Due to overwhelming demand, Rolling Live Studios is presenting an encore broadcast of the STAND UP AND SHOUT FOR RONNIE JAMES DIO’S BIRTHDAY global virtual concert now through July 18 at 11:59PM Pacific time. The original event, which premiered on what would have been the heavy metal icon’s 79th birthday on July 10, has been expanded to include exclusive performances and interviews that were only shown during the VIP After Party. Ticketholders who purchased tickets to the original broadcast can log into their Rolling Live accounts to view the expanded event. Additionally, for those who missed this star-studded event, tickets are available at rollinglivestudios.com/dio.
The global fundraiser, benefiting The Ronnie James DIo Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org), features a stellar lineup that includes performances fromTenacious D’s Jack Black and Kyle Gass; Lzzy Hale (Halestorm); Rob Halford (Judas Priest); Joey Belladonna (Anthrax); Tony™ winning singer Lena Hall (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”); brothers Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Beck; Bogert & Appice) and Vinny Appice (DIO, Black Sabbath) performing a drum duel; and the DIO band–Oni Logan and Tim “Ripper” Owens, vocals; Simon Wright, drums; Scott Warren, keyboards; Rowan Robertson, guitar; and Bjorn Englen, bass—as well as many others. Among those also participating are Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell); Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell);Alice Cooper; Sammy Hagar (Van Halen, Chickenfoot, Montrose); Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion); Sebastian Bach, Lita Ford; Mikkey Dee (Scorpions, Motörhead); Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne); Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, “Raiding the Rock Vault”); Chuck Billy (Testament); John Bush (Armored Saint); Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses, Slash’s Snakepit); Aynsley Dunbar (Journey, Frank Zappa); David “Rock” Feinstein (Elf); keyboard player Steve Ferlazzo, Frank Ferrer (Guns N’ Roses); Chuck Garric (Alice Cooper); Michael Angelo Batio (Nitro, Holland, Shout); Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, Jon Bon Jovi), 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); Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper, Hollywood Vampires); guitarist Jasmine Star; Derek St. Holmes (Vanilla Fudge, Michael Schenker Group); Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne); Scott Travis (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy); Mexican rock band The Warning; Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders); Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust); Dio record producer Wyn Davis; and concert promoter Danny Zelisko.
STAND UP AND SHOUT FOR RONNIE JAMES DIO’S BIRTHDAY is co-hosted by radio and television personalities Eddie Trunk and Matt Pinfield, who introduced many of the performances and conducted interviews with artists as well as with Ronnie’s widow and longtime manager Wendy Dio, among many others.
The STAND UP AND SHOUT FOR RONNIE JAMES DIO’S BIRTHDAY virtual fund-raising concert features 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 organization began. The Dio Cancer Fund was founded in memory of 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. Through musical performances and storytelling, a wide array of guests celebrated the life of a man who deeply influenced their lives through his artistry and larger-than-life presence.
Throughout his career, Ronnie James Dio was a passionate supporter and contributor to charitable work and numerous animal charities. 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.
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org), dedicated to cancer prevention, research and education, has raised over $2 million in its history. The organization’s last in-person event was its 10th Anniversary Gala held at the Avalon in Hollywood in February, 2020. Its annual RIDE FOR RONNIE Motorcycle Ride and Concert and BOWL FOR RONNIE Celebrity Bowling Tournament have been temporarily suspended as the result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
STAND UP AND SHOUT FOR RONNIE JAMES DIO’S BIRTHDAY is the latest in a lineup of stellar events produced by Rolling Live Studios. In January, the studio worked alongside Mike Garson to bring together an extraordinary slate of vocalists to perform with David Bowie’s band alumni for “A Bowie Celebration: Just for One Day” streaming concert event. The following month, YUNGBLUD’s stunning performance of “Life on Mars?” from the event played after millions of viewers watched NASA’s Perseverance rover successfully touch down on Mars.