Ronnie James Dio
The worldwide metal community has mourned the tragic death of the iconic vocalist Ronnie James Dio ever since he succumbed to stomach cancer at the age of 67. A year-and-a-half after Dio's passing, some of rock and metal's biggest names such as Rob Halford, Lemmy Kilmister and Dave Grohl have begun recording a tribute album in honor of the late singer.
With the newly reunited original lineup of Black Sabbath hard at work on a new studio album and a world tour around the corner, it’s hard not to think about the history of the band, and what the late Ronnie James Dio might think about the four original members coming together for one last hurrah.
Pop fans may have had ‘We Are the World’ but metal had their own monster charity super group in the ‘80s that brought together bands like Motley Crue, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Dio called Hear N’ Aid, and now thanks to Wendy Dio, Hear N' Aid will live on.
Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler and Dimebag Darrell's longtime love Rita Haney are among the honorees for the first annual Ronnie James Dio's Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund Awards Gala.