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Tenacious D + Wendy Dio Comment on Grammy Win for Cover of Ronnie James Dio’s ‘The Last in Line’

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Freshly minted Grammy winners Tenacious D are now speaking about their win for Best Metal Performance over the weekend, and they’re giving credit to the late Ronnie James Dio.

The group won for their cover of Dio’s ‘The Last in Line’ that appeared on the ‘Ronnie James Dio — This Is Your Life’ tribute album. Their song was actually one of two tracks from the tribute disc nominated in the category, with Anthrax‘s take on ‘Neon Knights’ also earning a nod.

“This Grammy is all about Ronnie James Dio,” add Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D. “We are so proud to have known Ronnie and this is just another testament to his greatness.”

Meanwhile, Ronnie’s widow, Wendy Dio, also stated, “We are so excited to see one of Ronnie’s songs be awarded with a Grammy. As soon as Tenacious D were announced as winners, Jack Black called me in excitement to tell me that we won the award. My only regret is to not have Ronnie here in body to see this happen.”

Speaking of the ‘This Is Your Life’ tribute album, the disc was designed to help raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. One hundred percent of the monies received from the album have been targeted for the fund and directed to cancer research. In all, the tribute disc has raised $132,000 for cancer research.

In addition to Tenacious D and Anthrax, the disc features such rock and metal favorites as Metallica, Rob Halford, Scorpions, Glenn Hughes, Halestorm, Stone Sour and more. The set is currently available at iTunes and Amazon.

In related news, May 16 will mark the 5th anniversary of Dio’s passing from gastric cancer. A full weekend of activities (May 15-17) saluting Ronnie’s memory will take place in Los Angeles, including a bowling tournament, a motorcycle ride and a barbecue. For additional details on each of the activities, click here.

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