RONNIE JAMES DIO: No Chance Of Reunion With RITCHIE BLACKMORE
Ronnie James Dio has shot down the possibility of a RAINBOW reunion with him at the microphone. Back in April 2000 the singer confirmed to Classic Rock magazine that the idea had been discussed, with a British record company rep flying to guitarist Ritchie Blackmore's Connecticut base to discuss making what would have been the group's first studio album since 1995's "Stranger In Us All". At the time, Dio would have been keen to contribute. But not now.
"The opportunities have been there and Ritchie has blown those opportunities," Dio told Classic Rock. "I don't want to do it anymore. I have no idea where Ritchie's heart is. I just want people to know it's not because of my lack of trying or caring. I did want it to happen, but it's been too many years now. I apologize to the kids. I'd like them to know I tried. At least the music will always be there."
Asked whether it was now up to DIO (the band) to play the RAINBOW classics, he musedAbsolutely. If it weren't for us, you'd never hear those songs again. We've tried to do the same with BLACK SABBATH."