink Cream 69 have been the three bands whom we built the basis of the Eden’s Curse sound around. We missed bands that created that kind of music, and we tried to get as close to that sound and vibe as possible."
When it came to providing a bonus track for the Japan release, Logue explained there was one unanimous choice. "Absolutely! It’s a song we jammed at rehearsals or sound checks and we always said 'we should record this' – I’m so glad we eventually did!"
One minute samples of both the Dio and Dokken renditions are now streaming at the band's Official MySpace."
Sorrows Path has posted a video clip online of the band's live performance at the Malta Doom Metal Festival, which can be viewed below. The clip features Sorrows Path, along with Leo Stivala of Forsaken, performing a medley of songs from the late Ronnie James Dio, who passed away last year.
MTV2's "Headbangers Ball: The Year In Metal" has been posted online in its entirety. The half-hour long episode features Anthrax, Max Cavalera, In This Moment and Rob "Blasko" Nicholson of Ozzy Osbourne. You can view the episode below:
Craig Goldy, the current guitarist for Welsh hard rock legends Budgie and former guitarist of Dio, has announced that he has formed a new band with vocalist Chas West (Bonham,) bass player Sean McNabb (Quiet Riot, Great White) and drummer Gary Holland (Great White.) The band currently have no name but Goldy stated:
“The idea is to put the rock star back into everyone’s lives. So, you’ve got four people who look great, are amazing at their craft and the music pierces your soul. And they’re all good people. I think."
The Wagnerian metal opera project, Lyraka, has announced a pre-order offer for their debut CD, entitled "Lyraka.Volume 1." The CD, which is set for release November 27th, 2010, is available for pre-order at 15% off its release date price at Lyraka.com now.
The project, which bills itself as "Wagnerian Opera Metal, Defined" features four songs performed by Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, ALCATRAZZ), one by Tommy Heart (ULI JON ROTH, FAIR WARNING), and one by Veronica Freeman (BENEDICTUM). Jeff Pilson (Dio, Dokken, Foreigner) and Tim Luce (Alcatrazz) have been involved in the project, as well as Andre Maquera (8084).
The composer, Andy DiGelsomina, announced "We are proud to announce that famed fantasy artist Ken Kelly (Kiss, Rainbow, Manowar) is putting the finishing touches on the cover artwork now, and it's looking KILLER."
Operatika has issued the following announcement about releasing a cover of Ronnie James Dio's "We Rock:"
"Operatika is pleased to announce this official release of our new single--Ronnie James Dio's "We Rock." It is our tribute to Dio and his contribution to the world of heavy metal. We hope you enjoy our own interpretation of this classic song. In light of Dio's recent passing we will be donating all of the proceeds from this song to Dio's Stand Up & Shout Cancer Fund."
You can check out the track via the Operatika MySpace profile.