Ozzy Osbourne’s wife and also manager, Sharon Osbourne, spoke in a recent interview with Steve-O’s Wild Ride and revealed the biggest differences between two of the legendary vocalists, Ozzy Osbourne and Ronnie James Dio.
As you might remember, Ronnie James Dio joined Black Sabbath after the departure of Ozzy Osbourne in 1979, and they released the ‘Heaven And Hell’ album after one year. Also, another great album of the Dio-fronted Black Sabbath is ‘Mob Rules,’ which was released in 1981.
In the interview, Sharon said that even though Dio has a great voice, the band changed the type of vocals. She stated that Ozzy has bluesy-type of vocals, and Dio has rock-opera type vocals, and this was the biggest difference between these two legends.
Here is what Sharon Osbourne said about Dio-era of Black Sabbath:
“They had two hit albums – they did, they had two good hit albums; they had two good tours together. And then the band were fighting, there was a lot of fighting in the band with Ronnie, so you know what?
Ronnie had a great voice, but to change a band that had a kind of bluesy-type vocal, real gritty, bluesy vocal, to a rock opera vocal, it was so different…
I always looked at Ronnie as a rock opera type singer, and Ozzy had such a bluesy voice – I never got it.”
Sharon also revealed the time when she met Ozzy for the first time:
“Um, he was always, always a very nice guy – funny, he was so funny, and that’s what attracted me to him because he was naughty.
But I think as the drinking and drug-taking progressed with Ozzy, he got more dangerous, and his behavior was much more dangerous. It wasn’t so funny towards the end.”
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