That was the day (well night really) of the the Heaven and Hell concert (read that as Black Sabbath show). The show was simply fantastic. Although it’s been 25 (or so ) years since this version of Black Sabbath first got together, after the firing/quitting of Ozzy Osbourne, they still knew how to blow the roof off a place.
Ronnie James Dio, vocalist extraordinaire, still has an amazing set of pipes, despite being in his mid 60s. Sure, he doesn’t quite have the range that he used to, but he managed to change up his singing so as to not end up cracking or dropping any of the lyrics. Tony Iommy, well he seems to be getting better with age ( as good guitarist seem to do). His riffs were tasty as they always are and the solos cut through tio my soul. Geezer Butler was as solid as he always is. That man could knock down the walls of Jericho with that bass of his. Vinnie Appice, the veteran drummer still has what it takes. Rock solid beats and a fantasic solo… These guys show that getting old doesn’t have to mean getting boring.
The set was energetic and classic. Opening with the erie instrumental, E5150, and sliding into After All (the Dead), the band led the audience through a classic Metal adventure that few will forget (until the onset of Alzheimer’s, that is – hey, there were a lot of older guys there 😉 ) . It was a long set of about twenty songs, including the three new songs that they recorded for the anthology, The Dio Years. It’s hard to pick highlights from a show that rocked through and through, but if forced, I would have to say that Sign of the Southern Cross, Children of the Sea, Voodoo, Heaven and Hell (of course!), and Neon Nights stood out as especially great moments… but if you asked me ten minutes from now that list might change – it was that good.
Opening band Megadeth has been doing this thing since the 80’s, and although I have never been a fan of them, they did perform a professional, tight show that was nearly flawless.
Man… I loved this show!