German metal queen Doro Pesch paid tribute to legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio by performing a cover version of the DIO classic "Rainbow In The Dark" on Sunday, May 15 at the first annual Vegas Rocks! Hair Metal Awards at the Casablanca Event Center At Eastside Cannery Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was joined on stage by bassist Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE, DIO), guitarist Robert Sarzo (HURRICANE), guitarist Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT) and drummer Brian Tichy (WHITESNAKE, OZZY OSBOURNE). Fan-filme video footage of the performance can be seen below.
Vegas Rocks! Hair Metal Awards featured a special performance at the end of the show by TWISTED SISTER, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with the release of the acclaimed documentary "We Are Twisted F***ing Sister!", a three-CD live set, the release of a memorial concert to their fallen brother A.J. Pero, and a farewell tour titled "40 & F*ck It!"
SCORPIONS made an appearance at the event to receive the "Classic Rock Outstanding Lifetime Achievement" award. In addition, Pesch was presented with the "Metal Goddess" award. Other artists that appeared and were honored/featured included QUIET RIOT, WINGER and ANGEL (full original lineup).
Ronnie James Dio died on May 16, 2010 from gastric cancer at the age of 67.
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