More Dio Tributes

Biff Byford (Saxon):

“Today I heard my friend Ronnie Dio has lost his battle.

“It is a great loss to us all.

“I first met Ronnie in the early Eighties when we played with Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult, the infamous ‘Black and Blue’ tour.

“I first heard him sing on The Butterfly Ball and from that moment I understood what great singing was all about; he was at the top of his game from then on.

“His voice was always powerful and soaring; his phrasing was uniquely his, copied by many but never bettered.

“I will miss him as we all will.

“The last time we met was in Finland last year, both bands stranded in an airport with flight delays. What do you do?! Go to the bar, get drunk and tell rock and roll stories.

“He told great stories.

“Deepest condolences to his family.

“Somewhere in the night a candle burns for you

“To absent friends.”

Jeff Waters (Annihilator):

“Ronnie was a super-nice person, uniquely talented and has left us all with great music. In a way, it will strange to live and work in a world and business where Ronnie James Dio is no longer on tour, at the festivals, putting out his music.

“You will never be forgotten and will live on in the music of so many others.

“Stand up and shout.”

Random AKA Mega Ran:

“Still speechless.. wow.. R.I.P to the greatest voice in metal. Now there truly is a Rainbow in the Dark.”

Lemmy (Motorhead):

“I’m truly upset, especially since he seemed to be rallying at the Golden Gods show.

“Bon Voyage, Ronnie. Rest in peace.

“I’m devastated”

Corye Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour):

“One of the strongest, purist and consistent singers of all time. Ronnie sang like he lived — all out, from the heart, with so much honesty and joy. He was a great man with a smile and a handshake for fans and peers alike. He spoke his mind and stood his ground for decades. I will miss him dearly.”

Kerry King (Slayer):

“Few people have had the ability to carry a song like Dio, literally demanding your attention as he effortlessly recreated live the amazing things he did on record, it’s odd how things get taken from you quickly…I just saw him a month ago. I know I was lucky to have known Ronnie. One of the nicest guys in the business, without a doubt. He will be hugely missed.”

Duff McKagan (ex Guns n’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, Loaded, Jane’s Addiction):

“My part in this ‘summer music playlist’ it is going to be a touch bittersweet as it turns out.

“Last weekend, Ronnie James Dio succumbed to his battle with stomach cancer. From what I understand, Ronnie fought like a warrior to the end.
“I was supposed to pick a new-ish song for this list, but when it comes to rocking out in the summertime, sometimes you just got to go a little bit old-damn-school.

Last In Line is an ass-kicker right up there with anything, punk, rock, and/or metal, and us rockers owe a bit of reverence to this great man.

“R.I.P., RJD!”

Steve Vai:

“Dio was a shining light of rock/metal authenticity. He was a completely dedicated artist with massive talent. It’s likely that his vital contributions will continue to inspire well into the future. He is now legend. But more than all this, Ronnie was a really cool guy. I mean reeeally cool.

“God bless you, brutha.”

Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind, ex Dream Evil):

“On the night of May 16th, I was shocked to read the news. Ronnie James Dio, a true rock giant, is no longer with us.

“My condolences go out to his family and close ones and my thoughts are with you.

“His music with Dio, Black Sabbath and Rainbow has had a huge impact on me and Firewind‘s sound. One of the bands I used to play in also got its name from one of his songs — that was Dream Evil.

“While I never had the chance to meet him, Firewind played a festival with Heaven & Hell in 2009 and I got to see him perform. No doubt, it was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen and I was amazed by his energy and how spot-on all his notes were.

“His music will continue to inspire and his legacy will live on forever.

“Thank you for your magic, Ronnie James Dio.”

Ozzy Osbourne:

“I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Ronnie James Dio. Metal has truly lost one of its greatest voices. My heart goes out to his family and to his many fans.

“Love and respect.”

Joey Belladonna (Anthrax):

“Ronnie was a big inspiration, influence and dear friend of mine. He was a true gentleman and kind hearted individual. He always would go out of his way to make you feel welcome and important. Without a doubt he was one of the best, top notch and a class act. I will truly miss him.”

Henry Rollins:

“Backstage at the venue. Listening to Rainbow, tonight’s walk-in CD is burning away in my laptop. All Dio all night.

“Ronnie James Dio, the great vocalist of Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell passed away Sunday morning.

“What a loss.

“I have been getting mail all afternoon about it.

“There was an Internet rumor of his passing and it was great to hear that it wasn’t true. I came back from the gym a few hours ago and Angel, our merch man, told me that it was indeed true.

“What a voice, what a loss.

“Dio’s passing made me think of my old bandmates in Black Flag as we used to listen to those records quite a bit.

“Damn, at least he left some amazing records behind.

“The metal world is stunned, I am sure.

“Ronnie James Dio, one of the greatest singers ever.”

Slayer Reschedule Tour Dates

Slayer have announced their new UK tour dates. Ticket from the original two dates are still valid.

May
26 Leeds, Academy
27 Glasgow, Barrowlands
29 Birmingham, Academy
30 Manchester, Academy
31 Nottingham, Rock City

June
02 London, Forum
03 London, Forum

Slayer Cancel All Tour Dates

Slayer have been forced to cancel all upcoming tour dates including Canadian carnage, American carnage and their European headlining tour, as singer Tom Araya needs back surgery.

the bands manager had this to say:

“Tom gave various medical treatments more than a fair shot, but they just haven’t handled the problem, so he’s biting the bullet and is scheduled for back surgery at the end of this month.”

No word on whether the Big Four dates will also be cancelled.

Grammy Nominations

The Grammy nomineesd have been announced and thanks to Classic Rock, heres the nominations that matter:

BEST HARD ROCK PERFORMANCE

AC/DC – War Machine

Alice In Chains – Check My Brain

Metallica – The Unforgiven III

Nickelback – Burn It To The Ground

Linkin Park – What I’ve Done

BEST HEAVY METAL PERFORMANCE

Judas Priest – Dissident Aggressor

Megadeth – Head Crusher

Slayer – Hate Worldwide

Ministry – Senor Peligro

Lamb Of God – Set To Fail

BEST ROCK INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE

Jeff Beck – A Day In The Life

Booker T. Jones – Warped Sister

Steve Vai – Now We Run

Brian Setzer Orchestra – Mr Surfer Goes Jazzin’

Brad Paisley – Playing With Fire

BEST ROCK ALBUM

AC/DC – Black Ice

Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown

Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood – Live From Madison Square Garden

Dave Matthews Band – Big Whiskey And The Groogruz King

U2 – No Line On The Horizon

Slayer Postpone European Tour

“It is with immense disappointment that SLAYER must postpone its U.K. and European tour that had been set to kick off on November 18 in the U.K., and take the band on 19 dates through Europe, ending on December 17 in Germany. The tour will be rescheduled to kick off on March 7 in Manchester, England .

Vocalist/bassist Tom Araya has been under the care of a specialist for a back injury, and while he has already made substantial improvement, he is continuing on with doctor-prescribed treatment.”

Sadly, even after the update a few days back, the tour is postponed, here’s the rescheduled dates:

Mar. 07 – Manchester, England – Academy
Mar. 08 – London, England – Forum
Mar. 09 – London, England – Forum
Mar. 11 – Paris, France – Bataclan
Mar. 13 – Bochum, Germany – Ruhrcongress
Mar. 15 – Tilburg, Holland – 013
Mar. 16 – Tilburg, Holland – 013
Mar. 17 – Brussels, Belgium – AB
Mar. 18 – Herford, Germany – X
Mar. 20 – Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
Mar. 21 – Hamburg, Germany – Docks
Mar. 22 – Cologne, Germany – Live Music Hall
Mar. 24 – Dresden, Germany – Alter Schlachtof
Mar. 25 – Vienna, Austria – Gasometer Early Show
Mar. 26 – Munich, Germany – Zenith (transferred from Tonhalle)
Mar. 28 – Milan, Italy – Alcatraz
Mar. 29 – Milan, Italy – Alcatraz
Mar. 30 – Zurich, Switzerland – Volkshaus Late Show
Mar. 31 – Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
Apr. 02 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
Apr. 03 – Glasgow, UK – Barrowland
Apr. 04 – Leeds, UK – Academy
Apr. 05 – Birmingham, UK – Academy

Slayer UK Tour Update

Slayer recently delayed the Canadian Carnage tour, due to singer Tom Araya needing surgery on his back. As you may know the band have a UK tour coming up this month.

Dave Lombardo: “We did have to put out of a Canadian tour with Megadeth because of Tom’s situation. But, as far as I’m aware the British shows will go ahead. Of course, Tom’s health must take priority. However, he’s making good progress, so we’ll see everyone soon!”

Hopefully Tom is able to do the tour, it’s never good when you have to cancel.

Slayer – World Painted Blood Review

World Painted Blood

Slayer are back with their highly anticipated follow-up to 2006 Christ Illusion.

Produced by the duo of Rick Rubin and Greg Fieldman, the pair notorious for completely ruining Metallica’s Death Magnetic, which has an “overly compressed dynamic range, leading to audible clipping and distortion” (thanks Wiki)

Before I had even heard the album I was worried about the production, and after the release, all I heard was that the production was terrible. Now, let me assure you, the production isn’t perfect, but it is no where as near as bad as Death Magnetic.

The album opens with blast. Title track World Painted Blood is great. A highlight of the album. Compared to Christ Illusion, this album is fantastic, to be completely honest, it is almost up there with Reign In Blood and Seasons In The Abyss. It is a really good album. Much better than my expectations.

There aren’t any bad tracks on it, probably Human Strain is the worst on it, and it’s still an average track. But when you look at songs like Hate Worldwide, which is a beast of a track, encompassing Slayer perfectly. Then there’s Playing With Dolls… Just WOW! Snuff is also a pretty good track.

I’m trying to think of some cons for this album, but I really cannot come up with any, now I’m not saying its perfect, there’s just nothing really wrong with it.

So basically, if the worst song on the album is only average, then this can’t be a bad album, it definitely isn’t. The production isn’t the greatest in the world, but it’s not to the point where it’s hard to listen to. (not pointing any fingers)

If you are even mildly into Slayer, I’d recommend you buy this.

8.5/10

Highlights: Snuff, Hate Worldwide, Playing With Dolls, World Painted Blood