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  • #16
    Thanks a lot for the reviews guys, seems like it was another great performance. Now we are wating for what Sabbathman has to say

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    • #17
      Originally posted by RedZero View Post
      I'm still shocked they are only playing two songs from their brand new album. I was hoping (unrealistically) for the entire CD, then I assumed they would play 4 or 5 new songs... but TWO? Are you kidding me? Two measly songs when they have 10 new jewels. Come on, lets move forward and play the new stuff, maybe more Dehumanizer as well. The set is too predictable.
      Originally posted by celt View Post
      I believe they are playing three (3) songs from the new album (Bible Black, Fear, Follow the Tears) unless they dropped one since South America.
      Three new songs are definitely not enough. Also, I hope the performances of the new songs have improved since the South American tour.

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      • #18
        Great show in my opinion! i went ther with my son who turns 6 years soon, we both had good time but we left during the jam section during the Heaven and Hell song.

        We both play drums and anticipated to see Vinny´s performance, and I´m happy to say he played like no tomorrow. Total powerhouse beats, and fills and accents all over, even more you´d expect from him. Some would say over playing but it´s Vinny and he was in top form and really nailed it with total power .

        Ronnie sounded was feelful and great all in all. we sat at the back of the hall and would have appreciated to see some band footage on the screen as well, the three tongued devil and mob rules figures marching with whips were a bit corny, they reminded me of Moomin figures

        I thought already after the warm up act Los Bastardos Finlandeses, that the night´s gonna be really loud, and so it was, so I picked some earplugs before HH started, normally i don´t like to wear those thing in arena shows.

        During the Iommi solo in the intro of Die Young I really realised how loud the volume really was.

        The sound was quite raw and absolutely not the best possible but it really was loud so who cares.

        Long live Heaven and Hell!!!

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        • #19
          Originally posted by taurus View Post
          Great show in my opinion but we left during the jam section during the Heaven and Hell song.

          we sat at the back of the hall and would have appreciated to see some band footage on the screen

          I picked some earplugs before HH started, normally i don´t like to wear those thing in arena shows.

          During the Iommi solo in the intro of Die Young I really realised how loud the volume really was.

          The sound was quite raw and absolutely not the best possible but it really was loud so who cares.
          I guess not you. I don't get it. I tried to summarize in hopes of understanding but I still don't understand why you did that to the poor guy.

          I guess no matrix this time eh?

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          • #20
            man what you dont´t understand?
            I took my kid there cos he wanted to go.

            Year ago we went to see Kiss and he totally loved it,

            But with a kid you leave the gig as they come tired or don´t enjoy it, right?

            Of course my kid always wears decent externel ear protection, (when drumming or seein bands), but I am dont like using them normally in big shows, cos I feel they cut too much high frequencies, (but in this show due to high volume that was not the case at all.) the sound was messy like it used to be in the 80`s ice hall gigs.

            I prefer loud gig where you can really feel it, rather than metal gigs were you can talk to each other without raising your voice.

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            • #21
              Brilliant gig indeed. I (unfortunately) sat in the back of the hall. Before the Iommi's The Mob Rules solo, guitar was mixed too low and Geezer's bass was too loud. But after that all instruments and vocals were in balance and the overall sound was great (IMO).

              Vinny's drum solo was great but for me the highlight of the night was Die Young and especially the intro!

              I also bought two t-shirts. Bit pricey they were though - 30€ each.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Tola View Post
                Brilliant gig indeed. I (unfortunately) sat in the back of the hall. Before the Iommi's The Mob Rules solo, guitar was mixed too low and Geezer's bass was too loud. But after that all instruments and vocals were in balance and the overall sound was great (IMO).

                Vinny's drum solo was great but for me the highlight of the night was Die Young and especially the intro!

                I also bought two t-shirts. Bit pricey they were though - 30€ each.

                Yeah, I bought the Bible Black Tour-shirt. Bit pricey, but 30€ is pretty much the standard price in these big gigs. Still, an awesome experience, I want them back to helsinki icehall on a better date (weekend). IMO the highlights were Die Young, H&H and the awesome Falling Of the Edge Of The World. When that juicy heavy riff kicked in after the intro the whole hall was shacking like it was an freaking earthquake. And of course when the curtain fell and E5150 started to blast from the speakers, it was truly a breathtaking moment.
                "The consequence of conscience/Is that you'll be left somewhere/Swinging in the air"-Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010) R.I.P. King Of Metal
                "Just take a look around you what do you see/Pain, suffering, and misery/It's not the way that the world was planned/It's a pity you don't understand" - Geezer Butler
                "If god is in heaven/How can this happen here" - Phil Lynott (1949-1986)

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                • #24
                  Here are couple of pictures from the Helsinki show that I took.

                  Tony

                  I bloody I

                  Ronnie

                  Tony

                  I am Legion

                  Tony & Satan

                  The band

                  Ronnie

                  Tony's Falling Off The Edge Of The World

                  Gargoyles Die Young

                  Ronnie & Geezer

                  Tony

                  Little White Shape

                  Big Black Shape

                  Heaven & Hell

                  Neon Knights

                  You can find all of the pictures I took from right HERE!

                  Some good some not so good...

                  But it was a great show to say the least!

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                  • #25
                    The journey was a long one, started yesterday after 12:00 and lasted until 7:00 this morning...but I met Vinny Appice and Ronnie James Dio!!! My dream became true after all these years...I can't herald with enough weight how much this means to me as a dedicated fan of heavy rock and everything Dio-esque...I also saw Tony Iommi greeting his group of fans in the backstage corridor, we we're divided into artist groups, our group "leader" was Tapio Keihänen ( www.dio.net ), I was the avec of the PSOF manager. I stashed the collage to the clothing service of the venue and right after the show I ran there quickly to get it back, I then met the other fan meeting people and then we were given our after show passes and we were escorted to a cafeteria just outside the concert hall within the venue. An hour passed waiting, there were 15 other people as well and also some roadies passed us by with equipment coming down with a service elevator. There were also couple of nice German fans. While we waited there Vinny Appice suddenly dropped by, he was a true gent and very easy-going, relaxed guy. Hell, he knew half of the other fans already like they were his best friends! I got his signature on my TDY MVI and TDYK copies and a couple of photos with him. What a nice guy he was! He claimed he won the Drum Wars against his brother Carmine...

                    After the first hour was passed, the manager of Dio came by and asked for our group to join him in the actual backstage room reserved for Dio exclusively. It was a nice room with drinks and snacks, even Scott Warren dropped by quickly. After a minute or so, Dio emerged from a door, carrying a glass of red wine, welcoming us all like we all were his closest friends. Dio started greeting the fans with handshakes, hugs and even kisses. It was like meeting an old dear friend after a long time. Dio was very happy and warm indeed. After talking with a couple of people he approached me. I can tell you the collage sold like hot cakes! Dio immediately focused his attention to it and was very happy to have it, he shook my hand and hugged me many times. I got his signature and a commemorative text on my TDY MVI and TDYK copies and several photos with him of which you will see the best ones a bit later. Dio was happy to have a crate to transport the collage with him. I even filmed a small piece of footage of him saying hello to us Finns and some other things were said as well (Magica being one of the most important ones)...Sadly we won't see Dean The Dragon again, he's in a permament retirement, but Dio still has his head and tail safe and snug! I showed him my pewter Celtic cross, he admired it and showed his golden Celtic cross to me as well (he bought it back in 1975 from Cornwall England, part-payment!). I asked about the songs Gates Of Babylon and Sacred Heart, both were special songs, Gates Of Babylon being something different at the time, Sacred Heart being a very important and personal song. Many different issues were discussed with the fans along the time we had with Dio, it was a really intimate and easy situation, like drinking beer with your best friends!

                    SETLIST WARNING!!!

                    E5150/THE MOB RULES
                    CHILDREN OF THE SEA
                    I
                    BIBLE BLACK
                    TIME MACHINE
                    DRUM SOLO
                    FEAR
                    FALLING OFF THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
                    FOLLOW THE TEARS
                    DIE YOUNG
                    HEAVEN AND HELL
                    COUNTRY GIRL/NEON KNIGHTS


                    The show itself was a blast! In the beginning the bass was too loud and the guitar were somewhat low, but things corrected pretty quickly. I mean Geezer's bass was heavy as hell, rumbling beneath everything else, he is the king of bass lines and fills, a rock solid rhythm section. Thunderous in-your-face drums from Appice, he truly has a signature sound, especially on his snare and toms, not to mention the front bass drum he kicks...The huge toms behind and around him are powerful indeed. A new silver/steel-coloured set. Wonderful stage structure, chains, devil claws holding crystal balls, bolted steel-like backdrop with a huge center screen behind & above Vinny's drumkit displaying song-related videos (fires of hell, celtic crosses, the devil you now know, Dehumanizer himself, marching mob, Live Evil characters, time warp, space, tears, thunder & lightning), huge winged bat-faced gargoyles standing on 4 legs on top of tall dead trees on both sides of the stage with gleaming red eyes and hissing red-lighted smoke coming out from their mouths...THIS is what heavy metal is all about! Not just a great band with great scope of powerful music, but with a powerful imagery as well.

                    Tony Iommi's guitar sound...No-one and I mean NO-ONE will EVER play harder and heavier riffs than he did on this show. It was a bone-crushing reminder of the true sound of heavy metal, Tony Iommi has truly captured the might and power of the Birmingham steel foundry machines...And his lead & solo sound...it split my head in half! Beautiful, high-soaring and heart-shattering clarity and feel, a guitarist who is truly one with his instrument. When Tony delivered his fantastic trademark live intro of Die Young, tears came from my eyes - again! The premier song Heaven And Hell was again a true novelty. It had both "the little white shape" and "the big black shape" parts, Dio acting the devil bathed in the signature red light, the solo jam & battering was I don't know how long, it had all these wild energetic jazzy things in it (I was just amazed about everything), a blasting drum firepower, just everything great Tony Iommi can do. A totally different jam than 2 years ago. Which is exactly why Tony Iommi likes this whole Heaven And Hell song and now again the band. It gives him artistic space to move along.

                    Dio's performance...Absolutely brilliant again! I know it can sound unbelievable and over-enthusiastic, but when Dio sang last night it was just so brilliant. Power, grace, roughness, clean high-soaring clarity, energetic movements...a couple of slight cracks (but that's usual for Dio as well, other people suffer cracks more often), but as a whole (especially for a man of his age and career) a brilliant performance. There are no signs of fading away or slowing down (like so many other younger vocalists are showing these days). Dio is Dio. A god of his trade. Again we experienced many little re-arrangements in his vocal lines and that's the beauty of the songs: they are not too stylized, they allow movement and variety. Each performance is unique and Dio is the master of unique performances. The show was for US and us alone.

                    Overall the band is in tight top-notch shape. Relentless interplay, powerful individual performances, wonderful stage show.
                    "He is the King of all kings, the keeper of light...He holds eternity's wings"

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                    • #26
                      Originally posted by Charger View Post
                      You were pretty close to me, if the photos are any indicator. I was just in front of Tony on the right side of the stage with The Rules of Hell T-shirt and a green cap (not rapper style!!!).
                      Last edited by -E5150 StarWanderer-; 06-03-2009, 10:56 AM.
                      "The consequence of conscience/Is that you'll be left somewhere/Swinging in the air"-Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010) R.I.P. King Of Metal
                      "Just take a look around you what do you see/Pain, suffering, and misery/It's not the way that the world was planned/It's a pity you don't understand" - Geezer Butler
                      "If god is in heaven/How can this happen here" - Phil Lynott (1949-1986)

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                      • #27
                        Originally posted by Sabbathman View Post
                        The journey was a long one, started yesterday after 12:00 and lasted until 7:00 this morning...but I met Vinny Appice and Ronnie James Dio!!! My dream became true after all these years...I can't herald with enough weight how much this means to me as a dedicated fan of heavy rock and everything Dio-esque...I also saw Tony Iommi greeting his group of fans in the backstage corridor, we we're divided into artist groups, our group "leader" was Tapio Keihänen ( www.dio.net ), I was the avec of the PSOF manager. I stashed the collage to the clothing service of the venue and right after the show I ran there quickly to get it back, I then met the other fan meeting people and then we were given our after show passes and we were escorted to a cafeteria just outside the concert hall within the venue. An hour passed waiting, there were 15 other people as well and also some roadies passed us by with equipment coming down with a service elevator. There were also couple of nice German fans. While we waited there Vinny Appice suddenly dropped by, he was a true gent and very easy-going, relaxed guy. Hell, he knew half of the other fans already like they were his best friends! I got his signature on my TDY MVI and TDYK copies and a couple of photos with him. What a nice guy he was! He claimed he won the Drum Wars against his brother Carmine...

                        After the first hour was passed, the manager of Dio came by and asked for our group to join him in the actual backstage room reserved for Dio exclusively. It was a nice room with drinks and snacks, even Scott Warren dropped by quickly. After a minute or so, Dio emerged from a door, carrying a glass of red wine, welcoming us all like we all were his closest friends. Dio started greeting the fans with handshakes, hugs and even kisses. It was like meeting an old dear friend after a long time. Dio was very happy and warm indeed. After talking with a couple of people he approached me. I can tell you the collage sold like hot cakes! Dio immediately focused his attention to it and was very happy to have it, he shook my hand and hugged me many times. I got his signature and a commemorative text on my TDY MVI and TDYK copies and several photos with him of which you will see the best ones a bit later. Dio was happy to have a crate to transport the collage with him. I even filmed a small piece of footage of him saying hello to us Finns and some other things were said as well (Magica being one of the most important ones)...Sadly we won't see Dean The Dragon again, he's in a permament retirement, but Dio still has his head and tail safe and snug! I showed him my pewter Celtic cross, he admired it and showed his golden Celtic cross to me as well (he bought it back in 1975 from Cornwall England, part-payment!). I asked about the songs Gates Of Babylon and Sacred Heart, both were special songs, Gates Of Babylon being something different at the time, Sacred Heart being a very important and personal song. Many different issues were discussed with the fans along the time we had with Dio, it was a really intimate and easy situation, like drinking beer with your best friends!

                        SETLIST WARNING!!!

                        E5150/THE MOB RULES
                        CHILDREN OF THE SEA
                        I
                        BIBLE BLACK
                        TIME MACHINE
                        DRUM SOLO
                        FEAR
                        FALLING OFF THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
                        FOLLOW THE TEARS
                        DIE YOUNG
                        HEAVEN AND HELL
                        COUNTRY GIRL/NEON KNIGHTS

                        The show itself was a blast! In the beginning the bass was too loud and the guitar were somewhat low, but things corrected pretty quickly. I mean Geezer's bass was heavy as hell, rumbling beneath everything else, he is the king of bass lines and fills, a rock solid rhythm section. Thunderous in-your-face drums from Appice, he truly has a signature sound, especially on his snare and toms, not to mention the front bass drum he kicks...The huge toms behind and around him are powerful indeed. A new silver/steel-coloured set. Wonderful stage structure, chains, devil claws holding crystal balls, bolted steel-like backdrop with a huge center screen behind & above Vinny's drumkit displaying song-related videos (fires of hell, celtic crosses, the devil you now know, Dehumanizer himself, marching mob, Live Evil characters, time warp, space, tears, thunder & lightning), huge winged bat-faced gargoyles standing on 4 legs on top of tall dead trees on both sides of the stage with gleaming red eyes and hissing red-lighted smoke coming out from their mouths...THIS is what heavy metal is all about! Not just a great band with great scope of powerful music, but with a powerful imagery as well.

                        Tony Iommi's guitar sound...No-one and I mean NO-ONE will EVER play harder and heavier riffs than he did on this show. It was a bone-crushing reminder of the true sound of heavy metal, Tony Iommi has truly captured the might and power of the Birmingham steel foundry machines...And his lead & solo sound...it split my head in half! Beautiful, high-soaring and heart-shattering clarity and feel, a guitarist who is truly one with his instrument. When Tony delivered his fantastic trademark live intro of Die Young, tears came from my eyes - again! The premier song Heaven And Hell was again a true novelty. It had both "the little white shape" and "the big black shape" parts, Dio acting the devil bathed in the signature red light, the solo jam & battering was I don't know how long, it had all these wild energetic jazzy things in it (I was just amazed about everything), a blasting drum firepower, just everything great Tony Iommi can do. A totally different jam than 2 years ago. Which is exactly why Tony Iommi likes this whole Heaven And Hell song and now again the band. It gives him artistic space to move along.

                        Dio's performance...Absolutely brilliant again! I know it can sound unbelievable and over-enthusiastic, but when Dio sang last night it was just so brilliant. Power, grace, roughness, clean high-soaring clarity, energetic movements...a couple of slight cracks (but that's usual for Dio as well, other people suffer cracks more often), but as a whole (especially for a man of his age and career) a brilliant performance. There are no signs of fading away or slowing down (like so many other younger vocalists are showing these days). Dio is Dio. A god of his trade. Again we experienced many little re-arrangements in his vocal lines and that's the beauty of the songs: they are not too stylized, they allow movement and variety. Each performance is unique and Dio is the master of unique performances. The show was for US and us alone.

                        Overall the band is in tight top-notch shape. Relentless interplay, powerful individual performances, wonderful stage show.

                        Indeed Sabbathman, their performance is little different every night, thersr always something new and unique, maybe just bits there and there but still. Thats what every musician should do, enjoy playing and let their talents out of the chains of the written parts. They really seemed to enjoy playing. I would do anything to meet the guys. If you ever get this opportunity again, inform me and I´ll sneak in with you Like I said in my earlier post, I want them back to Helsinki Icehall on a better date. Maybe next summer again, I hope that this line-up wont break (thou I would like to see Dio (the band) live too). Again to quote that sabbath fan gone crazy: SABBAAAATH!!!
                        "The consequence of conscience/Is that you'll be left somewhere/Swinging in the air"-Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010) R.I.P. King Of Metal
                        "Just take a look around you what do you see/Pain, suffering, and misery/It's not the way that the world was planned/It's a pity you don't understand" - Geezer Butler
                        "If god is in heaven/How can this happen here" - Phil Lynott (1949-1986)

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                        • #28

                          Hey, we are in this pic : http://gravehill.1g.fi/kuvat/Heaven%...02_06_2009.jpg

                          We are in the back, the guy with the white shirt is my friend and Im next to him with the green cap. My dad was still in the beer section (just kidding, he was driving)
                          "The consequence of conscience/Is that you'll be left somewhere/Swinging in the air"-Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010) R.I.P. King Of Metal
                          "Just take a look around you what do you see/Pain, suffering, and misery/It's not the way that the world was planned/It's a pity you don't understand" - Geezer Butler
                          "If god is in heaven/How can this happen here" - Phil Lynott (1949-1986)

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                          • #29
                            To continue my flush of posts, heres a link to more pics from the gig:

                            http://www.huumakuva.net/2009/06/03/heaven-and-hell/
                            "The consequence of conscience/Is that you'll be left somewhere/Swinging in the air"-Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010) R.I.P. King Of Metal
                            "Just take a look around you what do you see/Pain, suffering, and misery/It's not the way that the world was planned/It's a pity you don't understand" - Geezer Butler
                            "If god is in heaven/How can this happen here" - Phil Lynott (1949-1986)

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                            • #30
                              Thanks a lot for your awesome review Sabbathman. I'm glad you got to meet Dio and Vinnie.

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