Vivian Campbell Talks About Ronnie Dio’s Death
Def Leppard/Thin Lizzy guitarist Vivian Campbell has spoken publicly for the first time about the death of Ronnie James Dio.
The pair worked together on the first three Dio albums, before Irishman Campbell left to join Whitesnake in 1987. Their subsequent relationship was strained, to say the least.
But, talking to Rush On Rock, the Irishman had this to say about the passing of the iconic singer:
“I was numb to the whole thing. I hadn’t talked to Ronnie in 25 years, so it wasn’t as if we were close. My mother died nine or 10 days before him, so I was preoccupied with that. And my father died nine months before that. It was a really tough year on a personal level, and I had enough to think about.
“The news about Ronnie James Dio just bounced off me. It was a difficult relationship on a personal level anyway. I was really proud of the music we made together but it was tough being in a band together. But he died way too young.”
Campbell also revealed he prefers playing guitar in Thin Lizzy to his role in Def Leppard:
“It’s very exciting – it’s reconnected me to the electric guitar. I’ve been in Def Leppard for 20 years and if I’m honest it’s not a terribly challenging job for me as a guitar player. Phil Collen plays most of the widdly parts and I do what I do. But this job has reignited my love for guitar playing.”