Dave Grohl joined various members of classic and current bands to play Motorhead’s “Bomber” and Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak” at the ‘Ride For Ronnie’ benefit gathering in Encino, California on Sunday. The event raises money for cancer awareness and was hosted by Eddie Trunk for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.
The stage backdrop used a mural from the 2014 Ronnie James Dio tribute album This Is Your Life artwork that featured a walk of fame of metal stars throughout history. Amongst the crowd are the members of Metallica, Corey Taylor, Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, and members of Anthrax, Scorpions, Doro, and bands from the following generations like Killswitch Engage and Halestorm. Eerily the late great Lemmy is side by side with today’s living legends, having appeared on the album’s cover before his own 2015 death.
Even though we’re used to seeing Dave fronting Foo Fighters, it’s always exciting to witness him get behind the kit since he considered one of rock’s all-time great drummers and with current Thin Lizzy singer Ricky Warwick, former Ratt bassist Robbie Crane and former Buckcherry guitarist Keith Nelson and they pump out the jams with ease.
Ronnie James Dio passed away from cancer in 2010. He is one of metal history’s most talented frontmen. Speaking to the press Grohl mentioned he was neighbors with Dio and had to support the cause despite no rehearsals with the band prior.
“I am here on this beautiful day in Encino- everybody loves Ronnie James Dio. He was my neighbor actually; we lived down the street from each other. I encourage everybody to come out and support the cause, because it’s a beautiful day with a bunch of beautiful people and we hope to see you next year.”