Saturday, May 29, 2010

Dio Tribute (part 1)

Tributes to the late Ronnie James Dio continue; the music legend passed away on May 16 after a year-long struggle with stomach cancer.

This weekend, hennemusic offers up a 2-part tribute: today features Dio-related covers by others, while tomorrow will feature some cool Dio tracks.

A public memorial is being held tomorrow at Forest Lawn cemetery in Hollywood. A well-known hate group have announced their intention to picket the service, while Ronnie’s wife, Wendy, has asked for calm from fans.

Here’s a few tributes that have surfaced online recently…

Former Judas Priest vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens wowed an Akron, Ohio club with something from the "Heaven & Hell" record...

Tim “Ripper” Owens – Children Of The Sea
Tap House, Akron, OH – May 15, 2010

The Van Halen News Desk offered up a previously uncirculated version of VH doing Rainbow’s “Man On The Silver Mountain” from an undated club show in 1976.

Van Halen – Man On The Silver Mountain
Club show(undated) - 1976

Pearl Jam threw in a quick nod to Dio, with a classic Sabbath riff, during their show in Boston.

Pearl Jam – Alive
TD Garden, Boston, MA – May 17, 2010

During a surprise appearance at one of Conan O’Brien’s live shows in Michigan, Kid Rock threw in a Dio reference…

Kid Rock – If I Was President
East Lansing, MI – May 21, 2010

More tomorrow in Dio Tribute (part 2).