Artist: Heaven & Hell
Title: “Live At Radio City Music Hall”
Label: Rhino Entertainment
Release Date: 8/28/2007
Genre: Heavy Metal
The reunion of Black Sabbath’s lineup from the time that Ronnie James Dio held the microphone would be an event that was nothing less than a Metal Media Blockbuster. Tony Iommi’s original plan was to simply release a compilation of the era’s best material which would go under the title “Black Sabbath: The Dio Years” but this idea would expand and set the gears in motion as once again Ronnie James Dio found himself working with the legends. The three would begin writing new material that worked along the lines of that which was done in their past and then a tour became the topic of discussion. The puzzle was completed by making sure drummer Vinny Appice was available and then the music on this release would be supported in the live sense. The issue of the compilation CD was a great idea in the first place for many people describe these songs as some of the best music that Black Sabbath had ever recorded. There are even those who state that this was their own introduction to the band since they were too young to be a part of the Ozzy Osbourne years when they were in full force. Consisting of numbers from “Heaven And Hell”, “Mob Rules” and “Dehumanizer” the CD itself was met with an incredible reception by the Metal Legions and resultant of the tour announcement the coming shows would be rallied for like no other show in recent memory. This brings us to the recording we are reviewing here from New York City’s own Radio City Music Hall as the group who now called themselves Heaven & Hell would find that this particular appearance sold out in about fifteen minutes. It was quickly decided that the RCMH show would be recorded and released as a live performance CD and companion DVD. Do I even need to say anymore? Probably not, but let me continue along for good measure.
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