Some of rock and metal’s most legendary performers took over the Avalon Monday, March 17th, for the 3rd Annual Ronnie James Dio Awards Gala and VIP listening party for the Ronnie James Dio tribute album, This Is Your Life.
The evening was a touching tribute to the legendary vocalist, but even beyond the memorable performances and well-deserved accolades, the night was a celebration of life.
The event’s attendees were offered a first listen to the album, which features contributions from the likes of Metallica, Motorhead, Anthrax, Corey Taylor, Halestorm, and Judas Priest (to name a few) and treated to live performances by Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour) and his Stone Sour bandmates, Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver), Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest/Iced Earth/Dio Disciples), Halestorm, Scott Ian (Anthrax), Oni Logan (Dio Disciples/Lynch Mob), Jimmy Bain (Dio/Rainbow/Last In Line), Rowan Robertson (Dio), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake/Ozzy Osbourne), Christian Martucci, and more.
The night’s awards included “The Metal God,” which was received by Rob Halford of Judas Priest.
Ronnie James Dio, who tragically lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010, was honored by several performances featuring his music, concluding with a touching speech from Ronnie’s wife and longtime manager Wendy Dio and a final all-star rendition of “Stand Up And Shout.”
Proceeds from the gala, as well as the This Is Your Life album sales, will go to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, which has already surpassed $600,000 in funds during the non-profit’s short history. Money raised by the fund will be allocated to the cancer research work of the T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research, and the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie James Dio was treated for gastric cancer during the final months of his life.
This Is Your Life will be available via Rhino Records on April 1st.
More information on the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund can be found on the non-profit’s website.
Full list of performances included:
- “I” – Oni Logan, Rowan Robertson, Mike Orlando, Jimmy Bain & Brian Tichy
- “Straight Through the Heart” – Halestorm
- “Stargazer” – Ripper, Oni, Mike Orlando, Craig Goldy, Bjorn Englen, Simon Wright & Scott Warren
- “Neon Knights” – Corey Taylor, Christian Martucci, Scott Ian, Duff McKagan & Roy Mayorga
- “Rainbow in the Dark” – Corey Taylor, Christian Martucci, Scott Ian, Jason Christopher & Roy Mayorga
- “Stand Up and Shout” – ALL STAR JAM
This Is Your Life Track Listing:
01. “Neon Knights” – Anthrax
02. “The Last In Line” – Tenacious D
03. “The Mob Rules” – Adrenaline Mob
04. “Rainbow In The Dark” – Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher
05. “Straight Through The Heart” – Halestorm
06. “Starstruck” – Motorhead with Biff Byford
07. “Temple Of The King” – Scorpions
08. “Egypt (The Chains Are On)” – Doro
09. “Holy Diver” – Killswitch Engage
10. “Catch The Rainbow” – Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren
11. “I” – Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy
12. “Man On The Silver Mountain” – Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren
13. “Ronnie Rising Medley” (featuring “A Light In The Black”, “Tarot Woman”, “Stargazer”, “Kill The King”) – Metallica
14. “This Is Your Life” – Dio