Vinny Appice, A Drummer With Timeless Skills

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Vinny Appice may not be the most recognized drummer because his brother often overshadows him, but he sure is one to watch out for.

He has had a hand in some of the most outstanding heavy metal recordings over the past several decades. Most of his recognizable work is with Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven and Hell.

Even though his brother Carmine Appice takes most of the spotlight, Appice has worked his way to the list of top-heavy metal drummers. Vinny Appice contribution cannot be ignored. This is one of those drummers who have successfully mastered the skills to deliver speed and power.

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vinny appice on stage

Vinny started playing drums at a very tender age. He was only 9 when the passion for stickwork got his attention. He went for lessons from the same drummer as Carmine. Everything in his early life happened in Brooklyn, N.Y.

At 16 years old, the drummer met John Lennon. This was at Record Plant Studio NYC. John asked Vinny to do handclaps on a song he was recording. Vinny then got a chance to play on a few projects alongside Lennon. This was a great turnaround in his career, as the exposure helped him grow even better.  He appeared in three videos with Lennon aired in the US and Europe.

Vinny went on to form his own band in 1977, calling it AXIS. The band recorded only one album titled “It’s A Circus World.”

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vinny appice performing

He then joined Black Sabbath in 1980. He was with the band when they recorded “Mob Rules” and “Live Evil.”

He and Ronnie James then formed another band called DIO in 1983.  With the team, he recorded seven albums. Three of these projects are platinum, and two are gold. He then wrote his first drum instructions book titled “ROCK STEADY.”

When Black Sabbath Reformed to make “Dehumanizer,” it was Appice behind the drums. And in 1993, he and Vinny reformed DIO and recorded one album. 

They finished another album called “Angry Machine” in 1996.  The team then hit the road for the US and Europe in November 1996. The tour ended at a time when they released the first-ever “Live CD” from the band.

Vinny rejoined Black Sabbath in 1998 on their first European tour after the reunion. It had been more than 20 years since the group was on such a tour.

Vinny was then a renowned drummer who had mastered great speed and power. As an innovative drummer, his work was vital to the success of the team.

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vinny appice

Apart from being a great drummer, Vinny also has an excellent personality. Those who have worked with him say he has a way of making everyone feel comfortable and suitable where they are needed.

He is the glue that held most of these bands together. And when on stage, Vinny plays drums as if there is no tomorrow. It feels as though he is a unique style of telling his kit what to do and must obey. Over the years, he has greatly contributed to the growth of the industry.

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