I guess it’s been a little over a month ago since I shared the news about the upcoming Ronnie James Dio Estate Auction and if you missed that posting just click HERE to be up to speed. Now a few days ago, I received a whole bunch of video links for the auction that feature Wendy Dio herself and I’ve embedded them all for your perusal down below the poster. Let’s get looking shall we…
If you are paying mind to music in general and not just all that super cool Metal stuff that we put in your face almost every day here at the Metal Command HQ, then you probably heard about the Tupac Shakur hologram that made an appearance at Coachella back in 2012. It was something else for sure but now it’s time for the Metal side of the fence to give it a shot and thanks to the talented people at Eyellusion, there is a Ronnie James Dio hologram and it performed at the Wacken Open Air festival. Check it out.
About The Clip: Eyellusion proudly presents the official video from our Ronnie James Dio hologram production at Wacken 2016. This performance features Dio Disciples breaking new ground as it debuts a new live concert experience to fans. Can’t wait for you to see what we’re working on next! Follow us @eyellusionlive and www.eyellusionlive.com, and hit subscribe to keep up to date on where we take live music next! Continue reading Official “Ronnie James Dio Hologram” Wacken Open Air “Performance”→
Thirty years ago today Dio sang “Hey the old ones speak of winter the young ones praise the sun and time just slips away Oh running into nowhere turning like a wheel and a year becomes a day Whenever we dream that’s when we fly so here is a dream for just you and I We’ll find the sacred heart somewhere bleeding in the night yeah. Look for the light and find the sacred heart”.
The album was called “Sacred Heart” and not only is this album celebrating its thirtieth anniversary but it is also the Heavy Metal legends third album and the final one that would feature the blistering guitar work of Vivian Campbell. The rest of the lineup was the same with Jimmy Bain on bass and Vinny Appice on drums along with Claude Schnell on keyboards. Dio was as majestic as ever with this one but it was at this point I was moving in a slightly different Metal direction and since this release was not much of a favorite when I compared to “The Last In Line”, I would devote most of my listening time to the tracks that stood out for me. Those were the opening “King Of Rock and Roll” along with the title track, “Rock and Roll Children” and “Hungry For Heaven” but the rest I felt was just alright to me. Remember I was comparing to something I felt was a lot stronger and didn’t have as many commercially viable tunes as this one did. This was a time where you would actually hear some Dio on a conventional Rock radio station during their “Metal” hour or similar programming. Listening to it again today on this anniversary I cannot help but hear a slightly similar riff in “HFH” that reminds me of something in a song by The Who. Did you have any favorites from this one? Continue reading Celebrating Dio’s “Sacred Heart” @ Thirty Years (1985-2015)→
I can hardly believe that its been thirty years since we first saw the album “Holy Diver” being released by the late great Ronnie James Dio and his at the time brand new band Dio. Of course I seem to find myself always saying this when an album that I recall buying when it was originally released reaches a milestone like this and in some sense it makes me shake my head. Before continuing let’s all give a round of applause for this mighty Metal milestone and the overall impact that it had on the Metal genre ever since. Continue reading Dio’s “Holy Diver” Is Thirty Years Old Today!!!→
Time flies doesn’t it? Perhaps I said that last year when the first anniversary came to pass. I think that I might have and while I was initially on the fence about posting a two year reflection about the passing of Ronnie James Dio, when the day started out I decided that I should. Let’s face it. Ronnie James Dio became one of the most important figures in Heavy Metal music ever. Without question or controversy, he was the man, and one of the most visible champions of the genre that we have ever had in our corner. His death crushed many and he is missed every single day by his worldwide legions of fans. Since he passed away a whole lot of stuff has popped up in terms of releases or bands touring in his memory. We’ve found unreleased classic shows and limited edition vinyl releases along with special edition versions of some of his work with Rainbow, Elf and of course Dio. A Tribute To Dio band called “Dio Disciples” tours with Ripper Owens at the helm and now a new band that features members of Dio’s first solo touring band are working on unleashing their own thing and I am sure that we have not seen nothing yet.
Since Ronnie’s death another interesting development was the proposed reunion of the original members of Black Sabbath but now that seems to be a questionable project since it no longer involves the founding Bill Ward. I know that Geezer and Tony didn’t want to continue on with Heaven And Hell without Ronnie at the helm, but I so wish they would have just opted to find someone who would do proper respect to the man and his memory and let these tunes be heard night after night in live concert instead of only being pulled out of the DVD cabinet every now and again. Still I am glad I own the catalog items that I have and I was so glad to have taken photos of him in concert a few times when the means allowed me to do so. Those are my memories. What are your own?
Clicking the photo above will take you to the original memorial blog posting that ran on PiercingMetal Musings the day that Ronnie passed away. I chose to present it to you in this manner as opposed to just making it a “sticky” on the top of the other posts. Please note that the comments have been closed on this particular posting but you can leave any thoughts you might have about Dio on the original memorial piece if you so desire. We welcome your own thoughts about his memory and his continuing influence upon the Heavy Metal scene. So many of us miss him still and wonder how the last two years in Metal might have been had he not been ill or at least been able to recover. Oh well. There is nothing we can do to change the outcome that we got, but let’s blast the Metal music a little bit louder today and never ever forget what Dio gave to us for so many decades of his life.
Note: Please know that the means to comment on this post have been turned off and we ask that any reflection thoughts or toasts about Ronnie James Dio that you wish to share be left on our first Memorial posting that can be found HERE. Thank you.