May 13, 2003


Elton John might have had a huge success when he opted for Tim Rice as a libretto writer for “Aida”, yet it was nothing in comparison with the amount of popularity earned by his partnership with Bernie Taupin. Their body of work is immense and amazing but with all the theatricality in it, the two never had a chance to cross over onto the theater stage together – until now, when old buddies sat working on adaptation of another Rice, Anne Rice’s trilogy for a Broadway musical, to open in 2005 under the tentative title of “The Vampire Lestat”.


Anyone who chance to see DIO on-stage can hardly forget all the energy exchange between the band – the leader in particular – and the audience. Re-living this experience though, comes difficult even with the concert album spinning, especially when there’s only one full record of the kind, 1998’s “Inferno: The Last In Live”. Visual component is too vital, so now all of it comes together on magnificient DVD called “Evil Or Divine”. To be out on July 1st, the show – unedited – was recorded on December 13th, 2002 at Roseland Ballroom, NYC. As of bonus features, there are extensive interview with Ronnie James Dio, backstage scenes, photo gallery, and the video for “Push” from 2002’s "Killing The Dragon".

1. Killing The Dragon
2. Egypt / Children Of The Sea
3. Push
4. Drum Solo
5. Stand Up And Shout
6. Rock And Roll
7. Don’t Talk To Strangers
8. Man On The Silver Mountain
9. Guitar Solo
10. Long Love Rock And Roll
11. Lord Of The Last Day
12. Fever Dream
13. Holy Diver
14. Heaven And Hell
15. The Last In Line
16. Rainbow In The Dark
17. We Rock


Do you remember Swan Song that ground to a halt with LED ZEPPELIN? What about The Rolling Stones Records of which only the famous tongue logo remained? Well, THE BEATLES’ Apple Corps. still virtually runs. Yet what the destiny has for the newly-established KISS Records? A joint venture between KISS and Sanctuary Records Group is up now to debut on July 21st with “Kiss Symphony: Alive IV” album, nailed this year by the masked ones and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. There will be a DVD, in the future, too. But with the band on a verge of the end who needs another dead label?


The four-month long nightmare is over, and Pete Townshend has been found innocent and cleared on charges of downloading child pornography from the Internet. Someone seemes to have gotten real eventually.


A band who can be as powerfully electric as subtly acoustic, last autumn URIAH HEEP finally brought both of their sides together having played at the Classic Rock Festival first in New Jersey and then in London, each venue seeing two shows, the fully plugged one and the unplugged. HEEP showed the class many of their fans, unfortunately, missed out on, and now the highlights are out on CD and, a bit later, on DVD titled “Live In The USA”. If only there were the complete sets…

1. Easy Livin’
2. Stealin’*
3. Rainbow Demon
4. I’ll Keep On Trying *
5. Heartless Land
6. The Other Side Of Midnight
7. Return To Fantasy
8. Rain *
9. The Wizard
10. Blind Eye
11. That’s The Way That It Is
12. Magician’s Birthday
13. Look At Yourself *
14. Lady In Black *
*- DVD only


If one guessed why the current BLACKMORE’S NIGHT tour is called as it’s called, the answer would be: because the band’s new album, due in July, has a title of “Ghost Of A Rose”. Here’s the song list, which suggests no change in their exquisite style – yet one thing may get many a heart beating fast. “Rainbow Blues”. Cool down: that’s a JETHRO TULL tune, as Ritchie’s an avid fan and Ian Anderson played on the BLACKMORE’S NIGHT debut album, “Shadow Of The Moon”. And “Diamons And Rust” is written by Joan Baez. Folk reigns, then.

1. Way To Mandalay
2. Three Black Crows
3. Diamons And Rust
4. Cartouche
5. Queen For A Day (part 1)
6. Queen For A Day (part 2)
7. Ivory Tower
8. Nur Eine Minute
9. Ghost Of A Rose
10. Mr. Peagram’s Morris And Sword
11. Loreley
12. Where Are We Going From Here
13. Rainbow Blues
14. All For One
15. Dandelion Wine


There seems to be many of THE MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP fans out there to indulge with another official bootleg 4-CD box set “Back To Attack” which follows in the wake of last year’s "Reactivate Live". Three of the four discs on the new one feature, alongside blonde guitarist, vocalist Gary Barden, Chris Glen on bass, Ted McKenna on drums and Andy Nye on keyboards, while the last one sees Michael, Chris and Gary join forces with guitarist Paul Raymond and legendary Cozy Powell on drums. As of the sound quality, if you’re a fan… you should like it anyway.

CD 1:

1. Captain Nemo
2. Rock My Nights Away
3. Are You Ready To Rock
4. Cry For The Nations
5. On And On
6. Attack Of The Mad Axeman
7. Into The Arena
8. Courvoisier Concerto
9. Lost Horizons
10. Rock Will Never Die

CD 2:

11. I’m Gonna Make You Mine
12. Systems Failing
13. Still Love That Little Devil
14. Armed And Ready
15. Rock Bottom
16. Doctor Doctor
Sapporo, Japan – January 18th, 1984

CD 3:

1. Captain Nemo
2. Rock My Nights Away
3. Are You Ready To Rock
4. Cre For The Nations
5. On And On
6. Attack Of The Mad Axeman
Portland, USA – December 14th, 1983

CD 4:

1. Cry Of The Mad Axeman
2. Victim Of Illusion
3. Natural Thing
4. Feels Like A Good Thing
5. Rock Bottom
6. Lost Horizons
7. Doctor Doctor
Pink Pop Festival, Holland – June 8th, 1981


May 13, 2003

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