Heaven & Hell (band)

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Heaven & Hell
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Heavy metal, doom metal
Years active2006–2010
Labels Rhino, SPV, Roadrunner
Associated acts Black Sabbath, Dio, GZR, Rainbow, Iommi
Past members

Heaven & Hell were an English-American heavy metal band active from 2006 to 2010. The band was a reunion of the Mob Rules era Black Sabbath lineup, featuring Sabbath members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler along with former members Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

<i>Mob Rules</i> (album) 1981 studio album by Black Sabbath

Mob Rules is the 10th studio album by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in November 1981. It followed 1980's Heaven and Hell, and it was the second and last Black Sabbath studio album to feature lead vocalist Ronnie James Dio prior to the 1992 album Dehumanizer.

Black Sabbath British heavy metal band

Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward, and singer Ozzy Osbourne. Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970), and Master of Reality (1971). The band had multiple line-up changes, with Iommi being the only constant member throughout its history.


The four members of Heaven & Hell recorded and toured together as Black Sabbath from 1981 to 1982, and again from 1991 to 1992. After they reunited to record three new songs for the 2007 compilation album, Black Sabbath: The Dio Years , they embarked on a 2007–2008 tour. Iommi, owner of the Black Sabbath name, decided to call the touring group Heaven & Hell [1] to differentiate the group from the Ozzy Osbourne-led Black Sabbath. [2] The moniker was taken from the first Dio-fronted Black Sabbath album, Heaven and Hell . According to Iommi, the new name was used so that fans at concerts "would not expect to hear "Iron Man" and "War Pigs" and all that... it's none of the old stuff, it's none of the Ozzy period. It's all Dio stuff. So by calling ourselves Heaven and Hell, it's revisiting that period." [3]

<i>Black Sabbath: The Dio Years</i> 2007 compilation album by Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath: The Dio Years is a 2007 compilation CD of material from recordings made during vocalist Ronnie James Dio's tenure in the band. The CD contains full album length, remastered tracks culled from all three studio albums: Heaven and Hell (1980), Mob Rules (1981), Dehumanizer (1992), and the live album Live Evil (1982). It also contains three new recorded songs: "The Devil Cried", "Shadow of the Wind", and "Ear in the Wall".

Ozzy Osbourne English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter

John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne is an English singer, songwriter, actor and reality television star who rose to prominence during the 1970s as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, during which he adopted the nickname "The Prince of Darkness". Osbourne was fired from the band in 1979 due to alcohol and drug problems, but went on to have a successful solo career, releasing eleven studio albums, the first seven of which were all awarded multi-platinum certifications in the United States. Osbourne has since reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions. He rejoined the band in 1997 and recorded the group’s final studio album 13 (2013) before they embarked on a farewell tour which culminated in a final performance in their home city Birmingham, England in February 2017. His longevity and success have earned him the informal title of "Godfather of Heavy Metal".

<i>Heaven and Hell</i> (Black Sabbath album) 1980 studio album by Black Sabbath

Heaven and Hell is the ninth studio album by English rock band Black Sabbath, released on 25 April 1980. It is the first Black Sabbath album to feature vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who replaced original vocalist Ozzy Osbourne in 1979.

The group disbanded following Dio's death from stomach cancer in 2010. Iommi and Butler would go on to reunite the original Sabbath lineup with Ozzy Osbourne. [4]

Stomach cancer gastrointestinal system cancer that is located in the stomach

Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, is a cancer that develops from the lining of the stomach. Early symptoms may include heartburn, upper abdominal pain, nausea and loss of appetite. Later signs and symptoms may include weight loss, yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes, vomiting, difficulty swallowing and blood in the stool among others. The cancer may spread from the stomach to other parts of the body, particularly the liver, lungs, bones, lining of the abdomen and lymph nodes.


Formation and early days (2005–2006)

In an October 2005 interview with the programme "Masters of Rock", aired on BBC Radio 2, Ronnie James Dio revealed his plans to work with Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi once again. He stated that two songs would be penned, and were to feature on a "project" entitled Black Sabbath - The Dio Years. [5] Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward were initially named as the rhythm section completing the project. At Iommi's behest, the group rebranded themselves Heaven & Hell to differentiate this incarnation from the Osbourne-fronted Black Sabbath which was then only on a hiatus. [2] However, for The Dio Years - for which the band would end up recording three new songs rather than two - the band continued to use the Black Sabbath name.

BBC Radio 2 British national radio station

BBC Radio 2 is one of the BBC's two flagship national radio stations and the most popular station in the United Kingdom with over 15 million weekly listeners. Much of its daytime playlist-based programming is adult contemporary or AOR, although the station also broadcasts other specialist musical genres. Radio 2 broadcasts throughout the UK on FM between 88.1 and 90.2 MHz from studios in Wogan House, adjacent to Broadcasting House in central London. Programmes are relayed on digital radio via DAB, Sky, Cable TV, IPTV, Freeview, Freesat and the Internet.

Bill Ward (musician) English musician

William Thomas Ward is an English musician and visual artist, best known as the original drummer of the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He also performed lead vocals on two Black Sabbath songs: "It's Alright" from the album Technical Ecstasy and "Swinging the Chain" from the album Never Say Die!.

Ward, who performed on the 1980 Heaven and Hell album and the first half of the tour, ultimately declined to be the band's drummer before they recorded, citing musical differences. [6] [7] His departure made way for a reunion of the other Dio-fronted Black Sabbath lineup which included journeyman drummer Vinny Appice. Appice had replaced Ward midway through the original Heaven and Hell tour in 1980, and he remained the Black Sabbath drummer for two years coinciding with Dio's tenure in the band from 1980 to 1982, and again when Dio reunited with the band in 1991 and 1992. He also backed the Osbourne-led version of the group briefly in 1998 while Ward was ill.

Following the recording of three new tracks for Black Sabbath – The Dio Years, the group embarked on a 2007 tour. This tour was voted "Comeback of the Year" at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards by readers of Classic Rock . [8]

Heaven and Hell 2007 Tour

The Heaven and Hell 2007 Tour was a global concert tour by Heaven & Hell in support of Black Sabbath's The Dio Years compilation CD.

The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour is an annual awards program established in 2005 by Classic Rock Magazine. Winners of the awards are chosen by the awards team and voted on by readers of the magazine. Winners are announced at an annual awards show and featured in the magazine.

<i>Classic Rock</i> (magazine) Magazine

Classic Rock is a British magazine dedicated to rock music, published by Future, who are also responsible for its "sister" publications Metal Hammer and Prog magazine. Although firmly focusing on key bands from the 1960s through early 1990s, it also includes articles and reviews of contemporary and upcoming artists it deems worthy of note. Despite starting as an on-off project it became one of the UK's best selling music magazines. In September 2010 it published its 150th issue.

The Devil You Know (2007–2009)

Initially, the members had stated that their 2007 tour was a one-off and had expressed their intentions to go their separate ways at its conclusion. Dio planned to return to his eponymous band to produce Magica II and Magica III, sequels to their 2000 album Magica , while Appice would continue with his project 3 Legged Dogg. However, in a March 2007 interview, Dio and Iommi stated that while they were both tied to separate contractual commitments in 2008, neither would discount the possibility of future collaborations; [9] six months later, the band members announced their decision to continue their collaboration and record and release a new album. [10] In August, they took part in the Metal Masters Tour alongside Judas Priest, Motörhead and Testament. [11]

On 28 April 2009, [12] the band released the studio album The Devil You Know , containing the single "Bible Black". The subsequent promotional tour, the Bible Black Tour, spanned from 5 May to 29 August and featured supporting act Coheed and Cambria.[ citation needed ] It saw stops at the Sweden Rock Festival, the Hellfest in France, the Wâldrock Festival in the Netherlands, the Wacken Open Air [13] and the Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth, UK. The tour's final show in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA would prove to be Dio's final public performance.

Dio's death and breakup (2009–2010)

In November 2009, Dio was diagnosed with stomach cancer. [14] Prognoses were initially favorable, [15] however, and the band planned further activity following a brief period of rest for the singer. They were slated to tour in support of Iron Maiden in Europe from July to August, but the tour was canceled on 4 May due to Dio's ill health. Dio died from this illness on 16 May 2010 at 67 years old.

The three surviving members performed a final Heaven & Hell set in tribute to Dio at the High Voltage Festival on 24 July 2010 with two guest vocalists: former Black Sabbath and Deep Purple vocalist Glenn Hughes and Norwegian singer Jørn Lande of Masterplan fame. Former Pantera and Down vocalist Phil Anselmo also made a brief appearance in the song Neon Knights. [16] All of the proceeds from the event went towards the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. The posthumous live album Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell was released on 16 November, recorded in Germany at the Wacken Open Air festival on 30 July 2009. [17]

In March 2011, after Heaven & Hell's dissolution, Appice joined Kill Devil Hill along with former Pantera and Down bassist Rex Brown. In November 2011, Iommi and Butler reactivated Black Sabbath with original vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, announcing plans for a world tour and new record with producer Rick Rubin the following year. [18] The resulting album 13 was released in June 2013.

Band members

Live musicians


TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
The Devil You Know
  • Released: 28 April 2009
  • Label: Rhino
  • Format: CD, LP
Live albums
YearTitleCDDVD RIAA certification
2007 Live from Radio City Music Hall 99XGold [28] Longform Video
2010 Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell

Discography as Black Sabbath

Album detailsNotesCertifications
Heaven and Hell
  • Released: 25 April 1980
  • Label: Nems, Warner Bros.
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
Although Vinny Appice does not appear in this album, it is crucial to the Heaven & Hell formation. The album title is the inspiration of the name of the band.Gold (UK)
Platinum (US)
Gold (Canada)
Mob Rules
  • Released: 4 November 1981
  • Label: Vertigo, Warner Bros.
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
The debut album from the complete Heaven & Hell line up.Silver (UK)
Gold (US)
Gold (Canada)
Live Evil
  • Released: December 1982
  • Label: Vertigo, Warner Bros.
  • Format: CD, LP
First live Black Sabbath album with Heaven & Hell lineup.
  • Released: 22 June 1992
  • Label: I.R.S.
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
Last studio album as Black Sabbath from Heaven & Hell lineup.
The Dio Years
  • Released: 3 April 2007
  • Label: Rhino; Warner Bros.
  • Format: CD
Although it was a compilation, this album included three new songs, all of which they played live while touring under the name "Heaven & Hell".
Live at Hammersmith Odeon
  • Released: 1 May 2007
  • Label: Rhino; Warner Bros.
  • Format: CD
Although recorded in 1981 and 1982, this live album was released in 2007 coinciding with the reunion as Heaven & Hell. This album was only sold separately as a limited edition of 5000 copies, but the 2010 two-disc Deluxe Edition of Mob Rules includes the Live at Hammersmith Odeon on its second disc.

See also

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<i>Live from Radio City Music Hall</i> 2007 live album by Heaven & Hell

Live from Radio City Music Hall is a double album by the group Heaven & Hell which was released in 2007. The set is a chronicle of the group's performance on March 30, 2007 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

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