Black Sabbath autographs guitar pickguard
Black Sabbath autographs pickguard by Heaven & Hell. Autograph in silver pen by Tony Iommi Ronnie James Dio Geezer Butler Vinnie Appice
Heaven & Hell were an English-American heavy metal band active from 2006 to 2010. The band was a collaboration featuring founding Black Sabbath members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler. Along with former Black Sabbath members Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice.
The four members of Heaven & Hell recorded and toured together as Black Sabbath from 1980 to 1982, and again from 1991 to 1992. After they rejoined to record three new songs for the 2007 compilation album. Black Sabbath: The Dio Years, they embarked on a 2007–2008 tour. Iommi, the owner of the Black Sabbath name, decided to call the touring group Heaven & Hell to differentiate the project from the Ozzy Osbourne-led Black Sabbath. Taken from the first Dio-fronted Black Sabbath album, Heaven and Hell. According to Iommi. The name change was made so that fans at concerts would not expect “to hear “Iron Man” and “War Pigs” and all that; it’s none of the old stuff, it’s none of the Ozzy time. It’s all Dio stuff. So by calling ourselves Heaven and Hell, it’s revisiting that period.”
The group disbanded following Dio’s death from stomach cancer in 2010.
Ronald James Padavona (July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010), better known by his stage name Ronnie James Dio, was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He fronted and/or founded many bands such as Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell. Making famous the “metal horns” hand sign in metal culture and was known for his medieval-themed lyrics. Dio held a powerful varied vocal range able of singing both hard rock and lighter songs.