In the latest of our ongoing series Then And Now, Xavier Russell looks at one of the great dinosaurs of British rock, Bad Company, travelling back to Olympia 1976 and then forward to Wembley 2010. Check out our previous Then And Now features on Lynyrd Skynyrd and Kiss.
This week we stretch back to the Dio era of Sabbath and also to some Germans who seem to think they’re Swiss. There’s also the last album from ze Scorpions, the debut by Reckless Love, some Shakespearian nonsense, eeriness courtesy of the Red Sparowes and an unsigned lot from Bournemouth…
It’s not only singer Ronnie James Dio who is in the wars over at the Heaven And Hell camp. Guitarist Tony Iommi, who has had stem-cell treatment on a dodgy hand, may have to go under the knife again. And drummer Vinny Appice is recovering from surgery on his shoulder. Maybe the band should be renamed Heaven And Ail!
Geezer Butler – of Black Sabbath/Heaven And Hell fame – is getting in on all this freebie malarkey. He’s made a track from 1997 available for gratis – thus giving us a Bonus Track Of The Day. Is there no end to all of this giveaway generosity? Check out all the latest Tracks Of The Day.
Wendy Dio, Ronnie James Dio’s wife/manager, has just released a new update on the legendary vocalist’s ongoing battle against stomach cancer. With regard to Dio perfoming at Heaven And Hell’s scheduled shows this summer, Wendy says: “I think he is going to make it.”
If the Noughties taught us anything, it was that what a band actually mean when they ‘split up’ is that, ‘We’ll be back when nostalgia makes you miss us’. So, here are 10 of the reunions that fired– or should that be ‘failed to fire’?! – our imaginations during the last decade. This is in no particular order.
With the news that Tommy Lee has teamed up with US comedian Dane Cook to do an album. We got to thinking about other suitable hook-ups between rock and comedy. We can do a compilation album called the The Merry Mirthful Mash-Up. And it’ll feature: