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...
Celebrate Tony Iommi’s 67th Birthday With A New Animated Short About The Black Sabbath Legend!

Celebrate Tony Iommi’s 67th Birthday With A New Animated Short About The Black Sabbath Legend!

Support: On February 19th, 1948, a young boy was born in England who would forever change the music world. That boy, and now legend, is known as Tony Iommi. The legendary Black Sabbath guitarist turns 67 years young today, but his legacy is already etched in stone. Along with Ozzy, Geezer and Bill, Black Sabbath created heavy metal, and the masterful riffs written by Tony Iommi will live on forever in all of our minds. As we all know, Tony created these famous riffs even though he lost the tips of two of his fingers in an accident. To help celebrate his birthday and legacy, VH1 has unveiled a brand new animated short that better explains that famous story, and you can watch it below. Along with Tony’s words narrating the clip, the inaugural video for “The Complete History of Heavy Metal” is beautifully put together, and the animation is just exceptional. Almost as exceptional as Tony Iommi, but not quite. He is, Tony Iommi, after all. Happy birthday to the icon! [iframe src=”http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:uma:video:vh1.com:1168387/cp~series%3D2216%26id%3D1734291%26vid%3D1168387%26uri%3Dmgid%3Auma%3Avideo%3Avh1.com%3A1168387″ width=”900″ height=”438″ frameborder=”0″][/iframe] Via Metal Insider Support: Have you seen these yet? Tony Iommi Diagnosed With Lymphoma Tony Iommi: “I Don’t Want To Let The Illness Take Over.” TONY IOMMI HEALTH UPDATE TONY IOMMI AWARDED AN HONORARY DOCTORATE OF ARTS BY COVENTRY UNIVERSITY! BLACK SABBATH CANCELS EUROPEAN TOUR, OZZY TAKES...
Tony Iommi: “I Don’t Want To Let The Illness Take Over.”

Tony Iommi: “I Don’t Want To Let The Illness Take Over.”

Support: The iconic Tony Iommi recently sat down with Mirror for an exclusive interview on his cancer scare, and it’s a pretty interesting read. Not only does Tony discuss how he had just started working on a new album with Ozzy when get the news, but he also talks about his approach to the illness today. Here are some excerpts from the interview with Mirror that give you some insight to the legend’s mindset. When he got the news: “Cancer was death as far as I was concerned. The band had just started work on our latest album, 13, so I got the guys together to tell them the bad news. Ozzy came in and said: ‘Oh yeah, didn’t so and so die from that?’ Which is exactly not what you want to hear. I thought: ‘Thanks a lot, Mr Bloody Cheerful.’ But that’s Ozzy all over, he always puts his foot in it. It was a relief to be working on the album because it gave me something to focus on instead of sitting there waiting to die.” On Ozzy‘s support: Ozzy was actually really helpful. It was good to have someone around who had experienced it all before because you always fear the worst when you talk about cancer. Ozzy went through a lot of that stuff when Sharon had colon cancer and it spread to her lymph nodes. When I felt tired he would say: ‘This is what happened with Sharon, you ought to go and lie down, have a rest.’He even offered to make the tea, but he’s still Ozzy. He’d disappear for three hours...
AND THE 2014 REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS SHIT SHOW WINNERS ARE…

AND THE 2014 REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS SHIT SHOW WINNERS ARE…

Support: Every year the Revolver Golden Gods Awards comes and makes the industry look ridiculous. From a lack of credible nominees to a not-so-democratic way of picking winners (to put it lightly), this event is simply a show to toot your own horn by those who have weight in the heavy music world. The good thing about the Golden Gods? Heavy music didn’t get any recognition at all in the past and now we actually have something to pat ourselves on the back for a job well done. The bad thing? It’s all fake and recognition isn’t going to the right places. We have to take the good with the bad I suppose and that’s why we give it any visibility at all. So with the idea that ‘it’s better than nothing’ in mind, I’ll give you my perspective on the nominees and winners.   Album of the Year Avenged Sevenfold, Hail to the King Black Sabbath, 13 Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1 and 2 Korn, The Paradigm Shift Queens of the Stone Age, …Like Clockwork Volbeat, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies Is it wrong for me to say that I actually agree with this one? To be fair, I haven’t listened to the new Volbeat album, but I’m also not a fan of what they do so I think it would be difficult for me to actually change from the mighty Sabbath given this group of candidates. My top ten albums of 2013 had none of these bands on it, and any list that has Five...
THIS DAY IN METAL – FEBRUARY 19th

THIS DAY IN METAL – FEBRUARY 19th

Support:     On this day in Metal Black Sabbath guitartist Tony Iommi turns 66.  Sending well wishes to you for your health issues and looking forward to the new Sabbath album!  AC/DC’s Bon Scott passed away in 1980 at the age of 33. For those about to rock, we salute you Bon! May you Rest In Peace! On this day in 1982, Ozzy Osbourne, dressed in future wife Sharon’s clothing was arrested for urinating on a cenotaph across the street from the Alamo buidling. Built in honor of those who died at The Alamo, Ozzy was subsequently arrested and banned from San Antonio, Texas for a decade. After many years of drug and alcohol abuse, Ozzy is sober but is still asked in interviews today about being the guy who pee’d on the Alamo! Support: Have you seen these yet? BLACK SABBATH CANCELS EUROPEAN TOUR, OZZY TAKES OVER BILL WARD FIRED BY SHARON OSBOURNE? Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler And Bill Ward Accepted A Lifetime Achievement Award Together In London! OZZY EXPLAINS INSPIRATION BEHIND “GOD IS DEAD?” BLACK SABBATH BRINGS HEAVY METAL TO THE CSI SEASON...
TONY IOMMI AWARDED AN HONORARY DOCTORATE OF ARTS BY COVENTRY UNIVERSITY!

TONY IOMMI AWARDED AN HONORARY DOCTORATE OF ARTS BY COVENTRY UNIVERSITY!

Support: Tony Iommi is know for his legendary riffs, incredibly precise solos and flawless live performances, but now he can add something else to his iconic status. Yesterday the Black Sabbath guitarist was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by officials at Coventry University! He was given this honor due to his contribution to the world of popular music, but most importantly for us, being a founding father of heavy metal. Here’s what Tony said on the honor, “It’s a great honor to receive the doctorate, which comes towards the end of a challenging but amazingly successful year for me.” Check out video below of the ceremony and don’t forget that Black Sabbath will be hitting the road again in 2014! Check out those dates here and support the founders of heavy metal on the road! Via Blabbermouth Support: Have you seen these yet? Celebrate Tony Iommi’s 67th Birthday With A New Animated Short About The Black Sabbath Legend! Tony Iommi Diagnosed With Lymphoma TONY IOMMI HEALTH UPDATE Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler And Bill Ward Accepted A Lifetime Achievement Award Together In London! TONY IOMMI RANKED #1 TOP METAL GUITARIST OF ALL TIME BY...
BLACK SABBATH RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR GOD IS DEAD?

BLACK SABBATH RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR GOD IS DEAD?

Support: Black Sabbath have released the official video for the song God Is Dead? off their new album “13” due to be released June 11th. The album is also currently available on iTunes for streaming until the official release date. For more on the video and Black Sabbath, visit their official website or via Facebook and check out the new video for God Is Dead? below:       Support: Have you seen these yet? BLACK SABBATH: “GOD IS DEAD?” VIDEO RELEASED! BLACK SABBATH: “GOD IS DEAD” SINGLE RELEASED! BLACK SABBATH ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM TITLE BLACK SABBATH: “GOD IS DEAD?” PIANO COVER IS BADASS! Black Sabbath To Re-Release Early Albums On...
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