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There is absolutely no question about it, if you want to go to a metal festival, go to a European one. Wacken Open Air and Download might well be the most famous, with the Sonisphere events gaining plenty of exposure too, but for my money, it just doesn't get any better than Graspop Metal Meeting, which takes place in a small town in Belgium called Dessel. This would be my third time attending the event, and more likely than not, it won't be the last.
The festival kicked off on Friday the 24th with a rather unusual choice of band, namely FM. The band features two former members of New Wave Of British Heavy Metal band, Samson but their style is much more album orientated rock than metal. Nevertheless, they proved to be a good way to start the festivities, opening with the song, "Wildside." As it was only half past eleven in the morning and the majority of the crowd had been up all night drinking and shouting, "TIMMY!" it took the audience a little while to get into the mood. In any case, they were still very appreciative of FM and perhaps the biggest response came when the band performed a cover of "Heard It Through The Grapevine," a song made famous by soul legend Marvin Gaye. Maybe it would have been better to start with something a little heavier, but either way, FM put in a solid performance and were warmly received.
After deciding to skip the first bands on the Marquees, we hung around the main stage to wait for the next band, Dio Disciples. I've always liked "Ripper" Owens and felt that he doesn't get the credit he deserves so the prospect of him singing Dio songs this afternoon seemed quite interesting. "Interesting" didn't quite cover Dio Disciples though, as when they took the stage, they instantly proved themselves to be an outstanding way to remember Ronnie James Dio. Owens was in top form for the performance, which opened with "Stand Up And Shout" before leading into the classic, "Holy Diver." Owens isn't the only vocalist in the band either, as he is joined by Little Angels singer Toby Jepson, who was just as impressive as Owens and whose voice was absolutely magnifficent. The group frequently got the crowd to cheer as loud as they could whenever Dio's name was mentioned and most importantly, they seemed to be genuine about what they were doing. Make no mistake, Dio Disciples are not a cash in, they are one of the most heartfelt tributes to anything you will ever see. If Dio could see his music living on like this, with two amazing vocalists leading the charge, he would be proud. More...
There are some individuals in their field of music that are so important, they seem like they'll live forever. In many ways these legends do, as people will continue to listen to their music for years to come, but the lack of their physical presence on Earth can always be felt. Jazz lost a king when Miles Davis passed away in 1991, hip-hop lost one of it's most respected artists five years later when Tupac Shakur was murdered and heavy metal suffered from one, if not it's greatest loss this time last year, when Ronnie James Dio succumbed to stomach cancer.
The importance of this heavy metal titan who stood only at 5' 4" can never be exaggerated. this is the man who is credited with introducing the "heavy metal horns" hand gesture, which is used worldwide to this day by metal fans signaling their love of music, their approval or simply to acknowledge each other. As a singer, he was an influence to countless heavy metal vocalists and even at the age of sixty seven, he was still being credited as one of the best in the business, a title backed up by his winning of the Best Metal Vocalist Award at the 2010 Revolver Golden Gods Awards. Perhaps most importantly though, Ronnie James Dio was known for being one of the true gentleman of heavy metal. Unlike a number of other rockers, Dio wasn't known off the stage for excessive partying, violent encounters or a gargantuan ego, he was known for his honest love and respect for his fans and his undeniable intelligence and philosophic nature. More...
The "Fallen Heroes" video tribute which was played during the 2011 Revolver Golden Gods Awards has been posted online. The video pays tribute to Ronnie James Dio, Slipknot's Paul Gray, Avenged Sevenfold's The Rev, Type O Negative's Peter Steele and Alice In Chains' Mike Starr. You can view the video in the player below.
The organisers of Britain's largest hard rock and heavy metal festival, Download, has confirmed a further forty three names for this year's event, including such big names as Children of Bodom and Biohazard. The festival will be held at the legendary Donington Castle in Leicestershire from June 10th-12th.
The lineup is now as follows:
All That Remains
Baptized In Blood
Black Stone Cherry
Black Veil Brides
Bowling For Soup
Bring Me The Horizon
Bullet For My Valentine
Children Of Bodom
Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows
Devil Wears Prada
Duff McKagan's Loaded
Envy Of The State
Escape The Fate
Funeral For A Friend
Hyro Da Hero
Karma To Burn
Lower Than Atlantis
My Darkest Days
Plain White T’S,
Puddle Of Mudd
Rise To Remain
Sacred Mother Tongue
Straight Line Stitch
System Of A Down
The Damned Things
The Dangerous Summer
The Dead Lay Waiting
The King Blues
The Morning After
The Pretty Reckless
Times Of Grace
Former Dio members Craig Goldy (guitars,) Rudy Sarzo (bass,) Simon Wright (drums) and Scott Warren (keyboards,) has announced that they will be embarking on a tour of Europe together with Toby Jepson (Fastay, Gun) and former Judas Priest/Iced Earth and current Yngwie Malmsteen and Charred Walls Of The Damned singer, Tim "Ripper" Owens. The group will be touring under the name Dio Disciples and will be performing some of the late heavy metal legend's most classic material.
A message from Wendy Dio, the wife and manager of Ronnie James Dio, had this to say about the tour: "There will never be another Ronnie, but we want to keep his music alive and hope you will support the band and become one of the DIO DISCIPLES. We will post the UK/European tour dates as they are confirmed, and we are planning some US dates also. Hope to see you at one of the shows."
Down bass player Rex Brown, who is also a former member of Texas based heavy metal legends Pantera, has revealed that he has formed a new band with Vinny Appice, the former drummer for Black Sabbth/Heaven & Hell and Dio and guitarist Mark Zavon, who has been a member of Ratt and W.A.S.P. amongst others. Also in the band is lead singer Dewey Bragg. The band has described their sound as a mixture of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Alice In Chains and plan to begin recording music shortly.
According to Wendy Dio, the wife and manager of heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio, who sadly passed away last year, some of the biggest names in heavy metal and hard rock will be taking part in a forthcoming Dio tribute album.
"It probably won't come out this year, but everybody signed up," Dio told Noisecreep.
So, who's signed on thus far? "Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Glenn Hughes, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Lemmy (Motorhead)," she said, adding Grohl will do the Black Sabbath hit 'Mob Rules,' and Halford will be taking on 'Long Live Rock 'N' Roll.' And artists keep coming on. "I just talked to Alice (Cooper), roped Alice in and Sebastian (Bach) and Chris (Jericho)," she said, referring to fellow attendees at the Golden Gods press conference. And Cooper already has a song in mind, going back to the Elf days, according to Wendy.
Read the full article at Noisecreep.
Multinational melodic metal band Eden's Curse has paid tribute to the memory of vocal legend Ronnie James Dio by recording a rendition of the Dio track "Rock ‘N’ Roll Children." The song is set to be included on all territorial releases of the band's third studio album “Trinity," due out in mid March.
Also, as previously hinted by the band last year, they would also be recording a cover version from one of the groups “biggest influences," which has also now been identified as the Dokken song "Unchain The Night," which is set to be included on the Japanese release of “Trinity” due out March 15th on Spiritual Beast.
Bassist and chief song smith Paul Logue explained "Unashamedly Dokken, along with Queensryche and Pink Cream 69 have been the three bands whom we built the basis of the Eden’s Curse sound around. We missed bands that created that kind of music, and we tried to get as close to that sound and vibe as possible."
When it came to providing a bonus track for the Japan release, Logue explained there was one unanimous choice. "Absolutely! It’s a song we jammed at rehearsals or sound checks and we always said 'we should record this' – I’m so glad we eventually did!"
One minute samples of both the Dio and Dokken renditions are now streaming at the band's Official MySpace."
Sorrows Path has posted a video clip online of the band's live performance at the Malta Doom Metal Festival, which can be viewed below. The clip features Sorrows Path, along with Leo Stivala of Forsaken, performing a medley of songs from the late Ronnie James Dio, who passed away last year.
MTV2's "Headbangers Ball: The Year In Metal" has been posted online in its entirety. The half-hour long episode features Anthrax, Max Cavalera, In This Moment and Rob "Blasko" Nicholson of Ozzy Osbourne. You can view the episode below:
Craig Goldy, the current guitarist for Welsh hard rock legends Budgie and former guitarist of Dio, has announced that he has formed a new band with vocalist Chas West (Bonham,) bass player Sean McNabb (Quiet Riot, Great White) and drummer Gary Holland (Great White.) The band currently have no name but Goldy stated:
“The idea is to put the rock star back into everyone’s lives. So, you’ve got four people who look great, are amazing at their craft and the music pierces your soul. And they’re all good people. I think."
The Wagnerian metal opera project, Lyraka, has announced a pre-order offer for their debut CD, entitled "Lyraka.Volume 1." The CD, which is set for release November 27th, 2010, is available for pre-order at 15% off its release date price at Lyraka.com now.
The project, which bills itself as "Wagnerian Opera Metal, Defined" features four songs performed by Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, ALCATRAZZ), one by Tommy Heart (ULI JON ROTH, FAIR WARNING), and one by Veronica Freeman (BENEDICTUM). Jeff Pilson (Dio, Dokken, Foreigner) and Tim Luce (Alcatrazz) have been involved in the project, as well as Andre Maquera (8084).
The composer, Andy DiGelsomina, announced "We are proud to announce that famed fantasy artist Ken Kelly (Kiss, Rainbow, Manowar) is putting the finishing touches on the cover artwork now, and it's looking KILLER."
Operatika has issued the following announcement about releasing a cover of Ronnie James Dio's "We Rock:"
"Operatika is pleased to announce this official release of our new single--Ronnie James Dio's "We Rock." It is our tribute to Dio and his contribution to the world of heavy metal. We hope you enjoy our own interpretation of this classic song. In light of Dio's recent passing we will be donating all of the proceeds from this song to Dio's Stand Up & Shout Cancer Fund."
You can check out the track via the Operatika MySpace profile.
Audio has been released from the first official release from Niji Entertainment Group, the label formed by the late Ronnie James Dio and his wife/manager Wendy Dio. The the double-disc set "Dio At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987" is set for release on November 9th, 2010.
You can listen to "Stand Up and Shout," the opening track from the 1983 set below:
The first official release from Niji Entertainment Group, the label formed by the late Ronnie James Dio and his wife Wendy Dio has been announced as "Dio At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987". The two disc live set is scheduled for release on November 9th 2010. The two-CD deluxe digipak comes with rare photos from both concerts. It also includes both "All Access" backstage laminates from 1983 and 1987.
Here's the "Dio At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987" tracklisting:
Disc One: 1983
1. Stand Up and Shout
2. Straight Through The Heart
3. Children Of The Sea
4. Rainbow In The Dark
5. Holy Diver
6. Drum Solo
8. Guitar Solo
9. Heaven And Hell
10. Man On The Silver Mountain
12. Evil Eyes
Disc Two: 1987
1. Dream Evil
2. Neon Knights
3. Naked In The Rain
4. Rock And Roll Children
5. Long Live Rock 'N' Roll
6. The Last In Line
7. Children Of The Sea
8. Holy Diver
9. Heaven And Hell
10. Man On The Silver Mountain
11. All The Fools Sailed Away
12. The Last In Line
13. Rainbow In The Dark
Harmonix and MTV Games today announced the complete lineup for the upcoming Rock Band 3 video game, which includes several metal tracks. Rock Band 3 will be released October 26th in North America and October 29th in the rest of the world. The complete list of songs on the game, including the non-metal tracks, is as follows:
Amy Winehouse, "Rehab"
Anthrax, "Caught in a Mosh"
At the Drive-In, "One Armed Scissor"
Avenged Sevenfold, "The Beast & the Harlot"
Beach Boys, "Good Vibrations (Live)"
Big Country, "In a Big Country"
Blondie, "Heart of Glass"
Bob Marley, "Get Up, Stand Up"
Chicago, "25 or 6 to 4"
David Bowie, "Space Oddity"
Deep Purple, "Smoke on the Water"
Def Leppard, "Foolin’"
Devo, "Whip It"
Dio, "Rainbow in the Dark"
Dire Straits, "Walk of Life"
Doobie Brothers, "China Grove"
Dover, "King George"
Echo & the Bunnymen, "The Killing Moon"
Elton John, "Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting"
Faith No More, "Midlife Crisis" More...
During their recent headlining performance at England's Bloodstock Open Air festival, Swedish progressive metal outfit Opeth payed tribute tofallen metal icon Ronnie James Dio, whose band Heaven & Hell were originally supposed to headline the event, by performing the song, "Catch The Rainbow." You can check out fan filmed footage of the cover below, along with the speech frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt made about Dio. More...
Harmonix has now announced more of the 83 songs that will be included in the upcoming Rock Band 3 video game, including a string of metal tracks. The currently announced tracks, including the non-metal songs, are as follows:
Bob Marley & the Wailers - "Get Up, Stand Up"
INXS - "Need You Tonight"
Poni Hoax - "Antibodies"
Rammstein - "Du Hast" in German
Roxette - "The Look"
Tokio Hotel - "Humanoid"
HIM - "Killing Loneliness"
Maná - "Oye Mi Amor" in Spanish
Slipknot - "Before I Forget"
War - "Low Rider"
Metric - "Combat Baby"
Rilo Kiley - "Portions for Foxes"
Them Crooked Vultures - "Dead End Friends"
The Vines - "Get Free"
The White Stripes - "The Hardest Button to Button"
Phoenix - "Lasso"
Ida Maria - "Oh My God"
Juanes - "Me Enamora"
Jane's Addiction - "Been Caught Stealing"
Stone Temple Pilots - "Plush"
Smash Mouth - "Walkin' on the Sun"
Spacehog - "In the Meantime"
Dio - "Rainbow in the Dark" More...
Earthen Grave paid tribute to the legendary Ronnie James Dio with a cover of Rainbow’s "Stargazer" (written by Ronnie James Dio and Ritchie Blackmore) in concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL on Sunday, July 11, 2010.
The members of Chicago-based thrash/doom metal band are Ron Holzner on bass (formerly of Trouble), Rachel Barton Pine on electric long-range violin, Mark Weiner on vocals, Jason Muxlow and Tony Spillman on guitar and Scott Davidson on drums. Joining Earthen Grave for the Ronnie James Dio tribute were Hannah Barton on violin, Edgar Gabriel on violin and Mike Block on cello.
The rest of the set was highlighted with songs from Earthen Grave’s "Dismal Times" EP, and also featured Bruce Franklin (Trouble) joining Earthen Grave for two Trouble tunes.
Sunday’s concert was the first time a metal band has performed at the Pritzker Pavilion. The set was part of the Great Performer of Illinois Award Concert honoring Earthen Grave member Rachel Barton Pine. Pine played two classical sets earlier in the evening before closing the festival with Earthen Grave against an appropriate backdrop of pouring rain, thunder and lightning.
Earthen Grave - "Stargazer" Cover
Operatika has posted a second video clip online of the band recording a cover version of Dio's "We Rock." The footage can be viewed below.