RevieweDVD! Dio - Finding the Sacred Heart: Live In Philly 1986



Dio

Finding the Sacred Heart: Live In Philly 1986

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If you’re of the few who never got the chance to see Ronnie James Dio, in any incarnation, ply his craft in a live setting (an unenviable group to which this reviewer unfortunately belongs), releases like Finding the Sacred Heart: Live In Philly 1986 are as close you are going to get, and thankfully for all of us, this release in particular is incredibly good.

Filmed during Dio’s tour for his third studio album, 1985’s Sacred Heart, Finding the Sacred Heart: Live In Philly 1986 features a fabulous setlist (though to be honest, Sacred Heart itself was more or less ho hum in the grand scope of Dio’s overall canon), but it’s much more than that. This DVD release, this concert experience, is a time capsule, a snapshot in time if you will, that features lasers, ambitious pyro, and a monstrous mechanical dragon that overlooks the stage. Yes, you read that right. Finding the Sacred Heart: Live In Philly 1986 is 80’s heavy metal in all its excessive glory, and it couldn’t be any more resplendent.   

Speaking of the setlist, Dio rips off an impressive collection of well-known tunes from the early part of his career, the most memorable of which coming off his 1983 debut Holy Diver (“Holy Diver,” “Stand Up and Shout,” “Rainbow In the Dark,” “Don’t Talk To Strangers”), though the bulk of Finding the Sacred Heart: Live In Philly 1986 consists of cuts off Sacred Heart (“King Of Rock and Roll,” “Sacred Heart,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Children,” “Hungry For Heaven”).

Sure, you might be able to find Dio performing these tunes elsewhere, but chances are you’ll never see Dio slaying a massive mechanical dragon with a giant light saber anywhere else. Yes, Finding the Sacred Heart: Live In Philly 1986 is that special. 

Grade: A

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