Video of Ronnie James Dio verbally slamming Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campell

In this video, Ronnie James Dio is signing autographs for fans after the March 30th Heaven & Hell show and he slams former Dio/current Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell when a fan brings Viv’s name up.

Now this is interesting because, over the years, Vivian has slammed Ronnie, and Heavy Metal in general, through the press. I’ve read interviews online and in magazines where Vivian expresses his disgust for RJD and his time within the framework of the Dio band. I’ve also read that Vivian prefers to play more Pop-oriented music and has disowned his heavy Metal past (Sweet Savage, Dio, etc.).

In all airness, I’ve also read tons of interviews with RJD where he has taken the high road when Campbell’s name was mentioned. I’ve never heard him slam the guy as Viv has done to Ronnie. Very interesting…..

What I find funny in this video is the fan that is pushing Ronnie by agreeing with him. His agreement sounds fake and he seems like he is trying to get RJD to let loose.

4 comments on “Video of Ronnie James Dio verbally slamming Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campell

  1. Thats fucking attitude and i totaly respect RJD for open his heart to his fans. He is a heroe for so many hard rock and metal fans worldwide. Love this guy.
    Steve, thanks for posting this, realy nice to see.

  2. Rene – I have to agree with you. Over the years, I have read many interviews where Vivian Campbell denounces his involvement in Heavy Metal, specifically his work with Sweet Savage, Dio, and Whitesnake. I have also read interviews where he slams RJD and his involvement on the first three Dio records.

    For Ronnie to come out and say something, which I have never heard of him doing, then it’s obvious that Viv’s comments have been heard.

    For me, I side with Dio in the war of words. He is a true legend!

  3. HAIL STEVE, HAIL TO YOU!!!!!!! and yes, its surprising to see RONNIE talk like that about somebody because normaly he is always a gentelman lol. Great guy.

  4. Ronnie is a great rock vocalist, but I have to say that Viv Campbell is a great guitarist and that I feel he sounded better than Aldrich in Dio. The thing is. RJD always wants things to be done ‘his’ way and therein lay the problem I’d say. Campbell was just turning up for gigs and RJD called the shots. It’s hard for us to know exactly what happened, but it’s obvious that they became incompatible and something had to give. Leaving was fair enough, but Campbell overstepped the mark by trying to get back at RJD by making some very cutting remarks about him. To play with someone like RJD, you need to thick skinned and rake it on the chin, Campbell was a woose in that respect.
    Ronnie is a tough old customer and hard to please. Anyway, the band is/was one of the best ever live rock bands in the world. Long live rock ‘n ro-oll!!!!

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