HEAR N AID PROJECT REMEMBERED (Feature)

HEAR N AID PROJECT REMEMBERED (Feature)

  The Hear ‘n Aid Project Remembered – why heavy metal’s answer to USA For Africa matters For many, life in the U.S. during the mid-1980s kicked ass.  There was relative peace in the wake of the Vietnam experience.  Ronald Reagan was making us feel good about ourselves. Eddie Murphy was making us laugh our asses off.  New at that time, MTV was bringing us music through our TVs (I recorded the Heavy Metal Half…

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DIO-CEMBER VOL2 – Ep346

DIO-CEMBER VOL2 – Ep346

We close out the year in excellent fashion with DIO-CEMBER VOL2! We left off last week with Ronnie James Dio fronting Black Sabbath. Inasmuch as the chemistry was palatable, Ronnie needs and change and things pick up in 1983. The Holy Diver album is an absolute powerhouse because of its lineup. Guitarist Vivian Campbell, bassist Jimmy Bain, and drummer Vinny Appice were the perfect arsenal to back Ronnie up. Accordingly, the results are made clear…

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DIO-CEMBER Vol1 – Ep345

DIO-CEMBER Vol1 – Ep345

We celebrate the holidays this week by releasing volume 1 of a 2 part special on a legend; DIO-CEMBER Vol1 is here! In this special, we pay tribute to the late, great Ronnie James Dio. This week’s entry has us focusing on Ronnie’s first decade in the rock world 1972-1981. Ronald Padavona was born in New Hampshire in 1942. His family would soon move to New York where he would be raised around music. Beginning…

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Forgotten Gem: Dio – Master Of The Moon

Forgotten Gem: Dio – Master Of The Moon

“Don’t get emotional but we’re out of time The melody’s gone And fools have got the sunshine If I’m mistaken and I see you again Don’t leave me alone Maybe tomorrow Could be the end of the world“ – “The End Of The World“ I hadn’t planned on writing this retrospective until I heard a recent podcast ignoring this criminally overlooked album and praising the inferior Heaven and Hell record, which annoyed me greatly.  This…

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Last In Line “Heavy Crown” Album Review

Last In Line “Heavy Crown” Album Review

Holy Diver is one of many monumental albums released in heavy metal history. The Dio band has released some great albums since that 1983 debut album of Ronnie James Dio‘s then new solo project, but none have been as highly regarded. Two more albums followed with that same line-up (both regarded as Dio‘s next best albums by many fans) before the firing of guitarist Vivian Campbell. Down the line, bassist Jimmy Bain, drummer Vinny Appice…

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