Late Black Sabbath vocalist Ronnie James Dio’s widow, Wendy Dio, was interviewed by Rockin’ Metal Revival and opened up about the relationship between Dio and Ozzy Osbourne.
As you may know, Tonny Iommi fired Black Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne in 1979 after he refused to join the band while they were working on the new songs. Therefore Osbourne was replaced by Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio and became the voice behind ‘Heaven & Hell,’ ‘Mob Rules,’ and ‘Dehumanizer.’
However, the problems started to arise when the band began recording their live album entitled ‘Live Evil.’ During the recording process, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi accused Dio of changing his vocals without their knowledge, and this problem led to Dio’s departure from the band in 1982.
During her interview, Dio’s widow Wendy revealed whether there was a feud between Dio and Osbourne due to replacing him in Black Sabbath or not. She stated that they weren’t friends, but there wasn’t any bad blood between them. Also, Wendy highlighted that they preferred to stay away from each other like she did when she saw Sharon Osbourne.
In Dio’s words, she said:
“Well, they knew each other. They didn’t really have a relationship but there wasn’t bad blood between them or anything. If they saw each other, they’d say hi and stuff, but they would move in different circles.
Sharon and I knew each other very well early on in our careers but we’ve moved in different circles so you don’t really see those people.”
You can listen to the interview below.