- Ronnie James Dio - Vocals
- Tony Iommi - Guitar
- Geezer Butler - Bass
- Vinny Appice - Drums
- Scott Warren - Keyboards
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from Matt <email@example.com>
date Mon, Nov 19, 2007 at 10:18 AM
subject Review Of Heaven & Hell Gig - Bournemouth 18/11/07
Having seen the band perform in London and
having missed the Dehumanizer tour, I was determined to get to another
UK gig and what better than the last date of the tour.
I was hoping to see a longer set than the 11 songs played at London, but
this wasn't to be and utimately we lost "Shadow Of Thw Wind" to take the
number down to 10 (making 5 songs lost in transit from City Hall to
Bournemouth!). It was a fair spilt with 4 a piece from H&H and MR with
two from Dehumanizer. However, i'd have liked at least one more from the
3 studio albums (Wishing Well, Country Girl, Too Late) and at least one
of the new songs. Anyway, that's just my wish list!
The band played approximately an hour and a half, coming on at roughly
9.05 and all over before 10.35.
Not sure of the capacity, but it certainly wasn't rammed, which enabled
me to get about 10 people back mid stage for the perfect view.
Mob rules kicked in and everything was going well. There wasn't much
talking from Ronnie and they breezed through COTS ("this is the first
song we wrote together"), I and SOTSC (few words about star
constellations). Again (like London), vocally there were no problems and
musically they were crushing. Don't think i've heard many stronger drum
sounds as Vinny was smashing his kit to bits.
Around the first few songs a few drinks were thrown towards the stage
and Ronnie angrily kicked one away. However, on the whole the crowd
response was fantastic and the band were giving it back.
I moved to Iommi's side for Voodoo which was jokingly introduced with
words along the lines of inserting pins into dolls and not to be
confused with blow up dolls etc. Everyone was having a laugh and they
quickly launched into the superb up tempo version. Midsong Ronnie was up
and personal with the audience, switching sides and mixing with the
front few rows. There was also great interplay at the end with Tony and
Ronnie - lots of high pitched screams to counter the guitar bursts
before a bit of back and forth with Vinny; again with lighthearted
banter. This to me was Ronnies showcase bit of the night and he didn't
Next up was Vinny's solo which kept everyone going and enjoyed plentry
of crowd participation.
When Ronnie came back for Computer God, he was still dressed in black
and snarled his way through the song. This was hard metal at its finest
- Relentless riffing from Iommi and in your face power.
FOTEOTW and Die Young followed and severely upped the pace. Die Young
could arguably have stolen the show, sending shivers down the spine.
From the introduction to Tony, he owned the stage as he crossed sides,
took in the crowd response and played the extended intro.
Only Heaven & Hell could have followed the last two songs and take
things higher. Every thing was in place for this colossal masterpiece,
which showcases the beauty of Dio Sabbth. You still have the power of
the music, but now you have the ability of the voice to soar above.
Interspersed with an Iommi solo, all to soon this was over.
I came back into the hall for the encore expecting to hear SOTW, so was
a touch disappointed for Neon Knights to be playing. I imagine a few
words were also said about it being end of the tour, but again, I missed
that. I was thinking we may get Lonely Is The Word, or something else,
but it wasn't to be. A further round of namechecks was done by Ronnie
before the show came to an end. Amusingly, there was a little dual
between Vinny and Tony who would play the last bit, which went on for a
while and was entertaining.
There was a great reception at the end and Tony and Ronnie were all hugs
and smiles. Ronnie went over to Geezer and the same there. He then
rushed up to Vinny, had a few words (looking slightly more serious), was
back down waving to the crowd and then he was first to leave the stage.
It was a brilliant evening and effortlessly the band showed their
combined and individual talents. I hope I get to see them perform again,
but i'm not holding my breath.
However; even without live performances, it is essential we get some
more studio recordings as this line up is the best Black Sabbath you can