Dave Grohl Gives Unplanned Performance At Ronnie James Dio Charity Event

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl jumped behind a drum kit for a performance of Thin Lizzy’s "Jailbreak" and Motörhead’s "Bomber" during a surprise appearance at the fifth annual "Ride For Ronnie" motorcycle ride and concert. The event, held annually in tribute to late legendary singer Ronnie James Dio, took place on Sunday (May 5th) in Encino, California.

Grohl’s appearance at "Ride For Ronnie" apparently wasn’t pre-planned, with the former Nirvana drummer not knowing about the event until a fan approached him in a grocery store and asked if he was going. Grohl replied, "Now I am." Despite no rehearsals or any advanced notice, Grohl ripped through the two songs with a backing band that also featured former Buckcherry guitarist Keith Nelson, current Thin Lizzy vocalist Ricky Warwick and bassist Robbie Crane.

Grohl spoke at the event, saying, "I am here on this beautiful day in Encino (because) everybody loves Ronnie James Dio. He was my neighbor actually; we lived down the street from each other. I encourage everybody to come out and support the cause, because it’s a beautiful day with a bunch of beautiful people and we hope to see you next year."

Ride For Ronnie launched in 2015 to raise awareness and money for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. The event includes a giant motorcycle ride that starts in Glendale, California and ends at Los Encinos Park, where the concert was held. Last year, Ride For Ronnie raised $50,000 for the Cancer Fund. Dio, who sang for Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his own self-named band, died of stomach cancer in 2010 at the age of 67.