CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Black Sabbath’s “Heaven And Hell” Turns 40

Black Sabbath, one of the greatest bands ever, was an act in transition as it entered the 1980s. Less than a year earlier they sacked their legendary lead singer Ozzy Osbourne and replaced him with equally great Ronnie James Dio, previously of Rainbow. The flailing former greats and the hungry vocalist reignited each others passion for Heavy Metal to create something incredible in Heaven and Hell (Vertigo/Warner Bros) The album not only gave the band a shot in the arm, but it also launched their second era with a bang, one their fans would never forget. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Dio – Late Era Reissues

One thing every metal fan can agree on is the eternal majesty of Ronnie James Dio. Whether you liked his music or not (and if you didn’t, then why are you reading this?), the simple fact is that the man’s talent was unquestionable. Whether you preferred his solo work or his time with Rainbow, or Black Sabbath, (or for you picky little contrarians out there – The Electric Elves, Ronnie Dio and the Prophets, or Elf), the fact remains that there is still a gaping void in the world of metal, even now, nearly ten years(!) after his death. Continue reading

EVENT RECAP: Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund Commemorates 10th Anniversary with Awards Gala and Concert

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the late rock music legend, commemorated the 10th anniversary of his passing and the formation of the charity with its 10th Anniversary Memorial Awards Gala held on February 20, 2020 at the Avalon Hollywood. Hosted Eddie Trunk (That Metal Show, SiriusXM Trunk Nation), the organization recognized honorees in eight categories—each named after songs written by Ronnie James Dio–who have played a role in either Dio’s legacy or that of the charity. Live entertainment was provided by Ronnie James Dio’s live band Dio, featuring vocalists Tim “Ripper” Owens and Oni Logan, and band members Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Scott Warren and Bjorn Englen, and highlighted by the vocals and visuals of Ronnie James Dio. Los Angeles comedian Brian Posehn, in addition, his comedic duties, performed a song from his upcoming GRANDPA METAL album accompanied by Scott Ian (Anthrax) and Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning), while local rockers Sadie & the Tribe opened the festivities with their set. Check out these EXCLUSIVE photos by Tyler Kanode of Brilliant Reverie Photography. Continue reading

CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Black Sabbath’s Genre Defining Debut Turns 50

Black Sabbath in 1970, photo by Warner Brothers Records

On the sleeve: a grainy picture of a woman dressed in black. A stagnant pond. A creepy looking mill house. 

And two words. Black Sabbath

On the record: Rain. Thunder. A tolling bell. Those three notes. That voice.

And just like that, in February of 1970 – appropriately enough on the 13th – the face of music was changed forever.

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Surviving Members of Rush Comment on Neil Peart’s Death, Other Rockers React

As new spreads around the globe of the passing of drumming and Progressive Music Giant Neil Peart, reactions have been swift and the outpouring deep. Beginning with a statement from Rush band members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, many icons of the music world themselves, including many great Canadians, commented on the profound impact Peart had on us all. Fans have joined in the world over with their tributes as well.  We’ll have more information about this tragic and terrible loss for the music world as it develops. Continue reading

SOS Fest XII – Part I: Live at The Longfield Suite

Time for one of the highlights of my year, the rather excellent SOS festival. A festival envisioned 12 years ago by Lynne Hampson of Rocksector Records as an antidote to the plethora of family un-friendly festivals around at the time. Continue reading

Bill Ward Shares Message of Love to Black Sabbath, Proposes Reunion of Classic Lineup

Legendary Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has shared a brief video clip on social meida, expressing his love for the other founding members of the band: Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Ozzy Osbourne. He claims he would be open to any chance to reunite and perform together again. Ward was excluded from the bands’ “The End” farewell tour after initially agreeing to participate in the dates. The band has retired from touring, mostly due to health concerns from Iommi and Osbourne, but have not ruled out one-off gigs and festivals in the future. The band has been featured at events recently for the 50th anniversary of the founding of the group, such as the Hall of Heavy Metal exhibition and the Black Sabbath Bridge and Bench unveiling in their hometown of Birmingham, UK. Even Ozzy has recently expressed a desire to play with Bill again, so hopefully, this moves it closer to reality.  Continue reading

Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler to Participate in “Black Sabbath Bridge” Ceremony

The official naming of the “Black Sabbath Bridge” in honor of Birmingham’s legendary heavy metal kings Black Sabbath is taking place in the heart of the city’s entertainment district later this month at the site where the bridge crosses the canal on Broad Street — at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26. Founding members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler. Hundreds of fans are expected for the ceremony and tribute band Sabbra Cadabra will be on hand to perform. Continue reading

UPDATED: Supergroup Deadland Ritual Streams New Single and Video – “Broken and Bruised”

After making their US debut as a band this week at The Troubador in Hollywood, supergroup Deadland Ritual (Black Sabbath, Stevie Stevens, Guns N Roses, Apocalyptica members) have shared a new single. Jam out to ‘Broken and Bruised’ right now! Continue reading

Ozzy Osbourne Says He’d Like to Play One More Black Sabbath Show with Bill Ward

Ozzy Osbourne is home recuperating from illness and injury that has derailed his solo farewell tour, the No More Tours 2” Tour. Now Ozzy has clearly been thinking about how Black Sabbath ended their farewell tour and wishes it ended differently. He now says drummer Bill Ward should have been a part of it stating “it should have been the four of us ending it”. In a new interview with Kerrang!, Osbourne noted, “I didn’t like the fact that Bill Ward wasn’t there, for a start. People put that down to me, but it wasn’t me, honestly. We didn’t have the f*cking time to hang around, we had to get going, but I’m sorry it didn’t work out with Bill. Hopefully, this starts the ball rolling for even one final show with Bill, which would be great. The band has officially said they will never tour again but are open to special festivals and one-off concerts. In addition to Ozzy’s solo career, Ward is working on a solo album, art projects and has a podcast, Tony Iommi is making a new solo album with Dr. Brian May of Queen, and Geezer Butler has a new band, rock supergroup Deadland Ritual. Continue reading