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Dio Apologizes To Def Leppard

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Komodo Rock recently conducted an interview with legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, HEAVEN AND HELL). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Komodo Rock: So with it having gone gold there has been talk of maybe a new studio album from HEAVEN AND HELL next year. Is that something that could happen?

Dio: Yes, we have decided to do that. When it would be, I couldn't tell you. This is the last part of the tour after about 9 months on the road. It's time for us to take a little breather. When the time is right we will get together and start writing for the next album, but as far as the release date goes it will probably be later next year.

Komodo Rock: Does that mean that you won't be going back to the solo DIO stuff for a while then?

Dio: I will. I plan on doing some touring around March or April. Sometime like that. I want to keep a hand in on that one. I love this band that I play with as well, and it's another career, another career with a lot of great music as well. You will see that a lot in the shows that we do play. When people ask if we are going to be doing any DIO material. That's always a nice compliment. But of course we don't. It would be wrong to do that. It's nice to know though that people don't forget and it's something that they want to hear again so much like we are doing with SABBATH now those songs live forever and they become kinda classics of their own. There is always that path to go down and I will.

Komodo Rock: With touring with DIO, the band, and recording another album next year does that mean there is unlikely to be another HEAVEN AND HELL tour next year?

Dio: I don't know if there will be one next year. It depends on how long it takes us to do what we do. When you do an album you have to tour with it. When it is I don't know but I'm sure we will.

Komodo Rock: So it will be a tour when the album is ready?

Dio: Yeah. When we have that all finished and we can take our time and do a proper job of it then touring will certainly be in the offing.

Komodo Rock: Taking time and getting things just right is obviously important to you?

Dio: Oh, yeah. We are always on top of that anyway. We refuse to play badly in concert and we refuse to put out a bad album as well. What we write will be what makes us happy, and usually what makes us happy is what people want to hear from us. I don't know how much time we will need. Sometimes you can take too much time. You can just wallow around and all of this should be perfect and that should be perfect. You have to have the ability to know when naturalness has to take over because everything isn't perfect, because if it's too perfect then that is what it sounds like. It has no heart. It has no soul. So we know very well how long it will take us and how long it should take us to do it. We are not going to go for the perfectionist, but we do have enough time certainly to give ourselves some choices.

Komodo Rock: You've had press recently regarding Vivian Campbell [referring to a video tape that surfaced of Ronnie telling a fan that he hoped Vivian "fucking dies" and calling Vivian's current group DEF LEPPARD "a fucking rock band for you to fucking have diarrhea with."]. Is that something that you are quite passionate about?

Dio: No, I'm not passionate about it. I think that the lowly vermin that captured that on his cell phone at a moment when you are saying something that perhaps you would never say to the press, or something that you didn't really mean that much, but you know, sometimes situations dictate what you say. And once again that was something that was completely off the record. Apparently I said something bad about the band as well, about DEF LEPPARD, and once again all of things that were said were said in the heat of the moment. No reference to them at all, and I would like to apologize to those guys. I like them. It wasn't fair to them, but as far as Vivian goes, all I can say is check out the source, and then see what that source has been saying and sometimes you reply. Most of the time I have been taking the high road on all of it and I have not said anything on it. I have praised Vivian so much and I think that he deserves praise for as great as he played, but you know that was just a retort to the things that he had said about me first, and once again in an unguarded moment, I feel that I was very unfair, but I said what I said. But I am not passionate about hating him, no. I have better things to do with my life than to think about revenge or being a horrible person. Of course I don't want him to die! What I said was, once again a heat of the moment thing. Those things cannot be explained unless you speak to the source which is me, I guess, like you are doing. So no, I have no passion about that whatsoever.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. Music Man writes:

Everyone knows the only real Black Sabbath is the line up of Ozzy,Tony,Geezer and Bill,all the other versions of Sabbath sucked.

Touring as Heaven & Hell just proves my point,no one wants to hear or see Black Sabbath without Ozzy and these guys know it and that's the reason why they couldn't tour under the name Black Sabbath.

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2. e.d.i.a.l.d.t.t.o.b.f. writes:

no, they couldn't tour as black sabbath because sharon wouldnt let them. and dio era sabbath ruled! hell, all eras of sabbath rule!

# Nov 2, 2007 @ 8:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. darenlust writes:

we can't compare ozzy with dio......both eras ruled.....but....they are 2 different bands.....for those who are into maiden will definately appeal to the dio - era.......i really love heaven and hell and hope they continue to rock our world!!!!

# Nov 3, 2007 @ 8:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. coldiem writes:

I fail to see how touring as Heaven and Hell proves your point. While it could be true that Sharon threw up a road block, the fact that they are touring at all with Dio would refute your point. If the Dio-era sucked so much then there wouldn't be any demand so many years later for the band to play shows with Dio again. As far as I've heard, they are doing very well. They are also planning on recording a new album with Dio, something that hasn't happened with Ozzy.

As one who can appreciate all forms of Black Sabbath, I prefer the Dio-era with the faster more up-beat songs.

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5. Brewd McDewd writes:

Can someone tell me WHY they changed the name to Heaven and Hell? Tony owns the f***ing Sabbath name. Ozzy didn't make or break black sabbath. Black Sabbath was and always will be Mr. Tony Motherf***in Iommi.


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6. Red_Chord writes:

It seems that the d***less midget is bowing out of the fight again...well it figures, he could never stand toe to toe with the tall guys...

# Nov 3, 2007 @ 9:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. darenlust writes:

i agree with brewd mcdewd...........and i also was disappointed when the spotlight was on ozzy when VH1 honered black sabbath.....

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8. StabbingTheDrama writes:

Ozzy's name is probably on the copyright of the material he collaborated on so they would have to get permission to use that material. You can't copyright a name, I don't know if they have a trademark on it or not but I don't see why they wouldn't be able to use the name Black Sabbath.

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9. StabbingTheDrama writes:

And it figures that Dio retracts his statement, can't stick to his guns. If he believes what he said before then stand by it, don't be a b**** and back down.

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