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Tonight I am serving up another couple of KICK ASS SABBATH Covers!

Adrenaline Mob’s “Black Sabbath Medley” is a medley of the following Black Sabbath songs, Into the Void, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Sweet Leaf, Killing Yourself to Live, and Electric Funeral. It comes from their album ‘Dearly Departed’ that was released in February of 2015 and is actually a mixture of both covers and a few rarities from the Adrenaline Mob vault. And the band is no stranger to Sabbath covers as they have also covered the Black Sabbath track, The Mob Rules as well as Dio’s Stand Up and Shout on their 2013 Covertà EP that consisted entirely of cover songs!

And if you aren’t familiar with Adrenaline Mob, they are a heavy metal supergroup that was orignally formed in early 2011 by singer Russell Allen (Symphony X), guitarist Mike Orlando and drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater). Over the years, the band has had a revolving door of musicians pass through it’s ranks. John Moyer, the bassist for Disturbed was also a member of the band for about two years, and Portnoy was later replaced by drummer A. J. Pero of Twisted Sister, who sadly on March 20, 2015, was found unresponsive on the band’s tour bus. He was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead from an apparent heart attack at the age of 55. And unfortunately tragedy has struck the band again! On July 14, 2017, the band’s RV was hit by a tractor trailer in Micanopy, Florida, while they were travelling to St. Petersburg for a concert. They had pulled off I-75 due to a flat tire. Their new bass player David “Z Rock” Zablidowsky (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Jeff Scott Soto band) was killed. Mike Orlando, Russell Allen, and Jordan Cannata were also seriously injured in the accident. To continue his legacy, a David Z. Scholarship Fund has been created for the music school at Brooklyn College. The band had released a new album titled ‘We The People” back in June and as of right now they have kept pretty quiet after the incident most likely taking some much needed time off to heal and of course process what they have been through. Hopefully this hasn’t completely derailed them and they will recover soon and get back out there and do what they love to do… ROCK! Here’s wishing them well and hoping for the best!

Machine Head’s frontman Robb Flynn recorded and released, free an online cover of Black Sabbath’s Die Young, in honor of Debbie Abono and Ronnie James Dio’s passing! The song originally appeared on the Black Sabbath album ‘Heaven and Hell’, the first to feature Dio. Debbie Abono, was a well-respected and much-loved manager and promotional machine behind some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s strongest metal bands (POSSESSED, FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, VIO-LENCE, SKINLAB) She was basically a Bay Area Metal Legend and she actually managed Robb Flynn and Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel when they were members of the band Vio-Lence. She too passed away after a battle with cancer on the same date as Ronnie James Dio (Sunday, May 16, 2010) She was 80 years old.


Black Sabbath’s ‘Sabotage’ Album Turns 42!

Sabotage is the sixth studio album by Black Sabbath, released on 28 July 1975. The title Sabotage was chosen because at the time the band were being sued by their former management and felt they were being “sabotaged all the way along the line and getting punched from all sides”, according to guitarist Toni Iommi. He credits those legal troubles for the album’s angry, heavier sound. In 2001, bassist Geezer Butler explained in an interview that, “We found out that we were being ripped off by our management and our record company. So, much of the time, when we weren’t onstage or in the studio, we were in lawyer’s offices trying to get out of all our contracts. We were literally in the studio, trying to record, and we’d be signing all these affidavits and everything. That’s why it’s called Sabotage – because we felt that the whole process was just being totally sabotaged by all these people ripping us off.” Geezer claimed the band suffered through 10 months of legal cases and admitted, “music became irrelevant to me. It was a relief just to write a song. And in his autobiography I Am Ozzy, singer Ozzy confirms that “writs were being delivered to us at the mixing desk” and drummer Bill Ward “was manning the phones”.

“Symptom of the Universe” has been cited by many critics as one of the earliest examples of thrash metal, which emerged in the early 80’s and of course championed by “The BIG 4”, consisting of Anthrax, Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer! Iommi describes the song’s dynamics in his autobiography Iron Man: “It starts with an acoustic bit. Then it goes into the up-tempo stuff to give it that dynamic, and it does have a lot of changes to it, including the jam at the end.” The final part of “Symptom of the Universe” evolved from an in-studio improvisation, created very spontaneously in a single day and the decision was made to use it in that song.

Sabotage is a mix of heavy, powerful songs and softer experimental tunes. The album opener ‘Hole in the Sky’ and the crunching ‘Symptom of the Universe’ illustrate that! For all their problems, Sabbath’s power remained undimmed on what many consider one of their finest offerings.”

The album’s front cover art has garnered mixed reactions over the years and is regarded by some as one of the worst album covers in rock history. The inverted mirror concept was conceived by Graham Wright, Bill Ward’s drum tech who was also a graphic artist. The band attended what they originally believed was a test photo shoot for the album cover, thus explaining their choice of clothing. Said Ward, “The only thing we didn’t discuss was what we’d all wear on the day of the shot. Since that shoot day, the band has survived through a tirade of clothing comments and jokes that continue to this day”. Ward, in fact, was wearing his wife’s red tights in the photo. The original plan was for each member to appear on the cover dressed in black and had been instructed to bring some stage clothes for preliminary photos, but when they arrived no black costumes had been laid out by the designers and “the original concept had been overruled.” The designers “carried on with the shoot, explaining they would superimpose the images at a later stage and that it would look great, honest. The session was unbelievably rushed, and the outcome was far from what had been originally envisioned … Ironically, the sleeve design that was intended to illustrate the idea of sabotage had instead become a victim of sabotage itself. By the time they saw it, it was too late to change.”


Dio’s ‘Dream Evil’ Album Turns 30!

Originally released on July 21, 1987, Dream Evil was the fourth full-length album from Dio, the band led by former Rainbow and Black Sabbath frontman (and all-around metal legend) Ronnie James Dio. This was the first Dio album without guitarist Vivian Campbell and it features former Rough Cutt members Craig Goldy (who replaced Campbell) and Claude Schnell. It was the last Dio album to feature mascot Murray on the cover and the last to feature drummer Vinny Appice until the 1993 album Strange Highways. It was also the last album to feature bassist Jimmy Bain until the release of 2000’s Magica.

While it’s not as influential as Holy Diver or Last in Line, it’s hard to see Dream Evil as anything other than an essential heavy metal album. It’s a timeless, powerful Dio album, and one with some of his most enduring songs. Dream Evil is a must-have for true Dio fans, and a definite “should have” for just about any fan of the classic heavy metal era.

Dream Evil is a more than worthy continuation of the Dio legacy. Goldy and Dio together were a great combination, both in terms of songwriting and in the way their talents complemented each other. They carry forth the overall Dio sound while at the same time recapturing some of the magic of those early Rainbow albums. As a matter of fact the song “Night People,” that appears on the album, Ronnie had been fooling around with since his days in Rainbow. The album’s first half contains several classic tracks that range from high-speed metal to metal anthem to even a mournful epic. And while the second half isn’t quite as strong, it has a few monster songs and the single “I Could Have Been a Dreamer” which remains a fan favorite.

Dio’s Dream Evil is a must-own for any fan of the late legend and it received a remastered deluxe edition re-release, in 2013 that featured an extra disc featuring 15 bonus tracks. You get the studio song “Hide in the Rainbow” from the Dio EP (and the Iron Eagle soundtrack), the single edit of “I Could Have Been a Dreamer” as well as a full 12-song live performance from the 1987 Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington. It also includes an expanded booklet loaded with vintage photos and notes by British metal journalist Malcolm Dome, which was endorsed by Ronnie’s widow, Wendy. It’s a fantastic reissue all around! Yes, it’s a bit pricy, but it’s worth every penny! It does not disappoint.


46 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Release ‘Master of Reality’!

Master of Reality is the third studio album by Black Sabbath, released July 21, 1971. It is widely regarded as the foundation of doom metal, stoner rock, and sludge metal. It was certified double platinum after having sold over 2 million copies. Master of Reality was Black Sabbath’s first and only top 10 album in the US until 13, forty-two years later.

It was the cough that inspired legions! While Black Sabbath were in Island Studios in London working on their third album, Master of Reality, Ozzy handed guitarist Tony Iommi a very large joint. That’s right they were toking up on “The Devils Lettuce” while in the studio. Tony was recording an acoustic passage and he was hunched over a microphone and the potent cannabis made him cough. Producer Rodger Bain looped the recording of the cough, added delay and used it as the intro to “Sweet Leaf,” a song all about the inspirational qualities of marijuana and the cornerstone of Master of Reality, which was released on July 21, 1971. And the rest as they say is Hard Rock or Heavy Metal History!

On the tracks “Into the Void”, “Children of the Grave”, and “Lord of This World”, Tony Iommi downtuned his guitar to produce what he called a “bigger, heavier sound”. This also reduced string tension, making the guitar less painful for him to play; since he had two of his fingers partially severed in a factory accident years earlier. Geezer Butler also downtuned his bass to match Iommi. Then it got to the point where they tuned it down even lower while Ozzy would then sing higher helping to cement Sabbath’s iconic doom-laden sound! And twenty years later bands like The Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden and Nirvana would utilize the same downtuned guitar sound! And of course they were rewarded with critical acclaim! Again Sabbath laying the foundation for the massive grunge scene and the world of hard rock and heavy metal. Several bands are even named after songs on Master of Reality, or the album itself. I can’t stress enough, how this is another very important album in the Black Sabbath catalog that every metalhead should own!


Ozzfest Meets Knotfest 2017 Lineup Was Announced Earlier This Week

So again, for the second year running, Ozzy Osbourne will join forces with Slipknot & Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor for Ozzfest Meets Knotfest! The two-day event takes place November 4th and 5th at the Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California.

Ozzy, Prophets of Rage and the Deftones are featured on the Nov. 4 Ozzfest slate, while Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson and Stone Sour will headline the Knotfest end of things on Nov. 5. Other bands scheduled for the event include Testament, Goatwhore, High on Fire, Havok, Black Dahlia Murder, Life of Agony, ONI, Code Orange, Kreator, Baroness, Children of Bodom, Orange Goblin, Iron Reagan and many more.

“Teaming up again with Ozzfest means another weekend of the biggest, baddest, loudest and best,” said Corey Taylor. Sharon Osbourne also added that “last year we had over 75,000 people attend. And this year’s event means the world to me as we’ll be among friends. It’s going to be another amazing weekend.”

Stone Sour’s cover of “Children Of The Grave”, originally recorded by Black Sabbath, is from their 2015 Record Store Day exclusive EP titled Meanwhile In Burbank … that consisted of five cover songs from bands that influenced the members of Stone Sour. The 4 remaining covers are songs that were originally recorded by Alice In Chains, KISS, Judas Priest and Metallica – Meanwhile In Burbank is available now on Roadrunner Records.

“Symptom of the Universe” is a Black Sabbath cover by the English stoner metal band Orange Goblin. It comes off the special edition version of their seventh studio album A Eulogy for the Damned released in 2012. And Orange Goblin are no stranger to Black Sabbath covers and they have also recorded versions of the Sabbath songs Into The Void and Hand of Doom. Now technically I cheated with this one because Orange Goblin will actually be playing as part of the The Ozzfest 2017 lineup on Saturday, Nov. 4th at the Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. Hey when you try to do only cover songs in order to keep with a theme it can get a bit tough! Anyways…

Tickets for Ozzfest meets Knotfest are ON SALE NOW and prices range from $29 for single-day general-admission lawn tickets to $239 for two-day general-admission pit passes. A variety of VIP packages are also available for both days. There will be a special pre-fest kickoff on Nov. 3 for all ticketed campers.” To buy tickets to the event click HERE! You can also get more info on Facebook at the official Ozzfest Meets Knotfest page.


Ozzfest Meets Knotfest 2017 Lineup Was Announced Earlier This Week

For the second year running, Ozzy Osbourne will join forces with Slipknot & Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor for Ozzfest Meets Knotfest! The two-day event goes down November 4th and 5th at the Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California.

The Ozzfest portion of the lineup promises a headlining performance from Ozzy along with Prophets of Rage, Deftones, Kreator, Baroness, Children of Bodom, Orange Goblin, and Iron Reagan, among others.

Knotfest boasts Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Stone Sour, Testament, Code Orange, Goatwhore, High on Fire, Havok, Black Dahlia Murder, Life of Agony, and ONI, among others. Not surprisingly, Nickelback is not on the lineup. LOL

“Last year’s show with Black Sabbath was just incredible,” Ozzy said in a press release announcing the shows. “I’m thrilled to be coming back solo this year with Zakk Wylde (back in the band), Tommy Clufetos, Ron “Blasko” Nicholson and Adam Wakeman to headline the 21st anniversary of Ozzfest.”

“Thunder Underground” is deep track from Ozzy’s seventh studio album Ozzmosis that was released in October of 1995 on Epic Records. The album reached number 22 on the UK Albums Chart and number four on the US Billboard 200. “Perry Mason”, “See You on the Other Side” and “I Just Want You” were released as singles. The album has been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and has sold over 3 million copies.

“Shot in the Dark” is an Ozzy Osbourne cover by the Finnish metal band Children of Bodom. It was released as a Japan reissue bonus track on their third studio album Follow the Reaper back in October of 2000/2001. It can also be found on 2010’s ‘A Salute To Ozzy Osbourne & Black Sabbath’ tribute album which you can find on And you can find Children of Bodom rocking the stage as part of the The Ozzfest 2017 lineup on Saturday, Nov. 4th at the Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California.

Single-day and two-day passes for Ozzfest meets Knotfest are ON SALE NOW and you can get yours HERE! You can also get more info on Facebook at the official Ozzfest Meets Knotfest page.


Tomorrow is Ronnie James Dio’s birthday! Tonight we pay Tribute!

Ronald James Padavona was born on July 10, 1942 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to Italian-American parents who had moved there from New York, where they had grown up, due to Dio’s father’s service in the U.S. Army during World War II. And the rest as they say is Heavy Metal history! And what a long history it was!

Recorded in a New York studio prior to the release of the Rainbow classic ‘Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll is the title track from the third studio album by the band Rainbow, led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple fame. The album ‘Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll’ was released in April of 1978 and it was the last to feature original lead vocalist Ronnie James Dio. After the release and extensive world tour in 1977–78, Blackmore decided that he wanted to take the band in a new commercial direction away from the “sword and sorcery” theme. Dio on the other did did not agree with this change and he left Rainbow. And believe it or not Blackmore then asked vocalist Ian Gillan, also formerly of Deep Purple, to replace Dio, but Gillan turned him down. Which when you think about it is ironic or funny because he ended up later replacing Dio as the vocalist for Black Sabbath in 1983 for the ‘Born Again’ album. I chose this track tonight for a couple of reasons. First of all, because this was actually my first exposure to Ronnie James Dio, my Uncle used to crank the hell out of this album all the time!” It was always on repeat and I loved it! Also according to some critics, Long Live Live Rock ‘n’ Roll “would be cited as the last great album Rainbow would ever make, although they did enjoy a great deal of chart success in the post-Dio era.” The album is often cited as a strong influence on the formation of the Power metal genre, especially on its fantasy-themed lyrics and aesthetics. Another track on the album Kill the King has been referenced as “the first Power metal song”.

One of last songs ever recorded by Ronnie!

Metal Will Never Die featuring Ronnie James Dio on vocals is actually a track by David “Rock” Feinstein, a former member of Ronnie Dio & The Prophets and Elf (both bands of course also featured Ronnie) and he is the leader of the legendary New York band The Rods and well he just so happens to also be Ronnie’s cousin! The track comes of his “Bitten By The Beast” solo album that was released in November of 2010, and it was one of the last-ever recorded vocals by Dio before his death that same year. David said in an interview that “I feel like it was meant for me to write ‘Metal Will Never Die’, And it was meant to be that Ronnie should sing it! Whatever power it was that brought the two of us back together musically, I am so thankful for. Now, ‘Metal Will Never Die’ means more to me than any other song that I have written in my whole career as a songwriter and musician!” Wow. Pretty strong stuff! Nobody sings like Dio did. Such a strong powerful voice and commanding presence for a man who stood only 5′ 4″! The track Metal Will Never Die can also be found on The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2 compilation album that was released in 2012 that includes tracks from the band Dio’s seventh through tenth studio albums.

Alright so once again Happy Birthday to the late great Ronnie James Dio who would have turned 75 tomorrow on July 10, 2017. His Legend will live forever in metal history!


33 years ago last week, The Last in Line was released! Tonight I’ll spin a couple of tracks from it.

The Last In Line is the second studio album by the band Dio. It was released on July 2, 1984. For Ronnie James Dio, the title of his bands second album, could very well have referenced the legendary singer’s lengthy wait for much-deserved solo stardom after decades serving as the ultimate team player! After all, the previous year’s hit Holy Diver was a debut album in name only. Between his recent exploits with Black Sabbath (whose career he helped save from oblivion), prior service with Ritchie Blackmore‘s Rainbow, the band Elf and countless, oft-forgotten groups dating all the way back to the late ’50s, Ronnie had been preparing for this for a long, long time!

As with Holy Diver, Ronnie produced The Last in Line, which had been recorded at the same Caribou Ranch Studio, right here in Colorado already made famous by Elton John‘s LP of the same name. It welcomed back the same core trio of musicians — guitarist Vivian Campbell, bassist Jimmy Bain and drummer Vinnie Appice. Everyone contributing excellent song ideas, as well as their talents. The addition of former Rough Cutt keyboard player Claude Schnell gave their efforts new dimensions, and the end results were, as Dio himself might have put it, magic.

An instant success story around the world, The Last in Line hit No. 4 in the U.K. chart and No. 24 in the U.S., on its way to earning a gold certification within two months of its release, and powering through to platinum sales by the following year (thus becoming the first Dio LP to earn that distinction). The album, along with Holy Diver and Sacred Heart, was released in a new 2-CD Deluxe Edition on March 19, 2012 through Universal for worldwide distribution outside the U.S.

The Last in Line was so significant that a band with the name Last In Line was formed in 2012 by former members of the original lineup of Dio. Following the death of Ronnie James Dio in 2010, the original lineup of drummer Vinny Appice, bassist Jimmy Bain, guitarist Vivian Campbell, and keyboardist Claude Schnell reunited along with vocalist Andrew Freeman to perform the Dio songs they originally recorded.

*NOTE: Read the original article at UltimateClassicRock.Com


Tonight in BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ we are blowing crap up and celebrating the 4th of July with 2 explosive fireworks-themed tracks!

“Shot in the Dark” is the ninth and final track on Ozzy Osbourne’s 1986 album The Ultimate Sin. It marks the final appearance of lead guitarist Jake E. Lee and the first and only Ozzy album to feature bassist Phil Soussan, who co-wrote the hit single. Drummer Randy Castillo, who had previously played in Lita Ford’s band, also makes his recording debut with Ozzy. The official music video for the song featured an appearance by Frank Zappa’s son Dweezil. “Shot in the Dark” was a top-ten hit on Mainstream rock radio and Ozzy and Phil have been battling each other in court for years over the songwriting credits. In spite of its success, the song has rarely appeared on any Ozzy greatest hits compilations as a result. One exception was the original release of The Ozzman Cometh; however, the song was later omitted from the 2002 re-mastered re-release of this compilation and replaced with “Miracle Man.” Both Just Say Ozzy and The Ultimate Sin were deleted from Ozzy’s catalog in 2002 (although they are now available on iTunes and all digital outlets.

“Fire in the Sky” is the sixth song on Ozzy’s 1988 album No Rest for the Wicked. The album was certified gold in December ’88 and has since gone double platinum. It peaked at lucky number 13 on the Billboard 200. It is the recording debut of lead guitarist Zakk Wylde, after parting ways with Jake E. Lee. Bassist/lyricist Bob Daisley also made his return to Ozzy’s band, the two had a falling out after the Bark at the Moon album in ’85. Once Wicked’s recording was complete, Daisley was out once again, and replaced by Ozzy’s former Black Sabbath bandmate Geezer Butler.


Live & Loud is a live album by Ozzy Osbourne, released on 28 June 1993. At the time, it was to supposed be Ozzy’s final album following his final tour before retiring, aptly titled “No More Tours”. The track “Black Sabbath” featured the original line-up of Black Sabbath, the members of which were invited to join Ozzy as guest stars for the Costa Mesa Reunion shows.

In addition to the standard release in a ‘fat-boy’ 2CD case, the album was released as a digipak with a metal ‘speaker grille’ cover and included tattoos, as well as the booklet; the official release was preceded by a single CD sampler issued as a promotional item. A DVD of Live & Loud was also issued. It was one of the very first music compilations released in that format. The DVD is a compilation of live footage from several shows rather than a single concert: this is evident as Ozzy and can be seen both shirtless and then wearing different clothes during the same song, while guitarist Zakk Wylde can be seen playing up to three different guitars in the same song!

Ozzy won a Grammy for the version of “I Don’t Want to Change the World” included in this album.

The album, along with The Ultimate Sin and Just Say Ozzy, has since been deleted from Ozzy’s catalog and was not remastered or reissued along with the rest of his albums in 2002. This is mainly due to a continuing legal struggle with bassist/songwriter Phil Soussan over the song “Shot in the Dark”, present in the three albums. Despite this, the live track “I Don’t Want to Change the World” appeared on “The Ozzman Cometh” and The Essential Ozzy Osbourne compilations. Copies of the 1995 remastered CDs are still available on

Ozzy has signed on to headline Moonstock, a unique four day music festival that has been purposely scheduled to coincide with a total solar eclipse. The festival will take place August 18 through 21 at Walker’s Bluff Vineyard in Carterville, Illinois, with the final day being the solar eclipse. At exactly 1:20 PM, during the eclipse, Ozzy will kick off his live set with his solo track “Bark At The Moon,’ which is absolutely fitting! Waalker’s Bluff is a picturesque winery hidden amongst the wooded environs of southern Illinois, and there will be camping options available for those attending Moonstock. To commemorate the occasion, Walker’s Bluff have also begun selling their Ozzy Osbourne Solar Red wine, which can be found at this location.

Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, Hellyeah, Theory of a Deadman, Pop Evil, All That Remains, Saliva, Otherwise and several other KILO bands are set to perform as well. (Totally wish I was going! I would kill to attend!)