2014 Music in Review: I'm in love, what's that format?

While the past year found more than a few CDs (plus two sweet slabs of new-release vinyl) added to the never-ending collection, I finally succumbed to the Spotify and Amazon Cloud playlist bug. Yup, an upgrade to a Droid with fancier bells and whistles (the kids call them apps) than my old Odyssey, and […]


Get your bids in early and often, Loyal Goatherd.


Nearly 100 Donated Guitars Will be Auctioned on Saturday, December 1 at 2 P.M. at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, CA to Raise Money for Dio Cancer Fund.

The Ronnie James […]

Went off to the witch (though I did make it home)

Head’s still spinning more than a tad after having the opportunity to speak with two of the godfathers of metal, Black Sabbath/Heaven and Hell’s Tony Iommi and “Geezer” Butler at the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout at Cancer fund-raiser last week (very, very brief conversations, but Iommi was gracious enough to let me […]

Like a rainbow in the dark

God bless Wendy Dio for maintaining her husband’s legacy and fighting cancer through the Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. Ditto the rockers coming out to support and participate. With any luck, should have some fun stories Thursday morning as I’m set to cover the red carpet portion of this event.

The Ronnie […]

Hall of Fame, Corrected (Vol. 19)

Whenever I quickly tick off my favorite “metal/hard rock” voices, I typically only list three: Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, Queensryche’s Geoff Tate and Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson. Call it forgetfulness, temporary insanity and/or foolishness for omitting today’s suggestion to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Ronnie James Dio.

Whether getting his start doing bubble-gum […]

Holy Diver!

yes THAT Ronnie Dio

R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio