New video (see below) of the Ronnie James Dio Memorial Service shows the love and support thousands of fans, friends and family members felt for the musician extraordinaire.
The memorial was June 1 at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles to bid goodbye to Ronnie James Dio, who died of stomach cancer last month, according to Spin.com
Ronnie James Dio was the former singer of such legendary rock bands as Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Elf and of course Dio and the elite of the metal and hard rock formats turned out at the memorial to honor him.
Performances at the memorial included what Spin called a “moving rendition” of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot) choked back tears through a cover of the Beatles’ “In My Life,” Asia singer John Payne and Anthrax frontman Joey Belladonna played staples from Dio’s own songbook, Spin reports.
Glenn Hughes, a former vocalist for Deep Purple, delivered a powerhouse performance of his song “Coast to Coast’ and then Rainbow’s “Catch the Rainbow.” Spin reported that Hughes, who Dio tremendously admired, received standing ovations after each song.
Alt-country rocker Ryan Adams attended the funeral and discussed his feelings about Dio and his impact on music with Spin.
“Losing a musical icon like Dio, you feel a little bit more alone on Earth,” said Adams to Spin. “He was just out there kickingÂ so much ass.”