DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell, who had an acrimonious cut up with Ronnie James Dio within the mid-Nineteen Eighties when the 2 labored collectively within the first incarnation of Dio‘s solo band, was requested in a brand new interview with Greg Prato of VintageRock.com if he thinks there was ever any risk of him and Ronnie getting again collectively or speaking after he left the band. He responded: “I might wish to make clear — I used to be fired from DIO. I didn’t depart DIO. And that is a little bit of an city fable, as a result of all these a long time after, lots of people are underneath that false impression considering that I left the band. I by no means needed to depart DIO. I used to be fired in the midst of a tour. However I used to be a squeaky wheel. I used to be the one who was attempting to get Ronnie to uphold his guarantees and be true to his phrases, and it did not work out. So, I do not assume there was ever any probability that we have been gonna work collectively once more.
“Ronnie‘s spouse, Wendy, proper up till the day he died, she was his supervisor — and he or she by no means noticed me as being of any worth to Ronnie. She at all times thought I used to be only a guitar participant and I used to be simply replaceable. I feel Ronnie knew a bit higher. So, I feel if Ronnie and I had met one another with out Wendy, and we would gone to the pub and we would had a pint of beer and talked by means of our variations, yeah, I feel we might have labored collectively once more and it could have been nice. However so long as Wendy was controlling his profession, that was by no means going to occur.”
Requested if he regrets by no means getting the chance to make amends with Ronnie earlier than his passing, Vivian stated: “Yeah. Y’know, we each stated ugly issues about one another within the media — which is rarely a good suggestion. However you get goaded into this stuff. And everybody makes these errors. That was unlucky. However Ronnie was an advanced man — like everybody. When folks ask me, ‘What’s so-and-so like?’, it is exhausting to summarize the human expertise in a few sentences. I imply, we’re all difficult beings — we’ve got good days and we’ve got unhealthy days. We’ve got good attributes from our personalities and we’ve got destructive ones. And Ronnie was difficult. We had days when he and I received alongside very well, and there have been days the place I assumed he was a complete asshole…and I am certain he thought precisely the identical about me. However the one factor that we did good collectively was we might make music collectively. I at all times discovered it a really strained relationship due to…and I’ll personal many of the accountability for that, as a result of I used to be very bashful round Ronnie. As a result of I used to be 20 years outdated and I might been listening to Ronnie in RAINBOW and [BLACK] SABBATH for years earlier than I ended up being in a band with them, and discovering myself within the studio in L.A., and simply on this complete surreal, very completely different surroundings that I might recognized earlier than. And being in a band with this man whose albums I might been listening to since I used to be about 13 years outdated. So, I simply had this unusual kind of deference in the direction of him — the place he was a rock star, for my part. Plus, he was a lot older than me. You virtually needed to name him ‘Mr. Dio.’ I did not, however I form of felt prefer it. Like, I most likely must be extra respectful in that regard. So, it was a bit bit unusual to have that kind of relationship. I by no means felt fairly snug round him. The one time I did was after we have been taking part in music.”
In a Might 2011 interview with Brazil’s Roadie Crew journal, Wendy acknowledged concerning the controversy surrounding Ronnie‘s relationship with Campbell (in 2003, Vivian known as Ronnie “an terrible businessman and, far more importantly, one of many vilest folks within the trade.”): “[Vivian] at all times stated that he hated all of the albums that he performed on with Ronnie, and that was very hurtful to Ronnie. Very hurtful. Would you want somebody who stated one thing like that about your albums? He stated numerous issues within the press that I do not wanna get into, as a result of it actually wasn’t Ronnie‘s feud in any respect. Ronnie did not fireplace him. I fired [Vivian]. He needed as a lot cash as Ronnie needed. He thought he was as vital as Ronnie was, and that was simply flawed. However I do not wanna get into that. It is water underneath the bridge. It would not matter.”
A video clip of Ronnie James Dio calling Campbell “a fucking asshole” and saying that “I hope he fucking dies” in reference to his former bandmate was posted on YouTube in October 2007. The 2-minute clip was shot on March 30, 2007 whereas Ronnie was signing autographs for followers after HEAVEN & HELL‘s present on the Radio Metropolis Music Corridor in New York Metropolis. “He is a bit of shit,” Dio stated. “You ever heard the issues he ever stated about me? He known as me probably the most despicable human being that ever lived. I went, ‘I assumed I gave you an opportunity and made you any individual. And now you are taking part in with who? DEF fucking who?’ There is a fucking rock band so that you can fucking have diarrhea with.”
Campbell and fellow unique DIO members Vinny Appice (drums) and Jimmy Bain (bass) reunited in 2012 alongside singer Andrew Freeman to type LAST IN LINE. The band’s preliminary intent was to have fun Ronnie James Dio‘s early work by reuniting the members of the unique DIO lineup. After taking part in reveals that featured a setlist composed completely of fabric from the primary three DIO albums, the band determined to maneuver ahead and create new music in an identical vein.