Released: 2003, Eagle Vision
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland
At last…a live DVD from the man they call Dio!! EVIL OR DIVINE was recorded on Friday December 13th, 2002 at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom. Ronnie James Dio is in his 60s (!!!) and he is looking older but the man’s voice is something to behold, as he still is able to hit the high notes after all these years. He is also happy to be on stage as his demeanor, banter and general attitude towards the music is evident throughout the show. His back up band features long-time bassist Jimmy Bain, and guitarist extraordinaire Doug Aldrich. Aldrich and drummer Simon Wright are given their moment to shine with respective guitar and drum solos. The setlist spans 25 years of metal history with the band covering Dio’s years with Rainbow, Black Sabbath and finally his storied solo career. The best tracks are “Don’t Talk To Strangers”, “Heaven And Hell”, “The Last In Line”, “Stand Up And Shout” and “Man On A Silver Mountain”, with each equaling the magic of the studio originals.
For all you DVD-philes reading this, the disc is presented in 16x9 anamorphic widescreen and the audio is available in Dolby 2.0 Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1. The picture is deliberately very grainy but it doesn’t take away from the show at all. Multiple cameras capture the action in both black and white and color.
The bonus features on the DVD include an 11-minute interview with Ronnie James Dio where he discusses such topics as religion, superstition, the occult, his musical influences and his current and former band lineups. There is also a short behind-the-scenes segment of random video footage shot by Dio’s wife and manager, Wendy Dio. The video for “Push” featuring Tenacious D is a highlight as well, with the band performing as buskers outside a music store altering the lyrics to Dio’s “Heaven And Hell” before Dio himself shows up and throws them a quarter to play some Tenacious D stuff. There are also about 250 pictures split up in a photo gallery.
This DVD is stacked with extra goodies on top of a 100-minute show from a heavy metal legend. For under twenty bucks, what more can you ask for? Horns up oo/ !!