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Book Review: Steal Away the Night: An Ozzy Osbourne Day-by-Day by Martin Popoff

As an in-depth history of Ozzy Osbourne's post-Sabbath career, this book has just about everything a fan could ask for.
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Ozzy Osbourne is a heavy metal legend, and his rise to solo stardom after Black Sabbath is one of the most unlikely tales in rock history. As a solo artist for over 34 years now, Osbourne has become a household name, and has even been to the White House. In the new book Steal Away the Night: An Ozzy Osbourne Day-by-Day, author Martin Popoff chronicles Osbourne's amazing career, with an emphasis on his post-Sabbath success. The brief first chapter takes us up to 1979, when Osbourne was fired from the band. As Ozzy has indicated many times, those were some

CD Review: Dio - Live In London: Hammersmith Apollo 1993

This classic Dio show from 1993 sees its first-ever release in 2014.
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1993 was a pivotal year for Ronnie James Dio. Having crashed and burned with Black Sabbath for the second time, he decided to reform Dio. This new lineup featured Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice along with Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson and guitarist Tracy G. The band recorded Strange Highways, which marked a harder-edged stylistic shift musically. A concert at London's legendary Hammersmith Apollo was recorded and is being released for the first time as Dio - Live in London: Hammersmith Apollo 1993. Not wanting to simply rest on his laurels, Dio featured several tracks from Strange Highways in the set list,

Blu-ray Review: Dio - Live in London: Hammersmith Apollo 1993

21 years later, this Strange Highways-era Dio concert is finally seeing the light of day.
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In 1993, Ronnie James Dio's second stint with Black Sabbath was over and the veteran singer was, once again, finding himself as a solo artist. He decided to reform Dio, taking Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice with him in the process while recruiting former Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson and guitarist Tracy G to round out his new lineup. The band recorded Strange Highways, which marked a harder-edged stylistic shift musically. A concert at London's legendary Hammersmith Apollo was professionally filmed and is just now being released for the first time as Dio - Live in London: Hammersmith Apollo 1993. The show

Listfully Speaking - Albums That Got Away: Stevie Wonder, Black Sabbath, Marvin Gaye, The Band, Patti Smith

Here are 5 albums I'm ashamed to admit I haven't heard...
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So many great albums and not enough time: that's the theme of today's Listfully Speaking. The first edition of this series was my Blues 101 list and the first five albums I would hand someone looking to explore the rich beauty of the blues. They are so amazing it makes me sick that I let so many years of my life go by without hearing them. The universal catalog of song is voluminous and grows every year; the challenge of exposing myself to and absorbing it all is daunting and probably impossible but it's worth it to fight the good

CD Review: Dio - Finding The Sacred Heart: Live in Philly 1986

This legendary concert is remastered and complete for the first time.
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When the late Ronnie James Dio was on tour for his Sacred Heart album, he had a show on the second leg of the tour filmed for VHS release. The concert was significant as it was the first tour with new guitarist, Craig Goldy, who replaced original Dio guitarist, Vivian Campbell, after the first leg was completed. The original concert was incomplete, however. Now the full show is available for the first time, digitally remastered, as Dio - Finding The Sacred Heart: Live in Philly 1986. For the tour, Goldy joined a crack band that included Dio's ex-Black Sabbath band

Blu-ray Review: Dio - Finding The Sacred Heart: Live in Philly 1986

Legendary performance released in its entirety for the first time.
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The late Ronnie James Dio took his love for the mystical to a new level in 1986. While on tour for his then current album, Sacred Heart, he and his crack band played on a stage that resembled a giant castle, complete with an animatronic dragon. It was the perfect backdrop for Dio's powerful music. Fortunately for fans, a show in Philadelphia was filmed and released, first as a VHS and later as a DVD. Unfortunately, however, the show was edited in those releases. For the Blu-ray release, entitled Dio - Finding The Sacred Heart: Live in Philly 1986, the

Black Sabbath Announce New Hits Package 'Iron Man - The Best Of Black Sabbath' For June Release

Ozzy, Geezer, and Iommi are also hard at work on new material...
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Yet another Black Sabbath compilation is coming our way this year when Iron Man: The Best Of Black Sabbath is released June 5. The 14-track compilation covers the Ozzy Osbourne years and includes what I imagine is a pretty predictable group of songs despite the band's lack of actual "hits" in the radio sense. Sabbath fans know which songs are the classics and while they might disagree on some of the deeper album cuts, the foundation of the band's enduring legacy and popularity is built on songs like "Paranoid," "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath," and "War Pigs." All three of those songs
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