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Vivian Campbell vs. Ronnie James Dio – Nastiest Rock Feuds

Ronnie James Dio / Vivian Campbell
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Although they made great records together in the early ’80s, Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell and the late Ronnie James Dio clearly didn’t see eye-to-eye.

A few years prior to his death Dio made his feelings on Campbell crystal clear, declaring “he’s a f—ing a–hole…. he’s a piece of s—.” Although he said he regrets referring to Dio as “one of the vilest people in the industry,” Campbell maintains it was he who was wronged by the legendary singer: “I didn’t quit that band. They quit me. I’m proud of those records and for years and years, Ronnie excluded me from that.” He recently reunited the original Dio band with a new singer, promising, “I wrote those riffs. I’m going to take them back.”

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