|Cover of the Memorial|
David Feinstein, who was Dio's cousin and a bandmate in Elf, said "He touched all of us with his music and his message and his magic. I know that Ronnie truly loved all of you. He had a great appreciation for your loyalty. I'm talking about all you out there, all the fans."
Many who spoke talked about Ronnie's involvement with the Children of the Night, an organization run by his wife, Wendy, which rehabilitates former teenage prostitutes. One of the most touching and important moments came when son Dan Padavona urged the crowd to take be vigilant about their health. "I beg you not to make the same mistake my dad made. For dad, the show always had to go on. He ignored the warning signs for years, and all along the cancer was growing and mutating from something that was probably easily defeatable into a monster which even Dio couldn't slay."
Among the songs performed at the memorial were This is Your Life (Scott Warren of Heaven and Hell), Heaven and Hell (John Payne of Asia), Man on the Silver Moon (Joey Belladonna of Anthrax), Catch the Rainbow (Glenn Hughes), Hallelujah (Geoff Tate of Queensryche) and In My Life (Paul Shortino of Quiet Riot).
Although not the best video, here is Glen Hughes' performance: