Celebrate with us the 38th anniversary of the iconic ‘Heaven and Hell’ single ‘Die Young’ with a meaningful trip down heavy metal memory lane.
Thirty-eight years ago, Black Sabbath unleashed their legendary, Ronnie James Dio–helmed comeback single, “Die Young.” Taken from the metal icons’ ninth album Heaven and Hell — their first album with the former Rainbow vocalist, who replaced Ozzy Osbourne in 1979 — the churning, powerful ripper peaked at #41 on the U.K. Singles chart, snuffing out any lingering doubts that the band had lost their way in the wake of the Ozzman’s absence.
Indeed, between Dio’s hair-raising, operatic melodies and Tony Iommi’s weeping guitar riffs, it’s easy to see why so many Sabbath fans regard “Die Young” as the apex of the Dio era. That’s why, to commemorate the track’s anniversary, we’re taking a turbo-charged trip down memory lane with one of the band’s definitive “Die Young” performances: a potent rendition filmed during their October 17th, 1980 show at the Nassau Coliseum in Hempstead, New York.
Black Sabbath – “Die Young”