The late Ronnie James Dio’s birthday is on July 10, and in honor, a star-studded virtual event is taking place to benefit charity
The upcoming Ronnie James Dio virtual birthday celebration keeps adding more big name to its lineup, and the latest include Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale, Sammy Hagar and Guns N’ Roses bass player Duff McKagan.
The online-only event is scheduled to happen July 10, which would have been the late, great metal vocalist’s 79th birthday. The show will offer a range of performances, exclusive interviews and “special birthday messages” from a variety of musicians.
Other artists recently added to the bill include former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach, Tenacious D, Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee, Judas Priest drummer Scott Travis, former Whitesnake drummer Brian Tichy, current Thin Lizzy vocalist Ricky Warwick, former Ted Nugent vocalist Derek St. Holmes and more.
The initial lineup for the show also includes Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, Deep Purple and Dead Daisies frontman Glenn Hughes, current Guns N’ Roses drummer Frank Ferrer, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, brothers Carmine and Vinnie Appice, Lita Ford and a handful of members of Dio’s band.
The show will air on the Rolling Live Studios streaming platform. Funds raised to go to the Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, a charity founded in Dio’s memory. In addition to the virtual tickets, packages are available that include special Dio merch, such as T-shirts, lithographs, laminates, a Dio baseball, a Dio hat and more. A VIP virtual after party meet-and-greet is also available. For more information and to reserve tickets, head to RollingLiveStudios.com/Dio.
Dio passed away in May 2021 after a battle with stomach cancer.