Live in LA: Metal Gods Go Unplugged for Ronnie James Dio Memorial Service

Glenn Hughes belts one out for Dio. (Andrew Herrold)

It was a hot day in the Hollywood Hills, and a strange one for those who unwittingly chose Sunday afternoon to pay their respects to lost loved ones at the Forest Lawn cemetery.

While families solemnly delivered fresh flowers to old graves, a mighty blast came echoing over the rolling acres dotted with headstones – the unmistakable cry of a heavy metal god.

“Between the velvet lies, there’s a truth that’s hard as steel. The vision never dies. Life’s a never ending wheeeeeeel… Holy diver!”

What did you memorialize over the long weekend? Photog Andrew Herrold and I trekked out to the Ronnie James Dio service to document the entire blessed event for Spin. Read about it here.

It was a hot day in the Hollywood Hills, and a strange one for those who unwittingly chose Sunday afternoon to pay their respects to lost loved ones at the Forest Lawn cemetery.

While families solemnly delivered fresh flowers to old graves, a mighty blast came echoing over the rolling acres dotted with headstones – the unmistakable cry of a heavy metal god.

“Between the velvet lies, there’s a truth that’s hard as steel. The vision never dies. Life’s a never ending wheeeeeeel… Holy diver!”

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