Ronnie James Dio
It comes as no surprise that Tenacious D's Jack Black and Kyle Gass worship the same musical legends as we do. In their 2006 feature film, 'The Pick of Destiny,' there are cameos from Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl as Satan behind the drums and Meat Loaf as a devoutly religious, rock 'n' roll hating father, but the most celebrated appearance is that of Ronnie James Dio.
Formed shortly after the legendary singer's death two years ago, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for cancer research. The organization's second Awards Gala is set for Halloween night (Oct. 31) at the Avalon in Hollywood, Calif.
Current Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell spent most of his career in the ‘80s playing in the band Dio with Ronnie James Dio. When Campbell parted ways with Dio in 1986, it wasn’t on the best terms and the war of words between the two continued throughout their careers. Now, years later, Campbell admits that he regrets some of the things he said about the late singer.
In memory of legendary metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio, a second annual awards and concert gala to benefit his 'Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund' has been scehduled to be thrown on Halloween night. This year's King of Rock 'n' Roll Award will go to Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, who recently announced he was battling lymphoma.