Fans gather to remember Ronnie James Dio

May 31, 2010 6:49:14 AM PDT
The chants of "Dio, Dio, Dio" from hundreds of headbangers were loud and proud as fans paid tribute to fiery frontman Ronnie James Dio, who succumbed to stomach cancer May 16 at age 67. The mammoth public memorial service honoring the late metal legend Sunday was more akin to a spirited rock concert than a dreary funeral.

More than 1,200 fans commemorated Dio inside Forest Lawn Memorial Park's Hall of Liberty.

Hundreds more gathered in the scorching heat outside the auditorium to watch monitors of the proceedings, which featured performances from some of Dio's rocker friends, including Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple, Geoff Tate of Queensryche and Paul Shortino of Quiet Riot.