Guitarist Craig Goldy (Dio, Giuffria, Dio Disciples, Black Knights Rising) recently spoke to rock journalist Lucas H. Gordon about his involvement with the British band Budgie, his new solo project, and Dio Disciples, which features late metal legend Ronnie James Dio’s band mates and friends.
Check out the interview below:
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the voice of Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio, has announced a weekend of celebratory activities to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the singer’s untimely death from gastric cancer on May 16th, 2010. The events will take place from May 15th – 17th in Los Angeles, CA, and sponsors so far include: Monster Energy, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, 100.3 FM The Sound, Ninkasi Brewing, and Western Bagels. The organization is announcing more details regarding each specific date and their individual activities.
As previously announced by Ronnie James Dio SUAS Cancer Fund Co-Founder/President Wendy Dio, the weekend will include a public Memorial Service, as well as a Bowl For Ronnie Celebrity Bowling tournament and the inaugural Ride For Ronnie motorcycle ride and BBQ. See below for an updated listing of activities, ticket prices, and other information.
May 15th: Bowl For Ronnie Celebrity Bowling Tournament
Pinz Bowling Center
12655 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604
Purchase tickets here.
Hosted by Eddie Trunk of VH1’s That Metal Show, this will be an evening of fun, food, entertainment and, of course, bowling with rock stars and celebrities competing for trophies in the name of raising funds and awareness for the Ronnie James Dio SUAS Cancer Fund. A silent auction will include collectible bowling pins autographed by artists such as Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, YES, Anthrax and Metallica and in addition to many more major items. Music will be provided by KNAC.com’s DJ Will.
Bowling Prices & Incentives Breakdown:
Individual Guest (Non-Bowler)
($50 per person)
Event entrance for one, Two drink tickets, All you can eat pizza
($75 per person)
Event entrance for one, Two drink tickets, All you can eat pizza, Shoe rental & bowling
($1,500 one lane with 6 bowlers)
Show off your team skills and charitable spirit. Gather your friends or represent your company with this fun package deal. Trophies and bragging rights for the ages. Lane for 6 bowlers including shoe rental, your company or team name added to three day event program, your company or team logo displayed on your lane and throughout event on flat screens, pizza and 2 drink tickets per person. Lane purchase includes 2 VIP party passes, (Additional VIP party passes sold separately up to 6 per lane)
May 16th: Ronnie James Dio 5th Year Memorial Service and Celebration of Ronnie’s Music
Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills
6300 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068
More info here.
A FREE public Memorial Service will take place at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills on Saturday, May 16th to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Ronnie’s passing. Several former band members and friends who worked with Ronnie over his illustrious career are expected to speak and perform his music. As seating for this event is limited, if you are interested in attending, please send an email, along with your name, phone number and the number of seats to: email@example.com
May 17th: Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Ride and BBQ
Harley-Davidson of Glendale
3717 San Fernando Rd
Glendale, CA 91204
Pre-Registered Rider Check-In
9 – 10:45 AM
9:00am – 10:30am
Kickstands Up at 11 AM
Los Encinos State Historic Park
16756 Moorpark Street
Encino, CA 91436
BBQ & Live Music
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Rider Registraion & BBQ Admission:
Rider & Passenger $120
BBQ General Admission $55
More info here.
Riders will check-in at Harley-Davidson of Glendale, where they can enjoy a continental breakfast with entertainment and prizes provided by The Sound 100.3. The first 200 registered riders will receive a limited edition Ride For Ronnie Challenge Coin! Participants will depart Glendale, traveling the freeways of the north San Fernando Valley, then down the 405 to a BBQ at Los Encinos Historical Park in Encino. The BBQ will feature great food and drink, live music by Ronnie’s former bandmates and friends, raffle prizes, live auction and much more! BBQ-only tickets available to non-riders.
BBQ included for registered riders & passengers. BBQ-only tickets for non-riders are available for advance purchase. Please note: event is subject to sell-out and tickets may not be available at the door. Avoid disappointment and purchase your tickets in advance!
Check back at the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund website here for updates.
A privately funded 501(c)(3) charity organization dedicated to cancer prevention, research and education, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund has already raised close to $1 million in its short history. Monies raised have been committed to the cancer research work of the T. J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research, the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life, and other cancer research projects.