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Heaven and Hell @ WaMu Theater in Madison Square Garden (8/25/2009)

Heaven and Hell has been enjoying an incredible ride for the last couple of years and it is richly deserved based on its members overall importance to the Heavy Metal genre. The reunion show at Radio City Music Hall and its subsequent DVD showed that this grouping of players were legends and soon we would find the crushing power of their new work on “The Devil You Know”, the new CD of music. Now on a hot summers night Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice came a calling and the Metal faithful were all listening. Horns up!

Logo - Heaven and Hell

Artist: Heaven And Hell
Venue: WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
Opener: Coheed & Cambria
Date: 8/25/2009
Label: Rhino Records

One of the most highly anticipated Metal album releases of 2009 was Heaven And Hell’s “The Devil You Know” and how could it be anything less when one considers that this would be the first full album of music from the Black Sabbath lineup that featured Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice. As most of the Metal community knows, this particular configuration of Black Sabbath reunited after the great success that was found from the compilation release “Black Sabbath: The Dio Years”; this album not only gave us some of that phases greatest work but also presented three new tunes to the general public that showed incredible promise and would whet the appetite for the possibilities that the future could hold for the lineup once again. The compilation was followed by stunning concerts and video releases which would all lead us to the eventual new recording and this evening’s show – this has clearly been an exciting two and a half years for the band and it doesn’t show any signs of stopping. Tonight the group would be making a grand return to New York City after their rousing Radio City Music Hall concert and make an appearance at The Theater which is located just below Madison Square Garden. As their opener they would select Coheed & Cambria and while I think that they are a strong band live I could not argue with the tried and true Metal fans who felt that perhaps a little bit more of a Metal band should have been given the chance to open up on this tour. Let’s face it, there are a number of killer groups out there that more people need to see and Coheed is already doing headlining shows of their own for folks who truly appreciate their brand of Heavy Progressive-themed Rock. Here is how the night went down for those who might not have been able to secure tickets.
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