Charity all-star fundraiser announced for Ronnie James Dio’s birthday
Members of Black Sabbath, Anthrax, Testament and more will pay tribute to Ronnie James Dio as part of the upcoming Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund’s global virtual fundraiser next month.
On July 10 from 10pm BST from Rolling Live Studios, the heavy metal icon will be remembered by the likes of Tony Iommi, Joey Belladonna, Chuck Billy, Glenn Hughes and Lita Ford, with ‘special guest performances, interviews and birthday messages’ all happening.
According to a press release, the fundraiser “will feature brand new performances and stories from Ronnie’s friends and fans, as well as exclusive archival footage from Dio’s life and long-spanning career, and never-before-seen footage from Dio Cancer Fund events held in Los Angeles since 2011 when the organisation began”.
The full list of artists involved is as follows: Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell); Teddy ‘Zig Zag’ Andreadis (Guns N’ Roses, Alice Cooper); Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Beck, Bogert & Appice); Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath); Michael Angelo Batio (Nitro, Holland, Shout); Joey Belladonna (Anthrax); Chuck Billy (Testament); Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses, Slash’s Snakepit); Melody Cristea (Liliac); Aynsley Dunbar (Journey, Frank Zappa); Frank Ferrer (Guns N’ Roses); Lita Ford; Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion); Terry Ilous (Great White, XYZ); LA metal band Liliac; Sean McNabb (Quiet Riot, Dokken); Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, DIO); Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne); Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper, Hollywood Vampires); Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust); and Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach, Wildside).