Shirt Stains: Bowl-y Diver

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You’re just a 7-10 split in the dark!

It’s hard to imagine, but Ronnie James Dio has been gone for seven years now. Crazy, right? When you still enjoy the output from an artist you enjoy, you sometimes forget that they are gone. It happens to me all the time when listening to Type O Negative. The larger the body of work, the more it feels like they’re not really gone. Dio had his solo band, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Elf, and Heaven & Hell, plus some other projects, so there is no shortage of material to go back to and enjoy.

While we still have his music (and…um…hologram) there is still another way to support Dio: The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund. The fund is “dedicated to support research and education that furthers early detection, prevention and treatment of prostate, colon and stomach cancers.” To help raise money, the fund is having the annual Bowl For Ronnie event on October 6th at Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City, California. Some of the musicians participating include Tom Morello, John 5, Steven Adler, Vinny Appice, Joey Vera as well as comedian Bill Burr. Bowling with a bunch of metal musicians to raise funds for a good cause? Sign me up!

I would love to see this expanded into different sports and events. Tackle Jonathan Davis in a charity football game. Take a slapshot at goaltender Rob Zombie in a charity hockey game. Eat a bunch of buffalo wings next to Glen Benton in a charity food eating competition. Smash a pie in Phil Labonte’s face and maybe someone will give you money. This all sounds like a blast and I think we should make this happen.

So why am I talking about this in Shirt Stains? Well, there are also raffle prizes for those in attendance. While there will be standard things such as signed pictures and tickets to other events, there are also going to be two Dio/Bowling-centric items that are, well, take a look.

Specially designed just for the event, this bowling ball and bowling pin are…alright, it’s for a charity event. Be nice. Don’t make fun of them, don’t make fun of them, don’t make fun of them. Okay, maybe a little. This looks like props used in a Guy Fieri-directed porno. This design comes from Richard Nixon’s point of view in Hell. This is what it looks like when the manager of a Spencer’s throws up in a Dave and Buster’s. There, glad I got that out of my system.

More information on the event can be found here. If you’re in the area, check it out, give some money to a good cause, and let us know how it goes.

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