I opened the show with WE ROCK by Dio, yay! This was refreshing and freeing to play. I have played Dio in the past, but those moments are rare. He is one of my favorite vocalists, I love his imagery and the booming voice that came out of the man that stood around 5′ tall.
I have a great memory of seeing him open for Maiden at MSG, with Motorhead in the opening 30 minute slot. It was such a surreal night. It was as if everyone I knew was there, it was like CBGBs had turned into the size of Madison Square Garden, everywhere I turned another face, whether a recent friend or a long lost acquaintance was there! Motorhead were good, and although Mickey Dee is/was a great and legendary drummer it always pissed me off that no matter where they played or how long their set was, that he needed a solo every show. This was no exception – they played for 30 minutes and it felt like 10 of them were his solo. He’s as flashy as they come – and competent for sure, I just don’t ever feel that Motorhead needs solos! So I was annoyed because his solo could have been another Motorhead song. When Dio came out, he opened with The Last in Line, and I swear to you, you could hear the garden hold it’s breath right as he went into the word HOME… you gotta know the song, but I would guess it’s a strain for a singer, and he chose it as his first song, what balls. For me there’s a ton of conviction in his voice, if we’re evil, or divine, his voice just rules. He, of course, pulled it off – to thunderous applause, I felt a sigh of relief go through MSG. THIS is why I opened my first program with We Rock (I felt it was a better song to open my show to), he’s made such an impact on the metal world and was so incredibly talented!
Also in my first show was Mastodon , I know I’m not surprising people with this choice BUT- I got to play AUNT LISA by them, my favorite song off Once More ‘Round The Sun! It’s got a chorus that’s got enough profanity to get an FCC regulated station shut down, so I never aired it on FM, it was wonderful to be able to finally play it for an audience! Other bands, Hail of Bullets, Witchery, Kylesa, UDO, Anaal Nathrakh, Obituary, Saviours, God Dethroned, and of course, Voivod!
On LIFER, my Voivod pledge (to play them on every show) stands! I’ll continue that tradition forever! I could rant forever, but will save ya’ll for now. Here’s the GimmeRadio info: The station itself, and the link to LIFER!