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BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 4/30/17

“THE DEVIL CRIED” and we “FOLLOW THE TEARS” tonight at 9!

“The Devil Cried” is a song by Black Sabbath 2.0 featured on the compilation Black Sabbath: The Dio Years. It peaked on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks at No. 38 and was one of three new recordings the group did for the compilation (the others being “Shadow of the Wind” and “Ear in the Wall”). According to Dio in the “Heaven and Hell Road Movie” extra on the Live from Radio City Music Hall DVD, the song is about the ability to return to Heaven if a soul in Hell could succeed in actually making Satan cry.

Black Sabbath: The Dio Years, released in April 2007, is a CD compilation of recordings made during Ronnie James Dio’s tenure in the band. It contains full album length, remastered tracks culled from all three studio albums: Heaven and Hell (1980), Mob Rules (1981), Dehumanizer (1992), and the live album Live Evil (1982). Plus the aforementioned three newly recorded songs.

After the recording was completed the band members decided to tour under the moniker Heaven & Hell, in order to differentiate the project from the Ozzy Osbourne-led Black Sabbath. The name of course was taken from the first Dio-fronted Black Sabbath album, 1980’s Heaven and Hell.

“Follow the Tears” is a song from The Devil You Know, the only studio album by the band Heaven & Hell; a collaboration featuring founding Black Sabbath members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler along with former Black Sabbath members Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice. The album was released on April 28, 2009 and it was Ronnie James Dio’s final studio appearance prior to his death from stomach cancer in May 2010. It reached the top 10 in its first week of release, debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart, with 30,000 copies sold.

The album artwork is adapted from a painting by Per Øyvind Haagensen entitled Satan. The artwork features the numbers 25 and 41. Geezer Butler stated in an interview that the numbers refer to the Bible verse Matthew 25:41, which deals with the Last Judgment where “those who sit at the left side of God are cast down into Hell” He also has explained that the name of the album is a reference to the name of the band, as fans know them as Black Sabbath.


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