The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the late heavy metal icon, will celebrate Dio's birthday on Saturday, July 10th. The star-studded event will be hosted on rollinglivestudios.com beginning at 2 p.m. PDT. Dio lost his battle with gastric cancer in 2010.
Hosted by Eddie Trunk and Matt Pinfield, the Stand Up And Shout For Ronnie James Dio's Birthday event will feature special guest performances, interviews, and birthday greetings from artists including 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).
Also participating will be members of the Dio band: Simon Wright, Oni Logan, Scott Warren, Bjorn Englen, and Rowan Robertson, who will also appear with fellow castmate Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt) from the Las Vegas production “Raiding the Rock Vault.” Dio's widow and long-time manager Wendy Dio will also make an appearance.