It goes without saying that Ronnie James Dio is a legendary figure in heavy metal. Not only did he have one of the most powerful voices in the genre, he also fronted four incredible bands, namely Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven and Hell.
While his incredible voice was silenced nearly ten years ago when he died of stomach cancer, his widow and former manager Wendy Dio has been working diligently to help find a cure with the Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. The charity has done a number of events in the Valley, and now they have a bowling tournament that will take place at Pinz Bowling Alley in Studio City on November 7, 2019.
The Dio family has always been active in helping charities, and now that Wendy has founded the Stand Up and Shout fund, she says, “I think it’s progressing great. The word is spreading more and it’s growing and growing. We’re making more and more progress.”
If you attend a Stand Up and Shout event, you’re likely to meet some of your favorite rock n’ roll people. Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters will be bowling at this event, and you can also expect to see Geezer Butler from Black Sabbath, and Steven Adler, former drummer from GNR.
Wendy’s foundation has already raised a great deal of money to fight cancer, and she’s thrilled at how many top musicians that are willing to come forward and help. “They’re there every time, every time I call. Every band I know of have come forward and helped us. I couldn’t do it without these guys, I really couldn’t.”
In metaphorical terms, Ronnie looked at fighting his cancer as killing the dragon, and hopefully this terrible dragon will one day be defeated. With the help of the music community, and everyday fans who come to Stand Up and Shout events, this could one day become a reality.
“Ronnie would root for the under-dog,” Wendy says. “His music was always written about the under-dog, and now I’ve carried on for him.”