Archive for Ronnie James Dio

Let’s Get Christmas Rockin’!

Posted in 30 Days Out (From Christmas) with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2012 by 30daysout

It’s that time of year again. Don’t know about you, but we have been hearing Christmas music for a couple weeks – think people were ready to get the holidays rollin’ early this year.

We tried to resist that urge, and now we’re officially into the Christmas season. So it’s time to rock out!

MP3: “Rockin’ Santa Claus” by the Martells

MP3: “Rockin’ Winter Wonderland” by the Fabulous Thunderbirds

MP3: “The Chipmunk Song” by Canned Heat w/Alvin & the Chipmunks

MP3: “Santa’s Messin’ With the Kid” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

MP3: “Run Rudolph Run” by Keith Richards

MP3: “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Rudy Sarzo

MP3: “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” by Lou Ann Barton

MP3: “(I) Deck the Halls” by Los Straitjackets

MP3: “Frosty’s Beach Party” by the Barbary Coasters

MP3: “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” by The Cadillacs

MP3: “Hang Your Balls On The Christmas Tree” by Kay Martin & Her Body Guards

MP3: “Rock n’ Roll Christmas” by George Thorogood & the Destroyers

Rockin’ Into the Weekend

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2012 by 30daysout

The late, great Ronnie James Dio.

Many people will be celebrating this weekend – Passover, Easter or just two or three days off from work. Let us be the first to welcome you to the weekend … here are some hard rockin’ tunes to help get you in the right mood.

MP3: “Shout It Out Loud” by KISS (2009 version)

MP3: “Holy Diver” by Dio

MP3: “The Ripper” by Judas Priest

MP3: “Caught In A Mosh” by Anthrax

MP3: “The Number of the Beast” by Iron Maiden

MP3: “Sweet Leaf” by Black Sabbath

MP3: “Cowboys From Hell” by Pantera

MP3: “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” (live) by AC/DC

MP3: “Cities On Flame with Rock and Roll” by Blue Öyster Cult

MP3: “Revolution Rock” by the Clash

MP3: “Kick Out The Jams” by Rage Against The Machine

MP3: “And The Cradle Will Rock” by Van Halen

Santa vs. Satan

Posted in Christmas with tags , , , , , , , on November 30, 2010 by 30daysout

REPOST: Another one we get requests for, believe it or not.

Santa Claus is an embodiment for Satan.  Have you noticed he is all about Desires?  Give up the desires of the flesh and repent of your sins!  Ha, ha, not really … I got that off a religious website.  What are these dudes smokin’?

Santa is not Satan – in fact, he’s the anti-Satan.  I know, because I saw this movie on TV once, Santa Claus, and it was made in Mexico.   Lucifer was pissed at Santa for some reason so he sent his emissary, Pitch … look at the clip below, that’s Pitch doing an interpretive Evil ballet.  He and those other devils dancing around, they look kind of … ah, flaming.  There were no masked wrestlers around to foil Lucifer’s Evil plan, so Santa had to do it.

Anyhow.  The thing is, even at a time like Christmas when we’re supposed to love or like (or pretend to like) each other, Satan’s in there doing his Evil work.  Always one to piss on a parade, Satan wants to ruin Christmas for everyone because he’s just so Evil.  Santa does his best, but he needs your help in stopping Satan’s mischief this year.  You gotta know where to look for Satan, because he’s a master of disguise.

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Ronnie James Dio – between Heaven and Hell

Posted in Rock Classics!, Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 19, 2010 by 30daysout

Remembering the late, great Ronnie James Dio, who died Sunday of stomach cancer.  It’s almost doing him an injustice to say he was a great metal singer – he was a powerhouse rock singer, period.  Our friends at WFMU radio in Jersey City have a great post today on their Beware of the Blog about Dio’s early years as a duck-tailed rock and roller.

At one time or another, he was lead singer of the Vegas Kings, Ronnie and the Rumblers, Ronnie and the Redcaps, Ronnie Dio and the Prophets and finally, the Electric Elves.  That takes us into Dio’s more familiar territory, as the Elves became simply Elf in 1969 and that’s where Deep Purple guitarist Richie Blackmore first heard Dio’s vocals.

The rest, of course, is history – when Blackmore left Deep Purple he recruited Dio and other members of Elf to become Rainbow.

Dio’s given name was Ronald James Padanova and he took on Dio in 1961 after Mafia member Johnny Dio.  The great post on Beware of the Blog – written by Dave the Spazz, presumably after a mafioso named “Spazz” – also has a few songs from Dio’s early rock and roll career.  I have lifted one to include here … but please go by Dave the Spazz’s great blog post and pick up the others.  Thanks Dave, and thanks to Ronnie James Dio. \m/

MP3: “Love Potion No. 9” by Ronnie Dio and the Prophets

Ronnie James Dio official website

Ronnie James Dio, R.I.P.

Posted in News with tags , , , on May 16, 2010 by 30daysout

Heavy metal superstar Ronnie James Dio has died, according to a statement from his wife Wendy.  Dio, 67, was being treated at Houston’s M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for stomach cancer.  He is of course the lead vocalist for Black Sabbath (replacing Ozzy Osbourne), and the bands Heaven and Hell, Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow and his own group Dio.  He is also credited with inventing the “devil horns” hand sign.  Throw some horns tonight, and remember the great Ronnie James Dio.

Ronnie James Dio official website

MP3: “Catch The Rainbow” by Rainbow

MP3: “Heaven and Hell” by Black Sabbath

MP3: “Time Machine” by Black Sabbath

MP3: “Rainbow In The Dark” by Dio

MP3: “Holy Diver” (live) by Dio

MP3: “The Devil Cried” by Black Sabbath

MP3: “Follow The Tears” by Heaven and Hell

MP3: “Still I’m Sad” by Rainbow

Leave your condolences on Dio’s Facebook page

Song of the Week: Heaven and Hell

Posted in News with tags , , , , on January 4, 2010 by 30daysout

Not the song “Heaven and Hell” by Black Sabbath, it’s the group Heaven and Hell that USED to be Black Sabbath.  They’re performing “Follow The Tears,” from their album The Devil You Know from last year.  This band has more casualties than a MASH unit: singer Ronnie James Dio was diagnosed with the early stages of stomach cancer in November, while the band’s guitarist Tony Iommi recently underwent stem-cell treatment on an injured hand and drummer Vinny Appice had surgery on a shoulder.

Send a “Beast Wishes” get-well card to Ronnie James Dio

Heaven and Hell official website

Sabbath Smackdown: Ozzy vs. Iommi

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on June 1, 2009 by 30daysout

Black Sabbath, back in the day

Ozzy Osbourne is suing one-time bandmate Tony Iommi over the use of the name “Black Sabbath.”  Osbourne contends he should share in any proceeds over the name of the band, which was founded by Iommi.  Ozzy was kicked out of Sabbath in 1979, and Iommi is the only member to stay with the band during its entire 41-year history.

Ironically, when Ozzy was ousted it was then-manager Sharon Arden who helped keep Sabbath afloat by recruiting singer Ronnie James Dio to take Ozzy’s place.  Sharon, of course, became Ozzy’s wife and Dio still sings with the current version of Sabbath, now called Heaven and Hell.   You can read more about the lawsuit at Ozzy’s website.  And here is our review of the latest album from Heaven and Hell.

For a little metal fun, let’s pit the Ozzy version of Black Sabbath against the Dio version: “Iron Man,” from the 1998 Reunion album, against “The Devil Cried,” from Heaven and Hell’s live album from 2007.

MP3: “Iron Man” (live) by Black Sabbath

MP3: “The Devil Cried” (live) by Heaven and Hell

Ozzy Osbourne official website

Heaven and Hell official website

Tony Iommi official website

“The Devil You Know,” by Heaven and Hell

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , on April 28, 2009 by 30daysout


For my heavy metal money, Black Sabbath were there first and they still are among the best practitioners of the form.  Ozzy Osbourne is long gone, and the group is thriving with lead singer Ronnie James Dio under the moniker Heaven and Hell.  The Devil You Know is the first studio album under the Heaven and Hell name (to differentiate from the band led by Ozzy) and guess what – it’s ominous, plodding, and occasionally rocking.

Guitarist Tony Iommi and bass player Geezer Butler snap into wicked grooves or slow it down to a dinosaur pace (think brontosaurus trudging through ten miles of mud) while the voice of the 67-year-old Dio rides over the top of it all.  I actually listened to the lyrics: mostly they tell of some experience with a sometimes-real, sometimes-metaphorical devil, but are sufficiently murky enough not to alienate God-fearing headbangers as well as devout demon worshipers.

Who really listens to this shit for the lyrics, anyway?  The Devil You Know is marred a bit by a sluggish first half, but Iommi’s guitar atmospherics and Dio’s old lady choirmaster quiver save the day.  All hail Black Sabbath!  And Heaven and Hell too!

MP3: “Follow The Tears”

Heaven and Hell official website (stream entire album free)

New Stuff!

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on April 21, 2009 by 30daysout

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Hey, that’s pretty funny – Dave Matthews Band and Black Sabbath together!  Ahem.  OK, we got some new stuff from various sources and without making any value judgements, thought we’d present to you (for a limited time only!). UPDATE: Sorry, time’s up – links removed.

The Dave Matthews Band has Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King coming out on June 2.  The album is named after and dedicated to band member Leroi Moore, who died last August.

MP3: “Funny How It Is” by the Dave Matthews Band

Heaven and Hell is the perfectly legal name for the band formerly known as Black Sabbath, led by the perfectly venerable Ronnie James Dio.  Their newest, The Devil You Know, comes out April 28 and the first single is titled, appropriately, “Bible Black.”

MP3: “Bible Black” by Heaven and Hell

No need to further introduce Bob Dylan – his 46th album is titled Together Through Life, and “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ ” is the first single.  Check out that cool guitar solo from Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers).  This is an unusual Dylan album in that all of the songs here were co-written: Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter collaborated on the words for nine of the 10 songs while “My Wife’s Home Town” co-credits long-dead bluesman Willie Dixon.  Y0u can read more about that here.

MP3: “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ ” by Bob Dylan

Death Cab For Cutie has a new EP, The Open Door, out now.   It includes five tracks, with four previously unreleased songs and a demo version of “Talking Bird” from the 2008 studio album Narrow Stairs.

MP3: “My Mirror Speaks (EP version)” by Death Cab For Cutie

Fastball is an Austin-based unit that had a hit a long time ago with “The Way.”  Miles Zuniga and Co. are back, with the new album Little White Lies, out now.  The title track is a good sample of their catchy power pop.

MP3: “Little White Lies” by Fastball

Sonic Youth just joined Matador Records, and the new album The Eternal is coming June 9.  “Sacred Trickster” is a Kim Gordon tune that’s the leadoff song and first single.

MP3: “Sacred Trickster” by Sonic Youth

30 Days Out (From Christmas): Heavy Holidays

Posted in 30 Days Out (From Christmas) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2008 by 30daysout


Day 13 – No Christmas is complete without some tunes from our heavy metal brethren.  They always put a pretty amusing spin on the holidays, and they’re much closer to Rock and Roll than the likes of Brenda Lee and Bing Crosby.  Our Ronnie James Dio, Lemmy Kilmister and two other selections today are taken from the new We Wish You A Metal Christmas and a Headbanging New Year.  The version of “Silent Night” here with Chuck Billy (Testament) and Scott Ian (Anthrax) is definitely the true spirit of Christmas.  “Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)” is from Savatage, which later morphed into the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  Check out our exclusive holiday interview with TSO singer Tommy Farese here.

MP3: “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi & others

MP3: “Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)” by Savatage

MP3: “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” by Twisted Sister with Lita Ford

MP3: “Merry Xmas Everybody” by Slade

MP3: “Mistress For Christmas” by AC/DC

MP3: “Silent Night” by Chuck Billy, Scott Ian & others

MP3: “White Christmas” by Zakk Wylde

MP3: “Yellin’ At The Xmas Tree” by Billy Idol

MP3: “Run Rudolph Run” by Lemmy Kilmister, Billy Gibbons & Dave

MP3: “Deck The Halls” by Ted Nugent

MP3: “Heavy Metal Christmas (12 Days Of Christmas)” by Twisted Sister

MP3: “We Wish You A Merry (Metal) Xmas” by Jeff Scott Soto, Bruce Kulik & others

YouTube: Ozzy Osbourne and Jessica Simpson, “Winter Wonderland”