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Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor, Halestorm, Duff McKagan and over a dozen other musicians -- many of them past members of Dio and/or Dio Disciples -- rocked a half dozen Ronnie James Dio's songs last night (Monday) at the Avalon in Hollywood. The occasion was the third annual Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund benefit. Three Dio, two Black Sabbath and one Rainbow song that Dio had sung were performed. All of them appear on the upcoming tribute album to him, This Is Your Life, which comes out April 1st.
Halestorm's Lzzy Hale had this to say, "There’s something about it and we all were talking about it backstage. It’s like we’re not here to grieve, we’re here to celebrate and everybody just has these big smiles on their faces. And I think it’s because his spirit is very much alive right now."
Although he didn't perform, Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford was one of the evening's five honorees picking up the organization's Man on the Silver Mountain award. After reading his speech accepting the award, Halford autographed the pages he had written it on and they were auctioned to raise more money to fight cancer. They sold for $3-thousand. Other auction items included a custom ESP guitar made for Metallica's James Hetfied that raised $6-thousand, a guitar autographed by all the musicians who performed and a number of trips.