Dio- Sacred Heart
First time I saw Dio was on this tour. They played the 1986 Texxas Jam. I wasn't the biggest Dio fan then, but looking back on it now, I'm glad I got to see Ronnie James Dio back in those days. This was the last good album they put out in the 80's though. We went to go see Dio again in 1988 on the Dream Evil tour, but really, we went to see Megadeth who were opening up. Ticket sales were so bad that they only played to half of Reunion Arena. That was the first show I went to where that happened.
After that, I really did give up on Dio. I never bothered to listen to anything they put out after that. Which is a shame because I've heard that some of those last records they put out were good.
But even though I got lame and stopped following Dio, you have to give RJD props for keeping the metal flame alive. The 90's were a terrible decade for metal, but he never quit. I was more than happy for him when he reunited with the Black Sabbath guys to form Heaven & Hell. I got to see that tour a couple of years ago, and was so impressed that here was a 67 year old guy working that stage better than someone half his age. And that voice. Goddamn, he never lost that magical voice!
I was very sad the day he died back in May this year. Not because I was his biggest fan, but because he was an ambassador for metal and for what I've always read or heard, a genuinely nice guy that always had time for his fans. He will be missed by many for quite a long time to come.
I realize I haven't talked at all about this album. But, so what? It's Dio, you know I like it.