Speaking on a recent episode of Ozzy Speaks on SiriusXM (as reported by Ultimate Classic Rock), the Prince Of Darkness gives Dio - who replaced Osbourne in Black Sabbath after his sacking in 1979 - plenty of credit, but says he has no real interest in getting stuck into the albums Dio produced with the band.
"Ronnie did a good job,"Osbourne admits. "At the time I was fucking sad because...they were the only thing that ever really happened to me." While Osbourne goes on to give his former Sabbath bandmates credit for hiring someone with a different singing style rather than just roping in any "Ozzy sound-alikes", he also confirms that he's never listened to the Dio-era Sabbath records (1980's Heaven And Hell, 1981's Mob Rules and 1992's Dehumanizer).
"It's like my ex-wife," Osbourne argues. "You leave a band like that, it's just like getting divorced. You don't go, 'How's your new bloke? Is he better than me?'"
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi recently reflected on his time playing with Dio, calling the experience "a bit of a challenge", but one that he relished.
"Obviously, when Ronnie got involved, the writing became different because of the different sort of way he approached [music]," Iommi mused. "And it was a really exciting period for us… It sort of boosted us up."
Iommi and Osbourne recently reunited in their Black Sabbath form to close out the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, playing a snippet of Sabbath classic Iron Man before launching into a full-hearted version of hallmark anthem Paranoid. It marked Ozzy's first on-stage performance since his spine surgery earlier this year.