Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund Celebrates Dio’s Birthday with Special Video from Fellow Legends

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (, founded in memory of the late rock legend, will commemorate what would have been Dio’s 78th birthday on July 10 with a video in which rock music celebrities talk about what Ronnie and his music has meant to them. Dio lost his months-long battle with gastric cancer 10 years ago, and the charity founded after his passing has raised more than $2 million to fight the disease that took his life. Largely compiled from red carpet interviews with celebrity guests at various Dio Cancer Fund events, including the 10th Anniversary Awards Gala held at the Avalon in Hollywood in February (see our coverage here) just before the pandemic shutdown, the video contains special video messages from Rob Halford and Geezer Butler, who were close friends of Dio’s. Among those also expressing their thoughts are Dave Grohl, Jack Black, Rudy Sarzo, Craig Goldy, Scott Warren, Simon Wright and Vinny Appice of the Dio band, Fred Coury, Robbie Crane and Ricky Warwick of Black Star Riders, Ahmet Zappa, Joey Vera, Glenn Hughes, Jeff Pilson, Doug Aldrich, Terry Ilous and Eddie Trunk, who hosts most of the Dio Cancer Fund events.Continue reading

EVENT RECAP: Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund Commemorates 10th Anniversary with Awards Gala and Concert

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the late rock music legend, commemorated the 10th anniversary of his passing and the formation of the charity with its 10th Anniversary Memorial Awards Gala held on February 20, 2020 at the Avalon Hollywood. Hosted Eddie Trunk (That Metal Show, SiriusXM Trunk Nation), the organization recognized honorees in eight categories—each named after songs written by Ronnie James Dio–who have played a role in either Dio’s legacy or that of the charity. Live entertainment was provided by Ronnie James Dio’s live band Dio, featuring vocalists Tim “Ripper” Owens and Oni Logan, and band members Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Scott Warren and Bjorn Englen, and highlighted by the vocals and visuals of Ronnie James Dio. Los Angeles comedian Brian Posehn, in addition, his comedic duties, performed a song from his upcoming GRANDPA METAL album accompanied by Scott Ian (Anthrax) and Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning), while local rockers Sadie & the Tribe opened the festivities with their set. Check out these EXCLUSIVE photos by Tyler Kanode of Brilliant Reverie Photography. Continue reading

Ronnie James Dio Memorial Weekend Releases Schedule

celebration of the life of ronnie james dio

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the voice of Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio, have released a schedule of this weekend’s celebration activities to commemorate the fifth anniversary of his untimely death from gastric cancer on May 16, 2010.

MAY 15th: Bowl For Ronnie Celebrity Bowling Tournament
Pinz Bowling Center
12655 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604

Hosted by Eddie Trunk of VH1’s That Metal Show, this will be an evening of fun, food, entertainment and, of course, bowling with rock stars and celebrities competing for trophies in the name of raising funds and awareness for the Ronnie James Dio SUAS Cancer Fund. A silent auction will include collectible bowling pins autographed by artists such as Tenacious D, Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, YES, Anthrax and Metallica and in addition to many more major items. Music will be provided by’s DJ Will.

To purchase tickets and read further details on each package here.

($50 per person)

($75 per person)

($1,500 one lane with 6 bowlers)

Ann Boleyn (Hellion)
Athena (Lee) Kottak (Femme Fatale)
Audie Desbrow (Great White)
Bjorn Englen (Dio Disciples)
Bob Kulick (Paul Stanley Band)
Brian Tichy
Chris Broderick (Act Of Defiance)
Christian Martucci (Stone Sour)
Courtney Cox (Femme Fatale)
Craig Goldy (Dio)
Dave Alford (Rough Cutt)
Eddie Trunk
Erin Gavin (Femme Fatale)
Gabbie Rae
Gonzo Sandoval (Armored Saint)
Henry Derek
Jack Black (Tenacious D)
Janis Tanaka (Femme Fatale)
Jeff Pilson (Dio, Foreigner)
Jimmy Bain (Dio)
Katt Scarlett (Femme Fatale)
Kyle Gass (Tenacious D)
Lorraine Lewis (Femme Fatale)
Marc Ferrari (Keel)
Mark Kendall (Great White)
Marty O’Brien (Lita Ford)
Matt Duncan (DC4/Odin)
Michael Lardie (Great White)
Monte Pittman (Madonna, solo artist)
Nick Van Dyk
Nikki Stringfield (Femme Fatale)
Patrick Kennison (Lita Ford)
Phil Sandoval (Armored Saint)
Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders)
Rock Feinstein (Elf, The Rods)
Robbie Crane (Black Star Riders)
Rowan Robertson (Dio, DC4, Bang Tango)
Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour)
Rudy Sarzo (Dio, Ozzy, Whitesnake, Quiet Riot, Gunzo)
Sean McNabb (Quiet Riot, Lynch Mob)
Simon Wright (Dio)
Scott Snyder (Great White)
Scott Warren (Dio)
Steven Adler (Guns ‘n Roses, Adler)
Terry Ilous (Great White)
Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, solo artist)
Tyler Connolly (Theory of a Deadman)

Joe Retta (Dio Disciples)
Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning)
John Konesky (Tenacious D)
John Spiker (Tenacious D)
Keith St. John (Montrose, Burning Rain)
Lita Ford
Oni Logan (Dio Disciples, Lynch Mob)
Shane Fitzgibbon
Tracii Guns (Gunzo, LA Guns)
Brooks Wackerman (Tenacious D, Bad Religion)
Vinny Appice (Dio, Heaven & Hell)

MAY 16: Ronnie James Dio 5th Year Memorial Service
and Celebration of Ronnie’s Music
Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills
6300 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068
1:00-5:00pm (doors at 12:00pm)

A FREE public Memorial Service will take place at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills on Saturday, May 16 to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Ronnie’s passing. Several former band members and friends who worked with Ronnie over his illustrious career will be speaking and performing 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:

Dr. Sandy Kapoor
Lita Ford
Wyn Davis
Dean Schachtel
April Eppolito
Sheila Melody
Paul Shortino
Rock Feinstein
Vinny Appice
Steve Mignardi
Rudy Sarzo
Craig Goldy
Scott Warren
Scott (Big Scott) Sentinella
Wendy Dio

“LISA” (acoustic) – Lita Ford, Patrick Kennison (The Union Underground), Marty O’Brien
“HEAVEN & HELL” (acoustic) – GREAT WHITE
“LAST IN LINE” (acoustic) – GREAT WHITE feat. Lorraine Lewis (Femme Fetale)
“TAKE HER” – ROUGH CUTT (Paul Shortino, Amir Derakh, Chris Hager, Matt Thorne, Dave Alford)
“MISTREATED” – John Payne (Asia), Rock Feinstein (Elf, The Rods), Christian Martucci (Stone Sour), Sean Mcnabb (Quiet Riot, Dokken, Great White), Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour) & Scott Warren (Dio, Heaven & Hell)
“RAINBOW IN THE DARK” – Gabbie Rae, Rowan Robertson (Dio), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Geoff Tate, Dio), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio, Rick Derringer, Heaven & Hell) & Scott Warren (Dio, Heaven & Hell)
“SIGN OF THE SOUTHERN CROSS” – Ann Boleyn, Craig Goldy (Dio), Sean Mcnabb (Quiet Riot, Dokken, Great White), Simon Wright (Dio, AC/DC) & Scott Warren (Dio, Heaven & Hell)
“STARGAZER” – DIO DISCIPLES: Oni Logan (Lynch Mob), Joe Retta (Sweet), Craig Goldy (Dio), Bjorn Englen (Hellion), Simon Wright (Dio, AC/DC) & Scott Warren (Dio, Heaven & Hell)
“STAND UP AND SHOUT” – Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders), Robbie Crane (Black Star Riders), Chris Broderick (ex-Megadeth, Act of Defiance), Jimmy Bain (Dio, Rainbow) & Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio, Rick Derringer, Heaven & Hell)
MAY 17: RIDE FOR RONNIE Motorcycle Ride and BBQ
Harley-Davidson of Glendale
3717 San Fernando Rd
Glendale, CA 91204
Pre-Registered Rider Check-In
On-Site Registration
9:00am – 10:45am

Continental Breakfast
9:00am – 10:30am

Kickstands Up at 11:00am To
Los Encinos State Historic Park
16756 Moorpark Street
Encino, CA 91436
BBQ & Live Music
12:00pm to 5:00pm

Rider $75
Rider & Passenger $120
BBQ General Admission $55
Riders will check-in at Harley-Davidson of Glendale, where they can enjoy a continental breakfast with entertainment and prizes provided by The Sound 100.3. The first 200 registered riders will receive a limited edition RIDE FOR RONNIE Challenge Coin! Participants will depart Glendale, traveling the freeways of the north San Fernando Valley, then down the 405 to a BBQ at Los Encinos Historical Park in Encino. The BBQ will feature great food and drink, live music by Ronnie’s former bandmates and friends, raffle prizes, live auction and much more! A special Condor Squadron fly-by of seven vintage World War II airplanes will take place at 2:30pm at the BBQ.

BBQ is included for registered riders and passengers. BBQ-only tickets for non-riders are available for advance purchase. Please note: event is subject to sell-out and tickets may not be available at the door. Avoid disappointment and purchase your tickets in advance!

***Performances subject to change/surprises
• Eddie Money
• Dio Disciples: Oni Logan (Lynch Mob), Joe Retta (Sweet), Craig Goldy (Dio), Bjorn Englen (Hellion), Simon Wright (Dio, AC/DC), Scott Warren (Dio, Heaven & Hell)
• Gabbie Rae, Rowan Robertson (Dio), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Geoff Tate, Yngwie, Dio, Blue Oyster Cult), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio, Rick Derringer, Heaven & Hell), Scott Warren (Dio, Heaven & Hell)
• DC4: Shawn Duncan (Armored Saint), Jeff Duncan (Armored Saint), Matt Duncan (Armored Saint) & Rowan Robertson (Dio)
Others: Joe Colover, John Hatfield, Jessie Sanches, Patrick Martin
This weekend’s events are sponsored by Monster Energy, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, 100.3 FM The Sound, Ninkasi Brewing, B.R. Cohn Winery & Olive Oil Company and Western Bagels.

Check back at the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund website for updates.