Black Sabbath co-founder and legendary guitarist, Tony Iommi, was recently interviewed by The Rhino Podcast last week and recalled the earlier days of Black Sabbath and the days he spent with iconic late star Ronnie James Dio.
As you may already know, Ronnie James Dio was one of the most iconic figures of the heavy metal industry. Especially, after being the replacement of Ozzy Osbourne as the lead singer of Black Sabbath in 1979 and being part of three different studio albums with them, he ranked as one of heavy metal’s best vocalists by many authorities.
Back in 2009, he became the co-founder of the band named ‘Heaven & Hell’ with his bandmate from Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi, and just after releasing their first-ever LP named ‘The Devil You Know,‘ he passed away from this world at the age of 67 due to stomach cancer.
In his latest interview with The Rhino Podcast, Tony recalled his earlier these with Black Sabbath and unveiled the process of recording something new with Ronnie James Dio. Tony has stated that whenever he came up with something different, Ronnie added something new and they could swap ideas. According to Tony, working together with Ronnie was a good combination at all.
Here is what Tony Iommi said:
“If we would have got somebody that sounded similar to Ozzy, I mean, there’s only one Ozzy, that was it. So try and find somebody that sounded too similar, I don’t know if that would’ve worked.
I think we went the opposite way, which was Ronnie – just a totally different singer. It worked really well, and it worked with the writing because it made us write differently as well.”
“I was able to come up with different ideas for Ronnie, and we could swap ideas. I played some to Ronnie, and he’d go, ‘Yeah, I really liked that’.
And then he’d start singing something, and then we’d say, ‘We need another part.’ I played a few bits, and that’s how we’d work it really, we worked together, so it was a good combination.”
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