I remember seeing them on the 2009 tour @ Hellfest. They were all amazing and RJD's performance was incredible. Hard to believe he has already been diagnosed with cancer because he was so generous on stage.
Gods fuck cunt and piss, "The Devil you know" was the best Sabbath album since fuck and it's such a crying shame that gods like Dio have to go so soon. "13" wasn't bad, but if Ronnie had lived then Heaven & Hell would have fucking bulldozed over it so hard that sober Ozzy would have felt his arsehole tingling back in '69.
This was such a great thing... we were so lucky to get this project from the last years of Dio's life. I like how they only played Dio's Sabbath songs (from H&H, Mob Rules and Dehumanizer) before they made The Devil You Know. It's great how Dehumanizer was well featured in their setlists, which gave that album some fresh attention. It really is overlooked. I think that Heaven & Hell was the best thing that could have happened at the time to Dio and the Sabbath members. On and on, Heaven and Hell!
I suppose there's essentially no difference, apart from a full original album. But, officially, NOT the same band. This was sort of a reunion of that lineup, a revival if you will, playing that old material under another name (disconnected from Ozzy) as well as making new stuff -- which, sadly, only amounted to that one record before Dio passed away. Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell was a live album comprised of the stuff they made & played together as Black Sabbath, which I guess is why you'll find those Sabbath songs in this tracklist. Whatever the case, to sum up: Heaven & Hell is Dio-era Black Sabbath reincarnated as a new band. Let's not go crazy with the tagging even if it is the same entity in spirit.
I always thought that Iommi liked the whole Dio era so much that he re-considered renaming of the band, like back in the days when Dio joined, sort of turning that era into a whole different band and still being the Ozzy-sabbath at the same time. Duh...
There are people tagging Black Sabbath as Heaven & Hell and Heaven & Hell as Black Sabbath... But, in my opinion, the most retarded thing is: [album artist=Heaven & Hell]The Dio Years[/album]WTF?!? Tagging that compilation album as H&H DOESN't MAKE ANY SENSE!
v you don't fucking understand, this band is not Black Sabbath, different band all together same members as Dio era sure, but not Sabbath, different name, different band, Iommi has dealt with this conflict in a metal hammer interview in 2010... all you have to do is read the god damn fucking bio to you idiot, its also false labeling and if agents/record company wanted to they could try and fine you fore it, learn some law while your at it bud, start labeling them correctly, you mother fucking twat.
they called the band Heaven and Hell because if they Called it Sabbath they would be on contracts and Ozzy would get some royalties, its not Sabbath they are not Sabbath when they are Heaven and Hell...and when I see people say shit like " I tag all the Dio era Sabbath as Heaven and Hell" It makes me so mad because that's fucking Sabbath not Heaven and Hell...all of you are over thinking such a fucking easy concept, Tony Iommi would slap you all foe being so stupid.