Original drummer of Dio, Vinny Appice, recalled the day when Black Sabbath broke apart during the Ronnie James Dio era via That Jamieson Show.
After Black Sabbath parted ways with Ozzy Osbourne following the controversy between him and the band members, Black Sabbath added Ronnie James Dio as the new frontman.
With the new singer, Black Sabbath recorded Heaven & Hell and Mob Rules. Unfortunately, the band fell apart once again after three years in 1982, and Dio formed his solo band while taking Vinny Appice with him.
In the conversation, Vinny touched upon the time when they parted ways with Black Sabbath and revealed that the real reason why the band broke up was between Geezer Butler, Tonny Iommi, and Ronnie James Dio.
“’The Mob Rules’ album that you play on – your name is misspelled on the back of this album. I think there are some reparations coming your way.”
Vinny Appice replied:
“I just got some gold records and things on the wall that’s spelled that way too, ‘V-I-N-N-I-E.’ But if you look at that album, I’m first listed, I don’t know why.
Then on the next album, the band was starting to break up – and this has nothing to do with me, this was between Ronnie, Geezer, and Tony why the band was breaking up.
And on the next album, which was ‘Live Evil,‘ there’s only one picture of me versus four or five of everybody else, and then it says ‘special guest’ with really small letters. I think it’s spelled correctly – Vinny Appice. That’s called music politics.”
You can check out the full interview below.