The hard rock community was in a state of mourning as artists rushed to pay tribute to iconic elder statesman Ronnie James Dio, who died on Sunday at the age of 67 from stomach cancer.
Read the billboard article.RIP Ronnie! As a tribute to the late, great, Ronnie James Dio, the Van Halen News Desk has dusted off an old recording from our archives. It’s Van Halen covering the early Rainbow classic, “Man On The Silver Mountain!” This recording is from Van Halen’s club days…1976, to be exact.This is a totally UNCIRCULATED SOUNDBOARD recording, never before heard by anyone. It’s never been in any trader’s circles, or in any collector’s hands. (Some bootleg collectors do have a live version of Van Halen covering “Man On The Silver Mountain,” but this is a new recording, from a different performance entirely. This version sounds much better than the version that people have heard). The picture below is from ’76, too. Enjoy!