Went off to the witch (though I did make it home)

Head’s still spinning more than a tad after having the opportunity to speak with two of the godfathers of metal, Black Sabbath/Heaven and Hell’s Tony Iommi and “Geezer” Butler at the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout at Cancer fund-raiser last week (very, very brief conversations, but Iommi was gracious enough to let me take this picture with his award as the King of Rock and Roll for his battle against lymphoma). Wendy Dio also an incredibly kind person, with whom I had the opportunity to speak for a decent amount of time, as the night raised thousands for cancer research.

Sadly, no interviews lined up, but chatted with Anthrax’s Joey Belladonna on the red carpet. Class dude who, like everyone who attended and/or performed, felt honored to celebrate the legendary Ronnie James Dio. Belladonna helped close the night in mind-blowing fashion, too, leading the all-star band’s performance of “Man on the Silver Mountain” which I’m positive Ronnie was enjoying from above, even with his devil’s horns.

More pics from the world’s worst camera phone below the fold …

Dio Disciples 1

Dio Disciples 2

Dio Disciples 3

Wendy Dio (right)

Honoree Neil Warnock

Joey Belladonna (right)

Deep Purple’s Glenn Hughes

Iommi, Dio Disciple Scott Warren, Butler

Honoree Charlie Hernandez

Quiet Riot’s Frankie Banali, also on the skins for the night’s “Man on the Silver Mountain”

Dio Disciple Tim “Ripper” Owens

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