Greg Prato of Bravewords spoke with Wendy Dio. Excerpts from the interview appear below.

BraveWords: Let’s discuss this year’s Ride for Ronnie event.

Wendy Dio: Eddie Trunk will be hosting it, as always – he’s such a fantastic person and was always a great friend of Ronnie’s. This year, we’ve got Lynch Mob playing, Dio Disciples, Eddie Money, and Rough Cutt, who just reformed and will be performing Stars with a bunch of people. And we’ve just got Steven Adler from Guns N’ Roses on board – he’s going to perform I think Sweet Child ‘O Mine and Welcome To The Jungle with an all-star band…We also have food trucks there, we have beer and wine, we have lots of vendors there selling lots of things, raffle items that are only one dollar each, a silent auction, a live auction. For the live auction, we have Eddie Money’s full-length leather trench coat that he wore on tour, we have a signed acoustic guitar from Great White, we have Slayer tickets, Yes tickets, wine baskets, a bundle of Dio stuff, a bundle of Black Sabbath stuff. We have all kinds of really great items this year. So it will be a fun day, starting in the morning, where I will be riding along with a lot of the celebrities – Lita Ford will be riding and coming to the park. And then the festivities at the park will start around noon, and the band will be playing, and everybody who is playing will do a meet-and-greet. We also have Emilio Rivera from Sons of Anarchy, he’ll be there with a bunch of his different actors to sign autographs. It’s going to be a fun day – raising money for cancer and keeping Ronnie’s music and his legend alive. On diocancerfund.org, there is a lot of information on the event and you can buy tickets there – or you can buy tickets at the door.

BraveWords: Did Ronnie ever ride a bike?

Wendy Dio: No. [Laughs] But he had a lot of biker fans.

BraveWords: As far as Ronnie’s musical archives, what is coming up?

Wendy Dio: We have actually just been talking to Warner Brothers about putting out some unreleased stuff. It will be later this year.

BraveWords:…Do you know if there is any Rainbow material with Ronnie that hasn’t been released? Whether it be concerts or studio outtakes?

Wendy Dio: I’m sure there is. But then you’re going into the Ritchie Blackmore camp, which controls that stuff.

BraveWords: What is the status of Ronnie’s autobiography?

Wendy Dio: I’m supposed to be finishing it, I’ve been looking at it – but now is the time that I feel I can go back in there and go down that road again, and finish it.

BraveWords: Let’s discuss the Ronnie hologram seen at Dio Disciples concerts.

Wendy Dio: We are actually in the middle of making a new one, for six songs. It’s a long process. Ronnie was always floored by the holograms in Disneyland. In fact, in 1986, we tried to make a hologram – we used this rear projection, and anyone who saw the Sacred Heart tour, saw the crystal ball with Ronnie’s head in there, talking. He was an innovator of music, and I think he would’ve been an innovator of technology. And this is a new way of technology. Some people are naysayers about it, some people like it. What we were trying to do is bring this…for the fans that would like to see Ronnie back on stage again with his band mates. It’s a live band with the Disciples playing – which was Ronnie’s band mates for the last 17 years. It’s something that somebody that wanted to go see but never saw Ronnie and never had the chance to see Ronnie before would maybe want to see, and those who would like to see him back on stage again.

BraveWords: Regarding the naysayers, you can never please everyone.

Wendy Dio: There are always the trolls that all they do is find something to badmouth. My thing to say to them is maybe you can try and do one good thing a week, instead of trying to trash people. I do a lot of charity work and most of the people I know do charity work. We work hard, we do things that a lot of times, we give money. We don’t take the money – we give the money. But it’s always that, ‘Oh, she’s a cash cow doing this.’ I don’t know where this comes from…I don’t think we’re going to make any money from it. Maybe down the road years later, if it’s successful…like Ronnie always put his money into big stage sets and all these different things. He didn’t need to do that, but he would do it – he’d give back to the fans. And that’s what I think life is about – giving back, not trying to trash somebody.

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One of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, Diamond Head, will be returning to the States for tour dates in May and in August. From May 17th-27th, the band – led by co-founding member/guitarist Brian Tatler – will be playing headline shows (and two dates with Ross the Boss, as well as a performance at the Legions of Metal Festival in Chicago with Armored Saint, and an appearance at Rocklahoma in Oklahoma). And then from August 19th-25th, Diamond Head will return to the US for another festival appearance (Psycho Vegas 2017 in Las Vegas), as well as additional headlining gigs.

“Excited to be back in the US this spring, playing songs from the new album ‘Diamond Head’ along with many classics from Lightning To The Nations, Borrowed Time & Canterbury.'” says Brian Tatler.

As part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s, Diamond Head came up in the same scene as eventual global headliners Def Leppard and Iron Maiden. And while Diamond Head did not achieve the same commercial success as the aforementioned bands, they did influence countless subsequent musicians – especially Metallica, as it was a then-teenaged Lars Ulrich that befriended the band early on and became a major fan. Subsequently, Metallica has covered such Diamond Head classics as Am I Evil, Helpless, The Prince, and It’s Electric multiple times – on multiple platinum releases.

In addition to performing these classics at their upcoming U.S. shows, expect to also hear material performed off their latest release – 2016’s self-titled offering. Their seventh studio albums overall, the album has become one of their most critically acclaimed of their entire career –

And soon, many U.S. fans will get to see the legendary Diamond Head on a nearby concert stage.

Diamond Head 2017 tour:

5/17 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups
5/18 Indianapolis, IN The Headquarters w/Ross The Boss
5/19 Rock Island, IL RIBCO
5/20 Chicago, IL Legions of Metal Festival w/Armored Saint
5/21 Savage, MN Neisens w/Ross The Boss
5/22 Joliet, IL The Forge
5/23 Newport, KY Southgate House
5/25 Springfield, MO Nathan P Murphy’s
5/27 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma Festival

8/19 Las Vegas, NV Psycho Vegas 2017 Festival
8/23 Portland, OR Bossanova Ballrooms
8/25 Seattle, WA El Corazon

For more information, please visit diamond-head.net.

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Overkill, have kept the machine running strong in 2017 with the release of their eighteenth album, The Grinding Wheel, as well as adding another US tour under their belts. Today, the band welcomes another addition to the Overkill history with their new drummer, Jason “Sticks” Bittner (Shadows Fall, Flotsam And Jetsam).

“Overkill would like to announce it’s newest member, behind the kit and steering the ship, Jason “Sticks” Bittner,” comments Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth. “We wholeheartedly would like to thank Eddy “The Mexicutioner” Garcia for holding down the ship and keeping the momentum up for the band over this past year plus. Eddy has and always will be part of the Overkill machine. Jason is a long time friend of the band and his abilities have always spoke for themselves. Let the touring continue…onward-upward!”

Jason “Sticks” Bittner states, “When my phone rang about 2 months ago and Blitz said ‘Hey, me and DD are wondering if you would be interested in joining?’ It really didn’t take much for me to write back a one word answer… ABSOLUTELY! I am extremely excited to be a part, once again, of thrash metal history, and I can not wait to get out on the road and wreck stages across the world with the ‘Mean Green Killing Machine!'”

Overkill live dates:


20 – Bel Etage – Kiev, Ukraine
22 – Opera Concert Club – St. Petersburg, Russia
23 – Volta Club – Moscow, Russia
24 – Copenhell Festival, Germanynmark


9 – Brutal Assault Festival – Czech Republic
10 – Party San Festival – Germany
11 – Leyandes Festival – Spain
12 – Into The Grave Festival – Netherlands
13 – Zeche – Bochum, Germany
15 – Tivoli – Bremen, Germany
17 – More Than Festival – Slovakia
19 – Summer Breeze – Germany


14-15 – Loudpark – Tokyo, Japan

Headbangers Ball Tour


26 – Hellraiser – Leipzig, Germany
27 – Lka – Stuttgart, Germany
28 – Ronda – Utrecht, Netherlands
29 – Große Freiheit – Hamburg, Germany
30 – Huxleys – Berlin, Germany


1 – Christmas Bash – Geiselwind, Germany
3 – Gasometer – Vienna, Austria
4 – Backstage – Munich, Germany
7 – Z 7 – Pratteln, Switzerland
8 – Ruhrpott Metal Meeting – Oberhausen, Germany
9 – Hessenhallen – Gießen, Germany
11 – Garage – Saarbrücken, Germany

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The third Annual Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Rally and Concert, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund on Sunday, May 7th will be highlighted by a host of celebrity riders joining the Motorcycle Ride through the streets of Los Angeles County and an all-star jam spearheaded by Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler during the afternoon of live music in Los Encinos Park. Last year’s Ride For Ronnie event raised over $50,000 for the cancer charity.

Celebrity riders expected to join Dio Cancer Fund co-founder and president Wendy Dio and the cavalcade of motorcycle riders include Sons of Anarchy actors Emilio Rivera (and also from the forthcoming series Mayans MC), Sean McNabb (who will also perform with Lynch Mob at the concert), Rusty Coones and Star Fields, as well as actor Chris Bruno (The Dead Zone) and musicians Lita Ford, Gilby Clarke (former Guns N’ Roses guitarist), Taime Downe (Faster Pussycat) and Xavier Muriel (Buckcherry) along with KLOS Radio “Horns Up” show personality Stew Herrera. They will assemble at Harley-Davidson of Glendale with kickstands up at 11AM.

The afternoon of live music following the ride will be highlighted by “Steven Adler and Friends” in an all-star jam organized by the Guns N’ Roses drummer. He will be joined by Mike Devin (Whitesnake), Lita Ford, Robert Sarzo (Hurricane), Alex Grossi (Quiet Riot), Patrick Stone (Budderside) and Jeff Pilson (Foreigner and former Dio guitarist), playing Guns N’ Roses hits.

Live entertainment will begin at noon provided by rockers Lynch Mob, Eddie Money, Rough Cutt, Dio Disciples, The Loveless, Sonia Harley and No Small Children. Marc Ferrari (Cold Sweat), Marty O’Brien (Lita Ford), Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell) and Ronnie James Dio’s cousin David “Rock” Feinstein (The Rods) will be on hand for the concert festivities.

Additionally, Rough Cutt will conclude its set with a performance of Stars, the song released in 1986 by the organization known as Hear ‘N Aid to raise money for famine relief in Africa. Heavy metal’s answer to We Are The World raised $2 million at the time, and there are plans being made to re-issue the recording in the future to benefit the Dio Cancer Fund.

Radio personality Eddie Trunk will handle hosting duties, which will also include a raffle, silent and live auctions, food trucks, merchandise vendors and more. The silent auction will be held in one of the exhibit booths throughout the afternoon, while live auctions, featuring one-of-a-kind rock collectables, will take place during intervals between artist performances. Live Auction, raffle and silent auction items include a stage-worn full-length leather Eddie Money trench coat from his 2000 “Millennium Tour,” a Great White acoustic guitar signed by the band members, Dio photo book signed by all of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, a Black Sabbath collectables and merchandise bundle, a variety of concert tickets, wine-tasting certificates, and much, much more.

Los Angeles’ premier rock radio station, 95.5 KLOS, has come on board this year as an event sponsor and will be out in force at Harley Davidson in Glendale for the start of the ride. KLOS jock Melissa Maxx will also be at the park to assist with the show.

A donation of $25,000 will be presented to Dr. David Wong of the UCLA School of Dentistry to help fund his team’s research into the development of a simple, non-invasive saliva test for the early detection of cancer. This is part of the Dio Cancer Fund‘s commitment to this ground-breaking project, which is in keeping with its message that early detection saves lives.

Slammin Sliders, G’s Taco Spot, Greenz on Wheelz and Archie’s Ice Cream food trucks will be on site at the Park throughout the afternoon. Premium beer sponsored by Ninkasi Brewing Company will be available as well as Graffiti Wine, water courtesy of Solar Rain and soft drinks. Additional Ride For Ronnie sponsors include Harley-Davidson of Glendale, Law Tigers and Bigg Time Entertainment.

An array of merchandise-teeshirts, baseball-style shirts, caps, CDs, wristbands, event souvenirs, etc. will be available for purchase and a “Jumble Sale” booth featuring gently-used items and collectables benefiting the Dio Cancer Fund will be also on site at the Park. Additional merchandise vendors will also participate.

Both riders and concert-goers can purchase their tickets by visiting diocancerfund.org/events.

Pre-Registration Prices:

$35/rider (includes concert admission)
$10/passenger (includes concert admission)
$25 concert admission only

Day of Event Prices:

$40/rider (includes concert admission)
$10/passenger (includes concert admission)
$30 concert admission only

Free parking for the concert will be available at the Park & Ride lot at 5174 Hayvenhurst Ave, Encino, CA 91436. Shuttle service to the event will run throughout the day beginning at 11:00AM.

2017 Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Ride and Concert Schedule

Sunday, May 7th


9:00am – 10:45am: Rider Check-In & On-Site Registration
9:00am – 10:30am Continental Breakfast
Kickstands up at 11:00am

Harley Davidson of Glendale
3717 San Fernando Rd., Glendale, CA 91204


11:30AM – Gates open
11:45AM- 5PM Concert

Los Encinos State Historic Park
16756 Moorpark Street Encino, CA 91436

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Metallica have announced that they will release their 2016 set at New York’s Webster Hall on triple vinyl later this week.

The band played the venue in September last year exclusively for their Fifth Members fan club, with all proceeds from ticket sales going towards the City Harvest charity.

The performance came prior to the release of 10th studio album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct and featured tracks including Moth Into Flame, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Fade To Black and One.

The band say, “As we get ready to hit the road and kick off the North American tour, we thought it might be cool to revisit the very beginning of Hardwired… by pressing one of the live release celebrations on vinyl.

It all started with the Fifth Member show at Webster Hall in New York City in September of last year, so this Friday, May 5th, the three LP set of that show will be available exclusively online at Metallica.com as well as in our pop-up stores in select tour cities this summer. More on that soon!”

The limited edition vinyl is now available for pre-order.

Metallica will start the next leg of their WorldWired tour dates at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium on May 10th.

Metallica Live At Webster Hall tracklist:

Disc 1:

Side A:

1. Breadfan
2. Holier Than Thou
3. Battery
4. Harvester Of Sorrow

Side B:

1. Fade To Black
2. Moth Into Flame

Disc 2:

Side C

1. Sad But True
2. Orion

Side D:

1. One
2. Master of Puppets

Disc 3:

Side E

1. For Whom The Bell Tolls
2. Enter Sandman
3. Encore Jam
4. Whiskey In The Jar

Side F

1. Hardwired
2. Seek & Destroy

Metallica 2017/2018 WorldWired tour dates:


May 10: Baltimore M&T Bank Stadium, MD
May 12: Philadelphia Lincoln Financial Field, PA
May 14: East Rutherford MetLife Stadium, NY
May 17: Uniondale The New Coliseum, NY
May 19: Foxborough Gillette Stadium, MA
May 21: Columbus Rock On The Range, OH

Jun 4: St Louis Busch Stadium, MO
Jun 7: Denver Sports Authority Field at Mile High, CO
Jun 11: Houston NRG Stadium, TX
Jun 14: San Antonio Alamodome, TX
Jun 16: Dallas AT&T Stadium, TX
Jun 18: Chicago Soldier Field, IL

Jul 5: Orlando Camping World Stadium, FL
Jul 7: Miami Hard Rock Stadium, FL
Jul 9: Atlanta SunTrust park, GA
Jul 12: Detroit Comercia Park, MO
Jul 14: Quebec City Festival D’Ete de Quebec, QC
Jul 16: Toronto Rogers Centre, ON
Jul 19: Montreal Parc Jean-Drapeau, QC
Jul 29: Los Angeles Rose Bowl, CA

Aug 4: Phoenix University of Phoenix Stadium, AZ
Aug 6: San Diego Petco Park, CA
Aug 9: Seattle CenturyLink Field , WA
Aug 14: Vancouver BC Place, BC
Aug 16: Edmonton Commonwealth Stadium, AB

Sep 2: Copenhagen Royal Arena, Denmark
Sep 4: Amsterdam Ziggo Dome, Netherlands
Sep 6: Amsterdam Ziggo Dome, Netherlands
Sep 8: Paris AccorHotels Arena, France
Sep 10: Paris AccorHotels Arena, France
Sep 12: Lyon Halle Tony Garnier, France
Sep 14: Cologne Lanxess Arena, Germany
Sep 16: Cologne Lanxess Arena, Germany

Oct 22: London O2 Arena, UK
Oct 24: London O2 Arena, UK
Oct 26: Glasgow SSE Hydro, UK
Oct 28: Manchester Arena, UK
Oct 30: Birmingham Genting Arena, UK

Nov 1: Antwerp Sportpaleism Belgium
Nov 3: Antwerp Sportpaleism Belgium


Feb 1: Lisbon MEO Arena, Portugal
Feb 3: Madrid Wizink Center, Spain
Feb 5: Madrid Wizink Center, Spain
Feb 7: Barcelona Palau Sant Jordi, Spain
Feb 10: Turin Pala Alpitour, Italy
Feb 12: Bologna Unipol Arena, Italy
Feb 14: Bologna Unipol Arena, Italy
Feb 16: Mannheim SAP Arena, Germany

Mar 27: Herning Jyske Bank Boxen, Denmark
Mar 29: Hamburg Barclaycard Arena, Germamny
Mar 31: Vienna Wiener Stadthalle, Austria
Apr 02: Prague O2 Arena, Czech Republic

Apr 5: Budapest Sports Arena, Hungary
Arp 7: Stuttgart Schleyerhalle, Germany
Arp 9: Stuttgart Schleyerhalle, Germany
Apr 11: Geneva Palexpo, Switzerland
Apr 26: Munich Olympiahalle, Germany
Apr 28: Krakow Tauron Arena, Poland
Apr 30: Leipzig Arena, Germany

May 2: Oslo Telenor Arena, Norway
May 5: Stockholm Ericsson Globe, Sweden
May 7: Stockholm Ericsson Globe, Sweden
May 9: Helsinki Hartwall Arena, Finland
May 11: Helsinki Hartwall Arena, Finland

additional source: Classic Rock via teamrock.com

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Matthew Silkening of Ultimate Classic Rock reports:

Five years after his unceremonious and somewhat mysterious departure from KISS, guitarist Ace Frehley made a long-awaited return with a new band and album — both named Frehley’s Comet.

“I was on a downward spiral and really needed to get away from the whole music business, and try and get a grasp on reality and take a step back,” Frehley told the San Diego Union Tribute when looking back on his 1982 departure from his former group. “I’d really lost my identity, being ‘The Spaceman’ in KISS for so long. I needed time to be away from that character and the whole crazy world of touring.”

A couple of years later, Frehley began to get a solo band together and perform in the New York City area. “He had been doing live shows, selling out two-night stands at L’Amour in Brooklyn,” radio host Eddie Trunk, who at the time was working at Megaforce records, tells Ultimate Classic Rock. “So, he was out there but nobody had really had many dealings with him. A lot of people hadn’t even seen him without his makeup yet.”

“Every time I bumped into a fan, the first thing out of their mouth was, ‘When are you going to come out with your own record?’” Frehley tells Ultimate Classic Rock. But major internal and external changes had taken place during the half-decade the guitar hero was out of the public eye…

…[One] would think that any doubts Frehley had about his ability to handle all the lead vocals and songwriting on a record would have gone away after the high praise and commercial success he earned with his solo debut — universally judged to be the best of the albums simultaneously released by the four members of KISS in 1978.

But that was not the case at all, and instead of initially presenting himself as a solo artist, Frehley chose to return as part of a group, sharing those duties quite liberally with his bandmates. “It basically stems from my insecurity,” he explains. “After being in one of the biggest rock bands in the world, I felt a little insecure about embarking on a career and having all the weight be on my shoulders. So I said to the guys, ‘I want this to be a band, I don’t want it to just be me with three cover guys…”

…As Trunk notes, some labels were hesitant about working with Frehley. “There was a lot of talk out there about his condition, his sobriety,” he recalls. “There were a lot of people out there who were afraid to touch him, even though they knew he could sell some records. But I said, ‘Let’s track him down and make our own assessment,’ and that’s what we wound up doing.”

With legendary producer Eddie Kramer — who had worked with Kiss and on Frehley’s 1978 solo record in the past — on board to co-produce the album, Frehley supplemented his core group of drummer Anton Fig and bassist John Regan with multi-instrumentalist Tod Howarth, who would up singing lead on three tracks.

“Myself and John both suggested Tod,” Trunk explains. “He had done some work with Cheap Trick, as an offstage keyboard player and utility guy. Ironically, there’s a song on the first record that’s a rewrite of [Howarth’s former band] 707’s song Megaforce. Ace said, ‘I feel stupid singing a song about my record label.’ So they rewrote it a bit, and changed the title to Calling to You.”

Frehley’s former Kiss bandmate Eric Carr also joined in on the songwriting fun, earning a co-credit for Breakout. “Even after I left Kiss, Eric and I stayed in touch,” Frehley reveals. “I went down to his apartment in Manhattan, and we decided to collaborate on a few song ideas, that’s where Breakout came from.” (In 1992, following the death of Carr, KISS updated and released the drummer’s original demo of the song, complete with an extended drum solo, as Revenge‘s Carr Jam 1981.)

After the Top 20 chart success of Frehley’s 1978 cover of New York Groove, the decision was also made to include a cover of Into the Night, another song written by the same artist. “We were trying to mine gold a second time there,” Trunk admits, “because New York Groove was also a Russ Ballard song. So we thought maybe lightning would strike twice…”

…Trunk says Atlantic’s record department ultimately got final say there too, deciding that Into the Night was the more mass appeal song. “I know Gene Simmons called [Megaforce president] Johnny Z. when Into the Night came out, and he said something like, ‘Nice job with Ace, but you blew it. Rock Soldiers should have been the first single.’ And he was probably right.”

After the release of Frehley’s Comet, the group launched its first major tour, which, in the pre-internet era, gave most KISS fans their first look at Frehley. “It was strange, there hadn’t been that many photographs of me without makeup,” he remembers. “I wasn’t sure how fans were going to receive me. It took a little while to get comfortable onstage, but not that long. Obviously, the fans accepted me without makeup, so that was just a period of adjustment.”

Although he jokes that being reminded Frehley’s Comet is now 30 years old is “making me feel old,” Frehley has nothing but good things to say about the album. “That was a great record, I was happy with the way that came out. I’m still proud of that record.”

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