Eric Blair of “The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show” conducted an interview with David “Rock” Feinstein of THE RODS at the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund‘s second awards gala, which was held on October 31 at the Avalon nightclub in Hollywood, California. You can watch the chat below.
A privately funded 501(c)(3) charity organization dedicated to cancer prevention, research and education, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund has already raised more than $500,000 in its short history. Monies raised have been committed to the cancer research work of the T. J. Martell Foundation for cancer, AIDS and leukemia research and the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life, according to Wendy Dio, widow of the late singer and fund president/founder.
Feinstein is the cousin of Ronnie James Dio (both played together in ELF) and THE RODS drummer Carl Canedy is an acclaimed metal producer who has worked on classic early releases by MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and OVERKILL.
THE RODS‘ seventh release overall (and sixth release overall for Niji Entertainment Group, a label that was created by Ronnie and Wendy Dio) is titled “Vengeance” and was made available in May 2011. The album arrived on the heels of Feinstein‘s solo album, “Bitten By The Beast”.
The first single off “Vengeance” was “The Code”, which featured vocals from none other than Ronnie James Dio (one of the very last songs that Ronnie ever recorded, before his untimely death in May of 2010).