Chris Loomis

Ride for Ronnie James Dio @ Los Encinos State Park – 05/05/2019

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The 5th annual Ride for Ronnie motorcycle ride & concert benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund was held on Sunday May 5. Once again beginning at Glendale Harley Davidson and ending at Los Encinos State Park for an afternoon of live music. The famed vocalist who fronted Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio passed away May 16, 2010 of stomach cancer and his legacy has been going strong thanks to his wife and manager Wendy Dio who is at the forefront of The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

The Ride for Ronnie has motorcycle riders assemble for a continental breakfast at Harley-Davidson of Glendale and then kickstands up for a scenic ride through Los Angeles ending at Los Encinos Park in Encino, where there is live music, raffles, live auctions, food trucks, vendor booths and more. The 2018 Ride for Ronnie event raised over $50,000 for the cancer charity, with the 2019 totals forthcoming.

Celebrity riders that gathered at Glendale HD included Taime Downe of Faster Pussycat, Sean McNabb of Lynch Mob and had Wendy Dio strapping on a helmet to be the second rider for a lucky biker. Once at the park, live music was provided by DIA, Budderside, DC4, Bulletboys, Petty Cash and headlined by Eddie Trunk’s All-Star Band. Eddie Trunk emceed the event and provided commentary and helped with all the auctions and giveaways as well as band introductions.

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is dedicated to ongoing research into early detection technologies and for the treatment and cure of prostate, colon and stomach cancers. Led by the Dr. who treated Ronnie James Dio – Sandeep Kapoor (who attends this event every year) – the goal is to make detection a simple procedure and save lives.

To donate to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund check out www.diocancerfund.org.

DIA

This female fronted DIO tribute band would make the Metal Master Ronnie James Dio proud as they belted out several DIO classics getting the early crowd in the right frame of mind for the day.

Petty Cash

This band combines the music of Tom Petty and Johnny Cash resulting in a fabulously good time while these guys are onstage. Alternating vocalists and playing Cash and Petty tunes, you cant’s help but sing along and thrown down a little air guitar.

Budderside

As their website states, Budderside is true, hard modern, high energy rock n roll and they proved that beyond a shadow of a doubt on this day. Led by the charismatic vocalist Patrick Stone, these local boys from Los Angeles definitely made a lot of new fans as a result of their performance.

DC4

This one is a family affair with vocalist/guitarist Jeff Duncan (also of Armored Saint), drummer Shawn Duncan and bassist Matt Duncan along with former DIO guitarist (Lock Up the Wolves era) Rowan Robertson. These hard rockers from Los Angeles are the real deal as Jeff Duncan has a similar vocal approach to Armored Saint bandmate John Bush and the musical pedigrees of the rest of the band equal what has been stated as Van Halen meets Pantera.

Bulletboys

33 years into their musical journey, Marq Torien and Bulletboys continue to deliver a high energy rock n roll experience onstage. With hits such as “Hard as a Rock”, “For the Love of Money” and “Smooth Up” the band delivers these classic cuts with the same angst and heaviness as back in the day. Torien told heartfelt a short story of a meeting with DIO which had the Bulletboys leader holding back tears.

Eddie Trunk’s All-Stars

Picked by radio personality and Rock n Roll Ambassador Eddie Trunk, The All-Stars consisted of members of Black Star Riders, LA Guns, The Sweet and many more as Ricky Warwick, Ace Von Johnson, Michael Oliveri, Neil Turbin, Sean McNabb, Chas West, Simon Wright and many more jammed on several classic rock cuts to end the day. But wait . . .

Rock icon Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) who lives down the road from the event showed up un-announced and was quickly granted a seat behind the drums to crank out Thin Lizzy’s ”Jailbreak” and Motorhead’s “Bomber” with several of the All-Stars. Certainly, an amazing surprise and what a treat to watch Grohl bash on the drums.

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