Axel Rudi Pell (STEELER), Doro Pesch (WARLOCK), Doogie White (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, RAINBOW, CORNERSTONE, TANK) and Manni Schmidt (RAGE, GRAVE DIGGER) are among the musicians who performed at a tribute/charity concert to celebrate the life and work of Ronnie James Dio and to raise funds for the "Stand Up And Shout" cancer awareness charity set up by Ronnie's wife/manager Wendy Dio. The show took place on Monday, July 12 at Zeche in Bochum, Germany.
The following musicians performed at the event (among others):
* Doro Pesch
* Axel Rudi Pell
* Doogie White (RAINBOW, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN)
* Manni Schmidt (RAGE, GRAVE DIGGER)
* Bernd Aufermann (RUNNING WILD)
* Marco Wriedt (AXXIS)
* Harry Oellers (AXXIS)
* Martin Kesici
Watch video footage of the performance below.
Prior to the show, Doogie stated the following regarding being asked to appear at the tribute concert: "I was deeply, deeply saddened when I heard Ronnie had died. I was alone in a 'strange city' in a 'strange land,' taking a tourist bus tour of the city, when the text messages breaking the news started coming through. I had to abandon the bus tour and stuck on the headphones and listened to 'Follow The Tears' and 'To Live For The King'.
"With [Argentinean rock band] RATA BLANCA in that 'strange land,' we played 'Catch The Rainbow' every night of the tour [see video below].
"Even though spoken language was a barrier most of the time, three words united everyone in the halls we played, every night. We sang together, we shed tears together and we remembered. We remembered the music the words and the man.
"The three words were... Ronnie James Dio.
"I am very happy and humbled to asked to sing a few songs that were a huge part of my musical education. I will try and do them justice. Maybe there will be more tears... Who can say?? But in the end, let's remember what Ronnie sings at the end of the Kerry Livgren song 'To Live For The King': 'Rejoice!! Rejoice!! Rejoice!! Is there any choice?'"