DRUMMER VINNY APPICE SAYS HE DOES NOT THINK GUITARIST VIVIAN CAMPBELL WILL EVER MEND FENCES WITH WENDY DIO
Drummer Vinny Appice was a recent guest on Eddie’s Sirius/XM show, Trunk Nation, where he discussed former Dio, and current Def Leppard guitarist, Vivian Campbell’s relationship with Ronnie’s former wife, and manager, Wendy Dio.
When Eddie asked if he thinks there can ever be a mending of the fences between Campbell and Wendy, Appice replied (via blabbermouth.net), “I think it’s probably too much water under the bridge for that. That’s a question for Viv. For a long time, Viv didn’t wanna really play Dio songs or anything. It was just there. And now he accepted the fact that this is part of his history. He came into this and he became a guitar player in this band and he blew everybody away and it is part of his history. So I think [the formation of the band Last In Line] was a big step — probably the big and final step you’re gonna get. [Laughs] There’s still some other problems [between Vivian and Dio] — business problems — sitting there that are not worked out. So I think this is as close as it ever will get.”
The drummer added, “I think [a reconciliation] would have happened maybe if Ronnie was alive. Because musically, it was between Viv and Ronnie. [But then] Ronnie fired Viv because of business — there was business issues. And the businesses were bound to Wendy… And Viv was right in what happened and what he believed in. Because, in a nutshell, we were promised the moon, and it didn’t happen. So that’s basically what happened, and that leaves a bitter taste in your mouth.”