Just enough cloud cover on Sunday, May 5 made for a gorgeous Southern California day for the 5th Annual RIDE FOR RONNIE Motorcycle Ride and Concert, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org). Some 300 motorcycle riders joined the Ride at Harley-Davidson of Glendale, culminating with a concert at Los Encinos Park in Encino where a surprise performance by the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl added to an exciting afternoon of rock music.
This year’s Ride For Ronnie brought in $46,000 for the Fund’s mission of cancer prevention, research and education for a cure for this dreaded disease that has touched all of us in some fashion.
Wendy Dio, Ronnie’s widow and founder/president of the charity, led the procession of bikes around the northern edge of the San Fernando Valley with celebrity participants including Glendale Harley’s Oliver Shokouh, actors Robert Patrick (Terminator, Scorpion, Mayans M.C.), Star Fields (Sons of Anarchy, Mayans M.C), Al Coronel (The Last Ship, Bosch), Frankie Loyale (Mayans M.C.), Cathy Zukimoto, Chris Bruno (The Dead Zone) and Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Seal Team) along with her husband champion ice skater Lloyd Eisler, Faster Pussycat’s Taime Downe and actor/musician Sean McNabb, who also performed during the concert portion.
Among the other participants in Eddie Trunk’s All Star Band were Dewey Bragg (Kill Devil Hill, Day of Errors); Jimmy Burkard (West Bound, Billy Idol); Mike Dupke (Dee Snider, WASP); Dicki Fliszar (Jack Russell’s Great White); Abby Gennet (Slunt, The Riot Brides); Ace Von Johnson (Faster Pussycat, LA Guns); Sam Bam Koltun (Budderside, Knee High Fox); Johnny Martin (LA Guns, Adler’s Appetite); actor/musician Sean McNabb (Lynch Mob, Dokken); Jerry Montano (Hellyeah, Danzig), Michael Oliveri (Leatherwolf); Joey Scott (Lizzy Borden); Neil Turbin (Bleed the Hunger, Anthrax); Chris Turbis (Boys of Summer, Mr. Crowley); Scott Warren (Dio); Chas West (West Bound, Bonham, Lynch Mob); Simon Wright (Dio, AC/DC, UFO), and Randy Rhoads’ brother singer Kelle Rhoads who performed with his band members Nikki Lane Taylor and Gregory Alan Coates.