Watch Dave Grohl Perform Motorhead And Thin Lizzy Classics
Dave Grohl plays on the Ride for Ronnie Charity Event - Jessica Chase / Youtube
Los Angeles served as the host for the late metal legend and vocalist Ronnie Dio’s charity event, Ride For Ronnie on May 5. Comprised of a motorcycle riding event and a concert afterwards, the proceeds of the event were to go to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, a fundraising body spearheaded by his widow Wendy Dio. The organization aims to raise funds to support the research for early detection of prostate, colon and stomach cancers, which was the ultimate and final reason why Ronnie Dio died in 2010.
The event started at the Harley-Davidson of Glendale, which then ended at the Los Encinos Park, was hosted by prominent radio and TV host Eddie Trunk, who also assembled some of the biggest names in the rock industry into one congregation called the EDDIE TRUNK’S ALL-STAR BAND. The bands DIA, known for being a Dio cover band, Budderside, and Petty Cash (playing covers of Tom Petty and Johnny Cash) headlined the event, before the big names walked in.
Dave Grohl, who has a big heart for charity events, took the crowd by surprise when he sat on the throne and played some Motorhead and Thin Lizzy staples, with the EDDIE TRUNK’S ALL-STAR BAND. The iconic Foo Fighters frontman performed with Ricky Warwick of Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders; Robbie Crane of the Black Star Riders, and Keith Nelson of Buckcherry, for a number consisting of Motorhead’s “Bomber” and Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak“.
This wasn’t the first surprise Grohl did for fans, however. He and American singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile caught fans unaware when they busked at the Pike Place market in Seattle last month. The duo played The Beatles’ classic “Let It Be“, and Foo Fighters’ very own “Times Like These“. Meanwhile, Foo Fighters will go on tour this summer, including a South American gig with pop rock band Weezer and comedy rock duo Tenacious D.