Last Sunday, 05, Dave Grohl was at the Ride for Ronnie event and presented some surprises to the audience. Alongside Ricky Warwick (Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders), Robbie Crane (Black Star Riders) and Keith Nelson (Buckcherry), he played Motörhead’s “Bomber” and Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak.”
Ride for Ronnie is an event for motorcyclists looking to raise funds for cancer prevention and research to cure the disease. In 2018, $ 50,000 was raised for the Dio Cancer Fund.
Ronald James Padavona (July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) known professionally as Ronnie James Dio or simply Dio, was an American heavy metal singer-songwriter and composer. He fronted or founded numerous groups throughout his career, including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell.
Dio was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where his family resided for his father’s service in the U.S. Army during World War II; they soon relocated to Cortland, New York. His music career began there in 1957 as part of the Vegas Kings (later Ronnie and the Rumblers).
In 2009, Dio was diagnosed with stomach cancer and underwent treatment at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
On May 4, 2010, Heaven & Hell announced they were canceling all summer dates as a result of Dio’s ill health. His last live performance was with Heaven & Hell on August 29, 2009, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Dio died from the disease on May 16, 2010.
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