Fans lucky enough to score tickets to HEAVEN AND HELL's Radio City Music Hall performance on March 30 — the concert sold out in a matter of minutes — were fortunate witnesses to the glorious return of Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice. Onstage in the U.S. for the first time in 15 years, the group let loose an onslaught of iconic metal spotlighting Dio's memorable tenure with BLACK SABBATH.
Rhino relives every bone-crushing riff and thunderous howl from the evening with a trio of releases available August 28. HEAVEN AND HELL "Live From Radio City Music Hall" will be available at regular retail outlets both as a two-disc CD set and as a DVD for a suggested list price of $19.98 and $19.99 respectively.
Available exclusively from www.rhino.com, the concert will also be released as a deluxe three-disc set (2CD/DVD) for a suggested list price of $49.98. The special set features tour memorabilia including a tour program, backstage laminate, glossy photos of the band and other tour items.
"Live From Radio City Music Hall" captures the band bashing its way through some of the Dio era's best including "Mob Rules", "Die Young", "Neon Knights", "Children Of The Sea" and an epic 15-minute-plus version of "Heaven And Hell". The quartet also performed a pair of new songs — the hit single "The Devil Cried" and "Shadow Of The Wind". Both songs debuted earlier this year on "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years" (Rhino/Warner Bros. Records), the first comprehensive introduction to the Dio era's legacy. The DVD will include the entire show shot in breathtaking HD as well as a tour documentary and other bonus footage.
Following this spring's successful U.S. tour, HEAVEN AND HELL is scheduled to spend the summer playing concerts and festivals around the world. In early September, the group will return to the U.S. for another round of shows. Look for dates and a full lineup to be announced soon.
Together for a short but memorable time — a trio of studio albums, a classic live album and a couple of tours — the second coming of BLACK SABBATH began in 1979 when founding members Iommi and Butler were joined by Dio. The former singer of ELF (and later RAINBOW and DIO) added his fiery, demonic howl to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group's unmistakable sound.
The Dio-led lineup disbanded in 1983 and reunited in 1992 to record "Dehumanizer" and tour before again going on hiatus.
"Live From Radio City Music Hall" CD and DVD track listing:
01. E5150/After All (The Dead)
02. The Mob Rules
03. Children Of The Sea
04. Lady Evil
06. The Sign Of The Southern Cross
08. The Devil Cried
09. Computer God
10. Falling Off The Edge Of The World
11. Shadow Of The Wind
12. Die Young
13. Heaven And Hell
14. Lonely Is The Word
15. Neon Knights
Check out pictures from the concert at Wire Image.
Several full-length video clips of HEAVEN AND HELL performing on March 13 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada have been posted online at YouTube.com. Check them out at this location.