This disc starts off with the essential Rainbow track, Man on the Silver Mountain. This track has been a staple in most of Dio’s live shows, and still gets airplay on rock radio stations today.
Man on the Silver Mountain
Self Portrait has an older Deep Purple feel to it. It is an ok track, but nothing ground breaking.
Something about Black Sheep Of The Family reminds me of a late 60’s era Janis Joplin tune. This isn’t the Ronnie James Dio that I am accustomed to hearing in 2007. Once again, it isn’t bad, but not earth shattering either.
Catch the Rainbow is a low tempo number that quite frankly, I find to be a snoozer.
Snake Charmer is a cross between the 60’s style of rock with a southern rock flair. This isn’t a sound that appeals to me.
Ok, after The Temple of the King, I can almost hear the bell bottoms swooshing. I am afraid that Danny Bonaduce is going to haunt my nightmares. I can’t get into this song either.
If You Don’t Like Rock ‘n’ Roll is actually a fun little boogie woogie piano based rock and roll track. This kind of reminds me of a Bob Seger track. It is pretty good.
Sixteenth Century Greensleeves is the only other track on this disc that has that hard rock approach that Dio has been known for. Blackmore’s guitar finally starts to show a little bit of prowess here.
Ritchie Blackmore woke up for the instrumental track, Still I’m Sad which closes this disc. He has some good Purplesque guitar licks here, but the over emphasis of the cowbell kills this track for me too.
Bottom-line, only 2 or 3 cuts off this disc are about all you need. It is an OK listen, especially if you want to hear where Ronnie James Dio came from. Man on the Silver Mountain is certainly essential, but the rest of the tracks on this disc vary quite far from the sound of this song.
This is a CD for the DIO and Blackmore diehards only.
Rating: Out of 10
- Man On The Silver Mountain
- Self Portrait
- Black Sheep Of The Family
- Catch The Rainbow
- Snake Charmer
- The Temple of The King
- If You Don’t Like Rock ‘n’ Roll
- Sixteenth Century Greensleeves
- Still I’m Sad
MEGA CONCERT Coming to Columbus, Ohio 5/19/2007.
This is a pretty awesome bill for this show. Check out this lineup:
Black Stone Cherry
Puddle Of Mudd
Three Days Grace
Presale went on sale yesterday. Tickets on sale Saturday March 10th. Show starts at 12 P.M. on Saturday May 19th.
Go to the official site,
Rock on the Range for more info.
Holy Diver Live is a DVD of a live concert performed at the tail end of Dio’s Master of the Moon tour in 2005. In this concert, Ronnie has an all star band (most of which might consider a supergroup), featuring Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot) on bass, Doug Aldrich (Lion, Whitesnake) on guitar, Simon Wright (AC/DC) on drums and long time Dio keyboardist, Scott Warren.
In this concert, this band performed the entire Holy Diver disc, as well as other hits from Ronnie James Dio, and a couple of Black Sabbath tunes for good measure. The band is in fine form, and Ronnie James Dio sounds great as always.
This concert is full of awesome guitar solos, kick ass drumming, great vocals and more mano cornuta’s than you will be able to count. You also get some bonus interviews by the whole band, which was cool all by itself.
This is a 2 hour concert for the minimal price of a new CD. This dvd is well worth picking up, especially if you like to watch live rock shows from time to time. If you like the performance in the video below, by all means, pick this up!
Heaven and Hell
Rating: Out of 10
Concert Set List:
- Tarot Woman
- The Sign of the Southern Cross
- One Night In the City
- Stand Up and Shout
- Holy Diver
- Caught In the Middle
- Don’t Talk to Strangers
- Straight Through the Heart
- Rainbow in the Dark
- Shame on the Night
- Gates of Babylon
- Heaven and Hell
- Man on the Silver Mountain
- Long Live Rock and Roll
- We Rock
I was fortunate enough to get an invite to a preview of the movie 300 Wednesday night. I wanted to put my thoughts down regarding this movie, while it was still fresh in my mind. 300 is the story based on the Graphic Novel of comic book writer Frank Miller. First and Foremost, you have to understand the caliber of writer that Frank Miller is.
Frank is the type of writer that comic book publishers dream about having write one of their books, just insert a title here. He got his start as a comic artist, and moved into the writing role on the comic Daredevil (yes, the same character that spawned a movie a few years ago).
His claim to fame was a series that he wrote for DC Comics: Batman, the Dark Knight Returns. The futuristic and dark but very real character portrayal changed the comic industry forever, and has influenced many writers after him. Knowing the caliber of writer that he is, can only prepare you for the story of 300.
300 is the story of Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BC, where 300 Spartan soldiers stood to defend Sparta against impossible odds, and massive Persian army, led by their King Xerxes. It is a great story about honor, courage and fighting for what you believe in. The story and filmography in 300 is so immersive, that you will totally forget about the unfamilar cast playing here.
The battle scenes are some of the most horrific you will ever see, and may not be for those with a weak stomach. The special effects are quite well done. As a whole, it is an enjoyable story, and one that is captured well on the silver screen.
Those of you that enjoyed movies like Russell Crowe’s Gladiator, will enjoy 300 quite a bit. I will be quite surprised if 300 isn’t one of the top movies of 2007. It is a must see on the big screen, and will be a must own on DVD when it is released.
Rating: Out of 10