The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (https://www.diocancerfund.org), 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
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
As we previously reported The Dio Returns tour featuring the Dio Hologram is here and is finally coming to the United States this spring and summer! The Dio Returns U.S. Tour will feature a line-up of Dio band members of 17 years performing aside the stunning Ronnie James Dio hologram. Continue reading
According to a published report via Billboard, Eyellusion, the company responsible for the Ronnie James Dio hologram tour plans, has signed with the Agency for the Performing Arts (APA), represented by agency partner Steve Martin. The Dio hologram will return to the road in April is set to hit over 100 cities in 2019. The legendary heavy metal singer died in 2010 at the age of 67 from stomach cancer. His hologram debuted at Wacken Open Air festival in August 2016 in front of more than 75,000 fans. Continue reading
The Paramour Group and JAAB Productions present the Extreme Guitar Tour 2015, featuring Uli Jon Roth, Vinnie Moore, Craig Goldy and Black Knights Rising (Goldy, Vinnie Appice on drums, Mark Boals on vocals, Allesandro Bertoni on keyboards and Dean Guitars CEO Elliot Rubinson on bass). Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple) and Canadian rockers Old James will be opening every show. Dates are below.
Special guests Joe Lynn Turner* (Rainbow, Deep Purple) Canadian rockers Old James will be opening every show.
Jan 21: Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA *
Jan 22: House of Blues – Anaheim, CA *
Jan 23: House of Blues – Hollywood, CA *
Jan 24: Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV *
Jan 25: Rock Star Bar – San Jose, CA
Jan 26: Tonic – Portland, OR
Jan 27: Studio 7 – Seattle, WA
Jan 29: The Garage – Moorehead, MN
Jan 30: POVS – Spring Lake Park, MN
Jan 31: Arcade Theater – St Charles, IL
Feb 01: Reggies – Chicago, IL
Feb 02: Token Lounge – Detroit, MI
Feb 03: Mod Club – Toronto, ON
Feb 04: Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
Feb 05: Infinity Hall – Hartford, CT
Feb 06: Tupelo Music Hall – Londonderry, NH
Feb 07: The Chance – Poughkeepsie NY
Feb 08: BB Kings – New York, NY
Feb 09: Empire – Springfield, VA
*Joe Lynn Turner appears on this date
When it comes to modern bands who play with a distinctively vintage metal style, there are two distinct types. There are those who tap into that near magic and illusive quality that makes the early greats the inspirations they are, yet still sound fresh and of this age at the same time. Then there are the ones who sound simply dated and should have been put to bed long ago. California’s Benedictum certainly fall into the latter camp.
It is quite staggering that Benedictum have continued as long as they have, considering how cliché ridden their fourth album Obey (Frontiers Records) is. From the (attempted at least) tension building intro, through each individual song, Obey simply shows no originality of its own, nor does it fill you with any of the adrenaline that heavy metal should do. Each riff sounds tiresome, no song stands out above more than complete tedium, and as big as Veronica Freeman’s voice is, it doesn’t have that commanding quality or unbridled sense of emotion that such a presence should have by any means.
Obey sounds embarrassingly outdated and ancient, in a way that really shouldn’t exist in this day and age. Seriously the likes of Grand Magus and Triaxis have taken from such classic heavy metal periods yet have still sounded timeless and relevant; Benedictum just sound like they are from a time forgotten. Obey, quite simply, is a lifeless album that should be buried with the dinosaurs.