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Dio, Kings X and Hammerfall - Anaheim House of Blues Nov 2002 

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Scott Slapp Reviews the show. 

I've never seen Dio but I couldn't imagine him being any better back in the day. He kicked ass with a knock out set of his classic solo and Sabbath and Rainbow songs. Kings X was incredible. I can see why people rave about these guys, they are incredible musicians and songwriters. Hammerfall was heavy, heavy metal and really got us banging our heads that night. This is one of the best concerts I have ever seen!  

A Review by Debbie Seagle from Dio's earlier tour with Deep Purple and The Scorpions. 

Scorpions/Deep Purple/Dio - August 2, 2002 - Coors Amphitheatre - Chula Vista, CA

One does not take preparations for a classic hard rock show like Scorpions/Deep Purple/Dio lightly.  This triple threat involves careful planning to put you in the appropriate mood to enjoy the festivities to their fullest.  Plug in your lava lamp while you are getting ready.  Squeeze your big butt or beer belly into your old leather pants or your tightest, ripped up jeans and choose a shirt that displays just the right amount of attitude.  Your hair has to be either very straight and flat or very big and nasty.  Throw on a bunch of clunky silver jewelry, make sure there’s plenty of juice in your zippo lighter and if you are brave enough, tuck your joint in your sock for later.  You are now ready to dive deep into the 1970s and 80’s hard rock culture and let your mind expand with the force of some of the mind blowing sounds that forged many of the great bands of today.

The sound explosion started the night out with Dio.  Ronnie James Dio is a wonder of nature.  For the life of me, I can never figure out how such a tiny guy can create such an awesome, explosive sound.  Ronnie has all the components down right.  The shroud of black everywhere, the leather, the smoke and dragons.  It makes me proud to be a classic rock fan.  Not only is his voice still powerful and mesmerizing, but his band is TIGHT and the dark guitar rock is showcased to perfection by his new guitarist Doug Aldrich.  Each song in the set was a 10 minute epic that left you almost too drained to clap when it was over.  Hits like “Long Live Rock & Roll” with a pummeling guitar solo, “Holy Diver” and “Man On The Silver Mountain” made this concert worth the price of admission, along with new works like “Push” off their latest album, Killing The Dragon.

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