In an interview with Exclaim!, Dio’s longtime friend and colleague Geezer Butler announced that Heaven & Hell, the Dio-led band and not the places, have disbanded. Butler plans to continue collaborating with the remaining members, Tony Iommi and Vinnie Appice, but the threesome have yet to give much thought to future releases.
“It’s difficult to know what to do, especially at our age,” Butler stated during the interview. “Do we start all over again? He’s a very close friend of of mine, as well as someone I work with. It’s a big part of my life gone.” And for all those that would suggest permanently recruiting vocalists Glenn Hughes and/or JÃ¸rn Lande (whom performed for the Dio tribute show), Butler also closes that door: “It could only ever be with Ronnie.”
While the trio are in need of a new frontman, don’t listen to any rumors of an Ozzy-led Black Sabbath revival either. Communication has opened between Butler and Osbourne, and Butler has dropped several hints about his desire for the legendary metal outfit to tour nations they haven’t ventured, but he admits that the reunion seems largely unattainable.
For now, Butler continues grieving the loss of his close friend. But once his head clears and he regains his musical ambitions, expect a series of releases. The bassist revealed he has a stockpile of riffs and possible songs that will take months to sort through, and is certainly an album’s worth of material.
So please, everyone send some good vibes Butler’s way.