Sunday, May 30, 2010

Stand Up and Shout

Just got in from Ronnie James Dio's memorial. Didn't know what to expect as I don't as a general rule do funerals. Too much sadness. Too much grief. I was one of the 200 or so that got wristbands to be inside. There were flowers every where and pictures of Ronnie. They had a table with a huge banner and sharpies so people could leave their thoughts.

Rush and Motorhead and the Hear N Aid project was played as people filled in. What was unexpected was the red rose draped coffin that held DIO. So kids as young as 7 and as old as 70 could pay their respect. They came in basi black. They came in Dio t-shirts. In ripped jeans and sliced shirts. The 80s called and wants its clothes back. Along the rear of the hall and on stage were banners fans had made through out the years. One from Brazil. Ireland.

Wendy and family along with close friends were in the front rows. But as Big Scott or Turbo says... (Sic)" Ronnie thought of you as his equal...right by his side". Scott Warren opened the memorial with a beautiful piano piece: This Is Your Life.Eddy Trunk was master of ceremony as it were. "...friend, legend,icon, and one hell of a singer." Dio' son, Dan "I have my father's height" Padavona, gave a moving and urgent speech about getting tested for cancer early. He rallied against cancer calling it ..."A dragon even Dio couldn't slay".

In musical tribute Claude Schnell and Oni Logan played "Homeward" and "Sitting in a Dream". Rudy Sarzo, Rick Hunter, Stuart Smith played "Catch a Rainbow" and "Rainbow Eyes". John Payne from Asia played an acoustic rendition of "Heaven and Hell" that gave me chills. Joey Belladonna sang "Man on a Silver Mountain". Paul Shortino sang Ronnie's favourite John Lennon song "Places I Remember". In turn, Dio's favourite singer, Glenn Hughes, sang "Coast to Coast". Geoff Tate sang an amazing rendition of "Hallelujah". Glenn Hughes closed the ceremony with "Catch the Rainbow" that moved us to tears- as if we needed another reason. WOW

As Adam Parsons said:..."The soundtrack of their lives was Ronnie James Dio"... Wendy Dio took the stage briefly to tearfully say thank you. We thank you! Thank You to Wendy and Ronnie for sharing their hearts and souls with us. Thank you for the music. Thank you for the memories.

Ronnie James Dio
Rest In Peace
Rock In Peace

Thursday, May 27, 2010

3 Countries 3 Days 3 Hundred Euros

Where is your erstwhile Traveler off to now? 3 Countries 3 Days 3 Hundred Euros!!! I polled my family and friends a month ago when I had this brilliant idea. I had them vote where I should go next. I fell into the trap of visiting the same places. Sleeping on the same sofas. Drinking at the same coffee houses. I fell into a rut and needed to break free. It was to the dismay of my friends who enjoy me on the sofa and drinking coffee. So I struck a compromise. I shifted the dates of my excursion!

Then I found a gem on the world wide web!!! I decided to try to integrate this idea into my own insane plan to Travel the World!!! Just because it's here!

IF you give me $600 I will go to Spain, Italy, and Greece and send you a post card from each place. My trip is scheduled for mid August and the goal is to spend 24 hours (and only 24 hours) in each country and only spend 100 euros while there, That's about $125 a day. The amount does NOT include airfare which is why I need $600. I can buy tickets from Easy Jet for $300. The 100 Euro a day includes: food, transportation, lodging and post cards! LOL

You can donate any amount, but, I'll ONLY send post cards to those who donate more than $10. You can follow my exploits here AND on my Facebook page Kerridwen2000

Thank you for participating!!!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Ronnie James Dio: Memorial and Cancer Fund

The Public Memorial Service for Ronnie is THIS Sunday at 2:00 PM at the Hall Of Liberty at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills located at 6300 Forest Lawn Drive. This will be a CELEBRATION of the life and music of Ronnie James Dio and all fans and friends are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, Wendy Dio has asked that donations be made to the Ronnie James Dio "Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund." We have a PayPal link set up at 

Ronnie James Dio dot com.

The Ronnie James Dio “Stand Up And Shout” Cancer Fund MISSION STATEMENT


The “Stand Up And Shout” Cancer Fund was formed to bring awareness and 
education about cancer with the understanding that cancer screening and 
prevention is of vital importance in avoiding this deadly disease that robs families
 of their loved ones.

 The philosophy stems from the notion that “Knowledge Equals Power.” Cancer 
screening allows people to effectively plan strategies to deal with the disease early 
on and affords a better chance to overcome the cancer.

The fund is committed to providing free cancer screening programs and testing to
 all people regardless of their ability to pay.

 The foundation will support community outreach programs and help provide the 
necessary equipment and personnel to test and screen people for cancer.

 The fund also provides financial support to those individuals and families afflicted 
with cancer that cannot access treatment due to the overwhelming financial burden 
of medical treatments.

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