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Megadeth and Down Open for Heaven and Hell

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According to postings on various venue web sites, Megadeth will be taking part in Heaven and Hell's Canadian tour, which will also include Down in the opening slot. An official tour announcement is expected shortly. Expected dates for the tour are as follows:

March 11 - Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum
March 13 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
March 14 - Calgary, AB @ Saddledome
March 16 - Regina, SK @ Brandt Centre
March 18 - Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
March 20 - Sault St. Marie, ON @ Steelback Centre
March 22 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
March 24 - London, ON @ John Labatt Centre
March 26 - Montreal, PQ @ Bell Centre
March 27 - Quebec City, PQ @ Colisee Pepsi Arena
March 28 - Ottawa, ON @ Civic Centre

In other news, http://www.black-sabbath.com/ has posted the following updates:

"OK, I got done listening to the Geezer Butler and Ronnie James Dio interviews with Eddie Trunk. I wasn't planning on staying up, as I was pretty tired, but I got into it. Was nice chatting with some of y'all over on Eddie's site during the show. Wanted to post a few updates based on what was said. Here's some tidbits. These were all said by either Geezer, Ronnie, or Eddie on the show.

As I covered earlier in the evening, the first US gig for the Heaven and Hell tour will be March 30th at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. There will be no opening act for this show, it's just Heaven and Hell. Tickets are expected to be priced between $54.00 - $74.00 and go on sale Friday, January 26th at 10am.
There will be other US dates, likely in August. No further info is available on them yet.

After the US dates, they will likely play UK, Japan, & Australia.
Both Geezer & Ronnie said that it is pretty likely there will be no Ozzy era tracks played during the Heaven and Hell shows.

Tour rehearsals start roughly two weeks from now.

Black Sabbath: The Dio years will be released Apr 3rd.

All three newly recorded tracks will be on the "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years" album. It was previously reported that only two would be, but all three will be there.

There are no keyboards on the newly recorded tracks.

Keyboards on the tour will be handled by Scott Warren from Dio's band.

Geezer did not write any of this new stuff, nor did Bill or Vinny - these tracks were written by Tony & Ronnie. Side note: A recent Rudy Sarzo interview said that two of the three new SABBATH tracks were originally ideas Ronnie had put forth for the next DIO album, but got used here instead.

Ronnie feels that this was never intended to be a full fledged reunion when it started, just the couple of tracks for the compilation. He did say that the opportunity to dust off the old Dio era tracks was too great to pass up. Finally, he said that history has shown they can't plan too far ahead for this, and that they do not intend at this point to carry on past the tour.

Part of the reason they called this Heaven and Hell and not Black Sabbath was that they all felt that Sabbath was "back together" for awhile now with Ozzy, and that since they went into the hall of fame with that lineup, that that's the way "Black Sabbath" will remain. I've said that for a few years now that we'd likely never see another lineup change in Sabbath, and it looks like that's coming to pass.

Ronnie feels that this tour/new material is an affirmation of the legacy Dio era of Sabbath. I agree with him. It's great to see this again. I saw these guys in 1992 on the Dehumanizer tour. Be great to see it again.

A personal observation. "The Dio Years" is coming out on Rhino. Rhino has also put out some more recent Sabbath things, like the two CD Symptom of the Universe set and Black Box. These items were released in North America ONLY. I will attempt to find out if this will be the case for Dio Years too, or if it will be a more worldwide release. Given the nature of the tour, I would think so, but I cannot find that out either way at this point.

Ronnie also said that after the Heaven and Hell thing is finished, he will be going back into the studio with Dio to record Magica II & III and then tour "with a stage show worthy of the story". This will be great, as I was really into Dio's stage shows back for Last in Line & Sacred Heart. Great stuff. Be nice if he does that, but I saw Dio on the Magica tour, and he played to at most 1500 people in Dallas. It'd be awfully expensive to lug around a stage show like Sacred Heart to only play to that many. We'll see."

Source: SMN News

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1. godlike writes:

I think that it would be better to see them with no opener, and playing an extended set...!!
Between the two albums..Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules, there would be enough material to fill a longer show...Regardless, this just may be the best show of the coming year...!!!!

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2. Maikeru writes:

I disagree. I'm definitely upset. Of course, I am really looking forward to seeing H&H but it was only icing on the cake that Motorhead was going to be supporting. Now I find out on the same day that Megadeth (one of my all time favorite bands) is being added to part the tour and New York City's show will have no openers. I hope these old dudes still rock as hard as they used, 'cause this isn't going to be a cheap show.

# Jan 21, 2007 @ 1:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. godlike writes:

no $hit...$54-$74 a ticket...that is almost robbery...!!!
Although, Megadeth is a great band for an opener..I would still rather see these legends perform a longer set.!!

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4. Crushem writes:

Megadeth as as OPENER!?!?...

# Jan 22, 2007 @ 11:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Scorpion69 writes:

I think Megadeth deserves more than just an opener!!!!

# Jan 22, 2007 @ 12:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. FuckedWithAKnife writes:

uhh Down is in the opening slot not megadeth, megadeth are the supporting band , this concert is going to be f***ing amazing three awsome metal bands!! i am going to be there in vancouver march 11 can not wait, does anyone know when tickets go on sale??

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7. Zero Tolerance writes:

f***IN A!!!!!!!!!!! I AM going to this concert and NOTHING is going to stop me. C'mon, lets see those East Coast dates!!!

# Jan 22, 2007 @ 3:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Zero Tolerance writes:

Ok dumb question, but who will be behind the kit? Bill or Vinny?

# Jan 22, 2007 @ 3:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. godlike writes:

Vinny...

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10. Aria 51 writes:

This will be the best show of the 21st century!!(so far) Anybody who has ever seen Sabbath w/Dio knows this show is a must see event!!

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