Thursday, 24 June 2021

Sons Of Apollo - Gates Of Babylon

Thursday, time for a cover.

"Gates Of Babylon" is a tune taken from the third studio album "Long Live Rock 'n' Roll" by the British hard rock band RAINBOW, released in 1978 and the last to feature original lead vocalist Ronnie James Dio.

"Long Live Rock 'n' Roll" was recorded in April 1977 at a studio in Château d'Hérouville, France, featuring Ritchie Blackmore, Ronnie James Dio and Cozy Powell. Keyboards were initially played on a session basis by former RAINBOW member Tony Carey, while bass parts were started by Mark Clarke. Clarke was soon dismissed, however, and the bass parts were recorded by Blackmore himself. By July 1977 seven tracks that ended on the album were in demo form. Recording was suspended while the band recruited Bob Daisley and David Stone and thereafter commenced extensive touring of Europe in the summer and fall of 1977. A return to the Château d'Hérouville studio in December saw the band finish the album and also yielded a final track, "Gates Of Babylon".

Although Daisley and Stone are listed on the album credits for their contributions, they joined the band partway through the recording sessions and only appear on three and four songs, respectively. Stone wrote parts of "Gates Of Babylon" but was never credited.

From 2004 to his death in 2010, Dio's solo shows featured a live version of "Kill The King", "Gates Of Babylon", and the title track.

Today's tune "Gates Of Babylon" is made by the American progressive metal band SONS OF APOLLO, they covered "Gates Of Babylon" on their 2019 CD/DVD box "Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony".

-Mike Portnoy
-Jeff Scot Soto
-Derek Sherinian
-Billy Sheehan


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