DVD Review: Dio / Finding The Sacred Heart Live in Philly 1986
A lot of music both on CD and DVD has been issued or reissued from the career of Ronnie James Dio since his untimely passing, a loss that is still being felt throughout the metal community three years later. If you were lucky enough to witness Dio’s 1986 tour in support of their 3rd album Sacred Heart then you were able to witness the largest stage set and most elaborate production Ronnie was ever a part of. For those of us who didn’t, this new release from Dio Finding The Sacred Heart – Live in Philly 1986 will be the next best thing to being there.
Originally released on VHS in 1986 and then again on standard DVD in 2004 it is now available on Blu-Ray for the first time. It is also available as a double CD and double LP with fully remastered sound. The video footage is fully restored of the complete concert (available for the first time) with some great bonus features. What I like most about this tour is that the stage was set in a medieval castle setting complete with a 20 foot Dragon named Dean. He breathes fire and has a true laser sacred heart that gets exposed to the audience and finally slayed by Ronnie himself in the end. This concert is a rock testament to a true rock giant..Ronnie’s physical stature not withstanding!
What’s also unique about this particular performance is that this tour was the first to feature then new guitarist Craig Goldy who had recently replaced departed original guitarist Vivian Campbell. In an interview that is included as an extra on this release Craig talks about fans “giving him the finger” during some of his solos. The fans were also holding up signs saying “Vivian is #1” but by the end of his solo the fans were then saying ..NO now you’re #1! The set list is truly great because by now you had three studio albums to pick from and add into the set including long standing favorites like “Holy Diver”, ”Don’t Talk To Strangers”, “Rainbow in the Dark” and “We Rock”. There are also a few Rainbow tunes like “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll”, “Man on The Silver Mountain” and a Black Sabbath tune in “Heaven and Hell”.
One of Ronnie’s enduring legacy’s will always be the relationship he had with his fans. The interviews included on this DVD as extras you will get to see and hear Ronnie talk about that very topic. He mentions how he never really wanted to change his music style at all because he knew it would upset his loyal fan base. He talks about fans writing letters to him (pre internet and email imagine that?) and then, although he read each and every letter, how he could not possibly respond to each one individually because of time restraints. There is great footage also of the making of the “Rock and Roll Children” music video.
This is not only a true jem and must have for Dio fans but a representation of a time when big time arena rock of the 80’s dominated the music scene and culture. The talent of this band is only slightly overshadowed by this massive visual production. But combine the two and you have a magical journey to the land of 1986 when hair was high, pants were tight and Dio ruled the rock world.
Ronnie James Dio – Vocals
Jimmy Bain – Bass
Vinny Appice – Drums
Craig Goldy – Guitar
Claude Schnell – Keyboards
1. Draco Ignis
2. King Of Rock And Roll
3. Like The Beat Of A Heart
4. Don’t Talk To Strangers
5. Hungry For Heaven
6. Medley: ‘The Last In Line / Children Of The Sea / Holy Diver / The Last In Line (reprise)
7. Drum Solo
8. Heaven And Hell
9. Keyboard Solo
10. Guitar Solo
11. Sacred Heart
12. Medley: Rock ‘n’ Roll Children / Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll / Man On The Silver Mountain / Rock ‘n’ Roll Children (reprise)
13. Time To Burn
14. Stand Up And Shout
15. Rainbow In The Dark
16. We Rock
Bonus features include:
* “Sacred Heart Tour” Featurette
* Interview ’86
* Interview with Ronnie and Craig
* “Rock ‘n’ Roll Children” music video
* Behind The Scenes