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Dio: Evil Or Divine: Live In NYC (CD & DVD)

Released as a direct companion to the CD of the same name is Ronnie James Dio's Evil Or Divine: Live In NYC. This sold-out live concert performance DVD was filmed at New York City's famed Roseland Ballroom. The Roseland can be a great place to see a Metal act depending on who it is. There have been times I hated the place, yet the week later I returned and loved the experience. The love of metal and its elder Statesman Ronnie James Dio is apparent as you watch the show. The tour was in support of Killing The Dragon his most recent release at the time. The members of the band were Jimmy Bain (bass), Simon Wright (drums), Scott Warren (keyboards) and Doug Aldrich (guitar).

The performance of Ron and the band is dead on and the set is very well thought out. Dio includes some Black Sabbath and Deep Purple songs which is an added plus. It's good to see this material addressed on a recorded medium since in the past when I had seen the group he did not do too much of this stuff. With this music being such a great part of his career it is a refreshing change of pace.

The stage is on the sparse side since no real amount of special effects is present as in the past. This performance was purely about the music. On the DVD there are limited differences between the CD and this piece. The DVD will run a tad longer and include the drum solo by Simon Wright. Shot from many different angles from behind and in front of the drum kit I enjoyed this more than I expected. The tune "Lord Of The Last Day" is featured here while it is not on the CD. Everything else is the same and I feel all traditional heavy metal enthusiasts will enjoy a lengthy Dio live DVD. He had another from the "Last In Line / Sacred Heart" years, but it was shorter as I remembered. For now, take this as a recommendation.

Track Listing:
  • Killing The Dragon
  • Egypt/Children Of The Sea
  • Push
  • Simon Wright Drum Solo
  • Stand Up And Shout
  • Rock And Roll
  • Don't Talk To Strangers
  • Man On The Silver Mountain
  • Doug Aldrich Guitar Solo
  • Long Live Rock And Roll
  • Lord Of The Last Day
  • Fever Dreams
  • Holy Diver
  • Heaven And Hell
  • The Last In Line
  • Rainbow In The Dark
  • We Rock
Bonus Features:
  • Photo Gallery
  • Behind The Scenes Footage
  • "Push" Video

Added: March 22nd 2005
Reviewer: Ken Pierce
Related Link: Dio's Web Site
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Language: english

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