Judas Priest, Halestorm, Etc. Members Added To Virtual Ronnie James Dio Birthday Fundraiser

More artists have been added to the “Stand Up And Shout For Ronnie James Dio’s Birthday” virtual fundraiser. That event will take place on July 10 and tickets can be purchased at rollinglivestudios.com.

Here’s the newly announced guests: Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen), Tenacious D’s Jack Black and Kyle Gass, Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row), John Bush (Armored Saint), Mikkey Dee (Scorpions, Motörhead), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Brian Tichy (ex-Whitesnake), Lena Hall (“Hedwig And The Angry Inch”), Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs, etc.), Derek St, Holmes (Vanilla Fudge, Michael Schenker Group), Scott Travis (Judas Priest), Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders), and The Warning,

Here’s the previously announced guests: Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge), Vinny Appice (ex-Black Sabbath), Michael Angelo Batio (Nitro, Holland, Shout), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Chuck Billy (Testament), Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Aynsley Dunbar (ex-Journey), Frank Ferrer (Guns N’ Roses), Lita Ford, Glenn Hughes (ex-Deep Purple), Terry Ilous (ex-Great White), Liliac, Sean McNabb (ex-Quiet Riot), Jeff Pilson (Foreigner), Rudy Sarzo (ex-Quiet Riot), Paul Shortino (ex-Rough Cutt), Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper), Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach, Wildside), Wyn Davis, and Ronnie’s widow Wendy Dio.

The Dio band, Oni Logan, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Simon Wright, Scott Warren, Rowan Robertson, and Bjorn Englen, will perform as well. Eddie Trunk and Matt Pinfield will also be on hand conducting interviews.

Late Van Halen, Rush, Power Trip, Etc. Members Featured In NBC News’ 2020 “In Memoriam” Segment

Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen), Neil Peart (Rush), Riley Gale (Power Trip), Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot), Peter Green (ex-Fleetwood Mac), Brian Howe (ex-Bad Company), and Jack Sherman (ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers) were among the musicians featured in NBC News’ 2020 “In Memoriam” segment. You can watch that video HERE.

Ex-Machine Head, Ex-Dream Theater, Etc. Members Share Quarantine Cover Of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Revelation (Mother Earth)”

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head, etc.), Dino Jelusick (Trans–Siberian Orchestra, etc.), Rudy Sarzo (ex-Quiet Riot, etc.) Mike Portnoy (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Dream Theater, etc.), Marta Demmel (Bleeding Through), and Julie Bélanger Roy (Gone In April) have joined forces for a quarantine cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Revelation (Mother Earth).” You can check that out below:

Phil Demmel commented:

“This series wouldn’t be complete without this song included. It’s my favorite [Randy Rhoads]-era Ozzy song/solo so when Mike told me it was one of 3 songs on his ‘to do’ list, it was time to tackle this song. Dino and I had been waiting for a song to do with MP and since the BPMD record had come out and I wanted to wait a bit before doing another with him.

This needs to be epic and although having Marta handle the piano/synth bells/vocoder parts was going to be legit, I wanted something filling more space and immediately asked Julie (who killed it on ‘Falling’ for us) to add as much as she wanted and see what she would come up with. Having these 2 on this song with their ideas and performance makes it incredible.

We needed a Bass player and I shot for the moon. Rudy is the most professional, courteous, polite, capable and compassionate musician I’ve worked with and as he said ‘of course, I’d be honored’ I knew it was going to be special, in many ways.

It’s no secret Randy is my favorite musician. His passion for not only music but also for performing has struck something with me and I’m paying tribute in this way to maybe inspire others to follow his life’s work.

With some of my earlier Jams I recorded single/pass tracks, but with this one I wanted it to respect it as he would. 2 rhythm, 2 6-string acoustic, 2 solo, 1 12-string and 1 nylon-string tracks later, I hope you all enjoy what the 6 of us accomplished.

RIP RR”

Quiet Riot Drummer Frankie Banali Passes Away

Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali has sadly passed away following a battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He was 68 years old.

Frankie’s wife Regina issued the following statement:

“He put up an inspiringly brave and courageous 16-month battle to the end and continued playing live as long as he could. Standard chemotherapy stopped working and a series of strokes made the continuation on a clinical trial impossible. He ultimately lost the fight at 7:18PM on August 20th in Los Angeles surrounded by his wife and daughter.”

“Frankie is survived by his devoted wife Regina, loving daughter Ashley, many dear friends, dedicated fans, and a menagerie of rescue animals all of whom are family. He was a long time advocate for animal rescue, a spokesperson for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and a sponsor of Children International. Donations in his name are encouraged for Fixnation.org, Pancan.org, Children.org. His wish for everyone is that you be your own health advocate for early detection so you may live long and rescue many animals.”

[via Loudwire]

Trapt, Buckcherry, Drowning Pool, Etc. Set To Perform At 2020 Sturgis Buffalo Chip Rally, Masks & Social Distancing Reportedly Not Required

The 80th annual Sturgis Buffalo Chip Rally in Sturgis, SD is scheduled to go on as planned amid the coronavirus pandemic. The local city council voted to move forward with the event with PPE guidelines in place for staff, vendors, etc. However, a number of outlets are reporting that masks and social distancing will not be mandatory. The rally will be held on August 7-16 and Smash Mouth, Trapt, Adelitas Way, Buckcherry, Drowning Pool, Lit, Quiet Riot, Saving Abel, Night Ranger and more are still set to perform despite the apparent lack of safety measures.

[via The PRP]

Anthrax, Testament, Butcher Babies, Etc. Members To Perform At “Ultimate NAMM Night 3”

The lineup has been revealed for the NAMM edition of “Ultimate Jam Night.” The event, which is called “Ultimate NAMM Night,” will take place on January 18 at the Hilton Anaheim California Ballroom and it will include an all-star jam featuring: Mike Portnoy (Sons Of Apollo, etc.), Doug “Dug” Pinnick (King’s X, KXM), Doug Aldrich (The Dead Daises, etc.), George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob), Derek St. Holmes (ex-Ted Nugent), Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon), Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Kat Dyson (Prince), Divinity Roxx, Alex Skolnick (Testament), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence), Ira Black (Dark Sky Choir, etc.), Chuck Garric (Alice Cooper, etc.), Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies), Michael Spencer (Flotsam And Jetsam), James LoMenzo (ex-Megadeth, etc.), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Dilana, Tiffany, and more. The concert will also feature full band performances from Jack Russell’s Great White and Hurricane.

Dying Fetus, Corrosion Of Conformity, Devin Townsend, Etc. Added To 2019 Heavy Montreal Festival

Dying Fetus, Corrosion Of Conformity, Devin Townsend, Demolition Hammer, Dopethrone, The Great Sabatini, and Harm’s Way have all been added to the 2019 Heavy Montreal festival. On top of that, organizers have also revealed that the yet to be announced Summer Slaughter Tour lineup will be added to the event as well. The festival will take place at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal, QC on July 27-28. Here’s the updated daily lineups:

July 27: Ghost, Godsmack, Evanescence, Steel Panther, Killswitch Engage, Hatebreed, Beartooth, Kataklysm, Quiet Riot, Municipal Waste, Watain, Metal Church, Dying Fetus, All That Remains, Cancer Bats, Devin Townsend (acoustic), Fever 333, Galactic Empire, Harm’s Way, and The Summer Slaughter Tour.

July 28: Slayer (final Quebec show), Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, Anthrax, In This Moment, Skillet, Clutch, Gamma Ray, Atreyu, Despised Icon, Stick To Your Guns, Beast In Black, Corrosion Of Conformity, Knocked Loose, Counterparts, Terror, Fu Manchu, Skalmold, Demolition Hammer, Dopethrone, 3TEETH, Metalachi, The Great Sabatini, Dirty Honey, and Mountain Dust.

Slayer, Ghost, Godsmack, Evanescence, Etc. Set For 2019 Heavy Montreal Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2019 Heavy Montreal festival. The event will take place at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal, QC on July 27-28 and it will feature the following: Slayer (final Quebec show), Ghost, Godsmack, Evanescence, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Anthrax, Steel Panther, In This Moment, Killswitch Engage, Clutch, Gamma Ray, Beartooth, Hatebreed, Skillet, Atreyu, Quiet Riot, Watain, Kataklysm, Despised Icon, Municipal Waste, Metal Church, All That Remains, Fu Manchu, Beast In Black, Knocked Loose, Cancer Bats, Stick To Your Guns, Terror, Counterparts, Fever 333, Skalmold, 3TEETH, Metalachi, Galactic Empire, Mountain Dust, Dirty Honey, and Heavy Mania.

Watch Footage Of Fozzy Covering AC/DC’s “T.N.T.” With Phil Demmel (Machine Head) & James Durbin (Quiet Riot) In San Francisco, CA

During Fozzy’s March 13 show at Slim’s in San Francisco, CA, the band were joined onstage by Phil Demmel (Machine Head) and James Durbin (Quiet Riot). Check out footage of them covering AC/DC’s “T.N.T.” below: