Ronnie James Dio’s widow auctions his possessions; We Came As Romans honor Kyle Pavone at first concert since his death; and Metallica announce All Within My Hands Foundation concert.
Wendy Dio admitted it wasn’t easy giving up some of the possessions that once belonged to her husband, Ronnie James Dio. The heavy metal frontman with the powerful pipes who sang about the battles of good versus evil passed away in 2010 at age 67 from stomach cancer. Dio teamed up with Julien’s Auctions and offered 666 items from the rock icon’s personal collection, including stage props, instruments used over the years, swords, medieval art and more.
The auction took place at Hard Rock Cafe New York on Sept. 14 and Sept. 15. Fans were able to score some unlikely items, including Dio’s 1993 passport. The 73-year-old widow and former manager told Fox News the vast collection had been in storage for years, even before her beloved husband passed away. But nearly nine years after Ronnie’s death, Dio found herself contemplating on what to do with the late singer’s possessions. Read more at FoxNews.com
Last night (September 18), We Came as Romans performed their first show since the death of singer Kyle Pavone. Opening for Bullet for My Valentine, co-vocalist Dave Stephens paid tribute to his late bandmate, sharing some kind words about his character.
On Aug. 25, Pavone succumbed to an accidental drug overdose. The band chose to continue without finding a new singer, instead relying on the vocal talents of Stephens, along with guitarist Joshua Moore and bassist Andy Glass for backing vocals. Read more at Loudwire.com
Metallica have put a lot of focus on their charitable efforts over the past few months, since launching the All Within My Hands foundation in February of 2017. Now, the band have just announced the All Within My Hands Foundation Helping Hands Concert and Auction.
The show will take place November 3, 2018 at the Masonic in San Francisco, and the event will feature the organizations that Metallica have supported with their charitable efforts. Fans will also have a chance to bid on one-of-a-kind auction items and catch the band playing a rare acoustic performance. Read more at Loudwire.com