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....
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...
Ozzy Osbourne Shares A Touching Tribute To Randy Rhoads!

Ozzy Osbourne Shares A Touching Tribute To Randy Rhoads!

Support:   On this date, thirty-three years ago, the world lost the legendary Randy Rhoads to a plane accident while on tour with Ozzy Osbourne in Florida. Although it’s been over three decades since he’s graced the stage, his legacy still lives on each and every day. From his riffs to his solos to his energy on stage, there will never ever be another one like Randy. He was truly one of a kind. While all metal heads around the world are blasting his music today, Ozzy Osbourne put up a powerful statement about the fallen guitarist on his Facebook page, and you can read it below. Ozzy, not only knew him as the incredible musician, but also as the incredible person off the stage, so this truly comes from the heart. Here’s what he said: “Randy Rhoads was quite possibly the best composer & musician that I have ever met in my life. He came into my life like a bolt of lightning and as such he was gone again. I consider my self one of the luckiest men alive to have not only met him but also I had the great honor of being able to work with him. I will cherish the time I spent with him till the day I die LONG LIVE RANDY RHOADS. LONG LIVE ROCK N ROLL. I LOVE YOU ALL. – OZZY OSBOURNE” RIP Randy Rhoads. You will never be forgotten! Support: Have you seen these yet? Ozzy Osbourne Talks Randy Rhoads, The Osbournes And Religion With Jack Osbourne! “Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute” Album Review By Jason Zins!...

RANDY RHOADS – A LEGEND GONE TOO SOON – FROM THE VAULT

Support: This Thursday marks the 33rd anniversary of Randy Rhoads death. Randy, who died in 1982, was on his way to Orlando, Florida for the next stop on the Ozzy Osbourne, Diary of a Madman tour. After driving most of the night, the band stopped to visit friends and ended up going for a joyride on a small engine plane piloted by tour bus driver Andrew Aycock. Rhoads who was afriad of flying went only because seamstress / hairdresser Rachel Youngblood had a heart conditon and Aycock promised he wouldn’t do anything risky. Randy also loved photography and wanted to take some aerial photos. Aycock tried to startle the sleeping members on the tour bus and flew the plane extremely close to the bus twice. The third trip however proved to be fatal. The plane crashed and burst into flames killing 25 year old Rhoads, Youngblood and himself. Randy began his foray into music forming a cover band at 14 called Violet Fox, with his brother on drums playing classic songs by The Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper and David Bowie during performances at a local music school. After Violet Fox broke up, Randy formed The Whoreand they began playing  over the next several months at backyard parties in LA. At 16, Randy and best friend Kelli Garni, who he had taught to play bass, formed Quiet Riot and started playing bars and clubs around LA including two of the most popular in that era: The Whisky a Go Go and The Starwood. While they were creating a buzz, Quiet Riot was only able to sign a Japanese recording contract with CBS/Sony who released Quiet Riot and Quiet Riot II in Japan only. In 1979, during an interview with a magazine, Ozzy Osbourne mentioned that he was looking...
“Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute” Album Review By Jason Zins!

“Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute” Album Review By Jason Zins!

Support: There’s is no denying that legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads laid down some of the best guitar work in history during his short life. His passion for blending classical music with metal has inspired thousands and was at the heart of his innovative tones and solos. Rhoads drew inspiration from everything around him, and he was the spark for Ozzy Osbourne‘s new solo career in 1980 following the frontman’s untimely firing from Black Sabbath. Rhoads played on two of  Osbourne’s best solo records, Blizzard of Oz and Diary of a Madman, before his life came to an end on a fateful day in March 1982 in a plane crash. His legend lives on, though, and with the help of an all-star cast, his best songs are forever honored on Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute. The guest list reads like a who’s who of both modern and classic metal, including Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, Bruce Kulick, Frankie Banali, George Lynch, Dweezil Zappa, Gus G. and more. Every song on here – from the “Crazy Train” opener to the “Flying High Again” closer – shines. Each musician leaves his own mark on each track, and you can actually make out the different tones of some, although they are mostly playing Rhoads’ work note for note.  My personal favorites are “S.A.T.O.” and “Suicide Solution.” These modernized versions kick ass! The old, obscure Quiet Riot songs are very cool, too. Randy’s brother, Kelle, even contributes vocals to “Back to the Coast.” This tribute album, like the Dio album last year, is a testament to the talent...
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