RONNIE JAMES DIO – HAPPY BIRTHDAY – FROM THE VAULT

Support: In today’s From The Vault, we honor the life and legacy of  Ronald James Padavona, better known as Ronnie James Dio, who would have been 72 this Thursday. It’s still hard to believe that it’s been 5 years since Ronnie passed away in 2010, at the age of 67 from stomach cancer. His passing is a tremendous loss to the metal world, but his legacy will be remembered forever. Ronnie began his music career in 1957 with a band called The Vegas Kings which Ronnie started out playing bass in. Eventually Ronnie began singing and changed the band name, as well as his name to Ronnie Dio after mobster Johnny Dio. In 1967, after his previous band disbanded, Ronnie formed Electric Elves, later shortened to Elf and recorded three studio albums while securing the opening act slot with Deep Purple. Ronnie caught the ear of Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and recruited Ronnie for his new band Rainbow after splitting with Deep Purple. Rainbow released their debut album in 1975 called Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. However after releasing two more albums as well as a live album, Dio and Blackmore split due to creative differences, as Blackmore was looking to take Rainbow in a more commercial direction. In 1979, Ronnie replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath and the band subsequently released Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules which put Sabbath back on the map. During the mixing of Live Evil, tensions erupted causing Dio to quit and form his own band, Dio. The band released their debut album Holy Diver in 1983. Dio went on to subsequently release 10 albums and although members changed over the years, Ronnie was always touring and recording....
Black Sabbath To Re-Release Early Albums On Vinyl!

Black Sabbath To Re-Release Early Albums On Vinyl!

Support: This is HUGE! The almighty Black Sabbath will be re-releasing their first eight albums on vinyl this Summer! I know a lot of you may already own the originals, but I was not born when these came out, so to get my hands on these is a MUST! These records are the essence of heavy metal, and are still hugely influential today, so you can bet I’ll be picking these up in a few months! Here’s how they’ll be released: June 22nd: “Black Sabbath” (1970), “Paranoid” (1970), “Master Of Reality” (1971) June 29th: “Vol. 4” (1972), “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” (1973), “Sabotage” (1975) July 13th: “Technical Ecstacy” (1976), “Never Say Die!” (1978) All albums will be available on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl, so they will sound AWESOME! All hail Sabbath! Support: Have you seen these yet? BLACK SABBATH: ORIGINAL LINEUP’S FULL CATALOG IS NOW ON ITUNES! Celebrate The 44th Anniversary Of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” Right Now! BLACK SABBATH IS “THE MOST IMPORTANT BRITISH HARD ROCK ACT OF ALL TIME!” Black Sabbath Uploads Classic Footage From The 1970’s! BLACK SABBATH RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR GOD IS...
Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler And Bill Ward Accepted A Lifetime Achievement Award Together In London!

Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler And Bill Ward Accepted A Lifetime Achievement Award Together In London!

Support: Is this a promising sign of things to come? HOPEFULLY! Black Sabbath legends, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward were together this morning to accept the Lifetime Achievement award at this year’s Ivor Novello Awards in London! This is not a rumor just to get hits, check out articles at BBC.com and Lancashire Telegraph for more proof, as well as the photo below! The three legends were back together, and that rules! As we all know, Ozzy Osbourne revealed to Esquire Magazine last year that Black Sabbath would be recording one more studio album, and doing a final tour. Fans everywhere hoped for a reunion of all original members, but Bill Ward quickly made it clear why that wouldn’t be happening, Ozzy responded, and then it became a back and forth that just depressed us all. We all want the original lineup back together for one tour, and it’s obvious that these three icons get along, so hopefully they can mend whatever is still pressing between Ozzy and Bill, and we can have the dream sendoff to the fathers of heavy metal! It wouldn’t be the same without Bill behind the kit! Stay tuned! [iframe src=”//embed.gettyimages.com/embed/474238420?et=r4_T0iQ4RlByugcv77xwsA&viewMoreLink=on&sig=MvgfRMODrMh_XXxqz1tbaMREb1HbMR3P8YR0bUGbvGE=” width=”594″ height=”395″ scrolling=”no” frameborder=”0″][/iframe] Support: Have you seen these yet? BILL WARD RESPONDS TO GEEZER’S STATEMENT GEEZER BUTLER RELEASES HIS OWN STATEMENT ON BLACK SABBATH TOUR Ozzy Osbourne Responds To Bill Ward! Ozzy Osbourne “Hopes” Bill Ward Will Return To Black Sabbath! BILL WARD FIRED BY SHARON...

Ozzy Osbourne Responds To Bill Ward!

Support:   Wow, this just got worse. A few days after Bill Ward posted a statement on Black Sabbath rumors and his relationship with Ozzy (read it here), the legendary front man has responded, and it’s not good news for anyone expecting a Black Sabbath reunion anytime soon. Here’s what Ozzy said on his Facebook page: “I never wanted to discuss this in a public forum but Bill’s statements left me no option to but to respond honestly. Wow Bill, What the fuck are you on about? I cannot apologize for comments or opinions I may have made about you in the press during Sabbath’s “13” album and tour– physically, you knew you were fucked. Tony, Geezer and myself didn’t think you could have done a two hour set with a drum solo every night, so we made the decision to move on. With Tony’s condition we felt that time was not on our side. Bill, stop this smokescreen about an “unsignable contract” and let’s be honest. Deep down inside you knew you weren’t capable of doing the album and a 16 month tour. Unfortunately for you, our instincts were correct as you were in hospital several times during 2013. Your last hospitalization was for a shoulder surgery that you now say you’ve only just recovered from. This would have meant that our world tour would have been canceled. So how is all of this my fault? Stop playing the victim and be honest with yourself and our fans. Bill, we go back a long way, let’s stop this now before it gets out of hand. God bless you....
Bill Ward Speaks On Black Sabbath Rumors, His Solo Album And More!

Bill Ward Speaks On Black Sabbath Rumors, His Solo Album And More!

Support:   Last year Ozzy Osbourne revealed to Esquire Magazine that Black Sabbath would be recording one more studio album, and doing a final tour in 2015. Even though 2013’s “13” was an album loved by everyone, there are still many metal fans out there that would love the final album to include Bill Ward. Ozzy himself even admitted that he “hoped Bill would return” for the record, but that doesn’t seem likely from Bill’s latest statement. Here’s what he released today on his Facebook page: “Dear Friends, I hope you’re well and in good spirits. I have not made any public statements regarding my relationship with Black Sabbath since February 2012. Today, I want to address that relationship in this formal statement. Thank you. I have neither severed nor discontinued my relationship with Black Sabbath, however, since 2012, the often inaccurate statements about me as a person and as a musician have caused me to be guarded and be especially detached emotionally and spiritually from Ozzy. His rhetoric above all has brought me the most discord. The continuing misguided information about me has established a necessity on my part to confront these issues. And now, with the imminent release of a new Bill Ward Band album, and the flurry of rumors about new Sabbath projects, I feel it appropriate to speak in a truthful and an un-cynical way. There is always speculation about a true, original Sabbath lineup for the next tour or record. With a sad heart, I have to say I will not participate in any musical undertakings until a righting of the wrongs spoken against...
Black Sabbath Cancels Farewell Show In Japan!

Black Sabbath Cancels Farewell Show In Japan!

Support:   If you were thinking about going to Japan to see Black Sabbath‘s farewell show later this year, cancel all plans now. Black Sabbath just released this statement: “Despite previous reports, Black Sabbath will not appear on this year’s Ozzfest Japan, the show will instead feature the festival’s namesake, Ozzy Osbourne (and friends).” So yea, you can see Ozzy and friends, which is awesome, but it will NOT be Black Sabbath‘s farewell show as reported a few weeks ago. Stay tuned for future details on their official farewell show! Support: Have you seen these yet? Black Sabbath Announces Their Farewell Show At Ozzfest Japan! BLACK SABBATH CANCELS EUROPEAN TOUR, OZZY TAKES OVER BLACK SABBATH AND SLIPKNOT ARE CONFIRMED FOR 2013 OZZFEST IN JAPAN! BLACK SABBATH ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM TITLE PARANOID ABOUT THE NEW BLACK SABBATH...
Black Sabbath Announces Their Farewell Show At Ozzfest Japan!

Black Sabbath Announces Their Farewell Show At Ozzfest Japan!

Support:   Last year Ozzy Osbourne revealed to Esquire Magazine that Black Sabbath would be recording one more studio album, and doing a final tour in 2015. Well now we know where their farewell show will be and when! Black Sabbath has announced that Ozzfest will be returning to Japan on November 21st and 22nd, and in the promo below, Sharon Osbourne added “This will be BLACK SABBATH’s farewell. We’re also announcing KORN, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary. Now you can’t miss that.” While it will be a different world without Black Sabbath in the scene, their legacy is already untouchable. They created our music, our sound, our attitude, and our passion before anyone else. They set the bar, and as you saw from their shows in the past few years, they still put on one of the best shows around. So why not go out on top? Hopefully the icons will announce more world tour dates, but what we do know now, is that their farewell show is happening in Japan, and it will be a bittersweet night for the band and fans everywhere. All hail Sabbath! Support: Have you seen these yet? Black Sabbath Cancels Farewell Show In Japan! BLACK SABBATH AND SLIPKNOT ARE CONFIRMED FOR 2013 OZZFEST IN JAPAN! BLACK SABBATH ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES! Black Sabbath Uploads Classic Footage From The 1970’s! Ozzy Osbourne “Hopes” Bill Ward Will Return To Black...
Stone Sour To Cover Metallica, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath And More On “Meanwhile In Burbank…” EP!

Stone Sour To Cover Metallica, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath And More On “Meanwhile In Burbank…” EP!

Support: Last month Stone Sour revealed their cover of “The Dark” by Metal Church, and it looks like they aren’t done covering classic songs! Stone Sour will be releasing their “Meanwhile In Burbank…” EP on Record Store Day! They will be taking on classic songs by Alice In Chains, Judas Priest, Kiss, Metallica and Black Sabbath, and best of luck to them! These are some of the biggest songs in heavy music history! Of course they’ve covered most of these live, as you can see below, so it’ll be interesting to hear them on record! Josh Rand added “Back in February of 2014 while Stone Sour was touring, Corey approached me about Stone Sour doing a cover of the Metal Church song ‘The Dark’ for the movie Fear Clinic. I thought it would be cool not only to record ‘The Dark,’ but the five cover songs that we had played on that tour. The idea was not to shy away from a song because it was popular or pick a band that most people might not have heard, but to pick ones that truly meant something to one of us at some point in our life.” “Meanwhile In Burbank…” EP track listing: 01 – “We Die Young” (Alice In Chains cover) 02 – “Heading Out To The Highway” (Judas Priest cover) 03 – “Love Gun” (Kiss cover) 04 – “Creeping Death” (Metallica cover) 05 – “Children Of The Grave” (Black Sabbath cover) Support: Have you seen these yet? Stone Sour Releases Their Cover Of “Creeping Death” By Metallica! Stone Sour Releases Their Covers Of Black Sabbath, Metallica, Alice In...
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