Three of the artists played this week I witnessed live on-stage, together, one night in Hamilton, ON.
Heaven and Hell (aka Black Sabbath with Dio!), Alice Cooper and Queensryche brought an amazing show to Copps Coliseum.
Up first was Queensryche, one of those bands that I have seen supporting everyone (Kiss, Def Leppard, Judas Priest). The band was pretty solid and they broke out a killer cover of Pink Floyd "Welcome to the Machine" that was to be on their upcoming (at the time) Take Cover Cd.
Man, was I wrong! Alice and his band was on fire in Hamilton. In the "Special Guest" slot, he treated the fans to a complete (although a touch shorter set) Alice show. Complete with zombies, blood, an execution and a really tight set of songs that had the crowd on their feet, wanting more. Possibly the best Alice Cooper show I have ever seen.
Then, the moment I had been waiting for. Heaven and Hell aka Black Sabbath with Dio! Now to fully understand the magnitude of this event, you must realize that I am a HUGE Ronnie James Dio fan. Absolutely my favourite vocalist of all time. In my opinion the "Sabbath" lineup for Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules (and then again for Dehumanizer) albums was far and away Sabbath at it's best. No disrespect to Ozzy as I love him too, but I am definitely Team Dio!
Tony Iommi was hypnotizing. He is the quintessential "riff master" and I found my focus was often on Tony's fretboard trying to see just how he does it. Hearing songs like Mob Rules, Voodoo, Falling off the Edge of the World, and of course the monstrous Heaven and Hell performed live by Black Sabbath was so incredibly powerful. Truly a concert I will never forget.
Three great bands, one great night of rock!