Evil Or Divine: Live In New York City


This performance was at Roseland Ballroom, New York City, on December 13, 2002 This album […]
By "Der Bärtige Mann" Gareth Beams
February 3, 2021
Dio - Evil Or Divine: Live In New York City album cover

This performance was at Roseland Ballroom, New York City, on December 13, 2002

This album was originally released, on CD back in 2005 with CD-Maximum. The collector's Edition which was both the CD and DVD via Eagle Vision. ST2 Records and Spitfire Records also released the CD in 2005. Del Imaginario Discos released it in 2009 and lastly, in 2011 it was released by Back on Black.

Ronnie James Dio, the man, the icon. If you're into Hard Rock and or Heavy Metal and you've never heard of "Rainbow in the Dark", what is wrong with you. The album is full of songs which RJD was involved in.

RDJ himself had a long career in the music industry, most people know of his bands he is associated with, such as ELF, RAINBOW, he replaced Ozzy Osbourne in BLACK SABBATH. RDJ took drummer Vinny Appice with him from SABBATH to form his own, eponymous band DIO, which started in 1983. DIO was put on hold in the early 90s when Ronnie rejoined BLACK SABBATH for one album. RJD rejoined his BLACK SABBATH band-mates again in 2007, this time under the name HEAVEN & HELL. They released one album in 2009, which would be the final record of his long career.

RJD died in a hospital in Texas on May 16th, 2010 after battling stomach cancer.

"Killing the Dragon" kicks off this album/performance with this crowd pumping, anthem-like song. Dio truly was the dragon. The fans are already singing along. One of the things you can hear is that both live and in the studio, his voice remains the same. Power and majestic. Doug is already warmed up on the guitars and starting to flex. It's a good song to get the juices flowing, not to heavy, but gets the crowd involved and up for it. If the crowd needed any further encouragement that is. Good start

"Egypt (The Chains Are On) / Children of the Sea" keeps the performance ticking over nicely with the heavy riffs once more. RJD has his immense vocals at their full powers here for all to hear. This is a slow song, but it is still bound to be captivating the crowds. This man knows exactly how to hold a crowd's attention. The connection within the band shows true harmony in this performance. The song goes through the motions and the crowd are eating it up.

"Push" keeps up the 80's sounding riffs that have flooded our ears from the first beat. It has a very similar sound to the other songs we have heard and that is not a bad thing at all. The tempo is set to a good level and the guitar skills are top draw once more. As it is a shorter song, it doesn't quite go through as many motions but it is eaten up none the less. RDJ then calls on Simon Wright for his "Drum Solo" which shows the technical brilliance from the band member. The rest of the band join in towards the end for a bit of a random jamming session together, which again, goes down well with the crowd.

"Stand Up and Shout" would have been one of the crowd favourites to be played and the beat has seemingly picked up once more. The song is a power ballad in its own right and goes into full crowd-pleasing energies. The song is faster than most before so it seems to last only seconds. The crowd loved it though.

"Rock and Roll" is a heavier, more sturdy song. The crowd are singing along. The slower pace allows the darker atmosphere to take the gig into a new level. The crowd are really into this now and with the slower tempo, it allows them to become more involved. Even though at this point, this was a new song, it seems to have been very popular

"Don't Talk to Strangers" goes back to 1983 to "Holy Diver" album for another slower, spell-binding song. The tempo soon kicks in and picks up to the levels that we have heard excelling. The guitar skills are once out more in full force and beautifully harmonic. The song slows down and is controlled immensely well. Crowd interaction is again full priority here. A true showman.

"Man on the Silver Mountain" takes the crowd back to a time Jimmy and RJD were in RAINBOW together. It's still a fans favourite as it is rocked out for the New York faithful. The solos in the song are perfectly done. The song is controlled perfectly, leading into the "Guitar Solo" from Doug. Just sit back and hear the brilliant artwork he is giving out to us. It also links in with "Long Live Rock 'n' Roll" which is another great RAINBOW song. The lack of stopping to change gear is something to behold. The song involves the crowd once more, which only adds to the great levels shown in this performance.

"Lord of the Last Day" goes to their previous album, Magica, to play one of the more popular songs from a very experimental album. The pace has dropped, which is no great shock from the last few songs that were very high-end. Not sure it kept the feeling going, but maybe allowing the progress to be broken down somewhat.

"Fever Dreams" keeps the slower pace going, controlling the balance of the songs well. The pace does pick up but the song progresses with its melodies, no just random outbursts, well played. It is another song that doesn't set any fires what it does is fit into the section of the album that it was required to. The end is near and the powerful songs approach, so usually things slow down before they arrive. Look what's next...

"Holy Diver" has the windy sound samples adding to the song, which is how the song the album goes. The legendary riffs screech out in all their glory. The crowd are making their voice heard in the background. The balance is controlled exactly how you would expect it to be played. They are pulling no punches here, as you would imagine and the song is playing out in all its powers.

"Heaven and Hell" takes us back to the SABBATH days of RJD. Arguably his most famous song with them. No intro needed here. The crowd are loving this, and you can hear why, the song that would, in the future, launch a band. Just enjoy this absolute classic. That was the "end" of the show

"The Last in Line" so the encore starts here. Not lighting pace, but seems to have gone down well enough. The control and musicianship are once more fantastic.

"Rainbow in the Dark" goes down exactly how you would think it should. brilliantly. The glimpse of light in the darkness. The crowd must know that there is not much left after this. This is a hall of fame song, and the way is played out is even better than on the studio recordings. The musicians here have banded together to create this beautiful harmony.

"We Rock" closes this mammoth of a show. It keeps up the good pace that the power ballad final few songs have notched up. The song acts as a highlight reel, showing off everything that is great about this performance and the ban's back catalogue. Which as a fans favourite, that is the exact aim.finsihing strong.

This is a fantastic live album from DIO. Not my favourite coz I think is the "Live in Chile" one. I am lucky to have seen RJD in HEAVEN & HELL at Sonisphere, but I can only imagine how amazing these guys live must have been.

9 / 10

Almost Perfect








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"Evil Or Divine: Live In New York City" Track-listing:

1. Killing the Dragon
2. Egypt (The Chains Are On) / Children of the Sea (Black Sabbath Cover)
3. Push
4. Drum Solo (Instrumental)
5. Stand Up and Shout
6. Rock and Roll
7. Don't Talk to Strangers
8. Man on the Silver Mountain (Rainbow Cover)
9. Guitar Solo  (Instrumental)
10. Long Live Rock 'n' Roll (Rainbow Cover)
11. Lord of the Last Day
12. Fever Dreams
13. Holy Diver
14. Heaven and Hell (Black Sabbath Cover)
15. The Last in Line
16. Rainbow in the Dark
17. We Rock

Dio Lineup:

Ronnie James Dio - Lead Vocals
Doug Aldrich - Guitars
Jimmy Bain - Bass Guitar
Scott Warren - Keyboards
Simon Wright - Drums

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