The following is a review of a concert on the Strange Highways US tour, originally posted to alt.rock-n-roll.metal.
From: email@example.com (Kenneth R. Dupre)
Subject: Dio at The Lost Horizon 9-11-94 (How i saw it)
Date: 14 Sep 1994 01:52:08 GMT
Ronnie James Dio The Lost Horizon Syracuse NY USA September 11, 1994
We got to the parking lot around 7pm and there was no one in line at the door waiting to get in (Doors open at 8:00). Almost immediately we started to hear the sound check coming from the back of the club. Vinnie CRUNCHING the beat to SH - oh yeah - we migrate towards the side of the building, after a minute or two im already having a blast and we just got here! Then comes the bass line and its sweet music to my ears, a few more stop n go drum/bass exchanges and the guitar pipes in too - AWESOME. Woops werent payin any attention and now there are 50 people in line ahead of us. The sound check ends with a sound guy singing I - I - Good for Nothin - ohh well into the Cue we go.
When we get inside the band Atomic Opera is still doing sound check. They dont get too much response from the crowd, and the singer jokes about how this is a spoken word concert as the sound man is adjusting levels to 4-3-2-1 check check babble babble, he also jokes about how no one came down to "The Pit" and everyone better stay away cause of alligators or some such in the pit. When they take the stage later in the evening around 10pm they are fairly well recieved and most people I ask say "yeah they're allright". I personally enjoyed the set, and to my best guesstimation this is the set list :
At the Tshirt table they (Atomic Opera) had a survey where you answered questions like -
What is the meaning of life? What is the best thing you could be doing right now? etc. etc.
- and you were rewarded with a cassette single and sticker, the song titles are "Joyride"/"Justice" from the album For Madmen Only. I thought this was pretty cool.
The place was packed (i was told capacity 600) and between the bands the music that was played was Queensryche - not sure what album. I was surfing on some railing avoiding the crush and Dio hit the stage and tore through the following setlist - just as the man said himself - No Bullshit just kick ass Rock and Roll
Set List :
Dio was in great spirits, said it was great to "be back home again" and it showed. The band was FANTASTIC. One truly amazing show.
I know its not much of a review of the actual music, but im biased and think every Dio show i see is the best. If you get a chance take my advice and spend $15.00 on a ticket and judge for yourself, its the bargain of the century and you will not be disappointed.
HERES TO YOU on STRANGE HIGHWAYS
Ken Dupre Duprek@rpi.edu
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