The following is a review of the only Canadian Dio show of the third North American leg of the Angry Machines tour, originally e-mailed to me.
From: Steven Kurysko (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Ronnie James Dio April 22/97 @ The Warehouse;Toronto.
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 1997 21:17:22 +0000
RONNIE JAMES DIO
THE WAREHOUSE, TORONTO,CANADA
The day started with an autograph session at HMV.(huge cd and video store in downtown Toronto) Ronnie was in great spirits and very accommodating,signing pictures etc. He was joined by the rest of the band which was unexpected. To be there and meet him was a pleasure as he is one of premier vocalists of the genre,not to mention a legend in the world of rock.(I had him sign two pictures which my brother took during the Mob Rules tours and they look great!)
The Warehouse is quite big and it looked like Dio had the full set-up. There was about 1200-1300 people in attendance which is quite good,considering there is virtually no radio support for this type of music in our city. The band kicked off the show with the usual opener(Jesus,Mary & the Holy Ghost)and the crowd was right behind them for the 90 minute show. Ronnie worked the crowd as if he's done it a million times,a true pro. The set featured many of the classics from the 1980's which is what many in the crowd came to hear and Dio did not disappoint them. This area is his bread and butter and he served a full sandwich of hits including a few Sabbath and Rainbow gems. Vinny Appice was really hammering on the skins which was great although his solo seemed to drag on a bit. Tracy G did a fine job, changed the solos slightly but still kept to the original spirit of the songs. My only complaint was he noticeably changed the chord progressions on We Rock. Besides that, it was a great show and one that shouldn't be missed as I don't think he'll be touring much longer.
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