Wendy Dio, the widow and manager of Ronnie James Dio, said in a new interview with SiriusXM’s Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk that Vivian Campbell’s financial demands weren’t the only reason she was fired from the band Dio.
Vivian publicly questioned, after her departure, Ronnie’s need for full control of the band, claiming that finances played a major role in the disagreements with the singer. Alongside Dio, Vivian Campbell collaborated on the following works: Holy Diver (1983), The Last in Line (1984), Sacred Heart (1986), The Dio EP (
) and Intermission (1986).
Discussing the guitarist’s departure from the group, Wendy said (via Blabbermouth): “It wasn’t just that I wanted more money; he wasn’t giving Ronnie anything… Ronnie and the guitarist were at odds. He wasn’t collaborating with the band, as Ronnie said.”
“Also, he was wanting the band to be more commercial, which Ronnie always struggled with it, with songs like ‘Mystery’. Ronnie didn’t want to do things like that; he didn’t want to be pop. And again he was being convinced by Vivian, along with the rest of the band, to be more commercial. And that’s not what Ronnie wanted to do, and that’s not what he was going to do,” she added.
And speaking of Ronnie James Dio, recently released the official trailer of the documentary dedicated to the life and work of the late singer, Dio – Dreamers Never Die, which will have a world premiere in the days 28 of September and 2 October. The feature was produced by Wendy Dio and is directed by Don Argott and Demian Fenton.