VINNY SLAMS ROCK HALL Tuesday May 26 2020, 5:59 PM

Original   DIO   drummer   Vinny Appice   says that   Ronnie James Dio   "should have been inducted" into the   Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame .

The legendary heavy metal vocalist, best known for his work with   BLACK SABBATH ,   RAINBOW   and his own band   DIO , died of stomach cancer 10 years ago at the age of 67.

Vinny , who played with   Ronnie   in   DIO ,   BLACK SABBATH   and   SABBATH   offshoot band   HEAVEN & HELL , spoke about   Dio 's exclusion from the   Rock Hall   during a recent interview with   Jeff Gaudiosi   of .

Asked if he was surprised that   Dio   and   Appice   were both left out of the   SABBATH Rock Hall   induction in 2006,   Vinny   responded: "Well, I think the   Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame   suck anyway. It's supposed to be rock and roll, and there's people in there that [are] not rock and roll one bit. And just the way they do business — it took 'em that long to put   BLACK SABBATH   in the   Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ?   BLACK SABBATH   started all this heavy stuff.   BLACK SABBATH   started the tuning down that affected everybody, and everybody copied it. And here's a band that started all this stuff, and yet they weren't in it. So I wasn't expecting them to induct   Ronnie   and I. They should've, but they didn't. So I think they suck."

He continued: "I went [to the   Rock Hall ] once. It was a fricking joke. And   Ronnie   should have been in there, even by himself. He should have been inducted… He's been in all these major bands and major albums, and he's not in there. It's sad. I don't even care that they didn't induct   DIO   — the band   DIO   — but they should have did him and mentioned us. That would have been nice. I mean, [ DIO 's debut album]   'Holy Diver'   is 37 years old and it's still selling. So that's a joke, that whole thing."

This past February,   Ronnie 's widow and manager,   Wendy Dio , told   "The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show"   that she didn't know why her late husband had not yet been inducted into the   Rock Hall . "One day maybe they'll come to their senses and realize he was in three biggest bands," she said. "And if you look at any heavy metal chart, there's always a   RAINBOW   record, a   DIO   record and a   BLACK SABBATH   record in there."

Back in 2006,   Ronnie 's representative said that the singer wasn't bothered by the fact that he wasn't invited to   BLACK SABBATH 's   Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame   induction ceremony. After hearing that   Ronnie   wasn't at the   Rock Hall ,   Cleveland Scene 's   Ferris   called the offices of   Niji Management   — which is owned by   Wendy Dio   — to see if   Dio 's camp had any kind of quote from   Ronnie .   Niji 's   Diana DeVille , who answered the phone, said: " Ronnie   was not invited, but he's not bothered by it, because he is busy working on his own projects. He wishes them the best."

Dio   recorded three studio albums and one live set with   RAINBOW   before exiting in 1978, including   "Rising"   and   "Long Live Rock And Roll" .

He replaced   Ozzy Osbourne   in   BLACK SABBATH   in 1980, recording the   "Heaven And Hell"   and   "Mob Rules"   albums, plus   "Live Evil" , before leaving in 1982. He rejoined the group 10 years later for an album called   "Dehumanizer" , and again teamed with the group under the   HEAVEN & HELL   banner in 2006.   HEAVEN & HELL   released an album called   "The Devil You Know"   in 2009.

He also recorded 10 studio albums with his own band,   DIO , including a classic 1983 debut,   "Holy Diver" , and an equally renowned follow-up, 1984's   "The Last In Line" .

Dio   was also behind the   HEAR N' AID   project, a collection of metal artists who recorded the track   "Stars"   in 1985 to raise funds for African famine relief.

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