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Vivian Campbell Opens Up on Dio Feud

Vivian Campbell Opens Up on Dio Feud -

Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell has admitted that he deeply regrets much of what he said about Ronnie James Dio when they parted company in 1982.

Their infamous war of words continued throughout both their careers and, although the pair never came to blows physically, they were both responsible for some pretty spiteful tirades towards each other.  

Now 16 years on Campbell has given an interview to 107.7 KRXO in Oklahoma City in which he explains how he and Dio never really saw 'eye to eye,' he said (via Metal Talk):

"It was well documented that Ronnie and I had a very contentious personal relationship; our relationship only worked on a musical level and not on a personal level. So it was difficult."

Still the relationship between the two only got worse after the pair parted ways, with Campbell feeling the band had portrayed his departure as being his decision, whilst he maintained he was sacked from the band.

He continued:

"I regret a lot of the things I said about him," admits Campbell. "I'm sure if Ronnie was still alive, he would regret a lot of the things he said about me."

"We all contributed to the song writing in Dio. I wrote a lot of those songs and a lot of people tend to forget that."

"The fact is, it was very difficult for me to even listen to those songs for decades. Enough time has passed where I'm able to go back and reflect upon that and actually take ownership of it again, and embrace it for what it was."




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