It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly a year since the great Ronnie James Dio lost his battle with cancer. It was a loss that made a huge dent in the face of heavy metal but Dio’s presence in death is as strong and bold as it was in life. Wife and manager Wendy Dio launched the Stand Up And Shout Fund (which benefits cancer research) to honor the late Ronnie James Dio and has been doing a lot to keep the great singer’s legacy alive.
While on hand for the Revolver Golden Gods Award Show press conference, Wendy Dio revealed to Noisecreep that artists like Rob Halford, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Lemmy Kilmister and Glen Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Black Country Communion) are already confirmed to appear on a new tribute album. She also claims that she had just talked to Alice Cooper, Sebastian Bach, and WWE wrestler Chris Jericho during the press conference about appearing on the album as well.
While she doesn’t expect the album to be out by this year, Mrs. Dio claims that most of the artists already have a song picked to sing. Halford will reportedly sing the Rainbow classic “Long Live Rock N’Roll,” while Grohl will be tackling the Black Sabbath hit “Mob Rules.” Alice Cooper apparently also showed interest in singing a song from Elf (Dio’s band prior to Rainbow). It’s going to be exciting to hear not only Dio’s colleges/fellow metal gods, but also to hear “younger”/more “mainstream” artists like Grohl paying tribute to the late legend as well. We’ll keep you posted when more is revealed