During vocalist Ronnie James Dio's time with Black Sabbath, Rainbow and Dio, his wife, Wendy, managed his career for more than 20 years. Five years after the metal icon lost his battle to metastasized gastric cancer on May 16, 2010, Wendy continues to advocate for her late husband's musical legacy and for others combating the disease. Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, which Wendy co-founded, will host a weekend-long gathering of events in remembrance of the voice of "Holy Diver."
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Once news spread about global travelers' incoming attendance for the memorial at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills, Wendy and the board added additional events, auctions, music performances and a group motorcycle ride to support the fans in return. Starting on Friday, May 15, ticket purchasers can attend a metal celebrity bowling tournament with a collectibles auction at Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City. The free memorial at Forest Lawn will commemorate the exact date of passing on Saturday, with former band members throughout Ronnie's career performing his songs. Sunday will signify the final ride, as motorcyclists ramble through the streets from Harley-Davidson Glendale to Los Encinos State Park in Encino for more live music and a barbecue.
The Weekly spoke with Wendy about this weekend's honorary events, advocating for cancer research, Ronnie's worldwide footprint and some of the happiest memories together in their metal marriage.More »