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Dr. Lemmy (or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love 2011)

Oh, Lemmy.
















You grizzled Adonis. You Saint of Beer. You destroyer of ear drums.

The last time I saw Motorhead was nine years ago and it was amazing. The moled man you see before you opened the Concord Pavillion with a question:

“Con-cord, eh? Never been here before.”

Then they proceeded to whoop everyone’s ass for an hour. It was the best opening act I could have seen as a 16-year old, especially seeing as how Dio and Iron Maiden were next.. The power trio finally made sense and witnessing those same three men playing just as fast at a higher volume nearly a decade later was most excellent. In my review, I mention how the band is very cross-generational, something that grabs attention from all shapes and sizes, but I think they are in an echelon only shared with the great AC/DC. Maybe greater!

Enough hyperlinking…let’s get onto the longwinded portion of today’s topic: 2011 album releases!

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Sadly, the world has lost one of the true greats and pioneers for heavy music. Ronnie James Dio lost his battle with cancer, but maybe his death will give him some of the respect he never got when he was alive.

I wrote about him once before and I’ve only seen him perform once as well.

I suggest watching the excellent movie Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey. It’s the most comprehensive and intelligent take on the metal industry I’ve seen, and really treats the subject matter and its fans in a respectful way.

Here are a couple vids:

The second link is one of a dozen or so that will show you the entire movie. It’s as entertaining as it is informative. Dio is only a small (ha) part of the flick, and his fellow cohorts (Lemmy, Rob Zombie, Iommi, Snider, etc.) represent the genre well.

I’m not going to write a faux eulogy or talk about all of his great accomplishments, but I will say the music world is shittier without him in it. I’m glad I got to see him at least once.


The Devil is never a maker. The less that you give, you’re a taker

Until the end of time, men and women will argue and fight over which version of Black Sabbath is the best. Is it the cocaine and horror fueled Ozzy Osbourne of the 70’s? The riffs, the sound, the movement that was Black Sabbath in their heyday…it’s hard to compete with that.

But when Heaven and Hell came out in 1980, it was like a breath of fresh air into a stale music industry, and a chance at new heights for a band that looked like the end was totally nigh. I love Ozzy, but the man is not a singer. He is a frontman, through and through, and performs his ass off and has for a quarter-century, but his pipes are nothing compared to most of his ilk, especially Sir Dio.

But let’s be honest with ourselves. It doesn’t matter which singer you like better, because Sabbath is and will always be Tony Iommi. This man is singlehandedly responsible for heavy metal as a movement. His guitar playing and creativity molded every band since. The man had the tips of his middle and ring finger ripped of when he was 17 and THEN made the music we worship today. Take that, Fall Out Boy.

Back to the album at ear…er..hand, most of my friends and family think they know Black Sabbath, but until you give this disc a spin, you don’t know the full story. “Neon Knights”, “Die Young”, and of course “Heaven and Hell”, really define the band as much as “Iron Man.” Give the little elf man a chance!

Here’s lookin’ at you, Dio

Sadly, after I finished writing this, I found out that Dio has been diagnosed with stomach cancer. The man is 67 and is a legend. I’ve had the chance to see him once when I was in high school. It was a superb line-up of Motorhead, followed by Dio, headlined by Iron Maiden. All for about 20 bucks in Concord. My metal heart grew three times the size that day.

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