Video: Ex-SABBATH, DIO Members To Pay Tribute To RONNIE JAMES DIO With THE SOUTHERN CROSS
December 30, 2012
Fan-filmed video footage of THE SOUTHERN CROSS performing the BLACK SABBATH classic “Children Of The Sea” aboard Sweden’s Rock At Sea cruise on November 16-17, 2012 can be seen below.
Before legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio died in May 2010, his former guitarist Rowan Robertson got in touch with a Norwegian drummer, Rick Hagan, and started talking about doing a few shows featuring the material from Rowsn‘s period in DIO, which Ronnie had not played for 20 years. With bassist Are Gogstad and singer Nils Patrik Johansson, the lineup was stable and toured in Norway twice under the name QUEENSTREET. But there was one part missing, and with the addition of 25-year BLACK SABBATH member Geoff Nicholls, THE SOUTHERN CROSS became the natural representation of what DIO musically stood for in the Eighties and early Nineties.
THE SOUTHERN CROSS‘s 2012 tour saw the band visiting highlights from RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH and DIO. Songs like “Man On The Silver Mountain”, “Falling Off The Edge Of The World”, “Lock Up The Wolves”, “Don’t Talk To Strangers” and, of course, the classics “Heaven And Hell” and “Holy Diver” were all featured in the concerts.
The full lineup of the band is as follows:
* Rowan Robertson (DIO, DC4) – Guitar
* Nils Patrik Johansson (ASTRAL DOORS, LION’S SHARE) – Vocals
* Are Gogstad (PAUL DI’ANNO, RIPPER OWENS, A.S.C.) – Bass
* Rick Hagan (PAUL DI’ANNO, RIPPER OWENS, 21ST CENTURY ROX) – Drums
* Geoff Nicholls (BLACK SABBATH) – Keyboards
In the late 1980s Robertson heard that Ronnie James Dio was looking for a new guitarist. He sent a tape to the record company Phonogram. After six months of waiting, he got a reply that stated that at that moment they were not interested in him. At the encouragement of his friend and fellow guitarist Sean Manning (HURRICANE) the tenacious Robertson then contacted the DIO fan club who then asked him to send his demo tape to them.
Robertson, who was 17 years old at the time, got a great response from DIO after receiving the demo through the fan-club channels. In late January or early February 1989 Robertson was flown to Los Angeles for an audition with DIO. He was auditioned twice. Immediately after the second audition he was invited to join the band. The press-release for the addition of Robertson to DIO was sent out on July 18, 1989 and the press was invited to meet the newest DIO guitarist on July 20, 1989 at Oliver’s Pub in New York City.
The first DIO album Robertson started working on with DIO was “Lock up the Wolves”. These sessions included Jimmy Bain, Vinny Appice and Jens Johansson. The band had already begun writing and recording when Jimmy Bain and Vinny Appice were suddenly excused from the band. They were replaced with Teddy Cook and former AC/DC drummer Simon Wright.
“Lock up the Wolves” was released in 1990, and the band embarked on a tour in support of the album.
Robertson stayed with DIO until Ronnie James Dio rejoined BLACK SABBATH in 1991.
Dio and Robertson had been writing songs for an album to be released in May 1991 which ended up being shelved. When the DIO band was put on ice, Robertson started work on an instructional video for guitar players. It was released on Star Licks in July or August 1991. He then teamed up with vocalist Oni Logan (ex-LYNCH MOB) and drummer Jimmy Paxson (from TRIANGLE) and began to write and record on an album together for Atlantic Records.
Finnish/Dutch symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH kicked off their Japanese tour this past Tuesday, May 21 at Namba Hatch in Osaka.
The band’s setlist was as follows:
01. Dark Chest Of Wonders
02. Wish I Had An Angel
03. She Is My Sin (performed for the first time since 2007)
04. Ever Dream
06. I Want My Tears Back (with Troy Donockley)
07. Nemo (with Troy Donockley)
08. Last Of The Wilds (with Troy Donockley)
09. Bless The Child (with Troy Donockley) (performed for the first time since 2005)
12. Over The Hills And Far Away (GARY MOORE cover) (with Troy Donockley)
13. Ghost Love Score
14. Last Ride Of The Day
Fan-recorded audio clips of the concert can be streamed below.
NIGHTWISH keyboardist and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen told Finland’s MTV.fi in November that he was pleased with the addition of Dutch singer Floor Jansen to the group and that she was only getting better with each performance.
“We have done 13 shows with her [so far] and every concert has been better than the last,” he said. “We are taking it day by day as much as we can. The vibe in the band is marvellous. We are enjoying every moment.”
Holopainen has known Jansen, who is Dutch, for more than 10 years already, having previously toured with her former band, AFTER FOREVER.
Kaaos TV conducted an interview with MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee on May 21 at Hard Rock Café in Helsinki, Finland. You can now watch the chat below.
MOTÖRHEAD canceled a handful of shows on its European festival tour in August 2013 after the band’s frontman, Lemmy, suffered a haematoma (where blood collects outside of a blood vessel). The news of Lemmy’s latest medical issue followed reports that he was also fitted with a defibrillator because of heart problems. The band also postponed a European headlining tour which was scheduled to kick off in November.
Asked how Lemmy is doing now, Mikkey said: “It’s much, much better. He’s been good for awhile. He’s working hard on his health. We just did three weeks in the U.S. He’s up and about. It’s more to get going again. It’s for the whole band. We’ve never been off eight months. But Lemmy’s much better, and he played great when we did this U.S. leg, so I really hope that he can stay healthy. And he looks good, so that’s all I can say. And he’s working very, very hard on it, too, so all the best.”
MOTÖRHEAD’s 21st studio album, “Aftershock”, sold 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 22 on The Billboard 200 chart.
MOTÖRHEAD’s previous CD, 2011’s “The Wörld Is Yours”, opened with 7,000 units to enter the chart at No. 94. The band’s 2008 effort, “Motörizer”, premiered with 6,400 copies to debut at No. 82, while 2006’s “Kiss Of Death” registered a first-week tally of 3,500.
“Aftershock” was recorded at NRG Studios in North Hollywood, California and is described in a press release as “a true leveler, a crushing confirmation of everything MOTÖRHEAD stands for, marching from the dust storm to deliver 14 belting statements which see MOTÖRHEAD in perhaps their best writing form for years.”