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Black and Blue Concert Movie Review

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Last night our local independent theater chain, The Alamo Drafthouse, played the 35mm version of  the legendary Black and Blue concert from
1980 which featured Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult live in Long Island, NY.  I hadn’t seen this movie in about 20 years and had forgotten a lot about it.  For some reason I thought that there were some interviews along with the concert footage, but I was sadly mistaken.

The movie starts out with some silly little movie by BOC called Here’s Johnny.  Completely goofy.   Then the live footage starts.

Let’s clear the air here.  I’m no true BOC fan.  They have a handful of  songs that are friggin’ brilliant, but most everything else of theirs is hokey cheeseball stuff.  I’ve tried time and time again to get into them and just can’t do it save those handful of songs that I really like.  Their stage show was completely goofy.  Sure, it was 1980, but c’mon.  For the song Divine Wind, they dedicated it to the Ayatollah Khomeini and were flipping him the bird.  Yes, I know that it was a big deal when all that was going on, I remember it well.  And I guess that the news reflects in music quite often.  Remember all the songs in the last 80s and early 90s about TV preachers and such?  But still.  Too goofy for me.  Maybe had I been at the show I would not have thought the same.  The only songs that BOC did in this set that I moderately liked were Cities On Flame and Godzilla (purely for nostalgic reasons).  BOC’s stage presence is pretty boring as well.  I met those guys about 7 years ago and they were a bunch of douches.  It was at a biker rally in Virginia Beach, VA and they were doing a little meet and greet before their set.  They treated every person there like shit.  We stayed for 2 songs and left.  Fuck ’em.  But that experience plays no hand in this review.

Now, on to better things.  Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio.  Ronnie always seems more animated when the cameras are running.  When I saw DIO in 2002, he was lively but not cartoonish.  When I was at Radio City Music Hall (NYC) in 2007 for the filming of the Heaven and Hell DVD, he was certainly more lively.  Gotta play it up, eh?  But in this movie, he’s over the top, more so than I have ever noticed in past live footage.  Ronnie is very good with his between song banter.  He throws the horns aplenty.  He even says in one spot, “A lot of people mistake this sign for being something evil when it really just means long live rock and roll.”  They play a lot of the Ozzy era stuff and I never thought Dio sounded good on it.  Just like Ozzy would sound terrible doing the Dio era stuff.  They some Dio era stuff and it sounds pretty good.  Tony and Geezer are killing it although Tony looks wasted.  Geezer is playing an awesome BC Rich Eagle bass, unfortunately they don’t show him as much as I would like.  It was interesting watching him use a pick in a few songs.  Overall they sounded great but would have been a little greater had Bill Ward been behind the drums.  When they did N.I.B., Dio made the comment that it doesn’t stand for Nativity In Black, it just stands for N.I.B.

The crowd in the theater was about half full, not too shabby for a 10:15PM showing on a Monday night.  Tickets were $2 each.  Our whole row seemed to know each other and that was fun.  My friend and singer for local doom band Mala Suerte sat next to me.  I cracked him up when I leaned over and said, “This is definitely a night for mustache rock!”

In the end, it was cool to see this on the big screen and to hang out with some good friends while doing…but I am tired today.

Here’s the setlist:


  1. Here’s Johnny
  2. The Marshall Plan
  3. Doctor Music
  4. Cities On Flame
  5. Divine Wind
  6. Godzilla
  7. Roadhouse Blues (The Doors)
  8. Born To Be Wild (Steppenwolf)

Black Sabbath

  1. Warpigs
  2. Neon Knights
  3. N.I.B.
  4. Iron Man
  5. Paranoid
  6. Heaven and Hell
  7. Die Young

This came out on VHS and Betamax in 1980 and a few years later on Laserdisc.  It was supposedly being released on DVD in 2002 and for unknown reasons got canned.  You can view the entire show on YouTube on this girl’s channel.

Holy Dio Tribute 2CD Set 1999

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When I still had my CD business going, this was one of the things I plucked from Century Media and sold quite a few of.  There were a ton of tribute albums coming out at the time and Century Media seemed to be releasing half of them.  Some good, some not so good.  This one was one of the better ones and has been out of print for quite some time now.  Enjoy!


Disc 1
1. BLIND GUARDIAN – Don’t Talk To Strangers
2. PRIMAL FEAR – Kill The King
3. DORO – Egypt (The Chains Are On)
4. JAG PANZER – Children Of The Sea
5. FATES WARNING – Sign Of The Southern Cross
6. CATCH THE RAINBOW – Rainbow Eyes
7. GAMMA RAY – Long Live Rock And Roll
8. SWANO / TAGTGREN – Country Girl

Disc 2
2. HAMMERFALL – Man Of The Silver Mountain
3. HOLY MOTHER – Holy Diver
4. PRIMAL FEAR – Kill The King
5. AXEL RUDI PELL – Still I’m Sad
6. ENOLA GAY – Heaven And Hell
7. STEEL PROPHET – Neon Knight
8. SOLITUDE AETURNUS – Shame On The Night
9. DESTINY’S END – Last In Line
10. ANGEL DUST – Temple Of The King

Minus a few tracks like Destiny’s End, Grave Digger and maybe a few others, this is really good.  I especially love Doro’s version of Egypt.

Download Disc 1.

Download Disc 2.

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June 15, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Thanks Señor Dio.

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Dio died yesterday.

Ronnie James Dio.

Dead.  It still pains me to even think about.

Sure it sounds cheesy that the death of someone I had never met has saddened me so much, but it is what it is.  Ronnie was legendary not only for his longevity in the business, the “devil horns salute,

an incredibly strong voice (even into his 60s) but also for being one of the nicest and classiest guys in the music business.  He’s one of the few big stars that I always wanted to meet and never got the chance to.  I’ve known several people through the years who did meet him and some who spent ample time with him on tour and they all said the exact same thing…’class act.’

Thanks to one of my older brothers, I got introduced to this voice in the late 1970s, probably ‘78 or ‘79 if I had to wager on it.  I’m pretty sure it was Rainbow Rising.  I just remember that I liked it a lot.  Subsequently I remember him bringing home Long Live Rock and Roll and the first Rainbow (my guess is that he stole them – funny but true).  I really liked that stuff but it was right around that time that Heaven and Hell came out and I was already a Black Sabbath fan thanks to my brother.  But this Sabbath was different.  A lot different.  Pleasingly so.  How could one not love this stuff?  And Mob Rules?  C’mon!  Dio was really making his mark in the music world and I fucking loved it.  I’m not never shy to say that I prefer the Dio era of Sabbath over Ozzy’s.  Don’t get me wrong, that Ozzy stuff, most of it, was great, but there is something about Dio’s voice that suits me better.  Even 15 years after Dehumanizer came out, I finally liked it.  Quality record for sure.

But this blog isn’t about the Dio discography.  After coming home from seeing some bands in the wee morning hours yesterday, I started seeing rumblings of “RIP RJD” posted on various social networking sites.  Then I saw that rumor get squelched.  Then yesterday afternoon around 2PM CST, I saw the official word from Dio’s page and the note from Wendy.  Crushed.  That’s how I felt yesterday; it’s how I still feel today.  I honestly feel like a friend of mine just died…in some ways a friend did.  Ronnie’s music, especially with Sabbath and the DIO (band) stuff was really important to me throughout my adolescent years.  I spent hours upon hours playing drums to these records in the 80s, especially Last In Line.  That is my favorite record of his over anything else he has ever done.

When I first saw the news about his death I just sat there for a few moments dumfounded.  Really?  He’s dead?  Dio?  Dio can’t die.  He’s Dio!  He’s going to live forever!  Then the pit in my stomach came.  I am not afraid to admit that I cried a little yesterday and am actually a little choked up writing this today.  Music can be a very emotional thing for me and Dio’s music certainly moved me for most of my life.

I’m glad I did get to see him live a few times, even if the first time was c. 1998.  In 2007 I went to Radio City Music Hall in NYC to attend the Heaven and Hell show, the same show that’s on the DVD.  That was quite a special experience because I also got to see Iommi and Butler on stage together with Ronnie.  I got a little verklempt when they hit the stage that night as well.

I remember my Dad saying to me years ago before he died (1997) that the older we get, those that we know and love in our lifetimes are going to die off.  So true.  Everyone dies sometime, eh?  Coincidentally, my Dad and Dio were only 2 weeks difference in age, Dio just lasted longer.

Not to drag this on any further, but thank you Mr. Dio for making my world a little bit of a better place because of the quality music you have been creating for as long as I can remember.  Much of the Dio catalog stays in steady rotation in my playlists, but I’ll surely be spinning a little more of it this week.  There’s no such thing as too much, Dio, right?  Whether you ended up in Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, a crematory or just a box in the ground, you touched the lives of many.  Thanks again.

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May 17, 2010 at 2:58 pm