DIO – Live in London; Hammersmith Apollo 1993

DIO - Live in London; Hammersmith Apollo 1993
  • 6.5/10
    DIO - Live in London; Hammersmith Apollo 1993 - 6.5/10


Eagle Rock Entertainment
Release date: May 13, 2014

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Posthumous, fans of the great Ronnie James Dio have been treated in recent years to previously unreleased recordings, both studio and live, and the latest to come out of the woodwork is DIO’s last concert (1993 in London) supporting the Strange Highways release.  This show is being released via DVD and CD, and contains 18 performed tracks.  At the time, the band included Vinnie Appice (drums), Jeff Pilson (bass), and Tracy G (guitars), and they knock out the requisite Dio, Black Sabbath, and Rainbow hits with purpose and vigor … along with 6 tracks from the Strange Highways release and a handful of rarities.

From a recording quality standpoint, the sound is top notch, and Dio’s voice comes through clear and strong.  This concert, however, is better “heard” through the accompanying visuals found on the DVD vs. just listening to the CD by itself, which unfortunately is unable to appropriately capture much of the band’s 3-dimensionalism, making for a rather ho-hum listening experience.  However, fans of DIO should find plenty to get excited about with the song selection and performance by this re-reunited version of Dio’s band, making this a recommended buy for any Traditional Metal fans and DVD collector enthusiasts.


  • Dan Skiba

    Dan is a former partner at Metal Express Radio, and also served as a reviewer, photographer and interviewer on occasions. Based out of Indianapolis, USA he was first turned on to Hard Rock music in the mid-1970s when he purchased Deep Purple's Machine Head as his first album. He was immediately enthralled with the powerful guitar sound and pronounced drumbeat, and had to get more! His collection quickly expanded to include as many of Heavy Rock bands of the time that he could get his hands on, such as Ted Nugent, Judas Priest, and Black Sabbath, to name just a few.

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