WENDY DIO: RONNIE WOULD HAVE GIVEN ORIGINAL BLACK SABBATH REUNION HIS BLESSING 4th January 2012
Wendy Dio, widow of Ronnie James Dio, has said that Ronnie would have given his blessing to the reunion of the original line-up.
Wendy told Artisan News (see video below): "I think Ronnie would have given it his blessing. It's the right thing to do. They were the innovators of rock and roll and they need to finish as... They're legends — complete legends. I think it will be fantastic and I think Ronnie would have totally given his blessing."
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The four original members of Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Bill Ward (drums), are recording their first studio album in 33 years with legendary producer Rick Rubin (seven-time Grammy winner, two of those as Producer Of The Year) for release worldwide on Vertigo, and Vertigo/Universal Republic in the U.S. in the fall 2012.
When asked by Artisan News for his opinion on the reunion of Sabbath's original lineup, legendary bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, who fronted Sabbath on 1986s 'Seventh Star' LP said (see video below): "I think it's wonderful that Ozzy now is sober and willing to bring it all together. And I think that just shows the kind of man that he has now become. And he has always been a lovely, good friend to me. But it just shows how far they have come as brothers to come together at this time. I think it's perfect timing."
According to British newspaper The People, Black Sabbath's planned world tour and festival appearances are expected to earn the musicians in excess of £100 million (around $159 million), meaning each member of the band could take home up to £25 million (approximately $40 million).
At their long-overdue induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Tony Iommi and Ozzy Osbourne spoke about the respect that Sabbath had earned over the years.
"For a while, nobody would take us seriously," Iommi said. "But as we went on, the more we carried on, the more we proved, the more we stayed there, you know? And I think we got the respect from that."
Ozzy added, "I never thought anybody liked us, and people on the Ozzfest would come to me and go, 'You were really one of our inspirations.' And I didn't really, I didn't believe it, you know?"