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M3 Tribute to Ronnie James Dio

Happy Mother's Day!

Stryper and the Appice Brothers did a special tribute to Ronnie James Dio at the M3 Rock Festival yesterday. This happened during the All Star Jam. The song is, of course, "Heaven and Hell."

Reader Comments (29)

Stryper totally stole the show today. Best band of the weekend. Those guys rock as hard if not harder than back in 85. Absolutely phenomenal!
May 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChuck
Chuck, you are correct! They killed it!
May 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeo2
They were phenomenal but even more so on The Monsters of Rock Cruise. Let's not underestimate Robert Sweet, who, I believe, actually gives the Appice brothers a run for their money, maybe even further than one might expect based on previous preconceptions.

But the real news of the festival is RATT is back, baby!

With Croucier back and Cavazo filling in for the irreplaceable Robbin Crosby (RIP), they were totally energized Even Pearcy, who's always been somewhat of a walker, not even a strutter or a prancer, managed to jump around a little more than usual. And his voice was stronger than most performances post 1993.

Need proof? I guess, look for YouTubes from HDNet's stellar coverage (save for the airhead blonde M3 MC whose name I never even bothered to remember. Next time get a real Rocker Chick to do that job. No worries, you won't have to endure her in the clips).

I heard RATT might make it onto The Monsters of Rock Cruise. I also found out from a very reliable source, Dangerous Toys has been added.

RATT back. KISS and Crue out on tour together. Rock of Ages. G'n'R Hall of Fame induction. M3 and it's coverage on HDNET and Sirius Radio. The Monsters of Rock Cruise. Guitar Hero. Rock Band. Hair Nation. Metalmania. That Metal Show, and especially Killer web sites like Allyson's Bring Back Glam! where people can read amazing Glam Metal posts and provide comments and opinions!

What does all of this tell us? Our mission to Bring Back Glam!is bigger than ever (post 1993) momentum.

p.s. My ex-lead guitarist who joined me for M3 found a question on the internet the other day: Who is the best guitar combo operating today? I would argue it's DiMartini and Cavazo. Their performance was so LARGE last night. I would be curious to know what others think whether you were there, watchin' or listenin' regarding that question or RATT's performance overall. BTW, we only came for RATT, KIX and Lynch Mob, otherwise watchin' most of the rest on HDNET either before we arrived or closed circuit on the VIP Deck if we weren't Beavising and Buttheading it all over the place. Oh, and we watched RATT all over again when e got back from bar hopping in Annapolis following the show, having DVR'd it before we headed up to Merriweather. Killarious on the second viewing, believe me.
May 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
all star jam of only two songs?? THe RJD Tribute was a great idea in theory but really a waste of time for just 2 songs....
May 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkari
I wasn't there but does anyone else think that STRYPER got screwed with their early time slot and the fact that they got their set cut short?

They deserved a much higher billing!
May 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkari
IMO, Whitesnake has the best tandem. Doug Aldrich & Reb Beach are hard to top. Ratt would be my 2nd fave.
May 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeo2
DJ Ashba and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal are a pretty phenomenal combo..
May 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
No kenny, fletch and cathy are a pretty phenomenal combo. Trust us!
May 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterfletch
Perry and Whitford, too, but I think the whole dual lead thing, a la "Round And Round" is really the way to judge who's the best combo.

Certainly Tipton and Downing were near or at the top of the heap until Downing checked out. Aldrich and Reb Beach are no slouches, for sure, but, personally, based on what I saw last night, I'm stickin' with Di Martini and Cavazo.

Though I appreciate Aldrich (especially his superlative body of work in Lion) and Beach, God love him, is pretty Generock, dudes -- his stuff is too straight up, man. As in, not that inventive. I mean, you talking' Winger, bro. Seriously?

And Ashba and Bumblefoot? Great guitarists in what is basically a G'n'R cover band that just happens to have the original singer in it.

Until we hear what these guys are writing and recording together to check out the dual lead action, I'm still goin' with the Ratt Boyz.
May 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
p.s. Stryper put in the best set on The Monsters of Rock Cruise as well.
May 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Well...I must say that Loudness was amazing and that Warrant killed it too, with interjecting new songs with the old. Ratt always brings it.
May 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrian L
Still cannot believe how many people showed up BOTH days for this festival. Don't get me wrong i love the festival and bands, but this years lineup was the weakest yet and then packed the place AND it was live on National TV! M3 is going very strong and i just hope they improve the lineup next year!
May 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKixRules
If I'm allowed to go off the glam board, the best double guitar combo going today is Warrne Haynes and Derek Trucks.
May 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBob
Steve Pearcey looks so disinterested in Ratt,Just looked like he could care less.....Kix was great as usual,even though HDNET screwed that up bigtime.......Styper cool to see them rock again...think m3 could use a Crue,or Leppard,someone of that nature to put it over the top...........instead of a about to get more bands.big name bands...
May 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermetalman17
I was thinkin' the same thing, Bob, but that blues stuff those guys play is easier to pull off, hahaha!!! Now, I'm really asking for a debate (and I'm ready for it!)! I actually had to witness those two characters' wittlefests more than once at The Beacon Theater in NYC, for better or worse, to be honest. I could argue what Ratt plays is actually more futuristic and advanced. It's the exact same argument I would make picking Page over Clapton. Page just took the whole thing further. I'd bet ya anything, Di Martini AND Cavazo could hold their own trading off with Haynes and Trucks onstage. In fact, I bet they could do it in their sleep, yet I'm willing to wager that "purests" (such a crutch), Haynes and Trucks couldn't play the RATT stuff. And I'd be willing to wager that DiMartini and Cavazo have total respect for Haynes and Trucks but I'd bet anything the same couldn't be true for the reverse as these types are usually so stuck on the whole Blues Purist Trip. However, I know a hard core Blues Guitarist who told me he could listen to George Lynch all day long. Bring it!

Metalman! There you are, Dad! I usually think that about Pearcy but he was way more engaged than usual Saturday. That guy really does have mental problems. I'm actually beginning to think he just ACTS disinterested. It's just his way. He needs a shrink as I think he's just bummed about getting old. If he only took a cue from Whiteman, and just run around more.

Bri -- "Ratt always brings it." Yes, but they brought it a little more than usual having Croucier back after 12+ years and I mean, "BACK" -- as in BACK-up vocals, to boot! Loudness were also killer. Stoked to see them on The Monsters of Rock Cruise, too! I heard a rumor RATT might do it, too! Metal Gods, let it be true!

KixRules -- Yeah, the line-up was weak, just as last year, except for one thing... RATT!!!
May 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Kari -- Stryper played at 1:00 on The Monsters of Rock Cruise, also. I can't figure it out. They are SO killer. It's probably because they are willing to do it because they are not hungover!

Metalman -- Forgot to mention... Yeah, HDNet, though it was great they covered M3, is obviously run by idiots. They rebroadcast Night Poseur's set in it's entirety early Saturday, yet KIX was not shown. And how come they didn't show Dokken's performance. Even if Don's voice is shot, his guitarist was totally burnin'! The only thing I can think of is that Don didn't want it shown out of embarrassment because of his weak vocals. If anyone has a real explanation, I would love to know.
May 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Metalboy, I'm not looking for a "Debate" because there's no point arguing about something that is purely subjective, but I am

happy to have a discussion with you. You and I have been doing this for years on this forum, and I always find it fun. First,

you know as well as I do that blues playing is much less about technical prowess, and more about squeezing every bit of

feeling out of each note you play. I maintain that, if we're talking about each pair playing in the other's field, Haynes and

Trucks have more technical prowess than DiMartini and Cavazo have feeling. Yes, I don't dispute at all that DiMartini and

Cavazo could play the same notes that Haynes and Trucks play, (they are excellent guitarists whom I respect and enjoy

listening to), but their notes would sound flat and emotionless by comparison.

Haynes can actually shred. He doesn't get much chance to show that side of his playing with the Allman Brothers, but he does

cut loose pretty hard from time to time in Gov't Mule. I think he could hang with DiMartini and Cavazo in that arena although

I agree with you that Trucks probably couldn't. But, on the other hand, Trucks can make a guitar cry and moan in a way that

DiMartini and Cavazo couldn't, so each has their strengths, and it depends on what type of playing you enjoy listening to

May 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBob
On Twitter Eddie Trunk said that Dokken did not sign off on being broadcast so that's why they weren't shown. I agree with metalman in that Pearcy looked very laissez faire out there. I saw them a year ago and he looked way more into it. Not that is was a bad show but just in comparison.
If we're going glam I agree with Aldrich and Beach. MB1 you think Winger is bland but love Lion? Really?
Outside of glam, Hinds and Kellihor of Mastodon.
I think the reason why KIX set wasn't rebroadcasted is because no one in the general public know who KIX are. Let's be honest if that fest was in Kansas or California, they would be on at 2.
Thought HDNet did a great job, just get rid of that annoying host. Curious what changes to the broadcast they will make for Rocklahoma.
May 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterscott whitt
Oh, yeah, Scott, that chick was SO annoying!, hahaha!!!

I like White Lion better than Wingjerk because their Rockers out ROCK Winginit's. And Vito Bratta blows Peb Beech out of the water, no pun intended.

But in all seriousness, Scott, Beach doesn't hold a candle to the style of either DiMartini or Cavazo.

Forgot to tell ya, Bob -- I went drinkin' with Warren Haynes several times as he was buddies with this kid I worked with at an Ad Agency in NYC. He came up to he agency several times to fetch us and we would head off to various dives in The Village. One time I actually bothered to see Gov't Mule and, yeah, he's a monster.

Look, you say thoze boyz have more feeling than Di Martini and Cavazo. But I would argue they play with just as much feeling as yer boyz. It's just a different kind of feeling -- as in more Bada*s feeling, hahaha!!!

All kidding aside, listen to Cavazo's song ending lead on "C*m On Feel The Noise" of all things. I call that feeling. Particularly the outro. Just keep turning up he volume manually during the fade. What a masterpiece. Then check out DiMartini's acoustic and electric work on "One Step Away". Don't know how you can say that has less feeling than your purist (read "boring") heroes.

Another thing you may recall me getting into on here, Bob... I saw a total shredfest from an unexpected pair -- I saw Dickey Betts one summer at the beach (The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett) near the tip of Long Island. Betts had some bald dude who looked like central casting for Joe Sixpack with Coke bottle glasses. Geez, those two sounded like Frank Zappa and his clone! I can tell ya right now, thoze dudes were not going for feeling. They were going for a new land speed record. INSANE!

but I'd still rather listen to RATT!!!

p.s. I like Aldrich's style better than Beech but not as much as DiMartini and Cavazo. As far as Pearcy showing disinterest, he looked more into it to varying degrees during various points in he performance but compared to when he was a kid, you're right -- he's harboring a general lazya*s faire attitude.
May 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Oh, and, Scott! What B.S. about KIX! Though I agree with your theory, I do not agree with HDNet! KIX is bigger than these joiks realize -- Huh-uh-lo-oh, Platinum! They are just as known was Loudness or XYZ and a guaranteed local TV audience. Can't believe they opted to put on a Priest Doc rather than rebroadcast KIX's performance! Sheer idiocy!
May 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!

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