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.

Mastodon’s Troy Sanders To Play Bass For Thin Lizzy During Summer European Festivals

Thin Lizzy have announced that Mastodon’s Troy Sanders will be playing bass on their European festival dates. The rest of the band’s lineup will include: guitarist Scott Gorham, keyboardist Darren Wharton, vocalist Ricky Warwick, guitarist Damon Johnson, and drummer Scott Travis (Judas Priest).

Gorham said the following:

“We are very happy to welcome Troy to the Lizzy family! We met a few years ago at Download festival and he’s a great guy and killer bass player to boot, so very happy he wanted to join us for the shows this summer.”

Warwick added:

“Mastodon are a fantastic band and knowing how much of a thin lizzy fan Troy is, he will be an amazing addition to the fold”

Sanders also commented:

“It’s no secret that Thin Lizzy has had a big influence on Mastodon’s music. Being asked to join them on stage is a big deal and true honor to me. I am really looking forward to it!”

Tour Dates:

07/28 Ebbw Vale, UK – Steelhouse Festival (“Black Rose” album set)
08/04 Macclesfield, UK – Rewind North Festival
08/08 Alicante, SPA – Leyendas Del Rock Festival
08/10 Kortrijk, BEL – Alcataraz Festival