Ronnie James Dio Fund’s Latest Events + His Autobiography + New Songs May Emerge

Some fresh news about Ronnie James Dio Stand Out and Shout Cancer Fund.

  1. Rob Halford has raised more than $2,000 for the Fund for his birthday. Here’s the FB post

 

2.  The third annual Bowl For Ronnie event took place this weekend. Here’s the FB post

 

3. Wendy Dio revealed that at least three unfinished songs by Dio may emerge. Here’s the article from Metal Wani

During a brand new interview with the Talking Metal podcast, Wendy was asked if there is any unreleased Dio material in the vaults. She said: “I think there’s at least three, maybe five songs — not completed, but songs that have the lyrics and Ronnie singing them. We have the [DIO] band [playing on them], of course. Some are half done, some are just ideas and things. I have to really look. I haven’t really had the time or wanted to go into that part of his life again, but I do have all the computers, and it’s time — it’s been seven and a half years now [since his death], so I can actually go in there and look without breaking down.”

Wendy also talked about the status of Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography Of Ronnie James Dio, the revealing memoir of the heavy metal master, which was three-quarters written before the singer’s death and which was originally scheduled to be published several years ago via MTV Books.

“I am gonna finish the book,” she said. “We’ve got the book, which hopefully can come out next year. I keep saying that, but I haven’t had the time to sit down and go over it. He’d written his book up to the middle of RAINBOW, which is good, because I know the rest of it, ’cause I was there.”

Via Blabbermouth.com

Wendy was later asked if the Dio hologram performances could potentially include these new songs in the future and she didn’t dismiss the idea, stating, “It’s a possibility. It’s a possibility. Everything’s a possibility.”

As for the Dio hologram, the spectacle will hit the road with the Dio Disciples band on a European tour which kicks off on Nov. 30 in Helsinki, Finland. For more info and dates, click here.

source:  Loudwire

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‘Crazy Train’ With Randy Rhoads On Guitar

Guess who I added to the graveyard’s alley today? When I got the concept of this page in May, I immediately started to write down the names of the musicians whom I should gather here and initially there was eight of them. The first names were obvious: Peter Steele, Quorthon, Ronnie James Dio, others appeared in my mind as I was doing a quick research in my memory of heavy metal music: Chuck Schulinder, Jeff Hanneman, while Dead, Somnium and Valfar came to my mind when I listened to their songs. I wrote short bios based on Wikipedia and added photos, exactly like I did for Grunge Graveyard years ago. I thought I was done. Then I recalled Dimebag and Cliff. Then I recalled Nicole and Aleah. But I thought, Ok now it is done.

And then, just a couple of weeks ago, we were checking the English presentation that my friend prepared for this weekend’s conference and it included the example of Ozzy Osbourne. While we were examining his case, I suddenly thought of a horrific episode from his history and another name came to my mind. Randy Rhoads.

So here he is in a video devoted to him and I have a personal request for all the metal musicians: please do take care of yourself! Eat healthy food, exercise, and do not take unnecessary risk! I know it doesn’t sound like a stereotypical rock’n’roll lifestyle but I just don’t want you to be included on this page! I want you to live, create and flourish until you are 80 or 90. Until then, please do not give me the reasons to place you here, ok?!

 

Third Annual ‘Bowl For Ronnie’ Bowling Party Announced

The third annual Bowl For Ronnie bowling party, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, will take place on Friday, October 6, at the Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City, California. The event, hosted by Eddie Trunk, will include a celebrity bowling tournament and a raffle drawing. Last year’s Bowl For Ronnie brought in $36,500 for the cancer charity, which is now in its eighth year of raising awareness and much-needed funding for cancer research.

Bowl For Ronnie participants can anticipate an evening of fun, food and, of course, bowling with rockers and celebrities competing for trophies in the name of raising funds and awareness for the Dio Cancer Fund. Among the raffle prizes will be a specially designed bowling ball and pin featuring the Bowl For Ronnie artwork (see below).

The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with open bowling and a VIP pre-party for lane sponsors, celebrities and their guests. Previous Bowl For Ronnie events brought together entertainers and artists such as Grammy Award-winning duo TENACIOUS D featuring Jack Black and Kyle Gass, Tom Morello (PROPHETS OF RAGE, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE), John 5, members of MASTODON, Steven Adler of GUNS N’ ROSES, Lita Ford, members of the Grammy-nominated group STONE SOUR and many more. Last year, John 5 and Tom Morello, as members of Eddie Trunk‘s bowling team, took top honors for the highest celebrity bowling team score.

Radio personality Eddie Trunk will once again host the event and captain his own bowling team at the event. Additionally, L.A.’s rock station KLOS will sponsor a bowling team made up of on-air personalities and celebrity musicians.

100% of the net proceeds from the Bowl For Ronnie will go to the Dio Cancer Fund. Individual tickets and lane sponsorships are now on sale, and participants are encouraged to gather friends, family and co-workers for the ultimate bowling team.

The Pinz Bowling Center is located at 12655 Ventura Blvd in Studio City, California.

Tickets are now on sale at this location.

* Individual Spectator: $50 per person (includes pizza and general admission)
* Individual Bowler: $75 (includes pizza, shoe rental and bowling from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
* Team/Corporate Lane Sponsorship: $1995 private lane for 6 bowlers (includes team or corporate logo displayed on lane, 6 VIP party passes and access to Artist/VIP lounge, 2 drink tickets per team member, 6 “Bowl For Ronnie” t-shirts, pizza and shoe rental)

Source: Blabbermouth

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‘Man On The Silver Mountain’ By Rainbow

Here is the first song on the first album of Rainbow (and probably my favourite Ronnie James Dio’s song ever). As he said, this track is a semi-religious one, a man on the silver mountain is a kind of God figure everyone is crying out to. The words ‘The man on the silver mountain Ronnie James Dio are inscribed on his grave.

 

I’m a wheel, I’m a wheel
I can roll, I can feel
And you can’t stop me turning

Cause I’m the sun, I’m the sun
I can move, I can run
But you’ll never stop me burning

Come down with fire
Lift my spirit higher
Someone’s screaming my name
Come and make me holy again

I’m the man on the silver mountain
I’m the man on the silver mountain

I’m the day, I’m the day
I can show you the way
And look, I’m right beside you

I’m the night, I’m the night
I’m the dark and the light
With eyes that see inside you

Come down with fire
Lift my spirit higher
Someone’s screaming my name
Come and make me holy again

I’m the man on the silver mountain
I’m the man on the silver mountain

Come down with fire
And lift my spirit higher
Someone’s screaming my name
Come and make me holy again

Well, I can help you, you know I can

I’m the man on the silver mountain
I’m the man on the silver mountain

Just look at me and listen
I’m the man, the man, give you my hand
I’m the man on the silver mountain

Come down with fire
And lift your spirit higher
I’m the man on the mountain
The man on the silver mountain
I’m the night, the light
The black and the white
The man on the silver mountain

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Non Omnis Moriar

It all began a couple of years ago with Grunge Graveyard. I wanted to create a kind of virtual cemetery for the grunge musicians who haven’t had their graves or their graves were located beyond the reach of most fans.  Like I wrote in the intro, in most cultures graveyard is not just a place to bury the dead. People come there to say goodbye, to cry, to recall memories, to laugh, to bring flowers and to light a candle.

It was supposed to be a place of remembrance for the ones who left us long time ago like Andy, Kurt or Layne so I have experienced a real shock when I had to add the place first for Scott Weiland and now for Chris Cornell. His recent death has been a trauma for me, Chris was one of my teenage heroes who helped me to get through the hardest times. In the first impulse, I thought of deleting the whole Grunge Graveyard because I realized that with time these virtual graves will be more and more numerous and I didn’t think I could deal with that.

But soon I realised something very important, something that the people of Antiquity have already known. Let me quote the poem of an ancient Roman author Horace.

I have completed a monument
More lasting than bronze and far higher
Than that royal pile of Pyramids (…)
My end won’t be complete, and a great
Part of me will evade the death god

This is the quintessence of any art. By creating, you leave a piece of yourself in your work. Thanks to the book you write, the picture you paint or the song you sing, you never die completely. In the past, people believed that the person only wholly dies when the last person who knew him/her dies as well because as long as the memory lives, this person lives, too. Now, in the era of media and the Internet this is truer than ever before.

Since grunge and metal music are the biggest loves of my musical life, I decided that instead of destroying Grunge Graveyard, I will create Metal Graveyard for Peter, Quorthon, Ronnie James and others who have influenced our lives with their music. You are encouraged to leave your comment and share your memories. Thank you.

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