I attended the Machinehead, Megadeth and Heaven and Hell show on Tuesday night at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
I got to the venue at about 7:30, and Machinehead was already off the stage, so I was a little bummed about that, but that was the ONLY disappointment on this night.
Mustaine and company came out and set the stage on fire. Former Eidolon, and King Diamond guitarist. Glen Drover was trading the lead and rhythm guitar rolls with Dave Mustaine. Both Dave and Glen were awesome. Mustaine didn’t waste a whole lot of time talking since they only had a short set, and they fired off as many of their hit songs as they could in a 45 minute set. I didn’t keep track of the whole set list, but they did play, Peace Sells, Symphony of Destruction, Holy Wars, and Washington is Next off the upcoming album United Abominations. Drummer Shawn Drover pounded his drums with unrelenting mercy, and Mustaine played the hell out of his multiple flying V’s in this show. As a whole Megadeth was a fantastic opener, but even they did not prepare me for the ear ringing that I am experiencing today.
Black Sabbath, or if you prefer, Heaven and Hell, hit the stage around 9 p.m. , and quite frankly, blew me away!
Ronnie James Dio was in fine vocal form and truly sang his ass off. I have seen Dio in his solo band a few times over the years, but I noticed something last night that I have never truly seen before. Dio was extremely charismatic, and seemed to be enjoying what he was doing more so than I have ever noticed before. It blows my mind that Dio, who is estimated to be 65 years old, can still sing at this incredible level, and perform and move around on stage like a lot of the 20 something singers today. Dio was amazing Tuesday night, and his performance alone was worth the price of admission. Dio had the whole arena singing along to Heaven and Hell and was completely jazzed by the crowd’s participation all night.
I guess I should mention that this was my first Black Sabbath show, so I have never had the pleasure of seeing Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler or Vinnie Appice live.
I can only say that I regret not catching them before now, but will catch them anytime they come near my home.
I have to give credit where credit is due, and Tony Iommi was so good, words can not due this man’s playing justice. His guitar licks were simply outstanding all night, and I really got a kick out of watching him play. Geezer Butler’s bass rumbled the hell out of the concrete floor beneath my feet. Vinnie Appice, had one of the coolest drum kit’s, I think I have ever seen. His drum solo, and playing in general was fantastic.
Heaven and Hell played for 2 hours and played most of the big tracks from the CD’s Heaven and Hell, Mob Rules, Dehumanizer, and a couple of new tracks off of the Black Sabbath: The Dio Years CD.
The stage set for Black Sabbath was sort of a medieval looking castle back drop, but the lighting and other surprises were very cool.
In closing, The Heaven and Hell tour has amazing sights and sounds to behold. This was one of the top metal concerts I have ever seen (and I have been to many). If you go to one concert this year, you really need to check this one out. You will not be disappointed!
JOURNEY will premiere a new song this weekend, when the band plays a show commemorating the 400th anniversary of the first British settlement in the US.
The track is called ‘Winds Of Freedom’, and a rough demo version was just laid down last week.
Lead singer Jeff Scott Soto wrote on the Journey message board, “It sounds killer if I might say so, a testament of what’s to come. It starts off kinda like ‘When You Love A Woman’, but it’s not a traditional Journey ballad, especially lyrically.”
The song will have its world premiere on Saturday (May 12th), when Journey performs at the America’s Cup Of Polo match between the US and English teams at Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia. The event is being held to mark the 400th anniversary of British settlement in America, on May 14th, 1607, in Jamestown in what is now Virginia.
Journey will open the event with a version of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’, then return after the polo match to play a full set, which will include ‘Winds Of Freedom’. Proceeds will go to the non-profit Journey For The Cure, which supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the MS Society for research into multiple sclerosis.
This will be Journey’s last show for the foreseeable future. Plans are underway to record a new album, with a release possible early next year.
KISSOnline.com is reporting that the Rock The Nation Live! DVD, released in December 2005, has been officially certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Guitarist Tommy Thayer gave KISSOnline a sneak peak of the award plaque that each of the band members were presented two weeks ago. His plaque reads: “Presented to Tommy Thayer, To commemorate RIAA certified multi-platinum sales of more than 200,000 copies of the Image Entertainment DVD, KISS Rock The Nation Live!”
OZZY OSBOURNE upcoming appearances
OZZY OSBOURNE has reportedly been tapped to perform on next week’s “SmackDown” World Wrestling Entertainment program. The show airs Friday nights at 8:00 p.m. EST on the CW network.
According to 1iota.com, Ozzy will be the musical guest on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on two consecutive days — Monday, May 21 and Tuesday, May 22.
As previously reported, OZZY OSBOURNE will be the featured guest on the US nationally syndicated radio show Rockline with host Bob Coburn on Monday, May 28. It will be rebroadcast on Wednesday, May 30. Both airings begin at 8:30 p.m. PDT / 11:30 p.m. EDT. This is a special one-time-only pre-taping. To speak with Ozzy, call 1 800 344 ROCK (7625) on Friday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m. PDT / 9:00 p.m. EDT.
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Ozzy Osbourne’s new album, Black Rain, will be released on May 22nd. The Japanese edition of OZZY OSBOURNE’s new album, Black Rain, will include two exclusive bonus tracks, entitled ‘I Can’t Save You’ and ‘Nightmare’.
As previously reported, the iTunes Store pre-order edition of Black Rain features the following tracklisting: ‘Not Going Away’, ‘I Don’t Wanna Stop’, ‘Black Rain’, ‘Lay Your World On Me’, ‘The Almighty Dollar’, ’11 Silver’, ‘Civilize The Universe’, ‘Here For You’, ‘Countdown’s Begun’, ‘Trap Door’, ‘Nightmare’, ‘Love To Hate’ (included on iTunes pre-order edition).
CLAY MILLICAN TO RUN RATT TRIBUTE DRAGSTER
Stephen Pearcy and the rock band RATT enjoyed their 1980s drag racing exposure so much that they are back for more – literally. Two decades later, their name will be emblazoned on the Clay Millican-driven, Evan Knoll dragster for the balance of the 2007 NHRA POWERade tour promoting their upcoming June tour with another popular Eighties icon band Poison.
The RATT – Back for More dragster will make its debut in two weeks at Bristol Dragway’s O’Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, May 18 – 20.
Knoll, an admitted heavy metal and rock and roll aficionado, has been chomping at the bit to get the tour underway.
“I can remember rocking in the Eighties to RATT,” Knoll said. “When I cranked up my stereo, everyone in the neighborhood knew I was listening to RATT. Come to think of it … nothing has changed. I still like it loud. The neighbors still complain about the noise.
“Top Fuel and RATT makes the perfect combination.”
Plans include various appearances at NHRA POWERade events for Pearcy including Bristol. RATT’s last foray into drag racing was during the 1986 season on the side of Dale Pulde’s legendary Buick Somerset Regal Funny Car.
“NHRA Drag racing is like RATT–n-ROLL … colorful, fast, dangerous and exciting,” Pearcy said “To be partnered with such an ‘A’ level program with Evan Knoll, Latrell Preston, Clay Millican and Dan Pikarsky just blows our mind. The band is more than ready to ‘Lay It Down’ with Clay that ‘River-RATT’ from Memphis. We’re all extremely excited to support SKULL GEAR, KNOLL Gas Motorsports and TORCO. The boys and I can’t wait for that first RATT Race at Thunder Valley!”
Millican, like Knoll, considers himself a rock and roll junkie.
“This is going to be fun,” Millican said. “This is an honor to represent a band that I grew up listening to in high school. This is going to be fun. Can this job get any better? You get to drive 300 miles per hour and hang out with really cool people.”
RATT just like many of the veteran drag racers are returning for another North American tour to promote a forthcoming “Best of” CD and DVD through Rhino records. A full itinerary is still being finalized, but Poison and RATT will join forces for a summer trek that is scheduled to begin June 13 at the Bi Lo Center in Greenville, S.C., and wind around the country through September 1st.
The tour, which brings the two bands onstage together for the first time since 1999, will visit major U.S. cities such as Boston, Detroit, New York, Oklahoma City and Los Angeles.
A picture of the design of the dragster is below!