The third annual Ride For Ronnie motorcycle rally and concert, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, will be highlighted by a host of celebrity riders joining the motorcycle ride through the streets of Los Angeles County and an all-star jam spearheaded by former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler during the afternoon of live music in Los Encinos Park. Last year's Ride For Ronnie event raised over $50,000 for the cancer charity.
Celebrity riders expected to join Dio Cancer Fund co-founder and president Wendy Dio and the cavalcade of motorcycle riders on Sunday, May 7 include "Sons Of Anarchy" actors Emilio Rivera (and also from the forthcoming series "Mayans MC"), Sean McNabb (who will also perform with LYNCH MOB at the concert), Rusty Coones and Star Fields, as well as actor Chris Bruno ("The Dead Zone") and musicians Lita Ford, Gilby Clarke (former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist), Taime Downe (FASTER PUSSYCAT) and Xavier Muriel (BUCKCHERRY) along with KLOS radio "Horns Up" show personality Stew Herrera. They will assemble at Harley-Davidson of Glendale with kickstands up at 11 a.m..
Live entertainment will begin at 12 noon provided by rockers LYNCH MOB, Eddie Money, ROUGH CUTT, DIO DISCIPLES, THE LOVELESS, Sonia Harley and NO SMALL CHILDREN. Marc Ferrari (COLD SWEAT), Marty O'Brien (LITA FORD), Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL) and Ronnie James Dio's cousin David "Rock" Feinstein (THE RODS) will be on hand for the concert festivities.
Additionally, ROUGH CUTT will conclude its set with a performance of "Stars", the song released in 1986 by the organization known as Hear 'N Aid to raise money for famine relief in Africa. Heavy metal's answer to "We Are The World" raised $2 million at the time, and there are plans being made to reissue the recording in the future to benefit the Dio Cancer Fund. Radio personality Eddie Trunk will handle hosting duties, which will also include a raffle, silent and live auctions, food trucks, merchandise vendors and more. The silent auction will be held in one of the exhibit booths throughout the afternoon, while live auctions, featuring one-of-a-kind rock collectables, will take place during intervals between artist performances. Live auction, raffle and silent auction items include a stage-worn full-length leather Eddie Money trench coat from his 2000 "Millennium Tour", a GREAT WHITE acoustic guitar signed by the band members, Dio photo book signed by all of the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, a BLACK SABBATH collectables and merchandise bundle, a variety of concert tickets, wine-tasting certificates, and much, much more.
Los Angeles' premier rock radio station 95.5 KLOS has come on board this year as an event sponsor and will be out in force at Harley Davidson in Glendale for the start of the Ride. KLOS jock Melissa Maxx will also be at the park to assist with the show.
A donation of $25,000 will be presented to Dr. David Wong of the UCLA School Of Dentistry to help fund his team's research into the development of a simple, non-invasive saliva test for the early detection of cancer. This is part of the Dio Cancer Fund's commitment to this ground-breaking project, which is in keeping with its message that early detection saves lives. Slammin Sliders, G's Taco Spot, Greenz On Wheelz and Archie's Ice Cream food trucks will be on site at the Park throughout the afternoon. Premium beer sponsored by Ninkasi Brewing Company will be available as well as Graffiti Wine, water courtesy of Solar Rain and soft drinks. Additional Ride For Ronnie sponsors include Harley-Davidson of Glendale, Law Tigers and Bigg Time Entertainment.
An array of merchandise-teeshirts, baseball-style shirts, caps, CDs, wristbands, event souvenirs, etc. will be available for purchase and a "Jumble Sale" booth featuring gently-used items and collectables benefiting the Dio Cancer Fund will be also on site at the Park. Additional merchandise vendors will also participate. Both riders and concert-goers can purchase their tickets by visiting www.diocancerfund.org/events.
Pre-registration prices: * $35/rider (includes concert admission)
* $10/passenger (includes concert admission)
* $25 concert admission only
Day of event prices: * $40/rider (includes concert admission)
* $10/passenger (includes concert admission)
* $30 concert admission only 2017 Ride For Ronnie motorcycle ride and concert schedule: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Ride: 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.: Rider Check-In & On-Site Registration
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
Kickstands up at 11:00 a.m.
Harley Davidson of Glendale
3717 San Fernando Rd., Glendale, CA 91204 Concert:
11:30 a.m. - Gates open
11:45 a.m.- 5 p.m. Concert
Los Encinos State Historic Park
16756 Moorpark Street
Encino, CA 91436
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund was formed in memory of the legendary rock singer Ronnie James Dio, who lost his life to gastric cancer in 2010. A privately funded 501(c)(3) public charity, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund has already raised well over $1 million since its inception. Monies raised have been committed to the cancer research work of the T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research, the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life, and other cancer research projects. Most recently, the Dio Cancer Fund has committed funds to support the research of Dr. David Wong and his team at the UCLA School of Dentistry in developing a simple, non-invasive saliva test for the early detection of cancer, which is in keeping with the Fund's mission of cancer prevention, research and education.