HEAVEN AND HELL Kicks Off U.S. Tour In Phoenix; Video Footage, Photos AvailableApril 23, 2007
HEAVEN AND HELL — the band featuring BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler, singer Ronnie James Dio, and drummer Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, DIO) — kicked off its U.S. trek with support from MEGADETH and MACHINE HEAD Sunday night (April 22) in Phoenix, Arizona. Check out a couple of video clips of HEAVEN AND HELL's performance: Clip#1, Clip#2. A photo gallery from last night's show can be found at DvS Photography.
Iommi recently told Launch that he is thrilled with SABBATH's latest release, which spotlights the time when Ronnie James Dio was the singer. It's called "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years", and in addition to a selection of material from the past, the album also has three new songs that were written in the last few months for the project. Iommi told Launch that he's happy to showcase Dio's contribution to the SABBATH legacy in this fashion, and the band is also thrilled to have new material to play live. "I think it's great, because this era of the band — certainly since we've been back with Ozzy (Osbourne) — 10 years of not really hearing about this lineup," he said. "And a lot of people have asked about doing an album, and I think it's great now that we can actually go out and play these tracks, and have an album out again of these tracks, with some fresher stuff."
"Black Sabbath: The Dio Years" sold almost 21,000 copies in its first week out, putting it at Number 54 on the Billboard 200 chart.
HEAVEN AND HELL recently finished up a series of dates that took them across Canada and ended with a DVD shoot at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
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