During a recent interview with Metal Talk, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi opened up about his late bandmate Ronnie James Dio. Notably, the guitarist also confirmed that the singer was hoping to record another Heaven & Hell album prior to his death.
Iommi said the following:
“It was real sad because we were really on a roll when we’d done [the debut HEAVEN & HELL album] ‘The Devil You Know’ and we were touring and we were really enjoying it. And I remember talking to Ronnie when we were in Japan. We went for dinner one night. We said, ‘Look, we’re not gonna say we’re gonna go for five years or whatever. We’ll just try it and see where it goes.
So we’d done the tour; we loved it and we enjoyed it. And when we were in this restaurant, I said to Ronnie, ‘Do you fancy doing anything more?’ And he said, ‘Oh, yeah. We’ve gotta do another album. Let’s do another album, another tour.’ And that was the plan. That’s what we were gonna do. And, of course, Ronnie didn’t make it. But it was going so well and we had a great time being together. We loved working together. I loved working with Ronnie.”