Speaking to craftsman News this past week, Zakk maintained that Dio and Black Sabbath mainman/guitarist Tony Iommi created some nice music, however it wasn't Black Sabbath.
"We were simply sitting at a bar back within the day, we tend to were simply talking concerning it," Zakk same (see video below). "It was, like, they [Ozzy and therefore the different members of SABBATH] should have set the 'reset' button of power for each of them [after Osbourne was kicked out of the band]. you recognize what I mean? 'Cause, like, wherever rest day was at that time, between 'Technical Ecstasy' and 'Never Say Die!'…"
He continued: "Like, if we tend to were friends with Tony and Sat in an exceedingly truck and he simply same, 'Oh, dude, consider a number of the new stuff we have.' simply his riff writing alone, simply musically, i might are, like, 'Wow. This looks like nothing i assumed you'd be… ever even detected you write before.' you recognize what I mean? whether or not it's 'Children Of The Sea', 'Neon Knights'… everything that is thereon record… then Ozzy's stuff sounds nothing like BLACK sabbath. And to me, I thought… primarily, they [Iommi, Dio and player adult male Butler] square measure HEAVEN &; HELL currently. thus there you go. That ends that question. what is the name of the band? It's HEAVEN &; HELL, right?! smart. it is not BLACK Sabbath, is it? It's HEAVEN &; HELL. 'Cause I simply same, it looks like a replacement band. 'What band is this?" 'Oh, it is a band referred to as HEAVEN & HELL.' 'This is admittedly nice. Who's that singer?' 'Ronnie James Dio.' 'Dude, this can be amazing.'"
Iommi himself acknowledged in associate degree interview with craftsman News that BLACK SABBATH's songwriting approach had modified once the band had compound ways in which with Osbourne and employed Ronnie as Ozzy's replacement.
"When we tend to had Ronnie James Dio with United States, once we were doing [the] 'Heaven And Hell' [album], that was a definite distinction, writing mode for that," he said. "Because Ronnie is associate degree opposite singer to Ozzy altogether, and it required… wherever Ozzy would most likely sing on a riff, Ronnie did not thus much; he wished to sing on chords. thus you'd do a riff then attend a chord and he'd sing. So with us, he'd continuously sing on riffs, you know? thus it had been a distinct manner of writing."
After Dio kicked the bucket in 2010, Osbourne had this to mention concerning the singer that replaced him in SABBATH: "You recognize, once anyone dies during this game, it's sad. I 1st knew concerning Ronnie Dio's illness some months [before he died] and that i sent him a message, language if there is something we are able to do to assist, please do not hesitate to decision United States. I wasn't a extremely huge friend of Ronnie Dio. I've met him some times over the years. however he was a good, nice singer. it is a terrible loss. God bless you, Ronnie."