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Tony Iommi finally giving the other singers of Black Sabbath some well needed attention…

So I just bought the Deluxe Versions of the Black Sabbath albums: “Heaven and Hell” and “Mob Rules” which both of those albums had Ronnie James Dio as a singer. Tony Iommi released those albums as a Deluxe Edition just not too long ago. There are no unreleased tracks on the Deluxe Versions, just a bunch of live stuff after the studio albums gets done playing.

While Black Sabbath were active, all they did was ram the Ozzy era down our throats constantly. They never gave the other singers any acknowledgement until now. Tony releases “Heaven and Hell” and “Mob Rules” as a way to remind Black Sabbath fans that Ozzy wasn’t the only singer in the band.

Yeah, Sabbath should celebrate the Ozzy era of Sabbath… now that the band is no more officially… it’s time to celebrate the other eras. It’s time to get the whole career of Black Sabbath out there. I’ve read somewhere that Tony Iommi is planning release a box set of the Tony Martin era of Sabbath real soon which is gonna be real cool. I believe there were two other singers of Sabbath which only lasted for an album or two: Ian Gillan and Glen Hughes.

I never heard the “Heaven and Hell” and “Mob Rules” studio albums before and I just gave them both a listen this week. Both albums are amazing. It’s Ronnie James Dio, I’m just starting to get into his music more too ’cause he’s one of the greatest rock singers of all time. The live stuff on those deluxe albums are really cool too so I’m glad I bought these two albums.

I’d say it’s about time that Tony Iommi is trying to get the other singers of Sabbath known again… Ozzy wasn’t the only singer of that band, remember that. I’ve loved Black Sabbath for a long long time, ever since I was young and still listen to that band now. Tony Iommi has always been one of my favorite guitarists and he is the riff master for sure. He definitely knows how to write riffs with “power” and knows how to make them sound musical… riffs that never leave your head. Tony was the master at that… while Tony is mostly well known as a riff master and rhythm guitarist, another reminder that Tony is also a lead guitarist and he played some mind blowing solos in Sabbath songs. Iommi has always been one of my top 10 guitarists. He’s a genius for sure.

Since Sabbath will never make a new studio album ever again, Tony is still trying to find ways to keep fans happy by re-releasing the old albums into Deluxe editions which is a good idea, in my opinion. That’s smart band marketing.


Ronnie James Dio “This Is Your Life” tribute album… brief review…

Like most metal and rock fans, I too am a fan of Ronnie James Dio. I’ve been listening to his music for years through his solo career, Black Sabbath, etc. This is a tribute album that is up for a good cause. This album is to raise funds for RJD’s cancer fund, which all proceeds from this album will go to that.

This is an album that has 14 tracks. Songs covered by many metal legends and icons such as Anthrax, Tenacious D, The Scorpions, Corey Taylor, Metallica, Rob Halford, etc.

I listened to this album 2 or 3 times already and can’t get enough of it. It’s a pretty addicting album to listen to. If you want tight, upbeat, and heavy metal songs… you’ll get all that on this album just the way Ronnie would have wanted it. You can betcha there WILL be all kinds of sweet rhythm metal guitar playing, riffs, and guitar solos all over it. Plus, what’s most fun about the album is the singing. Every singer who sung on the album did an amazing job. Even Jack Black’s track with the Tenacious D, “The Last In Line”, which is a pretty amazing song. Ronnie James Dio himself sings a song on the final track, “This Is Your Life”.

If you want a badass rock album, definitely get this one. It’s definitely a must listen for any metal and Dio fan. They did a great job putting this album together and getting the old school metal sound. I think I’m gonna be listening to this album a lot. I love every song on it. I’m not into tribute albums that much but this is a real good one.

Get it here or buy it off of Itunes:




Book Review: “Iron Man” by Tony Iommi

Well, I just finished reading, “Iron Man”, by Tony Iommi through the Ibooks app on the Ipad today. We all know that Tony Iommi, a guitarist who was made famous for creating and inventing a genre of music that most of us love, that genre is metal. He inspired the genre just by simply playing with Jethro Tull briefly for the Rolling Stones’s, “Rock and Roll Circus”, show. The metal genre got it’s sound out of Jethro Tull.

I’ve read a lot of rock memoirs over the years. Most of them focused on drugs & alcohol, the partying lifestyle of a rock star. This book had a little bit about drugs, alcohol and sex addiction, but this book mostly focused on the music career of guitar great, Tony Iommi. The book was pretty detailed on Tony’s career, everything from starting off playing in local cover bands to starting Earth, the blues band, the Black Sabbath, solo career, Heaven & Hell, etc. The book was even pretty detailed throughout the entire Black Sabbath career. It went through every album and every member lineup.

While Black Sabbath went through so many members over the years, the original lineup with Tony, Ozzy, Bill Ward and Geezer Butler will always stand out the most, of course. The band will always be well known by the original lineup. The band didn’t become legends over night. They were a struggling band in the old days. They scared the shit out of people with their music in the old days and had trouble getting accepted as a band. They were accused of being satanists because of their dark lyrics and music.

Tony never liked being accused of being satanists with Black Sabbath. That is why Tony and Ozzy always wore the cross necklace, you see on them, all the time. They wore the cross necklace, not because they were religious, it was to help prove that they aren’t devil worshippers. Tony said Black Sabbath’s songs were never intended to be Satanic even though people thought it was. They just liked horror movies and scary things.

Black Sabbath broke up in the past, because nobody got along well and didn’t want to do it anymore. So Tony moved on to different projects. We all know that the original Black Sabbath members, reunited on and off over the years. Sometimes they get along well and sometimes they don’t.

Since Black Sabbath announced an official reunion with original members earlier this year, you just wonder how long that’s going to last ’cause Tony said if the band ever got back together again, things could blow up again and the reunion might not happen at all this year. Depends on how well they get along and how well they stay committed to each other. Black Sabbath announced a reunion this year and recording a new album, hopefully the tour does actually happen. I’m sure they get along well fine now.

Back to the book, it was a very inspiring read. I read a lot of rock memoirs, and this is the best one I’ve ever read. Tony told a lot of funny and entertaining stories. When Black Sabbath announced their reunion this year, it got a lot of mixed opinions from people. Some were in favor of their upcoming comeback and some weren’t. For those haters & nay sayers of Black Sabbath out there, you need to respect them. You all love metal because of them. They created the genre. Without them, then all the metal bands you all like wouldn’t even be around today. Do you think Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer would be around today if Black Sabbath never did? Hell no. Metal was all because of them.

This book is a must read for any Black Sabbath fan or metalhead. This is definitely one of the best books of the year.


Report: Tony Iommi to release his own autobiography later this fall…

Metal legend, Tony Iommi is set to release his own autobiography this year titled, “Iron Man: My Life With Black Sabbath and Beyond”. The book is set for a Nov. 1st release date.

Tony didn’t write this book on a computer. He just wrote it by pen and paper. Why? I’ll imagine the reason he didn’t type it because he lost the tip of a few fingers of his right hand. It be hard to type that way, right? So he had no choice but to write it by hand.

The legendary guitarist is open about everything about his life. His childhood, his freak accident at the factory he worked at where he injured his right hand, music, guitar playing, how he started Black Sabbath, how he came up with the sound of “metal” which he invented, his failed marriages, drugs, alcohol, etc.

I love to read musician biographies ’cause they are interesting to learn. I’m more interested on Tony’s insight on music. You can expect a lot of guitar playing talk mostly. I’ll also expect a lot of Ronnie James Dio talk as well. I’m interested in what made him want to pick up the guitar and how he started playing.

There’s a lot of great metal guitarists out there, but in my opinion, Tony is one of the true greats. He started it all. The founder of metal. Tony was at the top of his game back in the 60’s and 70’s, he was very popular back then. Seems like no one knows who Tony is anymore. He is a talented guitar player. I’m a huge fan of the guy.

Read more on the story, here.


Report: Ronnie’s fellow metal rockers pays respects to legendary singer…

Other metal legends pays respects to Ronnie James Dio on their official websites, read what they all have to say about RJD here…

Lars Ulrich of Metallica: http://www.metallica.com/index.asp?item=603183

Iron Maiden: http://www.ironmaiden.com/index.php?categoryid=8&p2_articleid=1206

Megadeth: http://www.megadeth.com/home_popup.php?news_id=1462

Judas Priest: http://judaspriest.com/news/default.asp

I’m probably missing more but if I find any, I’ll edit them in.


RIP: Ronnie James Dio 1942 – 2010

Today is yet again, another sad day in the music industry. Just like Peter Steele, Ronnie James Dio’s death started off as a silly rumour which started as a twitter trend. Today RJD’s wife/manager announced the news is true on his official website. Ronnie James Dio is quite the talent, one of the best vocalists in the metal genre. In fact, he was the best. No metal singer could sing better than him. I grew up listening to his music with Black Sabbath, his solo band Dio, and Heaven & Hell. He was a very powerful singer with a unique voice. He is respected for his talent and for his love of performing on stage. RIP Dio. He maybe gone but never forgotten. In honor of his favorite hand signal, I’ll do it too….\m/.