They always say there is a great woman behind every man and that couldn’t be more true with Wendy Dio, wife of the late great Ronnie James Dio. The legendary front man who spent time fronting the bands Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, Rainbow, Elf, and Dio. Ronnie James Dio is the man who popularized the metal horns we all throw in the air to show our love and support. Wendy and Ronnie were married in 1975 and in addition to being his loving wife she was also his manager as well. In the 80’s, she managed the Los Angeles rock bands Rough Cutt, and Hellion. In 2009 Ronnie James Dio was diagnosed with stomach cancer. At the time Dio had just began working with Heaven & Hell again. The following year in 2010, Heaven & Hell announced they were canceling all summer dates as a result of Dio’s illness. Unfortunately we lost our great metal warrior on May 16, 2010. His last live performance was with Heaven & Hell on August 29, 2009, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Since his death Wendy has kept his name alive by forming The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable fund dedicated to support cancer prevention research, raise awareness and educate the public. It’s not surprising that Dio himself was a very charitable person as well. He was a passionate supporter and contributor to charitable work, including his commitment to “Children of the Night” for over 25 years, as well as numerous animal charities. Thus far has The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund has raised 2 million dollars. Some of the ways in the past they have raised funds is the Ride For Ronnie which is on it’s 4th year this year which will feature Steven Adler’s All Star Band, Dio Disciples, Beasto Blanco and more. Last year’s ride raised over $40,000. They have also started an annual Bowl For Ronnie event as well. You can check out information about the Ride For Ronnie and other events here.
Fast food-themed Black Sabbath cover kings Mac Sabbath are thrilled to announce even more upcoming tour dates! On February 15, the band will kick off the co-headline U.S. “I Got A Bad Feeling About This Tour” with intergalactic metal band Galactic Empire, beginning in Cleveland, Ohio and coming to an end on March 12 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mac Sabbath will also perform several solo dates leading up to and after the close of the tour. See below for all confirmed tour dates (please note that dates only featuring Galactic Empire are not included below). Tickets are available via each venue. Continue reading →
Drum icon VINNY APPICE (BLACK SABBATH, DIO, LAST IN LINE) is gearing up for a special milestone in his career. October 27th he will unleash a new album titled “APPICE – SINISTER” from SPV Records. “SINISTER” will mark Vinny’s first ever album collaboration with his brother, another drum legend CARMINE APPICE (VANILLA FUDGE, ROD STEWART, OZZY OSBOURNE) Together the brothers have written and recorded 13 new songs with some of their greatest friends and musicians on the planet. Vinny spoke to METAL NEXUS about the upcoming album. In the conversation we discussed what it meant for the brothers to finally record an album together, the recording process and how its changed during Vinny’s career, and one of his biggest “SPINAL TAP” moments that occurred while touring with BLACK SABBATH for the “HEAVEN & HELL TOUR”. Continue reading →
Freezing temperatures couldn’t keep things from heating up in Chicago Friday night as Black Sabbath brought show 2 of their final tour, appropriately titled “The End”, to the United Center. The 23,000 Plus arena was sold out and filled to the brim by the time the metal masters took the stage. But first Long Beach, California rockers Rival Sons took the stage to get the crowd warmed up from the cold outside.
A new special limited-edition BLACK SABBATH CD, “The End”, will be sold exclusively at shows on the legendary band’s massive worldwide final tour, which kicks off next week. Featuring original artwork by Shepard Fairey of the Obey Giant street art campaign, the CD is comprised of eight previously unreleased tracks: four songs are outtakes from BLACK SABBATH‘s worldwide No. 1, Grammy Award-winning album “13” and four live songs from the band’s critically acclaimed “13” world tour. Continue reading →
The 10th anniversary of Rock On The Range is slowly approaching. Founder of the festival, Danny Wimmer, has had major success with several festivals around the U.S. including Louder Than Life in Louisville, Kentucky, Carolina Rebellion in Charlotte, North Carolina and several others which round out the loudest month of the year during which most of these festivals occur. Rumor has it that Danny will be making an appearance on a radio station and possibly naming some of the headliners or bands that may be gracing the stage for the big anniversary. So just in case he does name some of them, we wanted to make our predictions prior to Monday. The show will take place May 20th, 21st, and 22nd in Columbus, Ohio as it has for several years. Continue reading →
The release of Danzig’s newest album is upon us. The new album “Skeletons” is a covers album and is being released via Nuclear Blast. It is the long anticipated follow up to 2010’s Deth Red Sabaoth. I personally have always been more of a Danzig fan than the Misfits. While Danzig does have a punk or crossover edge to it overall it is truly a metal band. If you haven’t yet seen the songs being covered on the album it’s a little surprising. Most of the time bands will select very popular songs to put their own spin on them. Not Danzig. The one great thing about Glenn is that he always does things the way he wants to and if you don’t like it tough shit. That’s his attitude and you have to love that about him. This album has been in the works since 2012 and was recorded in Los Angeles. The album will be released on November 27th. Continue reading →