Since rock singer Ronnie James DIO’s death to stomach cancer it has brought more awareness to the disease though has been around for centuries it is not as promoted as much as breast cancer, colon, prostate and skin cancer. Wendy DIO decided to make this cancer more known though various funding raising events such as bowling and the annual where the fans and musicians, radio and tv/movie personalities can meet at the Ride for Ronnie concerts. On May 7, 2017, the event that is held during the month of May at Southern California’s Los Encinos park that starts with those with motorcycles and most them Harley’s start at Glendale’s Harley Davidson of Glendale that rides to the park with bands performing that had scattered rain over the area.
Those riding from Glendale to the park were Wendy, Lita Ford, Gilby Clarke, the cast of the television series The Sons of Anarchy’s Emilio Rivera, Rusty Coones, Star Field and Sean McNabb with fans.
A donation of $25,000 was presented to Dr. David Wong of the UCLA School of Dentistry to help fund his team’s research into the development of a simple, non-invasive saliva test for the early detection of cancer. This is part of the Dio Cancer Fund’s commitment to this ground-breaking project, which is in keeping with its message that early detection saves lives.
During the performances, the rain started and stopped during performances and auctions hosted by Eddie Trunk included raffles, silent and live auctions. This year’s bands were by order: No Small Children, The Loveless, Sonia Harley, Eddie Money, Rough Cutt, Adler’s All Stars which included Steven Adler, Patrick Stone (Budderside), Lita Ford, Gilby Clark, members of DIO Disciples, and Rough Cutt singing the Hear N Aid project song “Were Stars”. Also performing with Steve for the popular Gun N Roses songs were Patrick, Lita, Robert Sarzo on guitar and Jeff Pilson on bass. Also on the bill were Eddie Money, Rough Cutt, and DIO Disciples performing twenty-minute
sets with Lynch Mob performing last with George’s guitar peddles and cords not working probably and during their last song “Wicked Sensation” the rain came down harder with hail. Though the weather was not stable and did make a difference for lower crowd size the mood was still positive.
There were various vendors and sponsors for food, alcoholic drinks, and merchandise.
For information on the Dio cancer fund go to: www.diocancerfund.org
Review and photos by Craig Newman