The Hall of Heavy Metal History Adds New Inductees For Their Hall of Fame

by VVN Music

The following is an update of the original article on the Hall of Heavy Metal History first published on December 6.

The new Hall of Heavy Metal History has added to their list of initial inductees for the Hall of Fame.

The organization is a non-profit "dedicated to enshrining forever, those Legendary musicians, music industry executives, DJ’s, journalists, and Producers who are often overlooked, but responsible for making Heavy Metal music what it is today. Their contribution to the genre is invaluable, and they keep inspiring Heavy Metal fans throughout the world, from generation to generation."

The first inductees are:
  • Ronnie James Dio of RainbowBlack Sabbath and Dio (Wendy Dio accepting)
  • Metal Blade Records (Brian Slagel accepting)
  • Scorpions (Mikkey Dee accepting)
  • Rainbow Bar and Grill (owner Mikael Maglieri accepting)
  • Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead (manager Todd Singerman accepting)
  • Ross “The Boss” Friedman, formerly of Manowar
  • Rudy Sarzo formerly of  Ozzy Osbourne's band and Whitesnake
  • Frankie Banali of  Quiet Riot, along with a special 33rd Anniversary Induction of Quiet Riot, as the first band to achieve the #1 Heavy Metal Album status.
  • Vinny Appice, formerly of Black Sabbath and Dio
  • Don Airey of Deep Purple
  • Andy Zildjian, President/CEO of Sabian Cymbals
  • Randy Rhoads of Ozzy Osbourne's band and Quiet Riot (Rhoads family members accepting for the late guitarist)
Wendy Dio reacted to her late-husband's induction saying "The induction of Ronnie into the annual Hall of Heavy Metal History is indeed an honor, and I know Ronnie would have been very proud. On behalf of the board of directors of the Ronnie James Dio Stand up and Shout Cancer Fund, we thank you for your support and donation. Every penny will go to cancer research and education, to hopefully one day find a cure for this horrible disease that takes the lives of so many of our loved ones."

Kathy and Kelly Rhoads said of Randy's induction "Our family is so deeply honored to have Randy inducted into the Hall of Heavy Metal History. To think that after all these years since he has passed, he is STILL remembered and respected is totally awesome. His passion for music continues to inspire so many. It was always about the "music" for him. He would be speechless about this award, and so would our mom!!"

The induction will be held on Wednesday, January 18 at the Anaheim Expo Center in Anaheim, CA. Eddie Trunk will host with proceeds from the event going to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.

Performing at the ceremony will be Dio Disciples featuring Craig Goldy, Simon Wright. Scott Warren, Bjorn Englen, Tim 'Ripper' Owens, and Joe Retta. Ross "The Boss" (band), will also be performing, which features guitarist Ross 'The Boss' Friedman, Rhino (formerly of Manowar), vocalist Marc Lopes, and Mike LePond (Symphony X). Surprise artists will also take part in the event. Supporting bands include Budderside, and LA rockers Diamond Lane.

Hall of Heavy Metal History President/CEO Pat Gesualdo said “The Hall of Heavy Metal History is dedicated to preserving the legacy of those Legendary metal musicians who are often forgotten. This event is something the fans have been wanting for a long, long, time. As a non-profit organization, we are also dedicated to working with Wendy Dio and the “Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.”

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