Rock of Ages:Heaven And Hell Live At Radio City Music Hall

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Today, I want to focus on a band that has long been called one of the pioneers of Heavy Metal as a musical genre and that band is Black Sabbath.

Sabbath, in it's original incarnation included guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward, and of course the man that made the band it's headlines ( and in some cases, it notoriety ) lead vocalist Ozzy Osborn. Over the years, Black Sabbath has had the usual ups and downs that come with being a part of the music business. The biggest change that was to happen for this band out of Birmingham, England was the departure of Ozzy back in 1979. His replacement... vocalist extraordinaire Ronnie James Dio.

While this incarnation of the band has been together on and off through out years, they would come together again in 2007 to do a tour in support of a special compilation of some of their best work under the name Black Sabbath, released by Rhino records called Black Sabbath: The Dio Years. The compilation covered the vocal workings of Dio and the material itself included selections from " Heaven and Hell ", " Mob Rules ", " Dehumanizer " and Sabbath's " Live Evil. "

So in 2007 the band Black Sabbath were on tour and to be honest here, I am not quite sure why but they were using the name " Heaven & Hell " as the actual bands name even though every Sabbath fan knew that this was actually Sabbath touring...so the band while on tour makes a stop at the venerable Radio City Music Hall, in New York City. So the band hit the stage on March 30,2007 to a boisterous ( and this is actually downplaying the crowd honestly, as you will see from the " extras " included on the dvd ) audience and played their most mem orable and familiar songs. Of course the concert footage on this dvd is just top notch, and I'm sure that you will find the sound quality acceptable, but if your a rocker like I am ( yes even though I'm in my early 50's! ) then you want to hear it through a sound system that gives you that " Live Concert " feel and sound, so a loud, surround system is a must.Your favorites are here...The Mob Rules, Lady Evil, Neon Knights, and of course the obligatory " Heaven and Hell."

The band were very tight on this set...Dio's vocal were just marvelous as he weaved his way through songs such as Children of the Sea, Shadow of the Wind ( one of three new songs that were composed and recorded for the compilation set ) and the Devil Cried, while Geezer Butler's bass lines thumped throughout the whole set. Drummer Vinny Appice, who while not one of my favorite drummers played the Sabbath songs with much gusto and bravado on his DW setup...and of course the incomparble Tony Iommi on the guitar was actually menacing on some of the set list's numbers, especially the song After All ( The Dead ), and the intro to that piece, E5150.

With the recent passing of Ronnie James Dio, if you are a Sabbath fan or you just love to hear Ronnie, then this is one of those dvd recordings that your going to want to own, and I can highly recommend it to everyone who listens to Metal music.

Long live the memory of Ronnie James Dio and long live Metal!

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