Yesterday (May 5th) marked the 5th annual Ride for Ronnie, an event held in Encino, California, to celebrate the late Ronnie James Dio through fund-raising and awareness efforts for preventative cancer treatment. Bringing an extra push of star power was rock & roll statesman Dave Grohl, taking his rightful seat on the drum throne as part of a righteous all star-jam that tackled Thin Lizzy's "Jailbreak" and Motörhead ripper "Bomber."
Joined by Black Star Riders and Thin Lizzy frontman Ricky Warwick and Buckcherry guitarist Keith Nelson, Grohl laid down a rock-solid rhythmic foundation while the rest of the patchwork group tore through the classic cuts with talent and ease. Ever the showman, the former Nirvana and Queens of the Stone Age drummer never missed a beat, staying cool in the background with his sunglasses on as he pummeled through the iconic tunes.
The daytime set took place on a small stage at Los Encinos State Historic Park in front of a colorful banner featuring caricatures of some of metal's most prominent figures: Scott Ian, Lemmy Kilmister, Corey Taylor, Doro Pesch and many more all snarl cartoonishly under a painted ode to Dio, establishing the perfect mood to celebrate the life of the late rocker. Hosted by Eddie Trunk, the event saw performances from several other acts including Trunk's all-star band, Bullet Boys, and Dio tribute act Dia. Last year's Ride for Ronnie raised over $50,000 for charity. Next up for Grohl, the Foo Fighters' headlining stint at Columbus, Ohio, music festival Sonic Temple soon, May 17th to 19th.