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Black and Blue

In Metal, Movies, Music on December 29, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Happy Holidays. Here’s a vintage poster for the 1980 “Black & Blue” movie showcasing the heavy metal thunder of Black Sabbath (with Ronnie James Dio),  and Blue Oyster Clut. This concert flick played loud in local theaters when I was growing up and was reviewed (unfavorably) in the Boston Globe.

Shot at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, the live performance was captured on video and blown up to 35mm film for theatrical release. Sabbath was supporting the “Heaven & Hell” LP (with Vinnie Appice replacing Bill Ward on drums) while BOC was touring behind the Martin Birch-produced “Cultosaurus Erectus”.

Eric Bloom’s stoner monologue before “Godzilla” and Dio’s dramatic flamethrower flourish in the extended “Heaven and Hell” are classic moments. Al Bouchard wears a ‘Zilla mask during his strobe-lit drum solo, Bloom rides a motorcycle on stage, Buck Dharma rips the strings from his guitar, and Iommi and Geezer are heavy as a crushing lead weight (natch). Someone should release “Black and Blue” on DVD!