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
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and current Black Country Communion singer Glenn Hughes has announced a tour for later in 2018 where he will perform Classic Deep Purple tracks “Live”. Hughes who formally fronted Deep Purple several times, as well as Black Sabbath and Trapeze, has had a legendary career, and touring behind his DP repertoire is yet another chapter. Continue reading
Classic rock supergroup Black Country Communion have released a new video from their album BCCIV, released last fall via Mascot Records. You can watch the video for ‘The Cove’ below. The band is made up of legendary rock artists such as Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), Drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and bluesman guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa. Continue reading
The masterful Joe Satriani will be releasing his sixteenth solo album, What Happens Next, on January 12th, and we’ve got two more songs from the upcoming record for your listening pleasure today. Continue reading
Joe Satriani recently announced that he will be releasing his sixteenth solo album, What Happens Next, on January 12th. The new record sees him teaming up with Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple on bass, and Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ Chad Smith on drums, and we have another new song by the dynamic trio streaming for your listening pleasure today. Continue reading
Joe Satriani recently announced that he will be releasing his sixteenth solo album, What Happens Next, on January 12th. The new record sees him teaming up with Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple and Black Sabbath on bass, and Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ Chad Smith on drums, and we have your first taste of the new material today. Continue reading
Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats (Chad Smith on drums, Jeff Kollman on guitars, Ed Roth on keyboards, and Kevin Chown on bass) teamed up for a night of funk/rock/fusion on at The Baked Potato, making for an unforgettable evening. Each musician complementing each other, the band played two sets, one at 9:30p.m and one at 11:30p.m, jamming on into the wee hours of the morning.
The band formed somewhat accidentally in Los Angeles in 2008 when Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer, Smith, got together with Kollman (Cosmosquad), and Roth while having impromptu jam sessions when warming up for Glenn Hughes. They later added Chown on bass, to form the band.
During their show at The Baked Potato, everyone was all smiles, as usual. Jeff had celebrated his birthday the day before, so shots were passed around and a birthday song was sung in celebration. At one point, Chad asked for audience participation with an upcoming song. Pointing to a young kid seated at one of the tables, he asked (presumably) his father, “Who brings their kid to a dirty, smelly bar to see a show?” He then asked where they were from, and when the man responded, “Canada”, Chad said, “Ahh, that explains it!.” The whole crowd burst into laughter.
The light-hearted mood continued on through the night as Jeff’s guitar playing rang out through The Baked Potato, Ed’s vintage keyboard and Kevin’s thumping bass complimented Chad’s unbeatable drumming skills. By the end of the show, the crowd was left in awe of these talented musicians, and couldn’t have asked for a more fulfilling evening.
WORDS AND PHOTOS BY MELINA DELLAMARGGIO
The 10th Annual Classic Rock Awards is being held on November 4, 2014 at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA. Presented by Orange Amplification and hosted by Sammy Hagar, musicians reported to appear include Gregg Allman (this year’s Living Legend Award recipient), and The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore (this year’s Inspiration Award recipient), and many others.
The part time, all star band Kings of Chaos will feature Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke (of Guns N Roses fame), and Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), as well as appearances by Hagar, Glenn Hughes (California Breed, ex-Deep Purple), Joe Elliott and Phil Collen (Def Leppard), and Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)
Other live performances for the event include Hughes’ California Breed, Rival Suns, and Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts.
The Classic Rock Of Honour awards will be airing on AXS TV in December 2014, with exact date and time TBA.