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BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 7/8/18 – THE END?

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 7/8/18 – THE END?

This is my last show on 94.3 KILO. Or is it? Either way it’s been hell of a lot of fun! Thank you ALL again for listening! YOU ROCK! \,,/

“Metal Will Never Die” is one of the last-known recorded songs by the late great Ronnie James Dio and it originally appears on “Bitten By The Beast”, the solo album from Dio’s cousin David “Rock” Feinstein — a former member of RONNIE DIO & THE PROPHETS, THE ELECTRIC ELVES, ELF, and the leader of the legendary New York band THE RODS. The track was later re-released on The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2, greatest hits compilation in 2012.

This Tuesday, July 10, Ronnie would have turned 76! Of course he was taken from us far too soon, he passed away after his battle with stomach cancer in 2010 at the age of 67.

While it is true that I am leaving KILO and I won’t be on the air here anymore, I’m not moving or anything like that so I will still be around, out and about still going to shows here in town, listening to the station and stalking them on the streets just like you. So in fact KILO Nation, I will… see you on the other side… of the mic.

“See You on the Other Side” is a song co-written by Ozzy, longtime guitarist Zakk Wylde and the legendary Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead. It was was one three singles released from Ozzmosis, the seventh solo studio album by Ozzy which came out in October of ’95.

It’s meaning is definitely open to interpretation, however it is most likely about the pain of death and the hope of being reunited with loved ones awaiting our arrival on the ‘other side’. In the song Ozzy could be making reference to his long deceased parents, his dear friend Randy Rhoads, or supposedly in an interview somewhere he claims to have written it about another friend that had recently died, comedian Sam Kinison. Then again, maybe hes even thinking about his own mortality in this one – it could honestly be lots of things. And I my friends am using it to say to you tonight that after 17 years of being air or working in radio, even though I am leaving I will still see you out there on the other side of the mic.

“Goodbye to Romance” (2010 guitar & vocal only mix) is from the 2011 Expanded Edition of Blizzard of Ozz, Ozzy’s debut solo album that was originally released September 1980. The song is about Ozzy’s split from Black Sabbath. After recording eight albums with them, he was fired after a nasty spat or disagreement with guitarist and co-founding member Tony Iommi. It was a very emotional time for Ozzy, as he had sunk deep into depression and substance abuse and was not sure whether he would be successful or not on his own. When in reality he ended up selling a lot more records as a solo artist than the version of Black Sabbath that carried on without him. And of course he also became an unlikely media mogul, with his own festival (Ozzfest), reality TV show star (The Osbournes) his very own column in Rolling Stone (“Ask Dr. Ozzy”) and of course his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and his induction finally into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Now of course I am not saying I am gonna go off and do all of that but I am leaving here saying “Goodbye to the Romance of Radio” in order to move on and hopefully do bigger and better things in order to improve my own life. Because in the end, it’s all about that “Quality of Life” my friends. Thank you ALL, from the bottom of my heart for your support and for tuning in each weekend to BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ. And just so you know, there is a really good chance I will be back doing just that. And if you would still like to hear it please hit up KILO and let ’em know! However at this time it is still being discussed or in the works. So until then, I’ll… See You On The Other Side!

Sincerely,

BOBBY OZ

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 7/7/18

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 7/7/18

This is my last weekend at 94.3 KILO. It’s been an Oz-some ride. Thank you for listening!

“Killing Yourself to Live” is a track off of Black Sabbath’s fifth studio album Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, released in December 1973. One of my favorites that I am sure had a totally different meaning for the Sab 4, since at this point in their career they were all deep into substance abuse and fatigued. Still I can relate. Sometimes in life we gotta do what we gotta do to make ends meet and survive. Like working our asses off holding down 2 to 3 different jobs all for minimum wage, struggling every day but yet we go on fighting the good fight. However in the process we are slowly killing ourselves in the grind and we aren’t even living anymore we are just slaves to the dollar. And let’s face, in the end we can’t take it with us! But then again maybe we are doing it all so our families can have a better life. But will they when we’re gone? Take the time to live my friends we only get one chance at this!

“Road to Nowhere” is from 1991’s No More Tears, Ozzy’s sixth solo studio album. Co-written with longtime guitarist Zakk Wylde and the late great Randy Castillo, Ozzy’s drummer at the time.

In the song, Ozzy is looking back on his life and the mistakes he’s made. He still finds life a mystery… and he’s still searching for the answers, “the meaning of life” if you will. This is a reflection on Ozzy’s real life. He had just gone sober after over 20 years of drug and alcohol abuse. also his manager.

And I think we can all relate to this one, am I right? We have all pondered why we are here and what is our purpose? Are we stuck in a dead end job, do we drink too much, have we too made a lot of bad past decisions that put us in the predicament we are in today? And even if all of that is true, would we really change anything if given a second chance? Well I can’t speak for you but pretty sure at times I would have done things differently, that’s for damn sure! But then again that’s how we learn those valuable lessons in life. Through our experiences, whether good or bad. Just remember that no matter what if you don’t like where you are at, “There’s still time to change the road you’re on.”

“Life Won’t Wait” is one of three singles released from Scream, Ozzy’s last and most recent solo album as of 2018. It came out back in June 2010.

I would say this one is pretty self explanatory. Life won’t wait on you so… live it to the fullest before it passes you by! Take chances, try new things, start completing your bucket list now! Before time runs out on you!

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 7/1/18

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 7/1/18

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY KILO NATION!

“Shot in the Dark” is the ninth and final track on Ozzy Osbourne’s 1986 solo 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.

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 6/30/18

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 6/30/18

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 previous 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!


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

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 6/24/18

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 6/24/18

“TV Crimes” is a track from Dehumanizer, the sixteenth studio album by Black Sabbath, released in June of 1992. It was the first Sabbath studio album in over a decade to feature Ronnie James Dio on lead vocals and Vinny Appice on drums. It is also the first in nine years to feature original bassist Geezer Butler.

Originally, Sabbath’s drummer at the time, Cozy Powell was scheduled to play on the album, however during the rehearsals he was immobilized by a broken pelvic bone sustained in a bizarre horse riding accident. Dio then wanted to replace Powell with Simon Wright, from AC/DC and his own band, but Butler and Iommi rejected him. They instead recruited Vinny Appice, who had served as Sabbath’s drummer during most of Dio’s previous tenure with the band, from 1980–’82.

And it was a good move. Vinny’s steady bombastic beats and simple, effective fills energized his band mates, resulting in what many consider one of Sabbath’s heaviest albums both musically and lyrically. Themes on the album vary from a computer worshiped as a god, to televangelists, individualism and doubts about the afterlife. In my personal opinion this album is a classic-metal masterpiece! Ans it is by far one of their best with Dio on vocals. Yet, somehow this album still remains criminally underrated to most!

Sadly this incarnation of Sabbath ended again when Dio’s contract with the band ended several days before the Costa Mesa reunion shows in November 1992. While on tour for the album, the band told Dio that Sabbath would be opening up for Ozzy in L.A. as part of his original “No More Tours” farewell tour. According to Iommi, Dio quit because of this, referring to Ozzy as a “clown”! Judas Priest vocalist “The Metal God”, Rob Halford ended up filling in for the shows. Halford and Dio were close friends so Rob would only do the shows with Ronnie’s blessing, which he received when they spoke by phone.

Dio would not record or perform with the band again until 2006.

Dehumanizer is included in the Black Sabbath box set The Rules of Hell, a collection of all four albums from the Dio era of the band in remastered form.

“Let Me Hear You Scream”, is the lead single from Scream, Ozzy Osbourne’s, eleventh studio album released in June of 2010 and his last solo album to date. It was recorded in Ozzy’s home studio called “The Bunker” in Los Angeles, California and was produced by himself and Kevin Churko, best known for his work with Hellyeah, Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch, In This Moment, Gemini Syndrome, Kobra and the Lotus, Asking Alexandria and many more. They had previously worked together on Ozzy’s Black Rain in ’07. The album was commercially successful, reaching number 4 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and number 12 on the UK Albums Chart.

It is also the only Ozzy album to feature guitarist Gus G, who replaced long-term guitarist Zakk Wylde, who by the way, is currently back in the band for the “No More Tours 2” trek.

“Let Me Hear You Scream” hit number 1 on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, which is Ozzy’s second single to achieve such a feat. And in a stunt to promote the album, at the LA Dodgers vs. LA Angels Major League Baseball game on June 12, 2010, Ozzy encouraged the crowd to scream the title of the album as loud as they could and for as long as possible. The goal was to earn the Guinness World Record for loudest and longest scream from a crowd, and it was a success! The stadium beat the previous record set by a group of Finnish Boy Scouts. All the money was donated to ThinkCure! to aid in cancer research.

CBS had also promoted “Let Me Hear You Scream” in their television show CSI: NY, as it was featured in the 6th-season episode titled “Redemption”.

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 6/23/18

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 6/23/18

R.I.P. VINNIE PAUL!

Vincent Paul Abbott, a.k.a. Vinnie Paul, legendary drummer for Pantera, Damageplan and Hellyeah as well as rock producer has passed away at 54. According to his family he passed away in his sleep. No further details are available at this time.

Tonight in BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ we honor BIG VIN with some Sabbath covers performed by Pantera!


As a tribute, Pantera has recorded three different covers of Black Sabbath songs (all from the Ozzy Osbourne era). The first was “Planet Caravan”, for the first Sabbath tribute album, Nativity in Black, and it eventually became the final track on their Far Beyond Driven record. The band also recorded Sabbath’s “Electric Funeral” on the second Nativity in Black. Plus a previously unreleased cover of Sabbath’s “Hole in the Sky” was included on the 2003 compilation album, The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys’ Vulgar Hits! And Pantera’s affinity for Black Sabbath is also shown through the lyrics, “Your trust is in whiskey and weed and Black Sabbath”, in “Goddamn Electric”. The same song also mentions Slayer, one of the band’s thrash metal influences.
Pantera toured on Ozzfest as main stage acts twice; the band played at the second annual Ozzfest in 1997 and the fifth Ozzfest in 2000.

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 6/17/18

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 6/17/18

Happy Father’s Day KILO Nation! Tonight we pay tribute to all the hard working & rocking Dads out there!

“Junior’s Eyes” is the 3rd track on Never Say Die! the eighth studio album by Black Sabbath, released in September 1978. It was the last studio album with the band’s original lineup and also the last to feature original vocalist Ozzy Osbourne until 13 in 2013.

Prior to recording, Ozzy briefly quit the band and was temporarily replaced by former Savoy Brown and Fleetwood Mac vocalist Dave Walker. The band wrote a handful of songs with Walker, with that short-lived line-up even performing an early version of what would later become “Junior’s Eyes” on the BBC programme Look Hear. Ozzy eventually rejoined the band, refusing to sing any of the songs written with Walker so they were were redone, including “Junior’s Eyes”, which was rewritten to be about the then-recent death of Ozzy’s father John Thomas “Jack” Osbourne.

“The Chosen One” is the 6th song on Pride and Glory, Zakk Wylde’s first self-fronted band and album. It has more of a Southern rock sound than any of his other albums incorporating the likes of banjo, harmonica and mandolin.

Upon its release, their one and only album was seen as an almost complete departure from the music Zakk was known for with Ozzy, but the album’s dominant Southern rock sound proved to remain a prevalent influence on Zakk’s own music including the debut Black Label Society album Sonic Brew. Zakk’s songwriting skills come to the forefront; as there is a great deal of variety and the songs themselves are very dynamic, with a very loose jam-band feel to a number of them.

Coming together in ’91, during the No More Tours supposed-retirement tour for Ozzy, the band was originally named Lynyrd Skynhead due to their predominant southern rock influence. Zakk abandoned the project and went on to rlease first solo-album, Book of Shadows, in 1996. After that he formed Black Label Society in 1998, which remains his current band, as well as being back in as the gunslinger for Ozzy’s band as well!

The song “The Chosen One” was written about Zakk’s father Jerome F. Wielandt, who passed away in 2009. Zakk said his father, served as an inspiration to him and his music throughout his life. His influence on his life and the life of others has motivated him in ways that have been both unexpected and profound. “My father meant more than the world to me, and his passing will no doubt influence my direction in life and career as this new year continues to unfold.”

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 6/16/18

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 6/16/18

Happy Father’s Day Weekend!

“Crazy Babies”, is one of three singles released off of the the ‘No Rest For The Wicked’ album released in September of ’88. It was one of the very first songs that Zakk Wylde and Ozzy ever composed together and it is NOT about crack babies (which yeah, that idiotic description actually circulates around stupid song meaning internet sites) but it is in fact just a just a metaphor used to describe teen rebellion, supposedly inspired by my generation, the 80s and 90s, and the kids who grew up then or something along those lines. Now contrary to popular belief the girls who appear on the album cover and in the video for the song did not include Kelly Osbourne or any of Ozzy’s daughters, they were a pair of twins and some other actresses affectionately nicknamed “The Rats” by the director.

And of course Ozzy has some Crazy Babies himself! Some real wild ones. And not so wild. He has a 6 pack of kids in all. A perfect number of children for the Prince of Darkness!

Ozzy has two daughters and a son with Sharon Arden Osbourne, that of course is Aimee, Kelly and Jack, his most famous three offspring. And he also has one daughter Jessica Osbourne and two sons, Louis John Osbourne and one whom he adopted, Elliot Kingsley Osbourne. All three are from his first marriage to Thelma Riley.

“Children of the Grave” by Black Sabbath is from their 1971 album Master of Reality. The song lyrically continues with the same anti-war themes brought on by “War Pigs” and “Electric Funeral” from Paranoid, adding in Geezer Butler’s pacifist ideals of non-violent civil disobedience. Two previously unreleased versions of this song are released on the deluxe edition of Master of Reality. The first is a version with alternate lyrics, the second an instrumental version.

The song has been featured on several greatest hits and live albums. And of course I took liberties with this one including it solely based on the title and due to the fact that on past Father Days editions I got several requests from you to play it! (So there ya go! You’re welcome!)

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 6/9/18

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 6/9/18

’13’ is the nineteenth and final studio album by Black Sabbath. It was released on June 10, 2013. It is the only studio album released by the band since Forbidden (1995) and it was also the first studio album to feature original singer Ozzy Osbourne since 1978’s Never Say Die!

“God Is Dead?” was the first single from Black Sabbath’s album 13, and the first with Ozzy Osbourne since 1998’s “Psycho Man” and “Selling My Soul” from Reunion. Both the song title and figure on the single’s cover are a reference to Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher who is famous for saying that “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers?” The music video, directed by Peter Joseph, known for the Zeitgeist film series, was released on 10 June 2013.

The song won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance on January 26, 2014. This was Black Sabbath’s first Grammy Award in 14 years.

Black Sabbath’s original line-up first began work on a new studio album in 2001 with producer Rick Rubin. The album’s development was delayed over a ten-year period, as Ozzy resumed his solo career while the rest of the band members went on to pursue other projects, including GZR and Heaven & Hell. When Black Sabbath announced the end of their hiatus on 11 November 2011, the band announced that they would restart work again on that new album with Rubin. In addition to original members Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and guitarist Tony Iommi, they were joined in the recording sessions by drummer Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, following original drummer Bill Ward’s decision to not participate in the reunion, due to the now infamous “contractual dispute”.

“Zeitgeist” recalls “Planet Caravan,” from 1970’s Paranoid, with shimmering acoustic guitars and gentle-Druid hand drums set against restrained jazzbo soloing by Tony Iommi. This is the most mellow track from Black Sabbath’s nineteenth album, 13. Again this is more or less an updated version of or a sequel to “Planet Caravan” with its over-processed vocals, spacey motif and Django Reinhardt-influenced guitar playing.

Even the lyrics continue the theme of long distance space travel or being hopelessly lost in time and adrift in outer space.

The word Zeitgeist is a concept from 18th to 19th-century German philosophy, translated as “spirit of the age” or “spirit of the times”. It refers to an invisible agent or force dominating the characteristics of a given era, period or stage; in world history.

Discussing the album in an exclusive interview with NME.COM, Geezer Butler recalled: “Originally the record company wanted us to do 13 songs so that we’d have choices. We’d get to ten and we’d go ‘OK, that’s it, we’re not writing any more’. They’d say ‘No, we want 13′ so it was like … let’s call the album ’13’ just to piss them off… and then we ended up doing 16!” And that’s exactly what the band did! The original release of the final album contained only 8 tracks but however you can get the remaining tracks by picking up either the Deluxe Edition of the album, the Best Buy bonus disc version or on The End EP that was only available at dates on their final tour. The End EP’s first four tracks are unreleased songs from the ’13’ sessions and the rest were recorded live on The End tour throughout 2013–2014.

The artwork for the album was created by Zip Design in London. Zip commissioned a sculptor to create an 8-foot-tall #13″ from wicker, which was then set on fire in the Buckinghamshire countryside. The flames were said to be visible for miles and miles. The image was then shot by a professional photographer to create the final version of the cover.

’13’ reached No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart after its first week of sales. It is the band’s first album to top the UK chart since Paranoid (1970). The album also reached No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 charts, selling 155,000 copies in the first week. (Overall the album went to hit No. 1 in more than 50 countries!!!)

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 5/27/18

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 5/27/18

DIO’s Metal Masterpiece ‘Holy Diver’ just turned 35!

Holy Diver is the seminal debut album by the band DIO, released May 25, 1983. Vocalist Ronnie James Dio had just quit or been kicked out Sabbath (depending on who tells the story) and he took drummer Vinny Appice with him to put together his own band. He then recruited bassist Jimmy Bain, whom he played with in Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and then hired 20-year-old unknown Irish guitar whiz Vivian Campbell (now in Def Leppard) and the rest as they say was hard rock or heavy metal history! The album was recorded and self-produced by Ronnie at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, CA and has been hailed by music critics as Dio’s best work and a classic staple in the heavy metal genre. Holy Diver literally kicks ass from beginning to end, with the opening adrenaline-charged fist pumper “Stand Up and Shout” to the darker, slow cooking closer “Shame on the Night”! All killer and no filler, full of epic rockin’ DIO classics!


“Holy Diver” was released in August of ’83 as the lead off single from the band’s debut album of the same name. Although it only reached number 40 on the Mainstream Rock chart at that time, today it is one of Dio’s most popular songs. Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the song was placed on the list of post-9/11 inappropriate titles. However I don’t think KILO ever stopped playing it! The cheesy music video for “Holy Diver”, directed and edited by Arthur Ellis, features Dio as a hairy barbarian adventuring through a desolate church striking down enemies with a sword! (Hey it was the 80’s!) Sadly this video has since been removed from YouTube and other online sources due to some sort of copyright claim by Warner Music Group.


“Rainbow in the Dark” was the second single released by the band Dio, taken from their Platinum-selling 1983 debut album, Holy Diver. Assisted by MTV, it reached #12 on Billboard’s Album Rock Tracks. It was #13 on VH1’s “Top 40 Greatest Metal Songs”.

Dio’s imaginative and narrative lyrics struck a chord with the fantasy and role-playing generation, who were thrilled by Ronnie’s numerous references to dragons, magic and mystery. More than any other metaphor, though, the rainbow stood out as one of the record’s most powerful symbols, one Dio had used before as early as his blues band Elf and of course with the Rainbow as well.

“A rainbow is a natural phenomenon that is so awesome and so seldom seen, that it never fails to draw a response from us all,” he told Let it Rock in 2005. “Rainbows have always made me realize how insignificant we can be in the grand scheme of things.”

“Rainbow In The Dark” was covered by Corey Taylor, with support from Steel Panther guitarist Satchel, Stone Sour drummer Roy Mayorga, plus touring buddies Jason Christopher and Christian Martucci for the 2014 Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life – Tribute album.

The iconic album art for Holy Diver depicted the band’s devil mascot, Murray, standing behind a mountain, wielding or spinning a silver chain that’s also tightly wrapped around a man, who appears to be a priest, in the water below, giving the appearance that he is drowning him. The sinister image fueled rumors that Ronnie James Dio was a Satanist, and some thought the “Dio” logo read “Devil” when turned upside-down (Dio dismissed the interpretation as coincidence). He was quick to argue that appearances are misleading, that it could just as easily be a priest killing a devil, or being saved by him, wanting people to not rush to “judge a book by its cover”.

Holy Diver would achieve platinum status by the end of the Eighties, and serve as an influential touchstone for everyone from Killswitch Engage to Tenacious D.! In the end if Ronnie James Dio hadn’t been outed of Black Sabbath due to an ego battle that took place during the mixing sessions for the band’s 1982 album Live Evil, one of the hallmarks of pounding commercial metal, Holy Diver, might never have surfaced from the depths!

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