As a Metalhead, I can't really ask more than to hear Black Sabbath live. Sure they went by the name Heaven & Hell, but in my heart & soul they only have one name... Black Sabbath. I know we heard those songs hundred & thousnad of times before; So what make this release special? Well 1st, there's the obvious that Ronnie James Dio is no longer with us, also on this release we get to hear live rendition of songs that are on "The Devil You Know" which, on a side note, got the best cover art I've seen in years if not decades. So many bands try to shock & awe & always fails so miserably. Leave it to the Sabbath boys to show us all what terror is all about. That right there my friends is Metal. But let's get back to this album.
The main reason why this CD is so special is that it was recorded one month before the tour was to end due to Ronnie learning about his cancer. That means that, at the time of this concert, Ronnie was sadly already hill. yet he shows no signs of it on stage. He rocks through each songs with the usual awesome power & emotion that he was known for. Over 65 & sick but still giving his fans what they wanted; Truly amazing. Of course we can't listen to this album without noticing how the rest of the band seems to be in great shape. Tony, Geezer & Vinny delivers a rock solid performance & are at the top of there game.
The bottom line is there's no reason to go into great details about this concert. It's Black Sabbath so it rocks period! I truly recommend the DVD as there's no experience like seing Ronnie & the boys live, but this CD is the perfect companion if you wnat to crank it up in your car, bedroom, work or where ever you listen to CDs. This release is another example of why Ronnie James Dio is still missed by so many today.