In a recent interview with The Aftershocks Podcast, original Ozzy Osbourne bassist Bob Daisley revealed the conversation between him and Ronnie James Dio soon before Dio joined Black Sabbath.
Daisley was playing in Rainbow alongside Dio back in the days. However, David Stone, Bob, and Dio parted ways with the band in 1979. After a short period, Dio joined Black Sabbath, replacing Ozzy Osbourne.
In the recent conversation, Bob revealed that Dio actually asked him to form a new band following their departure from Rainbow, and Bob agreed to play alongside Dio because he loved his voice. Then, Ronnie started to look for the new band members as well as a new record company and told Bob that he should wait to hear news from Ronnie. Unfortunately, he saw one day on the headlines that ‘Dio joined Black Sabbath.’
As Bob said, it wasn’t a big deal for him because this event leads his way to form a new band with Ozzy Osbourne, who was fired from Sabbath, and it worked out well for both of these musicians.
“If Rainbow had continued and took a break for a couple of years and came back, then you wouldn’t have ‘Heaven and Hell’ and you wouldn’t have ‘The Mob Rules.’ So I look at it like things are meant to be.”
Bob Daisley replied:
“Oh sure, I would agree with that. When Rainbow finished, Ronnie asked me if I wanted to get a band with him together, and I said, ‘Yeah, sure.’ Because I loved his voice, we loved working together, it was all good, so I said, ‘Sure, go for it.’
And I was in London and he’d phone me and he’d say, ‘Hang in there, I’m still looking for record companies that are interested, and guitarists, and keyboard players. Hang in there.’ And I didn’t even put the feelers out for something to do, I was just sort of waiting to hear from Ronnie.
And then one day, I walked up the street, and I got one of the music papers, it was either Melody Maker or NME, and on the front of the headlines was, ‘Ronnie James Dio joined Black Sabbath,’ and I thought, ‘Oh, thanks for telling me, Ron.’
He joined Black Sabbath and they did very well with him as a singer, and I ended up forming that band with Ozzy who came out of Black Sabbath, and so, it all worked out.”
You can listen to the full interview below.