Live from Radio City Music Hall (Bonus Video Version)
Heaven & Hell is actually the post Ozzy Osbourne-Bill Ward line-up of Black Sabbath with singer Ronnie James Dio and drummer Vinny Appice, who recorded two definitive albums, Heaven & Hell and The Mob Rules in the early ‘80s and a third release Dehumanizer in 1992. This 2007 reunion gig at Radio City Music Hall in New York City includes two new tracks, the epic “The Devil Cried” and “Shadow of the Wind,” but the real treasures are the immediate post-Ozzy Sabbath classics, “Neon Knights,” “Heaven and Hell,” “Voodoo,” “The Sign of the Southern Cross,” and “The Mob Rules” where the band takes a no-nonsense approach, understanding that the primal power of guitarist Tony Iommi’s powerchords, Geezer Butler’s thick, often fuzzed bass and Vinny Appice’s dexterous, precise drums are all to support one of the most forceful voices in all of hard rock. Ronnie James Dio will never have Osbourne’s peculiar singular zombied style, but instead establishes the hard rock archetype so many others have imitated. The success of this live reunion led to their decision to record new material under this new name.