Grave Part Ways With Drummer Ronnie Bergerståhl

Drummer Ronnie Bergerståhl according to Grave is no longer in the band. Grave addressed the situation via Facebook after fans had noticed Bergerståhl hadn’t been with the band live throughout 2017. Read what Grave have to say about it below:

“To set the record straight.

There has been circulating rumours about our drummer and why he has not been with us on all shows this year.

We are unhappy to inform you that we have parted ways with our drummer Ronnie Bergerstål.

After being a part of Grave for more than 10 years he will surely leave a big hole that needs to be filled.

“This is not the place to discuss or speculate about why we have decided to part ways”

We wish you all the best Ronnie.

//Ola, Tobias & Mika”

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Bowl for Ronnie “Red Carpet” Interview w/Grammy Award Winning Guitarist Bob Kulick

In an interview with SMNnews.com content creator Anthony Pagliassotto & Grammy Award winning guitarist Bob Kulick comes to tears talking about his friend & peer the late great Ronnie James DIO, his new album, and DIO’s kindness. Enjoy the listen and follow us on Instagram and Twitter at (@smnnews, @hardrockcore69, @pags409) and on YouTube – SMNnews Digital! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=evOCVQkznFQ […]

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New Video Clip “Eyes On The Sky” Issued By The Ferrymen

The Ferrymen – the new project featuring guitarist Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Free Fall), vocalist Ronnie Romero (Lords of Black, Rainbow) and drummer Mike Terrana (Rage, MasterPlan) – released a new music video for the song “Eyes On The Sky.” The debut self-titled album is available now via Frontiers Music srl.

Check out “Eyes On The Sky” in the player below:

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3rd Annual Ride For Ronnie Raises $40,000 For Cancer Research

Despite the continuous threat of rain, the third annual Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Rally and Concert, held on May 7th, attracted motorcycle enthusiasts and rock music fans alike and raised $40,000 for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

Dio Cancer Fund co-founder and president Wendy Dio led the procession of some 200 motorcycle riders for the morning ride from Harley-Davidson of Glendale to Los Encinos Park in Encino.

She was joined by Sons of Anarchy actors Emilio Rivera (and also star of the forthcoming Mayans MC series), Sean McNabb (who also performed with Lynch Mob at the concert) and Star Fields, as well as actors Al Coronel (The Last Ship) and Chris Bruno (The Dead Zone) alongside musicians Lita Ford, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, and Xavier Muriel (Buckcherry).

Wendy Dio and Dr. Sandy Kapoor presented a check for $25,000 to Dr. David Wong of the UCLA School of Dentistry to further his team’s research into the development of a simple, non-invasive saliva test for the early detection of cancer. Dr. Wong told the crowd that the recognized support from the Dio Cancer Fund has already brought his project additional funding.

The family of Randy Rhoads-his sister Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio and brother Kelle Rhoads-joined Wendy Dio on stage to show their support for the work of the Dio Cancer Fund, presenting the organization with a donation in memory of their late brother. A video clip from the Ride For Ronnie procession can be seen here.

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Stand Up and Shout 3rd Annual Ride for Ronnie

Sunday May 7, 2017  in normally sunny SoCal was anything but!! Thunder & lightning, hail, rain, wind, and even snow, bookended an otherwise amazing day of thundering horsepower, shining chrome, leather, rock n roll, and of course cancer awareness. For the 3rd year now, Wendy Dio and all those who knew and loved Ronnie James […]

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Magnus Karlsson, Ronnie Romero And Mike Terrana Form The Ferrymen, Details Of Debut Record Available

Frontiers Music Srl is truly excited to present The Ferrymen’s self-titled debut album, set for release on June 2nd.

The Ferrymen is a brand new project featuring guitarist Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall) and vocalist Ronnie Romero Official Site (Lords Of Black, Rainbow), together with drummer Mike Terrana (Rage, Axel Rudi Pell, MasterPlan and more). Watch the band’s official EPK below.

The songs were written by Karlsson in Sweden during the summer of 2016. Once Romero was sent the music via their main bands’ shared label home Frontiers, he immediately wanted to be part of the project. Terrana was the last piece of the puzzle and he recorded his drums in Italy, where he currently resides.

The resulting album is a shot of adrenaline for all lovers of melodic metal! Musically, you can expect maximum melodic metal fusing the songwriting and epic structures of the great Allen/Lande records (for which Magnus Karlsson was the main architect of the first three widely praised releases) with the Ronnie James Dio-esque vocal approach of Romero (Let’s not forget that Romero was hand-picked by Deep Purple and Rainbow’s legendary guitarist Richie Blackmore to be the lead vocalist for Rainbow’s recent reunion shows, so the Dio comparison is more than accurate).

Tells Magnus, “When I wrote this record, having Ronnie singing, I had no limits in mind with the lyrics. Ronnie could sing everything and I am also very proud of the songs!”

“I am used to working with Lords of Black in a certain straight style,” adds Ronnie Romero, “but, this record was very different and it was very exciting for me!”

“Overall, I think it is one of the coolest and grooviest records I’ve ever done,” concludes Mike Terrana, a drummer with more than 100 records under his belt!

With stunning artwork courtesy of Stan W. Decker and an outstanding mix courtesy of Simone Mularoni (DGM), The Ferrymen is an album which will take the metal world by storm in 2017!

The track listing for the album is:

1. End Of The Road
2. Ferryman
3. Fool You All
4. Still Standing Up
5. Cry Wolf
6. One Heart
7. Darkest Hour
8. How The Story Ends
9. Enter Your Dream
10. Eyes On The Sky
11. Eternal Night
12. Welcome To My Show

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Mayhem To Use Euronymous Hologram On “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” Tour

In recent years, it’s becoming increasingly (and frighteningly) common for dead musicians to be brought back to the stage using holographic technology, with the likes of Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Elvis Presley and even Ronnie James Dio all being seen by live audiences again. While the use of these projections a great deal of debate and controversy, mostly owing to the ethics of using the likenesses of musicians who died before they could give any consent to such use of their image and the argument that the holograms cheapen both the memories of the musicians and the live experience overall, it is nevertheless becoming a more common sight. It has now been revealed that the latest band to use the technology will be Norwegian black metal legends, Mayhem, who will use it to recreate the image of deceased guitarist Øystein “Euronymous” Aarseth.

Mayhem will be hitting the road this year to perform their classic debut full length, “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” in full and to mark the occassion, the group has teamed up with Eyellusion, who worked on the Ronnie James Dio hologram to bring back Euronymous and give fans who never got the chance to see him in person the opportunity to do so. No word has been given yet on whether his image will be used for one song or for the whole performance, but it’s sure to be a decision which is divisive among fans.

Aarseth was infamously killed in 1993 at the hands of Burzum mastermind and former bandmate, Varg Vikernes, who performed bass on the “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” record. He was given the maximum Norwegian prison sentence of 21 years, but released in 2009.

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First Bands Announced For Bloodstock Festival 2017

Bloodstock is thrilled to announce a bumper batch of Ronnie James Dio main stage bands for 2017, including the Friday night headliner, Amon Amarth.

Chief berzerker Johan Hegg declares: “What’s up UK! On August 11th 2017, we are invading Bloodstock! It’s going to be a fucking awesome party, with immense bloodshed and you better be there!”

Landing the special guest slot on Friday are power metal kingpins Blind Guardian, Bay Area thrash beasts, Testament, and hardcore kings Hatebreed. Also hitting the Ronnie James Dio main stage over the weekend are Tennessee deathcore beasts, Whitechapel, seminal death metallers Possessed, and flying the flag for English heavy metal, Bloodstock favorites, Hell.

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Sons Of Anarchy Members Joining Ride For Ronnie 2016

Actor Emilio Rivera (Marcus Alvarez on the “Sons of Anarchy” television series) will lead the 2nd Annual Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Ride and Concert, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund on Sunday, May 22nd, 2016.

Following Rivera at the front of this year’s Ride will be a VIP pack comprising of “Sons of Anarchy” actors Michael Beach (Taddarius Orwell ‘T.O.’ Cross) and Sean McNabb (Tacoma-VP) as well as Wendy Dio, Ronnie James Dio’s widow and co-founder-president of the Dio Cancer Fund, rocker Lita Ford, who will also perform at the concert following the Ride, Frank Kramer of KLOS Radio’s popular “Heidi and Frank” morning show, and “Boston” Tom Foresteire.

Forestiere will ride the one-of-a-kind “Holy Diver” Harley-Davidson motorcycle he won at the recent Street Party that launched this year’s Ride. It is custom-painted with the illustration from the cover of Ronnie James Dio’s iconic “Holy Diver” album.

Riders will assemble for a continental breakfast at Harley-Davidson of Glendale with kickstands up at 11AM. The Ride will take them through the streets of Los Angeles County to Los Encinos Park in Encino, where they will be treated to an afternoon of live music, raffle and live auction, various food and merchandise vendors and more.

The “Sons of Anarchy” cast members will also participate in a Meet & Greet at Los Encinos Park during the afternoon events.

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Savage Messiah To Play Bloodstock Open Air

The London metallers from Savage Messiah have been confirmed for the Ronnie James Dio main stage at this year’s Bloodstock Open Air festival, which takes place August 6th – August 9th at Catton Park in the U.K.

Having already rocked the Bloodstock masses a number of times before, Savage Messiah is this year moving up to the big leagues, joining the likes of Trivium, Napalm Death, Opeth, Black Label Society, and more on the main stage. Savage Messiah will be hitting the stage on Saturday, 8th August at 11:00am.

Bassist Míra Sláma comments: “We are absolutely thrilled to confirm that we will be playing the most metal festival in the UK. Bloodstock Open Air always has been a special festival for the metal fans and we are stoked to join this year’s line-up. See you in the pit, Savages!”

For tickets and more information about Bloodstock, head over to this location.

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