The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund's coffers were bulked up a bit -- to the tune of $155,000 -- during the recent weekend of Dio memorials in Los Angeles.
Artists such as Tom Morello, Lita Ford, Tenacious D's Jack Black, Eddie Money Rough Cutt -- which is re-formed just for the memorial -- Great White, former Asia member John Payne, David Feinstein from Dio's pre-Rainbow band Elf, Vinnie Appice and members of the Dio Disciples, Anberlin, Stone Sour and more were part of the festivities, which included a bowling tournament, a tribute concert and a motorcycle ride.
The Dio fund had already raised more than $1 million since being established shortly after his death from stomach cancer in 2010 at the age of 67.
"The whole idea is to keep Ronnie's legend and his music alive and to raise money for cancer research and get rid of this horrible disease," his wife and manager Wendy Dio tells us. "Those have always been the goals. We've just been building as many things as possible to keep Ronnie's music alive and keep money coming in to the (charity)."
Dio's next project is a re-release of "Stars," the all-star 1985 single for famine relief in Africa, to help raise money for the fund.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.