Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi discussed his last phone call with Ronnie Jamie Dio in a new Rockin’ Metal Revival interview, “The last tour we did with Ronnie was real precious, and we had such a great time. And we really bonded. The last generation of the period with Ronnie was really close — everybody was close. Yeah, Ronnie was such a really nice person.
“What I liked about Ronnie [is] he gave everybody time,” Tony continued. “It was just remarkable. Before the show, he’d have people in his dressing room — ’cause we’d have separate dressing rooms — he’d have people in there talking away and drinking and whatever.
And he never warmed up or anything; he’d never done any kind of warming-up procedure before he went on stage. And he’d walk on stage and he’d just [sound] unbelievable; his voice was spot-on. It was just amazing, really, how he could do that.
He was a really nice, caring character. He’d call me up — even just before he passed, he was on the phone to me, calling me from the hospital.
It was very sad, really, [when he died]. But he thought a lot of everybody — he really did. And he loved his fans.”