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To be evil or divine...,
This review is from: At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987 (Audio CD)Dio's death was one of the saddest days in the entire history of rock, and I say that without a trace of irony or hyperbole. For our little corner of the rock world, it was an absolute tragedy. Very rarely have ever lost someone with so much talent, and so much history.
Finally some of that history has seen the light. Doninngton UK collects two concerts. From 1983, we get a show with Vivian Campbell on guitar. From 1987, a show with Craig Goldy from the very underrated Dream Evil tour. Both shows are excellent, with nary a complaint between the two of them. Both shows contain ample Dio tunes with a smattering or Rainbow and Sabbath.
For me, my personal highlights were not a specific song, but more the tireless performances by Ronnie James Dio. If any man ever made it all sound easy, it was Dio. Plenty of power to spare, Ronnie James is the ringleader and he never faulters. He's perfect. A second highlight for me was the guitar work of Campbell and Goldy. Live Dio from this era has been scarce indeed, until now, so it was great to finally hear the first two Dio dudes rip and shred.
5 stars. As if there was any doubt.
ADDED BONUS: Two plastic backstage pass replicas included!