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    Well, we found out a few months ago that Jimmy wasn't very healthy, and that he had lung cancer and was misdiagnosed.

    As far as any conflict, bad feelings, or whatever, from Jimmy towards Ronnie goes, my understanding is that Jimmy was fired after the Killing the Dragon tour due to unreliability as a result of his drug and alcohol abuse. What he could get away with at 30 he couldn't get away with at 50. He wasn't young anymore, and using drugs and alcohol like that takes a greater toll on you as you age. Jimmy didn't want to leave the band, and resented Ronnie for firing him. I read that from a couple different fairly reliable sources several years ago (before Ronnie died).

    When it comes to the money thing, the band DID get paid their full publishing fees (which is where you make the most money from unless you're a Multi-Platinum seller). You get publishing fees for each copy of the album sold, plus from every time the song is played live, on the radio, on a jukebox, etc. Those are some fairly healthy payments, and Vivian, Jimmy, and Vinnie all got their full amount due. Instead of getting a full cut of the album sales, they were paid as employees, and that's where the conflict came up. Vivian and Jimmy expected to be treated as equals in the band, but the band ONLY got signed because of Ronnie (and, from what I understand, Ronnie already had a solo deal signed and used that deal for the band's first album). Ronnie was already a near legendary figure in Rock and Metal, and without him they had nothing. That's not to say that Vivian, Jimmy, and Vinnie weren't amazingly talented (they were), but they didn't have the name recognition to get signed on their own.

    And it was Ronnie who funded the whole project. He paid for the road crew, the staging, and the various other expenses that had to be paid. The band members didn't pay a thing for those costs. Once Ronnie did that he earned a bigger cut than they did. Had Sacred Heart been a bigger hit he may have been able to make them equal partners as he promised (per a recent interview with Vivian Campbell), but it wasn't, and the stage show cost a million dollars. The DIO band was barely scraping by because the album underperformed sales-wise. Ronnie and Wendy were banking on another Platinum plus album, but it stalled around three quarter million copies. Attendance on the tour was good, though, so they did likely turn a profit - but not enough to make everyone full partners. That's when the contract issues with Vivian came to a head and he left or was fired. (The story changes year to year, with Vivian now stating that he quit because Wendy wasn't making good on her promises.)

    It just goes to show that even when you have a great band, and the chemistry is there, and even when you're playing arenas, it isn't always a life of luxury where you're rolling in dough. Ronnie was well off, but not filthy rich. The band members made good money, but not enough to have a set retirement. The record company made a lot of money, though. They made more than anyone...

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    He's dead. Died on January 23, 2016, around the same time all the other amazing musicians were dropping dead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dante_Doomsday View Post
    He's dead. Died on January 23, 2016, around the same time all the other amazing musicians were dropping dead.
    Sadly, that is true, which was why I noted that he had lung cancer and had bee misdiagnosed. That's what killed him, unfortunately.

    We can still talk about him. He was a vital part of the DIO band - his songwriting helped shape the band's sound and his playing was tasteful and rock solid.

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