It’s giveaway time again!

Today I get moving on the news page again with not one, but TWO giveaways. First is the newest Greatest Hits album by Black Sabbath, and the other is Dio’s new double CD “Holy Diver Live”. With both I’m going to have a trivia contest like I’ve done with giveaways in the past. First off, I wanted to thank Nikki over at Rhino & Rob at Eagle Rock for sending over the copies to be given away. If you don’t win these contests, please go support the labels and the bands by buying copies. In fact, before we get to the contest, here’s some order links for you:


Sabbath’s Greatest Hits album here is nothing surprising – it’s the original Sabbath’s Greatest Hits on one CD. Whether you think the CD has merit, or is a cash grab aside, there’s no denying the music on here. It’s great stuff. And Dio’s 2 CD live set is unique in that it has the first ever recorded performance of the Holy Diver album performed all at once, plus it has some nice chestnuts from his Rainbow & Sabbath days he doesn’t normally play (Sign of the Southern Cross, Tarot Woman, Gates of Babylon). It’s good stuff, too.
As per my contests in the past, you’ll need to answer a few trivia questions about Sabbath & Dio. If you get them all right, you’ll be put into a drawing for each respective CD. Here are the questions you need to answer:
Sabbath questions:

  1. What was the name of the new track Sabbath played live during Ozzfest 2001?
  2. What was the original name of the “Volume 4” album before the record label made them change it?
  3. What was the original name of the “Paranoid” album before the record label made them change it?
  4. Who was Ozzy’s first replacement as lead vocalist in Black Sabbath?

Dio questions:

  1. What is the name of the “character” that is on several Dio album covers?
  2. What is Ronnie Dio’s real surname?
  3. What metal band’s concept album does Ronnie guest on in 2006?
  4. What year and what band was Ronnie’s first recording released?

You need to send your answers for the questions and your name and address to either or depending on which contest you’re entering (make sure and remove the NOSPAM when sending in). There’s a few important things here. First the email must go to these addresses. Second, you have to include your name and address. If you don’t do these things, your submission won’t be considered. These are simple requests – I’m quite frankly stunned at the number of people who ignore these requests and send anyway. If you do that, your submission goes in the bin. The contest will run through Tuesday the 18th of April at noon (my time, which is the Central Time Zone in the US). You don’t have to be in the US to be eligible to win. There is one caveat. You can’t win both. In order to be fair and give away the prizes to the widest amount of people, I won’t pick the same person twice. If by some chance the random drawing selects you twice, I’ll discard one and pick someone else. While I’ll let you enter both, you can’t win both, so keep that in mind.
I’m also hoping to have a giveaway for “Gillan’s Inn” shortly too – will have more word on that when I get it.