Appice joined World War III In 1990 and in 1992 he returned to Black Sabbath for the Dehumanizer album and tour. He then rejoined Dio and they recorded Strange Highways (1994) and Angry Machines (1996).
In 2005 Appice appeared on a rap recording by Circle of Tyrants, whose lineup included Necro, Ill Bill, Goretex, and Mr Hyde , also collaborating with Alex Skolnick. Appice played two shows in Las Vegas with the Sin City Sinners in October 2009.
Vinny Appice, has anchored the rhythm and power live and in the studio for the music of DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN AND HELL, WWIII, AXIS, RICK DERRINGER, JOHN LENNON and more. He has recorded and co-written songs on over 25 albums and CDs including many multi-platinum records. Touring the world for over 2 decades resulted in selling millions of records!
Vinny's drumming can also be heard on numerous movie soundtracks including "Wayne's World 2, Heavy Metal, Iron Eagle and Bedazzled." Vinny, the author of drum instruction book "Rock Steady" and DVD "Hard Rock Drumming Techniques" has performed incredible powerhouse drum clinics around the globe also. Numerous books have been written about Black Sabbath and Dio with the authors always mentioning Vinny's unique powerful drumming style!
"I would like to mention some of the boys that got my drumming blood flowing......John Bonham, Buddy Rich, Billy Cobham, Mitch Mitchell......Thanks! ."
His recorded output is extensive, as detailed on his official homepage. Recent sessions include those for Lana Lane, Mark Boals and, in 2003, Erik Norlander’s Music Machine CD.
He has also released insructional drumming videos and regularly appears at drum clinics, sometimes with brother Carmine.
Despite being known as one of rock’s heaviest drummers Vinny uses a single bass-drum.
He once said in an interview with a UK drumming magazine that the correct pronunciation of the family name is ‘a-PEACH-ee’ but he generally finds people pronounce it ‘AP-a-sea’ and doesn’t lose sleep over it. Certainly the pronunciation in interviews and onstage by Ronnie James Dio was the latter way.
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Drum Dungeon Bio - VINNY APPICE
Vincent Appice (born September 13, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York), also known as Vinny Appice is a rock drummer of American Italian descent and the younger brother of fellow drum legend Carmine Appice. He is best known for his work with the bands Dio and Black Sabbath.
Appice took up the drums at the age of nine, taking lessons from the same teacher as his brother Carmine. When he was sixteen, Appice and his band BOMF met John Lennon at Record Plant Studios, leading to him appearing on several Lennon recordings. He moved on to record with Rick Derringer on Derringer (1976), Sweet Evil (1977), and Derringer Live (1977), before forming his own band Axis and recording It's A Circus World (1978).
Appice joined Black Sabbath in 1980 during the Heaven and Hell tour and appeared on the albums Live Evil (1982) and Mob Rules (1981) . In late 1982 he left Black Sabbath with vocalist Ronnie James Dio and formed the band Dio. They recorded Holy Diver (1983), The Last in Line (1984), Sacred Heart (1985), Intermission (1986), and Dream Evil (1987). In December 1989 Appice left Dio.