Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice will reunite for the first time in 15 years as HEAVEN AND HELL to cast a dark spell over spring as the quartet tours the U.S. Tickets will go on sale the weekend of March 9 for all 20 stops of the American leg (except Houston, on sale March 17), which is set to launch in Phoenix on April 22. There will also be a special fan presale for all dates beginning Wednesday, March 7 at 12 Noon EST. The tour will follow in the wake of the band’s highly anticipated Radio City Music Hall concert in New York City on March 30, which sold out in a matter of minutes.
Last year, the hard-rocking quartet convened to record three new songs for Rhino Records’ era-spanning collection, “Black Sabbath: The Dio Years”, due out April 3 on Rhino/Warner Bros. Records. One of the newly recorded tracks — “The Devil Cried” — is the first single. Bristling with the trademark SABBATH sound, the song is being well received by fans and critics alike.
The sessions for “Black Sabbath: The Dio Years” went so well that the band agreed to satisfy longstanding demands for a reunion tour. Set to launch in Canada on March 11, the HEAVEN AND HELL world tour will spotlight Dio’s tenure with SABBATH and will feature selections from all three of the group’s the studio albums, “Heaven And Hell” (1980), “Mob Rules” (1981) and “Dehumanizer” (1992), as well as the newly recorded tracks.
Multi-platinum recording artist MEGADETH will join the tour and preview never before heard material from the group’s new CD, “United Abominations”, due out May 8 on Roadrunner Records. All dates will also feature Roadrunner labelmates MACHINE HEAD who are supporting their latest album, “The Blackening”, set for release on March 27.
HEAVEN AND HELL, MEGADETH, MACHINE HEAD tour dates:
Apr. 22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre
Apr. 24 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
Apr. 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Forum
Apr. 26 – San Diego, CA @ Coors Amphitheatre
Apr. 28 – Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
Apr. 29 – Denver, CO @ Broomfield Events Center
May 01 – San Antonio, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
May 02 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Pavillion
May 03 – Dallas, TX @ Nokia Theater
May 05 – Chicago, IL @ All State Arena
May 06 – Minneapolis, MN @ Theatre @ Target Center
May 08 – Cincinnati, OH @ US Bank Arena
May 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Arena
May 11 – Cleveland, OH @ Tower City Amphitheatre
May 12 – Detroit, MI @ Cobo Hall
May 14 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
May 15 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
May 17 – Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Arena
May 18 – Baltimore, MD @ Merriweather Pavilion
May 19 – Holmdell, NJ @ PNC Arts Center
Very few discs today can install such a passion for music, as the one generated in me by Whitesnake’s self titled disc from 1987. This disc was released the year I graduated high school. The fondness and memories that accompany this disc are like none other that I own today.
This is a disc that turned David Coverdale into a superstar, and made Whitesnake a household name amongst rock fans. Sure Whitesnake had been around for years, but this disc was a career maker for this group, and the strength of the songs on this disc has certainly kept the fans clamoring for more. Over Eight Million Copies sold, and four big hits spawned from this disc, Still of the Night, Here I Go Again, Give Me All Your Love, and Is This Love! This band had it all at the time. Killer Songs, kick ass music videos and awesome tours to go along with it.
Sadly, there is always a back story with every disc. By the time this disc was released, all of the members in the band were gone besides David Coverdale. There are tons of rumors out there as to what happened. Nonetheless, the guitar player that reenergized this band was none other than John Sykes. His awesome guitar playing and song writing are all over this disc. Sadly, David and John were trading barbs at each other when this disc came out, and it is highly doubtful that they will ever work together again.
How much do I like this disc? Let me put it this way, I have Still of the Night as a ringtone on my cellphone. In my opinion, this disc is absolutely killer. There are no filler tracks, and is disc that I consider a must own. This disc has made me a huge Whitesnake fan, as well as a huge John Sykes fan (his material after Whitesnake is well worth seeking out, more on that later).
If you have not picked this disc up, you need to run to the music store and pick this up!
You will not be disappointed! Stroll down memory lane and check out the videos below from this disc, and then stop over and check out the reviews by the other March Metal Madness Knights, Heavy Metal Time Machine , Heavy Metal Addiction , and Pulses, Verses and other Flotsam
RATING: Out of 10
Still of the Night
Is this Love
Here I Go Again
Crying in the Rain
- Crying In the Rain
- Bad Boys
- Still of the Night
- Here I Go Again
- Give Me All Your Love
- Is This Love
- Children of the Night
- Staight For the Heart
- Don’t Turn Away