Dio concert review; May 21st, 1997 by Bruknow

The following is a review of a Dio show on the fourth North American leg of Angry Machines tour, originally mailed to me.

From: "Megiddo Megatherionl" (antiking@hotmail.com)
Subject: review of Burnaby (Vancouver) BC, CANADA show
Date: Fri, 23 May 1997 12:43:29 PDT

A wicked show that was jam-packed with an appreciative but mostly inactive crowd.

The show was amazing - as good as could possibly be imagined except for maybe if they'd played "Stargazer". I was 14 again when the they launched into "Straight Through the Heart" for the 2nd tune! "Mistreated" had some "Catch the Rainbow" in it. The new bass player Larry was great - playing an inventive (and brief! - ahem, Tracy G) solo.

Speaking of Tracy G - he played his own stuff okay, but the Campbell and Iommi solos were totally butchered. Absolutely awful. And he's lucky he didn't get lynched by the end of his one-trick-pony solo, which was just a bunch of Steve Stevens style laser gun effects. But on a positive note, he played the Rainbow stuff pretty well. It was a shame that when the wicked old-school shit was played that there were these horrible gaps at the solo section, but overall it was such an awesome show!

Unfortunately, we didn't get to see "My Dying Bride" as they're skipping the Canadian dates and the Seattle show and joining the tour in Denver. There were lots of people up from Seattle - good to see things reversed for a change, as usually we end up going down there.

Well that's it - it ruled!. All the classics were played...."Mob Rules", "Rainbow in the Dark", "Heaven and Hell", "Stand Up and Shout", "Holy Diver", "Don't Talk to Strangers" was the 3rd tune!!!!!!!!! Couldn't have dreamed it as well....now if only they'd opened with "Kill the King", or if we could've heard something from the elf days!!!

The band, and Ronnie especially, seemed very pleased with the crowd and the response. It was $28 Canadian / ticket, but we all got our money's worth.

Long live DIO !!!!!
antiking@hotmail.com - Bruknow

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