It has been 3 long years since the passing of metal legend Ronnie James Dio, but his legacy lives on, with all of the vintage releases that have followed, since his passing. The latest release, is actually a re-release of his 1986 concert film Sacred Heart (The Video). The show was filmed in Philadelphia during the second leg of the Sacred Heart tour. The original release was an edited version of the full show, but the re-release, now features the full concert, which is definitely a good thing. If you were a fan of the original line up, then you will be happy, because they are all there, with the exception of original guitarist Vivian Campbell. At the start of the second leg of this tour, Campbell had been replaced by Craig Goldy (Ex-Giuffria). Goldy joined the band, after Campbell left to join Whitesnake.
Finding the Sacred Heart, has finally been released, the way it should have been, several years ago. It baffles the mind, to think some exec., back in the day, thought it was a good idea to edit this thing down. The set list relies heavily on the Sacred Heart album, but many of the classics are present as well. The great thing about the re-release is that you now get to see the performances of songs like Don't Talk to Strangers and We Rock, which were left off of the original release.
If that ain't enough, make sure to check out the bonus features. There is a vintage interview with Ronnie, at the time of the release of Sacred Heart as well as a more recent interview with Ronnie and Craig, that features them reminiscing of the the Sacred Heart tour. Cool stuff. A must for Dio fans.
Bottom Line: This is a solid performance from the Dio band, in which they were firing on all cylinders. If you own the previous version, I would suggest you box it up and grab this one because this release trumps it by a mile.
- Ragman is biting his nails for the re-release of the Hear N' Aid...Release it already!!