Edited by JOHN DALY
UPDATED with photos
Alice Cooper and Geezer Butler are among the rockers set to perform at Stand Up and Shout For Ronnie James Dio’s Birthday, a virtual event on Saturday, July 10 from Rolling Live Studios.
The event, hosted on rollinglivestudios.com, begins at 2 p.m. Pacific time, benefiting The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org). The fund was founded in memory of Ronnie James Dio, the late heavy metal icon who was the voice of Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and DIO before losing his battle with gastric cancer in 2010.
Tickets are now available for the VIP After Party the next day, Sunday, July 11, also at 2 p.m. Pacific time.
The global fundraiser is bringing together celebrities and fans all over the world to honor Dio’s impact on and off the stage. Many other artists join Butler, known for Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell and Cooper, one of rock’s best-known musicians.
Additional musicians taking part in the event include: 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), Sebastian Bach, Joey Belladonna (Anthrax); 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; Rowan Robertson, guitar; Steve Ferlazzo, Frank Ferrer (Guns N’ Roses); Lita Ford; Chuck Garric (Alice Cooper); Sammy Hagar (Van Halen, Chickenfoot, Montrose); Lzzy Hale (Halestorm); Rob Halford (Judas Priest); singer Lena Hall (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”); Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion); Terry Ilous (Great White, XYZ); Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell); 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); Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper, Hollywood Vampires) and Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust).
Radio and television personalities Eddie Trunk and Matt Pinfield will co-host the event, conducting interviews with artists as well as with Dio record producer Wyn Davis; concert promoter Danny Zelisko and Ronnie’s widow and longtime manager Wendy Dio, among others.
Tickets are on sale now at https://rollinglivestudios.
In addition to viewing tickets, Rolling Live Studios is offering special merchandise packages and virtual VIP experiences for fans to participate in this unique worldwide event. Bidding is open for the “Dio Ultimate Bundle Auction,” comprising rare Dio-themed items hand-picked from the vault by Wendy Dio, and for a one-of-kind Dio-themed leather jacket that will be custom made for the winning bidder by celebrated artist Carin Hazmat.
Watch Ronnie James Dio ‘Rainbow In The Dark’ here: