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5.0 out of 5 stars Blaze of glory, 8 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Neon Nights - Live At Wacken (Audio CD)
A fitting epitaph for one of the grearest voices of in Rock history. I know it's been said many times,but it is true. I've been a fan of Ronnie James Dio since I heard 'Man On The Silver Mountain' when that first Rainbow album was released back in '75. It's quite significant that when Dio and Blackmore parted company, it was Dio's idea, and not Blackmore's.Ritchie knew when he was onto a good thing. Rainbow were never the same again.so I was very pleasantly surprised when Ronnie James Dio resurfaced a few years later as Ozzy's replacement in Black Sabbath. I listened to this on Tommy Vance's slot on Radio 1. He played Heaven and Hell from the newly released album of the same name.He played the title track in it's entirety.There followed a stunned silence.It seemed like it was from both the broadcaster as well as the listener, and Tommy Vance said;'Wow, didn't he do well!' And it was true.This was a marriage made in Heaven,(and Hell). This line up, in my opinion was perfected by the inclusion of Vinny Appice. Bill Ward's heart was never in this line up, And Vinny's sound was/is harder and more suited to this more energetic line up.As a line up it was too good to be confined to the annals of rock history, and re surfaced some ten years later to do Dehumanizer.It re surfaced again in 2007 and proved better than ever ! Good rock musicians don't get old, they just mature and get better at their craft. 2009's The Devil You Know paid testament to this! Then came the shock of Ronnie James Dio's death of stomach cancer. Taken from us at the height of his powers. His voice had matured, becoming a little deeper and gruffer, but losing none of it's power and expressiveness. The consolation, if that is the right word, is this awesome live offering; Neon Knights, Live At Wacken. The crowd at Wacken is possibly the most appreciative Heavy Metal crowd in the world, and this may have spurred the band onto such a titanic performance. The opener 'The Mob Rules' is as energetic as any version they have ever recorded. I particularly enjoy the new songs from 'The Devil You Know.In partiular 'Bible Black' Tony Iommi's guitar sounds 'elemental', no other guitarist can generate as much power with just one guitar as Tony Iommi. Bible Black is a hard act to follow, but follow it they do by performing a 'brutal' rendition of 'Time Machine' from Dehumanizer. The album finishes of with the most 'monstrous' versions of Heaven And Hell and Neon Knghts I have ever heard. I will be buying the DVD as well. A must for any fan.
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