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Ronnie James Dio

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    November 19, 2014

    Six Types of People You Might Meet at a Guitar Store

    Any guitar player will occasionally venture into a guitar shop or musical-supply store that specializes in guitars. They can be wonderlands to anyone who likes to play guitar and wants to see firsthand what kind of gear is available. Like a comic-book store is a playground for comic fans, a guitar s ... More >>

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    July 22, 2014

    Lost '93 Show Reveals "Dio of the Future"

    Dio Live in London -- Hammersmith Apollo 1993 Eagle Rock Entertainment, 114 min., $14.98 DVD/$19.98 Blu-Ray This concert film will be something of a lost treasure to Dio fans. Not only has it never actually been released, but it showcases the group's lesser-celebrated mid-to-late-'90s lineup as we ... More >>

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    May 19, 2014

    5 Rock Bands Made Better by Switching Vocalists

    Every now and then, switching things up in a band isn't the end of the world. In fact, recruiting a new singer can revitalize and expand the horizons of a band in completely unexpected ways, bringing them out of obscurity or to previously unheard of levels of success. We've covered this ground befo ... More >>

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    May 6, 2014

    10 Acts Who Changed Their Names Mid-Career

    When picking a band name, you have to be damn sure you want to be called that for the rest of your career. Sure, calling yourself "Ass Face" sounds funny now, but when you're 40 and still touring under it because it's the only name anyone knows you by, you won't be laughing anymore. You also have t ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    Helstar & Venomous Maximus at Fitzgerald's, 4/12/2014

    Helstar, Venomous Maximus, Sanctus Bellum, Termination Force Fitzgerald's April 12, 2014 The list of local bands that can still fill up Fitzgerald's more than 30 years after jamming out on their first power chord is a short one. On Saturday night, the metallic warriors in Helstar proved they can st ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    The World's 10 Finest Superstar Musical Collaborations

    Well, folks, it appears we're getting a Superman/Batman movie whether we like it or not. Comics fanboy and Frank Miller obsessive Zack Snyder broke the news a couple weeks back at San Diego Comic-Con that his big-budget sequel to Man of Steel will find a way to shoehorn in the Dark Knight. A much mo ... More >>

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    July 26, 2013

    Black Sabbath at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 7/25/2013

    Black Sabbath Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 25, 2013 What can even be said about a Black Sabbath show in 2013? You know what you're in for: good times with one of the all-time greatest rock and roll bands. The experience is one that defies a simple explanation. It's becoming a part of a uniq ... More >>

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    July 25, 2013

    Every Metal Subgenre Began as a Black Sabbath Song

    Some people out there argue that heavy metal was not invented by Black Sabbath. These people are wrong. To be sure, the Led Zeps and Deep Purples of the world certainly had their metallic moments, but it wasn't until Tony Iommi sheared off his fingertips in a metal stamper and down-tuned his guitar ... More >>

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    June 19, 2013

    Ronnie James Dio's Dungeon Opens Again On Magical New Releases

    Dio Finding the Sacred Heart: Live in Philly 1986 Eagle Vision, 143 mins., $14.98 DVD/$19.98 Blu-ray Though he passed away from stomach cancer in 2010 (right here in Houston, according to several reports), fans of Ronnie James Dio have had a steady stream of newly-released music and projects to fea ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013

    Transcribing Is a Bitch: The Collected Craig Hlavaty Interviews

    My last official day at the Houston Press is tomorrow, so these past two weeks I have been sifting through my body of work here at Rocks Off, almost seven years of words. I've been gleefully overdosing on nostalgia here at my desk, and I have (almost) no regrets. I'll have some more words on my depa ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013

    Last Night: Anthrax & Exodus at House of Blues

    Anthrax, Exodus House of Blues April 10, 2013 I am going to come right out and say it: I never thought Anthrax should have been a part of The Big Four. When laying out the titans of thrash metal, the boys from New York -- a fact they never seem to want you to forget -- always seemed a bit out of p ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012

    Rock Arcade: 6 Musicians Featured In Video Games

    Recently Green Day have been trying to promote their latest album by infiltrating all forms of mainstream media and somebody in the band must have realized that Angry Birds is a thing so why should it be left out? That is, presumably, how the world came to see Green Day members immortalized as gree ... More >>

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    May 22, 2012

    The End of the Road: Digital Mourning in 2012

    At the Houston Press office, I am usually the first person who finds out when a celebrity or musician dies, usually from a wire or, these days, the fine folks at TMZ. Hell, sometimes even when I am away from my desk I have to be the bearer of bad tidings, like when Adam Yauch passed on a few weeks a ... More >>

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    April 18, 2012

    Supergroups: 10 Bands That Sprang From Other Bands

    From the remnants of other great bands are often birthed more great bands. Oftentimes these little side projects go under the radar unless you are a hardcore fan, or the new band itself gains a lot of airplay or word of mouth. Either way, some of the greatest rock bands of all time have been birthe ... More >>

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    January 9, 2012

    Iron Men: Five Rock 'n' Roll Cancer Survivors

    Sad news emerged today that heavy metal godfather Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma. It was a big shock for Black Sabbath fans, as the group's original lineup have a new album and a world tour planned for 2012. Though already counted among rock and roll's ultimate sur ... More >>

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    December 23, 2011

    Hail, Santa: The Top 10 Metal Christmas Carol Covers

    ​Rocks Off likes to believe that Christmas is such a merry holiday, even some of Satan's most stalwart servants can't help but get into the act. Of course, it could be that heavy metal musicians record Christmas music for the same reason as Mariah Carey: Because there's a crapload of money to ... More >>

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    November 11, 2011

    Never Say Die!: Black Sabbath Reforming In 2012 For Tour & Album

    ​Today in Los Angeles, legendary, pioneering heavy metal group Black Sabbath convened in front of reporters at the Whiskey A Go Go to announce a 2012 reunion tour and album, set for a fall release. The event, hosted by Henry Rollins, was telegraphed by a countdown clock on the band's official ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    Dio Disciples Keep Ronnie James' Metal Flame Alive

    When Ronnie James Dio succumbed to stomach cancer in May 2010 (some reports say it occurred here at M.D. Anderson), heavy metal lost its arguably greatest voice. And with a career spanning decades in bands like Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath/Heaven & Hell, and his own Dio, he left a lot of material to ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    The Aliens Should Have Kept Sammy Hagar

    ​Judging by the headline, you already know where Rocks Off stands when it comes to Van Hagar versus a David Lee Roth-fronted Van Halen. We love to hate Sammy Hagar, almost to the point where we actually like him a little bit. We can't even explain that feeling. It's like how when you were yo ... More >>

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    February 6, 2011

    Black Eyed Pleeease!: Fergie & The Gang At The Super Bowl Halftime Show

    Earlier this week we chronicled for you our favorite Super Bowl halftime shows, from Petty and the Who, to the Boss and the Stones. Tonight we will be live-blogging all the musical attractions from Super Bowl XLV from Dallas, er, Arlington. ​ Lined up in the next few minutes we will see Christina ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    Dio's Last Stand: Heaven & Hell Live In Europe

    ​Heaven & Hell Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell Live in Europe Eagle Vision, 150 minutes, $14.98. When Black Sabbath 3.0 got together a few years back to record some new material for The Dio Years compilation, neither Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, nor Vinny Appice probabl ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Five More Heavy Metal Christmas Carols

    ​Last year's unholy Christmas metal list was so popular, we decided to reach back into our quasi-Santanic bag and find five more songs for you to blare while trimming the tree and wrapping presents. We made our list too late to catch Rob Halford's Christmas album, Winter Songs. Otherwise it ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    Pocket Rockers: Ten Musicians 5'5" And Under

    Photo illustration by Monica Fuentes; click image to enlargeThe Tall Guys, l-r: Ric Ocasek (The Cars), John Mayer, Joey Ramone​Saturday night, closet cat lover and reigning Dark Lord Glenn Danzig will be in town for a headlining gig over at Warehouse Live. The diminutive, but no less awesome, ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    Ten Iconic Musical Nicknames, And 25 You May Never Guess

    ​You know what sucks? Getting saddled with a really awkward family nickname when you are younger and it following you until it takes a frenzied freak-out to stop it. We were once called "Pooter" by our mother until an eight-year-old Rocks Off gave her a terse look right before third grade star ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    Answers To Rocks Off's Musical Nickname Quiz

    ​Rocks Off hopes you enjoyed our musical nickname quiz earlier today. We have had a few nicknames ourselves over the years - our dad called us "Boog" after former Baltimore Orioles first baseman Boog Powell, and we were known for years around the Austin Chronicle offices as "Weezer," which we ... More >>

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    August 16, 2010

    Friday Night: Pat Benatar At House Of Blues

    Photos by Groovehouse​Pat Benatar House of Blues August 13, 2010 For more photos from Friday's show, see our slideshow here. For some reason whenever we saw people after Friday night's Pat Benatar show and they asked what we thought, all we could do was shrug our shoulders. Usually after a s ... More >>

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    July 13, 2010

    Pop Rocks: You'll Be Sorry When They're Gone

    ​Harvey Pekar died yesterday. What was lost in the usual exercise of macabre one-upmanship -- as everyone rushed to update Twitter and Facebook in an effort to be the first to break the bad news to all their friends -- was the fact that most of them were only aware of Pekar's existence thanks ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010

    Can Music Fight Cancer? MD Anderson's Celebration Singers Think So

    Earlier this year, we lost God himself Ronnie James Dio to cancer. Dio had been valiantly fighting the disease at Houston's own MD Anderson Cancer Center. Approximately 1,500 people in America die every day of cancer, but MD Anderson continues to find new avenues to help heal those afflicted, incl ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010

    Top 5 Daniel Lanois Productions

    ​This past Saturday in Los Angeles, legendary producer Daniel Lanois, known for his trademark echo-heavy sound and work with the likes of U2 and Bob Dylan, was involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident. Lanois was slated to soon begin work on Brandon Flowers of the Killers' solo debut and the u ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    5 Rock Deaths That Shook Us Down

    ​It was sometime this past Saturday night that we first heard that Ronnie James Dio was dead. It was after midnight and we had just bellied up to the Mink's front bar when we checked our Twitter feed and saw that Dio had passed on. Our body froze every metal bone in our body ached for a few minute ... More >>

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    May 17, 2010

    R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio, Gone To His Metal Reward

    R.I.P., Holy Diver.​Ronnie James Dio resumed his post as God of Earth, Heaven and Hell Sunday, after a 67-year mission on Earth correcting errors in previous gospels through heavy metal. His earthly form was diagnosed with stomach cancer in November 2009. As of this March, Dio was still optimisti ... More >>

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    May 17, 2010

    Throwing The Devil Horns For Dio One More Time

    Ed. Note: This article first appeared in the Houston Press in August 2003, when Dio (the man and the band) played the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. ​It's a ubiquitous sign for the ages. Whether thrown in rapture or irony, the pinky-and-index-finger extended "devil horns" might mean something di ... More >>

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    December 28, 2009

    Monoliths & Dimensions: The Best Metal Records of 2009, Part 1

    ​This year was such a good one for heavy music, I wound up having to cheat when putting this list together. I just couldn't settle on ten albums that kicked my ass the hardest in 2009; there were dozens of candidates. The best I could do was fourteen, so each of my top four slots are ties. 10. Meg ... More >>

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    December 9, 2009

    In Wishing Ronnie James Dio a Speedy Recovery, Our Life as a "Holy Diver"

    ​Metal legend Ronnie James Dio is one of those musicians you've probably always been aware of, even if you haven't counted yourself a huge fan. Rocks Off can sympathize, for while we've personally gone out of our way to seek his music, we've always taken it for granted that Dio would be there, hov ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009
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    December 26, 2008

    Retro Active: The Ian Gillan-Fronted Black Sabbath

    Ian Gillan on his brief stint in Black Sabbath Last week, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi filed a lawsuit against Live Nation, claiming that one of the promotion behemoth's subsidiaries, Signatures, sold a bunch of Sabbath merch after a licensing agreement expired in 2006. Though the idea of Blac ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008
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    September 30, 2008

    Mail Call: Post-Ike/ACL Edition

    As you might imagine, the past few weeks have been somewhat hectic for Rocks Off, meaning there's been another heaping helping of yellow and brown envelopes piling up. Let's do this. This time I've added brief quotes from the accompanying press release, provided there is one. Definitely Roy O ... More >>

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    August 25, 2008

    Aftermath: Masters of Metal at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty, except where indicated. A crowd slideshow is here. Reflecting on Saturday’s Masters of Metal tour at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, I think I fall into that rare category of Casual Metal Fan. This means that while I enjoy metal and will fly the devil-horns at any op ... More >>

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    August 19, 2008

    Black Sabbath: The Rules of Hell Box Set Reviewed

    Fairly or not, when a band loses a charismatic frontman, they’re left with a hole that’s both more obvious and difficult to fill than, say, keyboardist or drummer. Rock history has shown that bands can actually become more popular (AC/DC, Van Halen) or spend the rest of their careers hoping audi ... More >>

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    January 3, 2008
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    September 6, 2007
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    April 26, 2007

    Heaven and Hell

    The Heaven and Hell tour stops Wednesday, May 2, at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Robbins Dr., 281-363-3300.

  • Film

    November 23, 2006

    One Toke Wonder

    Tenacious D gets the band back together, and...and... and ?

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    February 16, 2006

    Into the Frey

    If you thought A Million Little Pieces was a pack of lies, wait till you check out the Mötley Cre biography

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    November 10, 2005

    dios (malos), with Swords and Go Spread Your Wings

    Saturday, November 12, at Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington Avenue, 713-864-2727.

  • Music

    August 14, 2003

    Soaring on the Wings of a Demon

    Ronnie James Dio has rocked for a long, long time

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    October 31, 2002

    Rhythm Room Boom

    Chicks who rock and Tourbaby take the Washington Avenue stage

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    January 21, 1999
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    February 16, 1995

    !Quermos Rock!

    The chords are the same, but the lyrics are en espanol. The rockeros like it, yes they do.

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