Here we go in circles again. It's your opinion of Dio's lyrics. Some people like them, some people don't, and clearly you don't, but there are many people that do. Following up on my statement of Geezer being the lyricist, proof is everywhere. Have you ever read Sabbath books written by the roadies? Have you seen or read interviews? Why not just buy "Black Sabbath: The Last Supper" and get your proof right there right from their mouths. I'm not saying Geezer wrote 100%, but he did a large portion, including switching from Earth to Black Sabbath.
With Ozzy writing the lyrics, would they be famous? I would have to agree with you too, but nobody knows for sure. It's just opinion as usual.
Sorry if you misunderstood me too...I meant that when Dio was in the band, he gave Iommi the opportunity to play more, and I do have proof from straight from Dio's mouth (which does not show prejudice on my part). Have you seen the new Heaven and Hell live DVD? If not, I suggest you go buy it, go to the special features and listen to what Iommi/Dio had to say. Take these for example:
"Tony loved to have to come up to a musical standard, so did Geezer." - Dio
"...these open him up to show what a great guitar player he is, and to give himself a space to go to that makes him proud as well." - Dio
"Ronnie likes a lot of guitar, so it's great for me. I can get back into playing solos again." - Tony Iommi
if you don't believe me, feel free to go buy it or watch it if you have it..?
Ozzy the frontman wasn't there to carry the load anymore? Iommi knew Dio and they talked even before Ozzy left. By the time he left, Dio was in the band quickly, and Iommi did know that his bands direction would change prior.
Yea, I do agree that Ozzy does have a better stage presence, even to this day. So that does add to Ozzy's qualities and uniqeness.
Of course people favour Ozzy over Dio, which is a shame in my opinion. I think they both have so much to offer and I think that Dio is unrrated only because he wasn't the in the original Sabbath.
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