CRAIG GOLDY says VIVIAN CAMPBELL had to do something “rather insulting” to get fired from DIO

Ancient DIO and DIO DISCIPLES guitarist Craig Goldy weighed on the way Viviane Campbell was fired from DIOsay that Viviane had to do something “quite insulting” to get kicked out of Ronnie James Dio‘s band.

Ronnie, Vivianedrummer Vinny Appice and bassist Jimmy Bain collaborated on the first three DIO albums — 1983 “Holy Diver”1984 “Last in Line” and 1985 “Sacred Heart” – before Irish Campbell left to join WHITE SNAKE in 1987. Viviane later publicly disputed Ronnieneeds full control over the group, claiming that finances played a major role in the bad blood leading up to its exit. Specifically, Campbell said that “it had become increasingly clear” to him that Ronniewife and manager of Wendy “was determined to separate Ronnie Of the band. She didn’t see DIO as a creative unit. Ronnie knew better, but I suspect that in an effort to win back Wendy‘s love” after the couple separated, “he was ready to bend to her whims. So began the beginning of the end for the original DIO tape.” He also said that Ronnie failed to deliver on its original promise that by the third DIO album “it would be a situation of fairness” between all the members of the group.

Golden discussed Campbellis shared with DIO in a recently uploaded audio interview with In full bloom. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “It made perfect sense that they all thought they were going to get a piece of the pie. And I think Ronnie I really meant it, because when you really think about it, what a great way to start. Here is Ronnie and jimmy from RAINBOW and Ronnie and Vinny from BLACK SABBATH start a band with this kid nobody knows who’s mad at guitar. And that debut album skyrocketed. So that’s not it Ronnie put together a band with a bunch of dummies. So it makes sense that he would say, “Hey, by about the third album, we’ll be doing this more of an equal parts thing.” Because it’s very expensive for the buses and the bus drivers and the hotel rooms and the arenas and the lighting and the sound system. They brought their own lights and sound system, an 18-foot fire-breathing dragon. It is when things took a turn that I don’t think a lot of people understood was the amount actually spent. ‘Cause Ronnie and WendyI guess, had gone to Universal Studios and i saw that Conan the Barbarian performance and there was this fire-breathing dragon. And [he went], ‘We should do it.’ It was his way of giving back to the fans, so he didn’t raise ticket prices, but there was a lot of money spent. I think that was the time when the band expected to get an equal share, but it was so expensive to do that.”

Craig continued: “Apparently, I suppose, Long live comes from a wealthy family, so I think he was more… Not that he was a spoiled brat or anything, but I remember Ronnie say stuff like that. Every time I met Viviane, he’s always been very nice to me, so I can’t back down one way or another. But I know how Ronnie is, and so to piss Ronnie to the point where he fires you, you must be quite insulting. So something must have happened. It happens like Viviane said, ‘I called him on his promise and he lied to us.’ I don’t really think that was it; I think it was more of a deferred thing. Because they were on something that was really setting up to be big, and I think they wanted to be able to let the dust settle… They’re gonna be famous now… Because they even got a Top 15 spot in them 20 most profitable tours just below Madonna at the time. It was huge. They won, like, best heavy metal set and all that kind of stuff. He was making headlines in magazines, TV and the news like a heavy metal band had never done before for that matter. KISS.”

In a 2017 interview, Canada’s The voice of metal, Vinny talked about the circumstances that led to Vivianeis the output of DIO. “There were business issues within the group,” he said. “We were promised to share things, and we gave it up for the first album and the tour, because, okay, it costs a lot of money to launch the thing and Ronnie puts in his money and whatever. But then it never happened. We were touring arenas. At the time, one of the tours made eight million dollars – it was in those dollars; it’s probably eighty million dollars [in today’s money]. But we got nothing out of it – [we only got] salaries and such – so what was promised never happened. And Viviane really… he called [Ronnie] on her and the management, so that stuff got bad blood with Ronnie. But we all felt the same – that we are not getting what we were promised and that we should do better than we are. Someone makes a lot of money here, and it wasn’t us. So that’s what happened with Long live. And then Ronnie and Long live disagreed, and then finally Ronnie told me, ‘I’m going to shoot Long live.’ I’m, like, ‘What?’ I was just in shock. And I kinda mentioned [to Ronnie] that’s not a good idea, because that’s the sound of his band. And [Ronnie] decided he could go on without [Vivian]. So that’s what happened.”

The resentment between Campbell and Ronnie James Dio remained in suspense even at the end of the singer’s life in 2010. Shortly before his death, Dio told an interviewer, “In my opinion, Viviane no longer had the commitment to the band that he had in the beginning. He was – and remains – an excellent guitarist. I never lost sight of how good he was as a musician, but as a person… Well, he wasn’t on the same page as all of us anymore. This pissed me off a lot. When you have four people who are really stretching and striving to do their best, and one person who is clearly holding back, it makes the camp miserable.”

Bathwho played with Ronnie in an early version of RAINBOW and appeared later on Seven DIO scrapbooks (of “Holy Diver” to 2002 “Killing the Dragon”), said in the UK metal hammer in 2012 that “Long live has done nothing to justify his dismissal from [DIO] in what is still considered a loose manner. For me to shoot Long live was the biggest mistake Ronniehis career. The problem could have been easily solved if there had been a will to do so Ronnie and Wendy [Dio, the band’s manager and Ronnie‘s wife].”

Bath also felt that DIO was in decline at the time the band came out “Sacred Heart”.

DIO should have gotten better with each album, but what happened was the opposite.” jimmy Told metal hammer. “The production was watered down with all the keyboards, [and] the songs weren’t as good because it got harder to please Ronnie‘s need to complicate the arrangement and structure.”

Campbell, Appliance and Bath reunited in 2012 alongside the singer Andrew Freeman form LAST IN LINE. The original intention of the group was to celebrate Ronnie James Diothe early work of by reuniting the members of the original DIO line up. After playing shows that featured a setlist consisting exclusively of material from the first three DIO albums, the band decided to go ahead and create new music in the same vein.

Few years ago, Viviane slammed DIO DISCIPLES — which was made up of former members of DIOas well as a rotating lineup of singers, including former JUDAS PRIEST leader Tim “Ripper” Owens – say that DIO DISCIPLES had “no credibility” as Ronnie James Dio tribute project despite the band being fully supported by Wendy Dio.

In a May 2011 interview with the Brazilian Roadie Crew magazine, Wendy reports on the controversy surrounding Ronniethe relationship with Campbell (in 2003, Viviane called Ronnie “a horrible businessman and, more importantly, one of the meanest people in the business.”):”[Vivian] always said he hated every album he played with Ronnieand it was very hurtful for Ronnie. Very hurtful. Would you like someone saying something like that about your albums? He said a lot of things in the press that I don’t want to get into, because it really wasn’t Ronnie‘s quarrel at all. Ronnie didn’t fire him. I pulled [Vivian]. He wanted as much money as Ronnie sought. He thought it was as important as Ronnie was, and it was just plain wrong. But I don’t want to get into that. It’s water under the bridge. It does not matter.”

A video clip of Ronnie James Dio call Campbell “a fucking asshole” and saying that “i hope he fucking dies” in reference to his former bandmate was posted on Youtube in October 2007. The two-minute clip was shot on March 30, 2007 while Ronnie was signing autographs for fans after HELL HEAVENat Radio City Music Hall in New York. “It’s a shit” Dio mentioned. “Have you ever heard what he said about me? He called me the most despicable human being that ever lived. I said, ‘I thought I gave you a chance and made you someone ‘a. And now who are you playing with? DEF who the fuck? There’s a fucking rock band you can get diarrhea with.”

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