Dio Musical, Other Events Happening

Australian production company putting on “fictional comedy” about Ronnie

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Believe it or not, someone has decided to write a musical about Ronnie James Dio, the legendary man who left this mortal coil all too soon.

But first, there’s some events upcoming from the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the late Rainbow and Black Sabbath singer.

A weekend of events is being set up in Los Angeles.

The events will commemorate the fifth anniversary of the singer’s death from gastric cancer on May 16, 2010.

The weekend will include a public memorial service, as well as a celebrity bowling tournament and the inaugural “Ride For Ronnie” motorcycle ride and barbecue, according to Dio’s widow, Wendy Dio.

A free public memorial service will take place at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills on Saturday, May 16 to mark the fifth anniversary of Ronnie’s passing. Several former band members and friends who worked with Ronnie over his illustrious career are expected to speak and perform his music.

As seating for this event is limited, if you are interested in attending, please send an email, along with your name, phone number and the number of seats to: [email protected]

The weekend will kick off on May 15 with a celebrity Rock ‘N’ Bowl tournament at PINZ Bowling Center in Studio City.

The first-ever “Ride For Ronnie” motorcycle ride and barbecue is set for May 17. Riders will depart from Harley-Davidson of Glendale and ride to Los Encinos Park in Encino, where they will be treated to food, live music, raffle/silent auction and more. Fans who don’t ride are welcome to attend just the barbecue!

Now, back to the Dio musical.

Sound Chaser Productions is behind “The Legend Of Dio: A Metal Musical,” which a press release claims will star a Melbourne band Barbariön. It premieres in Australia on March 6 at The Corner Hotel in Richmond.

It is described as “a fictional comedy based on Dio’s music, lyrics and imagery.”

It sounds like I’d hate it.

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