The depth of loss felt within the Rock and Metal communities by the passing of Ronnie James Dio on the 16th May 2010 was immense, and is testament to the high esteem with which the man and his legacy is held. As a fitting reminder of this legacy, Universal Music is proud to present The Ronnie James Dio Story: Mightier Than The Sword, a 2CD collection celebrating over three decades of music from one of the greatest vocalists in the entire history of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.
As lead vocalist to such Rock giants as Rainbow and Black Sabbath, as well as fronting his own eponymous band for nearly three decades, Dio created some of the genres most defining and respected works. Albums such as Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Rainbow Rising and Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll for Ritchie’s post Deep Purple band Rainbow; then Heaven And Hell, Mob Rules, Dehumanizer and Live Evil for the mighty Black Sabbath and with his own band Dio, albums such as Holy Diver, The Last In Line and Sacred Heart, all stand as towering monuments of sheer class and brilliance in the Rock pantheon. As a live performer, Dio knew few equals. With his lions roar and incredible vocal range, the front-man presided over countless memorable rock shows, delighting millions of fans all over the world.
With two Discs full of Dio from early to late, we hear it where it all began with Elf, and Carolina County Ball from their 1972 eponymous debut album. Leading on to Dio’s time spent with Rainbow bassist and producer Roger Glover and his solo album The Butterfly Ball And The Grasshoppers Feast from which the song ‘Love Is All’ is taken from.
The next eight tracks are then naturally centered around Dio’s time with Rainbow include tracks ‘Stargazer’, ‘Kill The King’ and ‘Gates Of Babylon’ which rank among some of the greatest rock tracks ever recorded and although Blackmore’s band was steered somewhat haphazardly at times, Ronnie James Dio’s consistently supreme vocal contribution over their three studio albums and one live release, ensured a level of artistic excellence was maintained and still stands as a hallmark to some of the very best music in the rock field.
Also included are tracks from Dio’s time spent as lead vocalist with Black Sabbath. Dio had given Sabbath a new lease of life and the two titanic studio albums they recorded during the early 80s, Heaven And Hell (1980) and Mob Rules (1981), hold some of Metal’s greatest tracks. The version of ‘Mob Rules’ featured here is actually the demo track which was used in the soundtrack to the film celebrating the comic books, Heavy Metal.
Representing Dio’s time spent at the helm of his own band are the colossal title track and ‘Rainbow In The Dark’ from the debut album, Holy Diver (1983). Also, featured are ‘We Rock’ from the follow-up, The Last In Line album (1984); ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Children’ from Sacred Heart (1985) and ‘All The Fools Sailed Away’ from Dream Evil (1987). The track ‘Push’ represents Dio’s Killing The Dragon album released in 2002 and the final track from Dio (the band) is the opening track from the very last album, Master Of The Moon, released in 2004. A further two tracks under the Black Sabbath brand also appear ‘ ‘I’ from the first reunion album, Dehumanizer in 1992 and also ‘Shadow Of The Wind’ which was a brand new track recorded exclusively for the compilation, Black Sabbath: The Dio Years and first released in 2007.
Rounding off The Ronnie James Dio Story: Mightier Than The Sword are two tracks recorded during the second reunion Dio undertook with his old Sabbath cohorts, though this time reunited under the banner of that first album, Heaven And Hell. ‘Neon Knights’ is the live version which appeared on the album, Live At Radio City Music Hall (2007) and ‘Bible Black’ from The Devil You Know, which was the final studio album Dio recorded with Heaven And Hell in 2008.
Full tracklisting overleaf.
1. Carolina County Ball ELF
2. Love Is All THE BUTTERFLY
3. Temple Of The King RAINBOW
4. Catch The Rainbow RAINBOW
5. Stargazer RAINBOW
6. Run With The Wolf RAINBOW
7. Kill The King (Live) RAINBOW
8. Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll RAINBOW
9. Lady Of The Lake RAINBOW
10. Gates Of Babylon RAINBOW
11. Die Young BLACK SABBATH
12. Heaven And Hell BLACK SABBATH
13. Children Of The Sea BLACK SABBATH
1. Mob Rules BLACK SABBATH
2. Voodoo BLACK SABBATH
3. Country Girl BLACK SABBATH
4. Holy Diver DIO
5. Rainbow In The Dark DIO
6. We Rock DIO
7. Rock ‘n’ Roll Children DIO
8. All The Fools Sailed Away DIO
9. I BLACK SABBATH
10. Push DIO
11. One More For The Road DIO
12. Shadow Of The Wind BLACK SABBATH
13. Neon Knights (Live) HEAVEN AND HELL
14. Bible Black HEAVEN AND HELL
The Ronnie James Dio Story ‘ ‘Mightier Than The Sword’ will be released on the 8th August 2011
Explore 1960s Culture at LA Museums. Rock ‘n’ roll, civil rights and self-expression: From the fringes of society, radical new trends emerged that changed American culture and created icons in the 1960s. Now, 50 years later, several museums throughout Los Angeles are exploring the counterculture decade through exhibits showcasing the music, literature and art that shaped the revolutionary era.
“John Lennon, Songwriter” at the GRAMMY Museum
Through March 31, 2011
All Across the Universe…and now in especially in Los Angeles, John Lennon’s legacy lives — and for a limited time you can get in inside glimpse at his life, career and lasting impact. On what would have been his 70th birthday, the commemorative exhibit “John Lennon, Songwriter” opened at the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE. In the exhibit you’ll explore the origins of Lennon’s passion for music and songwriting, including his influences such as Eddie Cochran, Bob Dylan, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley and others. You can also trace his evolution from his first band, The Quarrymen, through the Beatles era and then throughout his solo career. Personal memorabilia such as Lennon’s iconic round glasses, several guitars, drawings, hand-written lyrics and much more are on display as well as rare footage, photo and interviews. Don’t miss the interactive feature “In The Studio” with John Lennon. The GRAMMY Museum, in association with Hard Rock International produced this special exhibit, with pieces on loan from Yoko Ono. As a seven-time GRAMMY winner, it is the perfect venue to showcase Lennon’s prolific music career.
“Eva Hesse Spectres 1960″ at The Hammer
Through Jan. 2, 2011
Eva Hesse was one of the first women to achieve great success in the world of modern fine arts because of her cutting-edge work in painting and multimedia during the 1960s. Since her untimely death in 1970, she has been heralded as a visionary for her abstract self-portraits that depicted dream-like figures and emotional states. This specially curated exhibit at the Hammer Museum is the first time that these particular works from early in her tragically short career have been featured together. The exhibit was organized by E. Luanne McKinnon, Director of the University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, and it is intended to delineate Hesse’s growth as an artist and her contribution to the greater art scene of the time.
Charles Bukowski: Poet on the Edge at The Huntington
Through Feb. 14, 2011
In a decade that was all about toppling the establishment, Charles Bukowski shouted the stories of the lowest tiers of society in his poems and novels. The author struggled through poverty and alcoholism right on the streets of Los Angeles, and he garnered material from his experiences. Writing in a raw, realistic voice he gained a cult following, though he never gained widespread notoriety during his lifetime. On display at The Huntington, you’ll find early edition prints of his works in literary magazines such as Wormwood Review, The Outsider and The Limberlost Review; rare novels; original drawings; and his manual typewriter.
”Throw your words at me, I’ll have my way with them,” mocks young and sharp-tongued singer, guitarist and songwriter, Alexx Calise. Delivering a sound that is both fresh and uniquely her own, Calise combines hard rock, electronica, and urban-edged pop with crunchy guitars, angsty lyrics, and an instantly identifiable vocal that is hauntingly beautiful and completely raw all at once. Calise grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she spent her childhood mostly alone or in the pages of a notebook, finding comfort only in her parents’ vast record collection, which included everything from Mozart to Led Zeppelin. At 11, she picked up the guitar to emulate her father, also a talented musician, and began fusing the melodies she heard in her head with her own poetry and recitations. Now living in Los Angeles, California and continuing along the same path, Calise is endorsed by over 13 music gear/clothing manufacturers, she has appeared in several national TV commercials, shows and special programs (including the Discovery Channel documentary, “The Science of Sex Appeal”), and she has been featured in Blender magazine, Guitar World, and the how-to/method book, “How to Succeed as a Female Musician” alongside such notable musicians as Lisa Loeb and The Donnas. Her music is in heavy rotation on MTV/VH1 Networks, and on thousands of radio stations internationally. Most recently, Alexx’s song, “Morning Pill” was used in a One Tree Hill promo, she appeared as the lead guitarist for a Disney Imagineering DVD about soundwaves, and she was featured on Boston’s #1 Hit Station, Kiss 108 FM as a “hot up-and-coming indie artist.” Calise has just released her 2nd album, In Avanti, a high energy “rocktronica” collaboration with Grammy-nominated producer, Luigie Gonzalez. Immediately following will be her debut album with other music project, Sound of Cancer (with accomplished drummer/songwriter, Dennis Morehouse). To visit her website click here
The Heavy Metal Roadshow is a roadie-led international scene report on the state of Heavy Metal as it approaches its 40th Birthday. It consists of an inside look at the people who make up the fabric of heavy metal in the UK, the US and Sweden from both a historical and current perspective. All four episodes are now Continue reading →
Bon Jovi will play the kickoff concert next spring at the new $1.6 billion stadium that will serve as the home for the Giants and Jets. An official familiar with the plans for the new stadium spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to make the announcement. The official announcement is expected Thursday. Bon Jovi opened the Prudential Center in Newark last year with 10 concerts. The band’s new album, The Circle, will be released next month. The group has sold more than 120 million albums and performed more than 2,600 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 34 million Continue reading →
NICKELBACK announce 2 shows in January 2010 at Liverpool Arena on 17th and London’s Wembley Arena on 19th. After their hugely successful tour earlier this year in support of the release of their 6th studio album Dark Horse, Canada’s finest will be bringing their awesomely pyro-tastic show back to the UK early in 2010. Released in the latter part of 2008, Dark Horse is an 11-track survey of everything the group has done so well to this point — fist-pumping anthems, grinding rockers, soaring power ballads, grinning sexual innuendo, heart-wringing romanticism, choruses that stick in your ears after the first listen and Continue reading →
SLIPKNOT have put an end to speculation surrounding their drummer’s health. The rockers said they had to scrap some of their shows because of personal reasons but insisted drummer Joey Jordison is not “dead or dying”. The band pulled out of a music festival appearance in Washington on 22 August after the star was allegedly hospitalised with a “severe medical emergency.” The group then cancelled all their upcoming shows in August and September which sparked fresh fears for Jordison’s health. Bassist Paul Gray issued a Continue reading →
South East 80-style rockers Primitai release their new single “The Craft” on September 14th through Green China Records. It’ll be available from iTunes and all major download sites. Primitai return with their new single ‘The Craft,’ a high energy fuelled rock / metal offering from the South East based group. Nick (lead guitar & backing vocals) and Jamie (bass) are based in Sandhurst, Guy (vocals) is located in London, Chris (drums) resides in Southampton and Srdjan (guitar) originally from Bosnia, lives in Reading. Since forming in 2003 whilst at college in Sandhurst, they have built up a dedicated fan base from constantly gigging across the UK. Their experience from playing live combined with their improvisation and the ability to put on a phenomenal live show is what helped them reach the finals of ‘Surface Unsigned.’
Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson’s on-again, off-again relationship appears to be on again. The hot-and-cold couple was all smiles this morning as they were spotted enjoying each other’s company at the Hard Rock Hotel. The former husband and wife hit the town after Lee and the rest of Mötley Crüe performed at The Joint. Instead of laying low or attempting to avoid the spotlight, however, the attention-loving couple made their presence known at Body English. Surprised fans cheered as the couple literally took center stage amidst an onslaught of flashing cameras. Lee, 46, and Anderson, 42, have a long history of giving their relationship another go. “We’ve only given it a try 800 times – 801, here we go,” Continue reading →
MAROON – PREMIERE NEW VIDEO FOR “STAY BRUTAL” @ MYSPACE; NEW ALBUM “ORDER” OUT SOON! Driven by its steadfast dedication to honest, vigorous and timeless metal sounds, German modern metal act MAROON is about to return with its heaviest, most diverse and visionary opus to date – “Order”! As previously reported the band has recently filmed a brand-new video for the song “Stay Brutal” which will be launched at MySpace on Sunday, April 19th! Make sure to mark this date in your calendar and head over to:
http://www.myspace.com/maroonhate to check out the clip! “Order” will be released on April 20th, 2009 in Europe.
02.05.2009 PacRock festival, Pount-a-Celles, Belgium
After an exclusive and extremely successful premiere at MySpace, Germany’s most successful modern metal outfit HEAVEN SHALL BURN present their brand-new video clip on the band’s Edge Of Sanity-cover “Black Tears” in HD quality at YouTube! While “Black Tears” was originally released on the band’s latest strike “Iconoclast (Part One: The Final Resistance)” the stunning new video clip for the track marks the first appetizer for the band’s upcoming first ever DVD “Bildersturm – Iconoclast II (The Visual Resistance)”. Now enjoy “Black Tears”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChfrVMSMVEY
Besides incredible live material the DVD will also include a comprehensive documentary about HSB and loads of additional content, details will be announced soon. Bildersturm – Iconoclast II (The Visual Resistance)” will be available in 3 different formats, one of them being a limited and very special edition 3-Disc Box-Set and surfaces via Century Media Records on May 25th, 2009 (Europe/UK). See HEAVEN SHALL BURN live:
12.06.2009 Bergum (NL) – Waldrock Festival
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Already for 53 years, the Eurovision Song Contest is Europe’s favorite TV show. After more than five decades featuring some 1,100 songs, the contest has become a modern classic, strongly embedded into Europe’s collective mind. Read on to find out how it all started over half a century ago…
After 53 years, the database with Eurovision Song Contest facts and figures, stories and anecdotes is huge! A true, die-hard fan knows how many points Luxembourg got in 1980 (56), who came last in 1972 (Malta, with 48 points) and how many times the Netherlands got 12 points in 1996 (once, from Austria). Because no one can expect you to become a living Eurovision Song Contest encyclopedia, Eurovision.tv takes you through the contest’s history in fast forward. It’s all you need to know before you dive into the rich history of the Eurovision Song Contest…
How it all begun
Did you know that not only stars like ABBA, Celine Dion, Cliff Richard and Julio Iglesias took part, but also dance act Riverdance thanks its fame to the Eurovision Song Contest? The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) was formed on 12th February 1950 by 23 broadcasting organisations from Europe and the Mediterranean at a conference in Devon, United Kingdom. It was on the 6th of June, 1954, that Montreux became the venue for the first transmission by the EBU’s Eurovision Network of the Narcissus Festival and its flower-bedecked procession floats. The first Eurovision viewers eagerly watched on four million television sets in homes, bars, and shop windows in Germany, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
In 1955, the EBU came up with the idea of an international song contest whereby countries, represeted by their respective public broadcasters, would participate in one television show, to be transmitted simultaneously in all represented nations. This was conceived during a meeting in Monaco in 1955 by Marcel Bezençon, a Frenchman working for the EBU. The competition was based upon the Italian Festival di Sanremo, held for the first time in 1951, and was also seen as a technological experiment in live television: In those days, it was a very ambitious project to join many countries together in a wide-area international network. Satellite television did not exist yet at that time, and the Eurovision Network comprised a terrestrial microwave network. Le Grand-Prix Eurovision de la Chanson Européenne was born!
Without interruption, the Eurovision Song Contest has been broadcast every year since 1956, which makes it one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. In 2003, the first ever Junior Eurovision Song Contest took place, while the Eurovision Song Contest celebrated her 50th anniversity 2005. Viewers picked ABBA’s Waterloo as best ever Eurovision Song Contest song. In 2007, Europe could see the first ever Eurovision Dance Contest.
The 2008 running saw a record of 43 represented countries, as Azerbaijan and San Marino joined the family. The competition has been broadcast throughout Europe, but also in Australia, Canada, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Jordan, Korea, New Zealand and the United States, even though these countries do not participate. In 2009, an Asian version of the Eurovision Song Contest is expected to be launched.