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Dio Glasgow August 10th


My first ever Dio show and what can i say i hope it aint my last , it was unbelievable. The crowd was great and the band loved it. They were goin 2 leave the stage but didnt and Dio said 1 moe song , they done this like 3 times and ended up finishing with Neon Nights which i think is rare cause Dio says "heres one we dont normally do , but since u guys are awesome etc............"

Really just a great show and i would rate it almost as good as a DP show, unbelievable!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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Re: Dio Glasgow August 10th


Did they do Gates Of Babylon then and how did Craig Goldy handle the solo?
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Re: Dio Glasgow August 10th


ABSOLUTELY AWESOME SHOW!!!

Yes, they did Gates Of Babylon, and Goldy handled the solo superbly well.

A fuller review to follow once I've calmed down..... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Re: Dio Glasgow August 10th


I'll leave this one for Big J but what an awesome show , i still can't get away wwith how good it was emoticon emoticon

RAINBOW IN THE DARK WAS AWESOME !!!

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The Academy was absolutely packed - what seemed to me a strange ploy of positioning a black screen in front of the bar area proved to be a masterstroke. It cut off standing room for maybe 50 or so, but had the effect of ensuring that everyone was in the main standing area and not hanging about the bar.

I only caught the last 3 or 4 songs from support band Viking Skull, but that was enough! Basic, heavy metal thudding with some amusing song titles/lyrics (Beer, Drugs and Bitches, Dirty Whore), but by the end of their set I was glad to see the back of them. They're obviously not meant to be taken seriously, but I could think of many other bands more in tune with a Dio audience who would have been far better choices as support (Cornerstone anybody? Celtic Legacy? emoticon ).

The lights dimmed, the Killing The Dragon intro tape played and the sense of anticipation in the crowd was tangible. The band kicked in to King Of Rock'n'Roll and they looked and sounded superb. Ronnie was on fine form - for a man of his age he really is incredible. He's as good, if not better than the first time I caught him live (on the Holy Diver tour in 1983). Rudy Sarzo adds another dimension to the band. He's not quite as OTT as he was with Whitesnake, but he commands his side of the stage and as well as being a darn fine bassist, is an excellent visual performer. Simon Wright is a solid drummer, very much in the Cozy Powell mould. Having not been too impressed with Doug Aldrich's performance at the last Glasgow show, Craig Goldy's return was very welcome and he fills his role with aplomb. He plays most of the signature Blackmore / Iommi solos very true to the originals (Stargazer and Gates Of Babylon were more or less note-for-note) but somehow doesn't come across as a "copyist". He doesn't play to the crowd in the same way as Sarzo, but still commands your attention. Bringing Craig back has made the current line-up the best ever as far as I'm concerned.

Sign Of The Southern Cross was welcomed like a long-lost brother. Goldy was superb on this one, getting exactly the right tone required. It's not the full version though, as it morphs into the unmistakeable crashing drum intro that can only mean .... Stargazer. An absolutely awesome version with Goldy nailing the Blackmore solo 100%. The second verse was cut for some reason, but it didn't detract from a scintillating performance.

Stand Up And Shout led into the drum solo. I'm not an aficionado of drum solos, but Wright is very very good and quite watchable. Mid-way through the solo, the 1812 Overture strikes up and is obviously Simon's tribute to Cozy. Having seen the original, there's only one Cozy - but it was a nice touch.

The Eyes was the only song played from the new album Master Of The Moon, and is a Sabs-like slow stomper. It's the best song on the album and went down quite well, considering it was new to most of the crowd.

Mob Rules was another storming rendition of a classic Sabbath song. The crowd went into overdrive with this one. I was standing right next to the mixing desk (next to Ali Tait actually!) and it was quite amusing to see one of the security staff mouthing the words to each and every Rainbow/Sabbath song! Obviously a big fan.

Man On The Silver Mountain was played exactly like the studio version - same tempo, instead of the rather rushed live versions that we're used to from Rainbow. This led into Craig Goldy's guitar solo which was 1000% better than Aldrich's at the last show. He cranked out some riffs in conjunction with the rest of the band, and also played some striking melodies with the keyboard player. A fine, fine player indeed. Then the riff to Long Live Rock'n'Roll appeared and the crowd went crazy again. There's predictably a singalong in the middle, but Ronnie didn't stretch it out too long. The medley finished with another portion of MOTSM.

Rock 'n' Roll Children proved to be a good crowd-pleaser also, and Don't Talk To Strangers was another high-point. The set list may be slightly out of order here - sorry...

The eerie keyboard intro of Gates Of Babylon caused me to almost lose my voice at this point emoticon The band pull off a sensational version of the never-played-live Rainbow classic. It's played absolutely to the letter of the studio version, including the intro and the amazing solo section. The band looked like they were having a ball playing it, and they handled the difficult key changes with no problem whatsoever. Goldy played the solo exactly as per Blackmore, making the Malmsteen version absolutely redundant (sorry Christos!). Again, this went down a storm with the crowd. The glee on people's faces was fantastic to witness.

How could they follow that? Why, with Holy Diver and Heaven and Hell of course (although at this point Ali Tait said "Kill The King would round it off nicely!"- wishful thinking? Maybe on the next tour?). Again, stunning versions, particularly H&H.

The band laid down their instruments, but the reaction of the crowd meant that they couldn't leave the stage. I've rarely seen such fervour in an audience, and it was great to be part of it.

The gentle opening chords to The Last In Line led into the immense main riff. I'd forgotten what an excellent song this is - need to dig out my copy again. Rainbow In The Dark and We Rock err, rocked!!! emoticon

Neon Knights finished off a stunning set in great style. One of the best in Ronnie's enviable catalogue, it was again played to perfection by his superb band.

If anyone is still undecided about seeing Dio on this tour - do not miss the opportunity! I was with a few friends who had seen Dio several times before, and we all agreed that this was the best ever.
Forget the occasional patchy album, forget the revolving door of bassists/guitarist of late. Go and see a man at the top of his game, singing better than ever, with a set list to die for, and possibly the best band of his career. Absolutely sensational.......

To use a "Meadows-ism - The Best Concert I've Ever Seen emoticon

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Re: Dio Glasgow August 10th


go and see the band , unbelievable !!

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quote:

Big J wrote:

Goldy played the solo exactly as per Blackmore, making the Malmsteen version absolutely redundant.




Aaaarrrggghhh! emoticon

Seriously though, that is one excellent review John and the setlist is literally to die for, I mean Gates Of Babylon, Stargazer, Neon Nights, Sign Of The Southern Cross, Rock N' Roll Children, King Of Rock N' Roll etc. all in one night?! This has got to be the best set he's done in years if not ever!

Too bad I've missed this tour since I am not returning to the UK till September, it sounds like an absolute treat of a gig! It's probably time to start hunting for Dio boots methinks! emoticon
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Damn. Wish I had gone!

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quote:

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...the setlist is literally to die for, I mean Gates Of Babylon, Stargazer, Neon Nights, Sign Of The Southern Cross, Rock N' Roll Children, King Of Rock N' Roll etc. all in one night?! This has got to be the best set he's done in years if not ever!



I think it's a serious contender for the best set list of any Purple-related band.



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Re: Dio Glasgow August 10th


Shame that the local dates coinsided with Cropredy cos I was looking forward to seeing Ronnie again. Sounds like I am going to miss a stormer.
Let's hope that Jethro Tull make up for it on Friday Night.

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