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“Stand Up And Shout” Fund: Ronnie James Dio Remembered

The 1st anniversary of the passing of rock legend Ronnie James Dio sent me back to my photos from the 2011 NYC Toy Fair for a look at the beautifully rendered tribute figurine produced by Knucklebonz. These officially licensed resin cast statues are meticulously hand painted and limited to 3000 worldwide. A portion of each sale goes to the “Stand Up and Shout” Cancer Fund created in honor of Dio. The fund, started by Ronnie’s wife/manager Wendy, has already raised $450,000 dollars for early cancer detection and treatment. Later this year over 100 musical instruments donated by Tony Iommi, Slayer, Eddie Van Halen, Metallica, Aerosmith, Slash, Sting and Rush will be auctioned through Christies Auction House with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the fund. More info on how you can help is here.

As you can see Knucklebonz produces a wide variety of equally detailed “Rock Iconz”, including Dimebag Darrell and Randy Rhoads. The company has recently added licensing deals for Jim Henson Studios characters from both “The Dark Crystal” and “Labyrinth”, as well as The Beatles “Yellow Submarine”.

Check out Piercing Metal’s 2011 Toy Fair Features here.

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Rory Gallagher: “Ghost Blues” and Bottom Line Memories

I just finished my review of the newest Rory Gallagher DVD (Eagle Vision) for PiercingMetal. It’s called “Ghost Blues” and is a documentary on Gallagher’s life, including a bonus disc loaded with live performances from Beat Club in the early 1970’s. I love it. You can read why here.

Writing this review brought back memories of seeing Rory do his thing at The Bottom Line Club back in February 1976. That was an amazing night in a small 450 seat venue and a blistering performance. I remember he came out and plugged into a small amp that was simply propped on one of the club’s even then decrepit wooden chairs. I remember the incredible runs of false harmonics he plucked and a performance of my favorite acoustic number “Out On The Western Plain”. I also vividly remember that Roger Taylor, John Deacon and Brian May of Queen were in attendance and my friend Bill and I actually managed the bravado to go up and get handshakes and autographs.

Rory was supporting his Against the Grain album that tour and I still have the ticket taped to the back of the LP. $4.50 for a night of rock n roll nirvana.