Lifting The Lid On The Rockbrat Treasure Chest: DIO CONCERT T-SHIRT, SYDNEY, 13/9/86

Whilst rummaging through the vaults today, I came across this concert t shirt I purchased at Dio’s Sydney concert at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Saturday the 13th of September, 1986.  This was the Sacred Heart tour, and as visits to the antipodes by international metal bands in the mid 80’s were rare (save for Maiden, Twisted Sister, Motorhead and Leppard) it was a night of pure unadulterated heavy metal to be cherished.  It’s a pity that Viv Campbell was not there, but Rough Cutt’s Craig Goldie cut the mustard, though he lacked the spark/magic that Campbell brought to the band. From memory, there was aslo the obligatory guitar and drum solos – and Claude even knocked out a keybaord solo. Solos aside, it was a kick arse set, with no filler in sight. King of Rock and Roll,  Like the Beat of a Heart, Don’t Talk to Strangers, Hungry for Heaven, The Last in Line, Holy Diver, Heaven and Hell, Sacred Heart, Rock ‘n’ Roll Children, Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll,  Man on the Silver Mountain, Stand Up and Shout, Rainbow in the Dark, with encores of We Rock and  Stars. It would be 7 long years before Mr Rockbrat and I got to see Ronnie live again (at the Hammy Odeon), and thankfully we managed to witness him fronting Heaven And Hell, at The Gong. A few years back now. Hearvy metal heaven friends. I remember waking up buzzed the morning after the gig – it still ranks as one of my most cherished gigs – and here is the concert shirt from that night, 26 years ago !  Stand Up and shout!!!!






4 thoughts on “Lifting The Lid On The Rockbrat Treasure Chest: DIO CONCERT T-SHIRT, SYDNEY, 13/9/86

  1. I was at the sacred heart concert on the 13th sep 1986, I can’t seem to find any footage on the concert on that night anywhere? It was my 21st birthday present to meet Dio from my ex wife Margaret, she managed to get in contact with Dio’s manager and told her that my birthday wish was to meet Dio, I could have chosen a Corvette instead but I wanted to meet Dio and it was arranged with Dio’ agreement, I couldn’t believe it, I was met by the woman organiser at the entertainment centre and she told me that I will be meeting Dio after the concert and stuck a VIP sticker on my chest and led my wife and myself to the front of the stage where we stood throughout the entire concert, at first we were the only two people standing in front of the stage while Dio rocked my socks off and Goldie was blowing kisses to my wife so I gave him a death look and shook my head telling him stop it and he snapped out of it and didn’t give another glance ha ha ha I didn’t know who this chick looking dude was and I didn’t like his attitude, young and jealous I guess and I had a massive ego problem. After the concert I was led to a large room and was seated with the support bands white widow and Boss they were staring at us wondering who the fuck are we?after about 20min the organiser came up to me and said that Dio is waiting to meet with me in another room, I couldn’t believe it, it was like a dream, it’s like a Christian meeting jesus. We were taken to a small room with ronnie James DIO standing there, he walked up to me and shook my and Margaret’s hands and I was lost for words and didn’t know what to say except it’s a privilege to meet you Dio and he was the most gentle down to earth person I have ever met and he replied no privilege no privilege I’m just a man, and he asked me did I enjoy the concert and what I thought of the performance?we spoke for about 15min, took some photos of us together, it was a dream come true and I wouldn’t change it for 100 Corvettes. I can’t believe he’s going, I reckon when I die and hopefully go to heaven there will be Dio rocking away for a welcoming party for me? Dreams do come true. By the way Dio means God in Latin .RIP Dio. Doug Vodogaz

  2. Wonderful review and replies. I was there too. 13 years old, we saw Ronnie in Sounds, Dad got my mate and I tickets, went to Sydney from terrigal( we were the only metal heads there) and saw a sea of denim, witnessed the greatest of all time and my journey as a life long fan had begun.

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