- Ronnie James Dio - Vocals
- Tony Iommi - Guitar
- Geezer Butler - Bass
- Vinny Appice - Drums
- Scott Warren - Keyboards
- After All (The Dead)
- The Mob Rules
- Children of the Sea
- Lady Evil
- The Sign of the Southern Cross
- The Devil Cried
- Appice Solo
- Computer God
- Falling Off the Edge of the World
- Shadow of the Wind
- Iommi Solo/Die Young
- Heaven & Hell
- Lonely is the Word
- Neon Knights
A NOTE ABOUT THE SET LIST
This show was recorded for a DVD release
in August 2007. As has been widely reported, there were problems
with the union workers in New York City, and the set list had to be cut
short. Here is what Geezer Butler had to say about that when
someone emailed him about the situation, and the possibility of
refilming another show.
unfortunately Radio City was the only
night we could have played the extended set, but as has been documented,
the unions were so strict, we were only allowed 15 minutes for sound
check- that includes all instruments, balances, monitors, p.a., lights,
camera angles etc. We didn't actually have time to run through ear in
the Wall, which was the only song missing from the final show. To
include that at some other time would mean bringing the whole video
crew, sound truck and engineers etc, which would be unfeasible for one
track. Blame the unions, not us- at least we did an unrehearsed Lonely
is the Word [and just in case you didn't know, its a federal offense to
disobey the unions, because it comes under safety laws- which means we
could have been arrested as well as fined millions of dollars-go
Unfortunately, i agree with most unions
because they give workers rights, without which we'd all be working as
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from deeandsteve steele <email@example.com>
date Mar 31, 2007 9:56 AM
subject Radio City Review
you say to the dead?"
Am interesting question, posed by a man pushing pensioner age from the
stage of New York's Radio City Music Hall.
Dio's age may have been a topic of much debate and curiosity in the bar
beforehand but in person, the man delivered the goods in spades.
A few moments before due to the pat down lines outside I had just made
it to my seat in the stalls as the last bars of E5150 sounded.
Iommi appeared stage left, highlighted by a white spotlight he eked out
the funeral dirge intro of "After All (The Dead)"
Next Geezer Butler joined in.
Before Ronnie James Dio posed the aforementioned question from the drum
It certainly was a strange choice of opener but for me worked perfectly
with the staging and slow build up.
At songs close the crowds response was warm but reserved.
Dio introduced "Mob Rules" with a demonic scream
"Children of the Sea" was the first selection from "Heaven & Hell" Dio
sang the opening verse plaintivley before his more aggressive vocal
alterego took over rising to the evil "LOOK OUT" section at songs end.
A personal highlight for me was next, and my airbass got a serious
pounding for the groovy "Lady Evil"
Back to '92's dehumanizer the riffmeister Iommi uncoiled the intro riff
to "I" Dio shone on this delivering the lines with venom and power.
Since the announcemnt was made that this lineup would be touring I had
hoped that the next song
would be included.
"Sign OF the Southern Cross" was everything I had hoped and more,
Geezer's bass suprisingly provided the spooky accompaniment to the
verse, Iommi's riff threatened to snap my neck on several occasions.
The band stuck with the "Mob Rules" album for the extended "Live Evil"
rendition of "Voodoo"
Dio reminded the audience of the main reason this lineup was together
and deliver the first of the new material a powerful "The Devil Cried"
An "Unnecessary (Live) Evil" of Vinne Appices Drum solo followed an
provided me and several hundred other fans a much needed "Men's Longe'
"Computer God" was the last visit of the night to 'Dehumanizer" Dio
again delivering the vocals flawlessly.
"Falling Of The Edge of The World" was another true fans 'Deep" track,
truly astonishing and another personal highlight.
Another new track "Shadow Of the Wind" proved that Iommi can still
conjure up a classic riff.
Back to the "H&H" album for "Die Young" Iommi's intor solo, raising
hairs on the back of many necks.
The ultimate title track 'Heaven & Hell" turned the near six thousand
crowd into a football stadium, the audience needing little prompting
from Dio to chant the riff and chorus.
"Lonely Is the Word" opened the encore and again exceeded and went far
beyond my expectations.
Finally 'Neon Knights" closed out the show.
A truly amazing performance.
date Mar 31, 2007 2:58 PM
subject Concert Review and Pictures NYC 3/30/07
Heaven and Hell takes Manhattan
Last night's show has to be one of the most historical and powerful
Sabbath events of all time. Thru out the day around New York City, one
by one the DIO and BLACK SABBATH shirts started poppin up all thru the
streets, and come around 7pm, New York City had been fully invaded by
the Heaven and Hell army. Nice little old ladies in their Sunday best on
the way to a mary poppins musical on broadway were overtaken by black on
black and leather clad army that makes up the Sabbath army. Outside
Radio City Music Hall, electricity filled the air as the throngs of
faithful filled into the hall for what would be a night never to forget.
To see such a legendary band, in such a legendary venue, all in
attendance were pumped and ready for the nights event. There was only
one T-shirt stand open, and there was no sense of order or any formation
of a line, basically if you were one of 6 foot tall, 300 pound zombies,
you got thru quicker by pushing your way in, rather us normal size
people who waited patiently like human beings. The shirt selection was
incredible, no shortage of designs.....now onto the show...
Although the ticket said 800pm, the house lights went down around 820pm,
to thunderous applause, from out of the darkness blasted the opening
chords to E5150, the curtain raised to show a gothic graveyard
scene......a lone spotlight lit the right side of the stage, and from
the darkness emerged the Man, the Master, the Legend, the black heart
that has kept sabbath's torch burning....Tony Iommi. The Set list
consisted of ...
2. After All (The Dead)
3. Mob Rules
4. Children Of The Sea
5. Lady Evil
6. Ear in the Wall
8. Sign Of The Southern Cross
10. The Devil Cried
11. Drum Solo ( at this point Ronnie changed his shirt from white to
black - Heaven and Hell)
12. Computer God
13. Falling Off The Edge Of The World
14. Shadow Of The Wind
15. Guitar Solo
16. Die Young
17. Heaven and Hell (extended)
18. Lonely is the word
19. Neon Knights (encore)
Ronnie had told the crowd that tonights show was being filmed for a live
concert DVD that would be released later in the year. The boys were so
into what they were doing, all were smiling during breaks, and truly
seemed to be enjoying themselves, but on the more serious side, the band
was also very powerful and aggressive...from every drum beat to every
bass note, to every classic Iommi chord right down to Ronnie's amazing
"giant" size vocals the band had the entire audience by the throat and
only squeezed tighter and more louder with every song played. Heaven and
Hell or Black Sabbath no matter what you call them, this band, this
music this sound is the stuff of legends, if you werent at the show you
missed history, if you have tickets for upcoming shows, no matter how
pumped you are for it, you will be blown away beyond your dreams.
from "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
date Mar 31, 2007 5:08 PM
subject Heaven & Hell review NYC
Saw Heaven & Hell at Radio City last nite ...or Black Sabbath II as I
like to call them....phenomenal show....sound in that venue is superb.
The entire band was at peak performance....one of the best sounding
concerts II ever heard.
The set was almost the same...they dropped Ear in the Wall during the
regular set, but added Lonely Is the Word as the first encore song.
Tony's Guitar work was amazing. These 4 guys in their late 50's (Dio -
60s??) outplay groups of any age.
Personall, I think they should open with The Mob Rules and the follow it
with After All (the Dead) just because of the song tempo. A fast
openning song would get the crowd going from the first note. But believe
me, every song was right on the money. They announced they were filming
the show for a DVD.
One classy note on Dio......after Lonely is the Word and just before the
closing Neon Knights....he thanked the crowd...then gave a special
thanks or mention for Tony, Geezer, Bill, and Ozzy ( yes...he mentioned
Ozzy !!) for re-uniting and getting another generation into heavy metal
music and treating their fans to some great music.
After the show...i couldn't find one fan who was disappointed with the
performance.....a great show.....and definitly a great venue to see a
from mark storton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
date Mar 31, 2007 11:47 PM
subject radio city review
Well here we go. I got to NYC around 2pm.
I found myself in a grotty metal bar called circus (43rd/44th street and
9th) with friends. The barmaid proceeded to remove her t-shirt and strip
down to her bra giving everyone a real eyeful (ONLY in New York). The
beer was cheap and we stayed there until 1 hour before showtime.
Well I get in and my seat in the pit is amazing,I was FRONT ROW and it
was a presale ticket also. I was literally touching the stage all night.
Couldnt take my union jack flag in as security confiscated it. Onto the
show and the band were on fire, the sound was a bit screwy at the front
but those at the back told me it was great. Shook hands with Dio during
one song and Geezer came over at the end of the gig and shook my hand.
How about that, and to top it all Vinny gave me his used drum stick.
Plus it was filmed for dvd, so im sure you will see my ugly mug on the
Go see this show, they will blow you away, Dio and iommi are the real
stars of the show, but you still gotta love geezer.
from Eric Goldberg <email@example.com>
date Apr 1, 2007 9:02 PM
subject Souvenirs & Updated review.
The rumors are true: the NY City Heaven and Hell show at Radio City
Music Hall on 3/30 was recorded for the new DVD of this tour. Ronnie
mentioned it, and even if he hadn't, the 5 visible cameras and the
multiple microphones over the audience were a dead giveaway before the
When I bought the tickets on the pre-sale, I saw and confirmed my seats
before my purchase, just like everyone else. Since it turns out that the
tickets I was given were for seats that did not exist, I got other seats
in that same row, and the ticket agency reimbursed me for all charges.
That's right: not only did I see H&H on their first US show, and not
only did I see a show that was professionally recorded, but I did all
I drove from central MA to visit my friend in Manhattan so we could see
the show together. We spent the day in the city seeing sites including
Strawberry Fields, the tribute to John Lennon, in Central Park which is
across from the Dakota where John and Yoko used to live, and where Yoko
At show-time we went into the legendary Radio City Music Hall. There was
only 1 stand selling shirts, and there was one shirt that was specific
for this show with a picture on the back of the Statue of Liberty with
demon's wings giving Dio's "horns" salute. This was the shirt form me.
Our seats were on Tony's side of the stage so I tended to focus on him a
little more than I did on Geezer. While Tony interacted with Ronnie,
Vinny, and the audience, Geezer seemed a little more aloof and
withdrawn. I'll try to pay more attention to him when I see them again
in May. Tony and Ronnie were smiling at one another right from the
start. I noticed that Vinny had these toms that were wobbling and
expected to see a roadie come on and nail them down, but then I noticed
that he pulled the tom stand close to him with one hand and hit it with
the other. When he let go, to toms would rock back and forth for a
little while. I've never seen any drummer do anything like that before.
Eddie Trunk gave a nice introduction to the band before the house lights
dimmed and the curtain rose. The set list was strong, but the order of
some of the songs was questionable to me:
Children of the Sea
Sign of the Southern Cross
The Devil Cried
Falling off the Edge of the World
Shadow of the Wind
Heaven and Hell
Lonely is the Word
Opening with "After All" and starting the encore with "Lonely is the
Word" instead of faster songs was an odd choice to me. Of the songs
played I think "Mob Rules" might have been a better opener, and
returning from the encore with "Falling off the Edge of the World" may
have kept the energy at a higher level.
For "Mob Rules" and "Voodoo", Tony played a white SG with a tremolo arm.
He used his old faithful deep red road SG for most of the rest of the
show. "Voodoo" was extended with the same break that they did on the Mob
Rules Tour. Break out Live Evil to hear a similar version. For "Heaven
and Hell" Ronnie had the whole crowd singing "Oh" to the tune of the
guitar riff. When he was ready to start singing the first verse, we
wanted to keep on singing, and he allowed us to do so while he and Tony
seemed to enjoy our performance if also being somewhat amused by our
The crowd went particularly wild for Children of the Sea, Falling off
the Edge of the World, and Die Young (which was played in its entirety
as it had not always been done in the past). There were also huge cheers
and "horns" salutes any time a camera turned towards the audience.
While I admit that I've never been a fan of the drum solo in general, I
found it particularly odd that Vinny took a drum solo, and Tony didn't
take a guitar solo. Granted the intro to "Die Young" was a little longer
than normal, but the lack of a solo is something I can't understand,
especially since this "evening with Heaven and Hell" was supposed to be
a longer set than the other shows. From what little I've seen, it is
essentially the same, if not shorter by the omission of "Ear in the
It was a great show, although imperfect with a few flaws and miscues
along the way (moments in "Voodoo" and "Die Young" stand out in my
mind). Ronnie's voice was as powerful and melodic as ever. If any of you
have seen him a number of times, you may have noticed that he sometimes
tends to growl or yell more than he sings; this night was mostly singing
with the growling and yelling reserved for appropriate affect. While
they may not be as dangerous as they were in the early 1980's, they are
as tight and powerful as they have ever been. I can't wait to see them
again and again (in Lowell, MA and Uncasville, CT).
from "Tungsten S." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
date Apr 1, 2007 11:21 PM
subject Radio City Music Hall Review
Hi Joe Great site keep up the good work
I was lucky enough to tickets down by the stage and it was unbelievable
to be so close!
Anyway here's my review: (Pics to follow soon)
I've been involved in music and a major fan of the Sabbath "Family" for
over 30 years now. When I heard that they were coming to Radio City
Music Hall for a special show I had to try to get there.
I wqs lucky enough to be down by the
stage on Geezer's side and the Power and Intensity from this band would
be very difficult to match. From the second the curtains went up and
even till the end no one sat down because the energy level was so high.
Dio's voice was powerful and still sounds the same after all these
years. Tony (my guitar hero and idol) is the Master and sets the example
for all Rock. One highlight for me was that they played Lonely Is The
Word (as an encore no less) and Tony's solo was played with so much
finese it was unbelievable. His jazz influence came out
beautifully. Geezer pounded out rock solid bottom end just like
the Master that he is. Vinny's drumming was right on the money and
didn't miss a thing even on songs he didn't originally play. The
chemistry between these four musicians is unbelievable and they sound
even better now. The stage setup and light show was awesome (can't wait
for the DVD to come out cause they filmed and recorded this show!). To
experience the energy and chemistry will be a lifelong memory. If you
can get to see Heaven and Hell do so because you certainly will enjoy
from Claudia Perafan <email@example.com>
date Apr 4, 2007 9:22 AM
subject Radio City
Hi, I just want to comment about Heaven and Hell concert at Radio City.
it was amazing!. I have always dream to see them together.
As everybody knows it was sold out!.... The band was perfect, the
beginning was very cool, with a guitar introduction, following of bass
and then Ronnie James Dio showed up!
It is unbelievable how full of energy Dio is! and his voice is still the
same. Dio is my favorite singer, he has a particularly in the way he
develops a song, he feels what he is singing so deep and it makes the
best to enjoy Rock Music!
Tony is for me the personification of "elegance and classic style". They
played several songs from all albums they did together, the songs that I
have enjoyed the most are "After all", "Children of the Sea", "I", "Sign
of the Southern Cross"," Die young", and of course "Heaven and Hell".
I have not grew up in this country, and I am not from that generation,
but it does not matter the way I respect and feel about music, opposite
it made everything more special for me.
PS;To be honest I wanted Dio to sing any of his "solo songs" like "Holy
Thanks for your time and keep Rock!!!
Well it's on and on, on and on, on and
...andi it's Heaven and Hell!!!!!!!
Toni Iommi, Ronnie James Dio, Geezer Butler, Vinny Appice, need I say
more? This line-up of Black Sabbath is, in my humble opinion, the
greatest band of musicians ever assembled. They are absolutly legendary.
My favorite line-up of my favorite band, and I got to see them @Radio
City on my birthday!!!!! It was awesome!
The set list went as follows:
E5150-At this point, the fact that I'm about to see them perform starts
to actually hit me....
After All (The Dead)-and then the band comes out and I hear Ronnie sing
"What do you say to the dead?" and I stop breathing for a moment, this
can't be real.... (a pleasent surprise, I didn't realize how amazing
this song was!)
The Mob Rules-ah, but it is. Time to let loose to this headbangin'
anthem! This song really brought the energy of the place up (my only
critique would be that this probably would've been a better opener than
After all, as it is a great crowd energizer with it's tempo, and the
scream Ronnie delivered to start it off was enough to send chills down
Children of the Sea-the greatest Sabbath song ever, period. Nothing but
SOTSC and H&H comes colse. Iommi's guitar solo was hypnotic and
emotional, the drums beat your heart, Geezer's bass lines shook your
skeleton, and Ronnie's vocals went straight to your soul on this one (he
always seems to nail this song). One of the highlights of the night for
me was hearing Dio sing "Reaching for the stars, we blind the sky..."
Lady Evil-Wow, I always liked this song, but it was never one of my
favorites, but after hearing it live I must say, it kicks ass! A
difficult task to follow COTS, but somehow, Lady Evil did as good of a
job any song other than SOTSC or H&H could do.
I-Blew me away, the intensity of this song was astounding. I couldn't
help but feel an overwhelming surge of power during this song.
The Sign of the Southern Cross-Finally!!!!! I've never heard a full live
version of this song before, and I was not disappointed. This only made
the decision between COTS and SOTSC as best Sabbath song even harder in
my mind. Absolutly chilling, awe-inspiring. It really is not fair that
these guys are so freakin good.
Voodoo-100x better live than on the album. Excellent. The band just
cannot seem to miss a beat, other than a bit too much feedback on SOTSC
and Ronnie showing some age in The Mob Rules, all the way to here these
55+ men (65 in Dio's case) all delivered superbly. Voodoo was no
exception, I was just awe-struck.
The Devil Cried-Great song, Tony and Ronnie prove to still be one of the
greatest songwriting combinations in all of Rock, let alone Metal, music
to this day. I love the lyrics, so cool. Let me tell you, this is the
one band so fucking awesome and so kick-ass, they could easily make the
Vinny's Drum Solo-I didn't think I could sut through an entire drum
solo, but I did. Even this hypnoized me, there is nothing boring about
this band. Amazing, it's too bad more people didn't feel the same way
(this kind of acted as "intermisssion" for people to take bathroom
Computer God-Has cemented itself, along with "I" as my favorite from
Dehuanizer. Stunning. Such a forceful delivery, and the ending of this
song made the crowd get right back into the groove after their
disrespectful departure during Vinny's solo.
Falling Off the Edge of the World-Maybe Ronnie's best vocal performance
of the night (idk, it's between this, Die Young, COTS, and I for sheer
power). This song just kicked ass. It lulls you in with a soft
introduction, performed masterfully by Toni and sung superbly by Ronnie,
and then kicks your ass with up-tempo riffs and bass lines, crushing
drums, and roaring vocals.
Shadow of the Wind-Impressive, I had never heard this song before, but
it was certainly not filler. Excellent riff and solo from toni, and very
intriguing lyrics. can't wait to get this song on the Dio Years album
(although i doubt a recording will be as good as the live version, this
concert proved that that is impossible).
Die Young w/extended guitar intro-Toni Iommi owns every single metal
guiarist ever, and this is why. Wow, just, wow, and the song didn't even
start yet! But when it did, omg was I blown away. I've heard that it is
always one of the gems of this line-up's live set, and now I know why.
The delivery of this song was amazing.
Heaven and Hell-ok, the place exploded as soon as Toni struck the first
notes of the opening riff w/his pick. We all sang along w/o being
prompted by Ronnie at all, much to his voiced surprise. The crowd could
not sit during this one-the energy was intense. Mind-blowing, the best
perfermance of the night-GREATEST LIVE SONG by any band EVER! (Ronnie
tripped my up a bit by singing about the little white shape first, and
then the big black shape. Usually they are devil first, then angel.)
Lonely is the World-How the hell could this be an encore, it's can't
stand up to H&H, Die Young, or COTS is what I thought to myself when Dio
announced this one. Then they started the song-aha! Absolutly amazing,
more than a pleasent surprise. i had no idea this song could be so
awesome, but live, man, it just owned. Actually, this may have been
Ronnie's best vocal performance of the night, but, w/e, every song was!
The entire band just gelled so well together, and this song really
summed it all up.
Neon Knights-Out with a bang! Damn, amazing! The energy for this one
probably matched the intensity of H&H, this brought the crowd to a peak
of Euphoria. then, they played the opening riff of H&H and it was like
the arena had entered into Nirvana itself as they closed the show, thank
us, and walked off the stage for the last time.
from "DioDisciple@aol.com" <DioDisciple@aol.com>
date Apr 20, 2007 11:04 AM
subject My Heaven & Hell review Radio City 03/30/2007
When I heard rumour of Ronnie James Dio
and Tony Iommi writing new material for a new best of CD I knew it would
lead to bigger & better things for us, the fans. Now reuniting with
former Black Sabbath bandmates Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Vinnie
Appice our favorite frontman was about to hit the road yet again. Not as
Black Sabbath but under the moniker of Heaven & Hell this time around,
which is fine as we still know them as Black Sabbath! When the tour was
announced we were shocked to hear no US tour dates until late fall. Then
at last minute, a one nighter was scheduled for one of New York Cities
most prestigous venues Radio City Music Hall. Selling out in 45 minutes
all true Sabbath & Dio fans rushed out & bought their ticket to
guarantee their chance to witness this night of magic. Even better it
was to be filmed for a live concert DVD, and what better place, I dont
mean Radio City Music Hall venue, I am referring to a crowd of over
6,000 die hard metal fans that came from all over the world, not being
selfish this was to be our night. We have saw Ronnie several times & met
him on most of those occasions since the Strange Highways tour, but
never ever thought we would see Ronnie with Sabbath. We drove up from
Kentucky to New York, about a 12 hour drive for us not counting the time
that we were lost. We arrived a day early to get a room and shake off
some of the road lag from the drive up. I was kind of bummed about not
getting our regular aftershow passes for this tour after attempting
several times. The same answer from different sources being there was no
passes to give out for the Heaven & Hell tour, due to Ronnie's
management not being involved. And seeing several people with passes
before the show, mostly women we were wondering what was going on, what
do you have to do to get to get some pics and talk to Ronnie on this
tour? Anyway we were close enough to walk a few blocks to get to Radio
City and headed down there early. The place didnt look as nice as I
thought it might have been from the outside, but hey this is New York,
all the buildings look the same. Something that was nice was the monitor
on the outside playing live Sabbath videos's from the Heaven & Hell
days. There was already a crowd hanging out front trying to get tickets
& being turned away. There was a sea of fans of all ages wearing Black
Sabbath and Dio shirts from all era's of the band including some Tony
Martin fronted Headless Cross Shirts, Born Again, lots of Dio era
Dehumanizer, Mob Rules, & Heaven And Hell shirts as well as the classic
Ozzy tee's. The one I saw that caught my attention most was the guy
wearing the Glen Hughes Seventh Star tour shirt, now thats a true
Sabbath fan. After deciding to go and get a beer, we wound up at a place
I think it was named Heartland Brewery or House Of Brews? Being
basically right across the street from the Music Hall, I figured it was
worth checking out. Saying that it had beers from all over the world,
their beer was way over priced and I didnt even see a Bud or Bud Light
on the menu. After getting something to eat we went to join the waiting
line of fans beside the building waiting impatiently to get in. Doors
open about 7:30 and after passing a metal detecting wand we rush inside
to see how good our seats are, expecting 2nd row pit seating in BBB
section, we were one better BBB was front row center. Hope & myself had
the best 2 seats in the 6000 + seat house. The outside of Radio City
dosent do the inside justice, excellent seating, carpeted floor, and
huge stage. I was thinking in the back of my mind who booked Black
Sabbath at a venue such as this, did they have any idea what could take
place here. This wasnt Harry Connick JR, Celine Dion, Chicago, or any of
a number of performers that I could imagine playing here, after all this
was SABBATH! After checking out the tour shirts and inhaling a few beers
we went to our seats. VH1 Classic host,Radio DJ, and long time DIO fan
Eddie Trunk introduces the band, from where I was, directly in front of
him I could see his hands shaking and he was trembling when talking
about the band. The place was starting to fill up by this time and the
lights started to go down. With the combined haunting sound of E5150
filling the air and the crowd chanting the fans came to their feet. The
light goes to Tony first with his opening riff & then comes Ronnie out
to show us why he is hands down the best vocalists in heavy metal music.
Coming out in black pants & a white shirt with his usual cross on the
front he launches into After All(The Dead) from the Dehumanizer album.
One of my favorite songs but could have been easily replaced in the set
& open with a faster pace song such as Neon Knights, or Turn Up The
Next up was Mob Rules, and Children Of
the Sea. By the third song the press were gone & we could take our usual
front row center spot. There was actually a film crew recording this
show with a camera behind us & we let the camera guy have the center
spot, until he was eventually pushed back into the 2nd row by Zombie's.
But we returned to our Front row center, keeping out of line of sight
for the camera guy behind us. One of the best songs in the entire
setlist was the addition of "I" from demumanizer. This song never gets
played & is due its justice, one of my favorite songs from not only
Sabbath but Ronnie's solo efforts as well. Tony was having some problems
with his guitar & kept shaking his head at his guitar tech, you could
tell he was very upset. He changed from his Signature model Gibson SG
with the Silver crosses on the neck to a standard White SG, no crosses.
His solos were amazing, this guy is as metal as they come. Its amazing
what he can do with a guitar & looks as though it comes natural. Vinnie
was having problems with his drum rig trying to turn over, but never
missing a beat he pulled it off like the true professional that he is.
Vinnie is a heavy hitter and in my opinion fits the newer Sabbath
material better than if Bill Ward had went on the road with the guys.
Not taking anything away from Bill Ward, he is just more suited to Ozzy
material being more of a jazzy player. Ronnie sounded great as always,
with only a few rough spots here and there, probably due to a cold. We
have saw Ronnie about 30 times solo & he never lets one single fan down.
Never cancelling a show regardless of his health condition at the time.
Last but not least Geezer didnt move around much, he was planted &
focusing on his talent. His bass runs are the backbone of this band, it
just wouldnt sound the same with anyone else playing, not to mention he
is a Hell of a song writer. We never saw Scott which was supposed to be
playing keyboards, on what I dont know, these songs were so heavy I
didn't even notice any keys being played if any.
The addition of the two new songs The
Devil Cried & Shadow Of The Wind fit in perfectly with the set. Saw
several fans singing the lyrics even though the Black Sabbath "The Dio
Years" had not been released yet. Ronnie changes his shirt from White to
black about half way through, I guess he wants us to see both sides of
him, a little of Heaven & and a whole lot of Hell. Heaven & Hell was the
highlight of the night as always at a Dio show. The red light was
exceptionally red this time, Ronnie looked to glow, engulfed in the
flames of sweet Hell. After Heaven & Hell the band exits the stage and a
mixed message from the fans, chanting Sabbath/Dio filled the air & the
band returned for an encore to do the last 2 songs of the night Lonely
Is The Word and Neon Knights. The lights come on and Ronnie takes my
usual Dio flag with Murray on the front & also my Black Sabbath Live
Evil era flag and displayed them to the camera's and the fans. The show
lasted about 2:30 hours and was supposed to be an extra long set due to
no opening act, with the addition of the 3rd new song Ear In The Wall.
But due to City Union issues it was cut short at several points during
the show, not allowing any further time to be allowed. After the show
the band was to be on the radio with Eddie Trunk to do an interview, I
was awaiting anxiously to hear them but due to them being late & me
being drunk, and hoarse from singing all night, and just plain dead to
the world I passed out. If you get a chance to witness this for
yourself, dont't wait, dont be The Last In Line, get your tickets. And
now they plan to continue the US tour NOW, starting back again the 22nd
of April due to the high level of excitement surrounding this reunion
tour. I will see all you guys in Cincinnati, Cleveland, & Detroit and we
will do it all over again.
Joe Rollins "DioDisciple"
from Dom Pizzuto <firstname.lastname@example.org>
date Mar 31, 2007 12:22 AM
subject Review March 30th Radio City Music Hall
Great site. First of all, the
rumor that Sabbath would play an extended set proved to be
false. Maybe it was where I was sitting (1st mezz right
side), but the sound left somthing to be desired. Tony was
too much in the background.- and if you go see Sabbath -
Tony is the one you want to hear. Radio City is a great
venue, but I don't think it was designed with heavy metal in
mind. Anyway, the guys put on a good show. Highlghts
included "I", "Falling Off The Edge Of The World", "Lady
Evil"; "Heaven and Hell" and "Lonely Is The Word". "Lonely"
is one of my favorite Sab songs with Tony's tasteful solo
really showing his skill as a premier axeman - and he nailed
it last night. I can't help compare this show with the
reunion tour in 1999, and I have to say, the reunion show at
the Nassau Coliseum was much more powerful. I understand the
decision to not tour as Sabbath after induction into the
hall of fame, however, it would have been nice if they could
have thrown a bone to the crowd and belted out "War Pigs"
for old times sake.