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Vinny Appice

Vinny Appice
Appice During Presentation, With Heaven And Hell in 2009.
Background information
Birth name Vincent Paul Appice
Born (1957-09-13) September 13, 1957
Brooklyn, New York US
Genres Heavy metal, hard rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, percussion
Years active 1975–present
Associated acts Rick Derringer, Axis, Black Sabbath, Dio, Hear 'n Aid, Flesh & Blood, World War III, Heaven & Hell, Circle of Tyrants, Kill Devil Hill, Big Noize, WAMI, Hollywood Monsters, Toehider, Joel Hoekstra's 13
External video Oral History, Vinny Appice reflects on his start with Black Sabbath. Interview date January 21, 2012, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Oral History Library]

Vincent Paul[1] "Vinny" Appice (born September 13, 1957), is an American rock drummer and the younger brother of drummer Carmine Appice. He is best known for his work with the bands Dio, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and Big Noize[2]


  • Career 1
  • Discography 2
    • with Axis 2.1
    • with Black Sabbath 2.2
    • with Heaven and Hell 2.3
    • with Dio 2.4
    • with Rick Derringer 2.5
    • with World War III 2.6
    • with War and Peace 2.7
    • with Raven Storm 2.8
    • with Mark Boals 2.9
    • with Power Project 2.10
    • with 3 Legged Dogg 2.11
    • with Kill Devil Hill 2.12
    • with Suncrown 2.13
    • with Hollywood Monsters 2.14
    • with WAMI 2.15
    • with Toehider 2.16
    • with Joel Hoekstra's 13 2.17
  • See also 3
  • References 4


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 during the tour in support of the Heaven and Hell album in 1980. He was quickly brought in to replace original drummer Bill Ward, who quit the band mid-tour due to personal issues. Appice arrived for his first show with Black Sabbath at the Aloha Stadium in Hawaii with his entire drum kit packed into the back of a car.[3] He was forced to learn the band's songs on stage, using hastily written crib notes for each unfamiliar song. A sudden rain storm made the ink run on Vinny's notes. According to an interview conducted at NAMM in 2012, Vinny stated that at the end of the show during the bows he tossed the notebook into the crowd. Appice subsequently appeared on the Black Sabbath albums Mob Rules (1981) and Live Evil (1982).

In late 1982 he left Black Sabbath along 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 and briefly teamed up with Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson in the band Flesh & Blood.

Appice joined World War III in 1990 and in 1992 he returned to Black Sabbath for the Dehumanizer album and tour. "I like Vinny – he's a nice chap," Tony Iommi reflected to the Sabbath fanzine Southern Cross. "Vinny was asked to continue with the Sabbath thing, but he didn't. I like Vinny's playing."[4] Appice rejoined Dio and they recorded Strange Highways (1994) and Angry Machines (1996).

Prior to the 1996 tour, Appice played drums for Las Vegas–based guitarist, Raven Storm, on his album The Storm Project, which also involved long-time Dio engineer and producer, Angelo Arcuri. Arcuri was also a childhood friend of the Appice brothers.

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.[5] Appice rejoined his Black Sabbath bandmates Ronnie James Dio, Geezer Butler, and Tony Iommi in 2006 as Heaven & Hell, touring and releasing one studio album, The Devil You Know, before Dio's death in 2010.

He is currently participating in "Drum Wars" shows with his brother Carmine, which feature a guest appearance from vocalist Paul Shortino.

Appice formed the band Kill Devil Hill with former Down and Pantera bassist Rex Brown, guitar slinger Mark Zavon and lead vocalist Dewey Bragg. Kill Devil Hill's self-titled debut album was released May 22, 2012, via Steamhammer/SPV and landed at #9 on the Billboard Top New Artist Albums (HeatSeekers) Chart, #41 on the Top Hard Music Chart and #50 on the Independent Album Chart.

In January 2013 the Italian band Martiria has announced that Vinny Appice will record the drum tracks for their new album (release expected for late 2013). Vinny had already worked in 2006 with two of Martiria's members: the guitarist-composer Andy Menario and the lyricist Marco Roberto Capelli, while recording the CD Dinosaurs, together with Carl Sentance, Carlos Cavazo and Jeff Pilson.

On November 25, 2013, it was announced that Appice had formed a new band called WAMI, which features vocalist Doogie White, bassist Marco Mendoza, and 16-year-old Polish guitarist Iggy Gwadera.[6] On February 12, 2014, the upcoming album title was revealed to be Kill the King, due for release in the spring.[7] On February 25, the album cover and track listing were revealed.[8]

On March 10, 2014, it was announced that Appice had left Kill Devil Hill, and that former Type O Negative drummer Johnny Kelly was his replacement.[9]

In early 2014 Appice joined hard rock band Hollywood Monsters where he played on the album "Big Trouble" (on 8 tracks out of 11) which was released in 2014 on Mausoleum Records. The album features Steph Honde on vocals and guitars, Tim Bogert on bass, Don Airey on keyboards and Paul Di'Anno on lead vocals on the bonus track.[10]

In 2015, it was announced that Appice will appear on the EP "Mainly Songs About Robots" by Australian progressive rock band Toehider, to be released in September 2015.[11]

The same year, Appice was invited to play drums for a new project of Whitesnake and former Night Ranger guitarist Joel Hoekstra, called Joel Hoekstra's 13, with an album called Dying To Live, released on October 16.[12]


with Axis

  • It's A Circus World (1978)

with Black Sabbath

with Heaven and Hell

with Dio

with Rick Derringer

  • Derringer (1976)
  • Sweet Evil (1977)
  • Derringer Live (1977)

with World War III

  • World War III (1990)

with War and Peace

  • The Flesh & Blood Sessions (1999 / 2013)

with Raven Storm

  • The Storm Project (2001)

with Mark Boals

with Power Project

  • DinosaursPowerzone Record (2006)

with 3 Legged Dogg

  • Frozen Summer (2006)

with Kill Devil Hill

with Suncrown

  • Children of the Sea (Black Sabbath cover, feat. Vinny Appice (2012)

with Hollywood Monsters

  • Big Trouble (Feat. Vinny Appice, Tim Bogert, Paul Di'Anno and Don Airey) (May 2014 in the U.S., July 2014 rest of the world)

with WAMI

  • Kill the King (2014)

with Toehider

  • Mainly Songs About Robots (2015)

with Joel Hoekstra's 13

  • Dying To Live (2015)

See also

  • Hollywood Monsters Official Facebook


  1. ^ "People Search from Intelius". Intelius. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ Saulnier, Jason (March 24, 2012). "Vinny Appice Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ Hotten, Jon. "The Dio Years" (PDF). Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ Southern Cross No.19, March 1997
  5. ^ "Vinny Appice ospite di Sin City Sinners" (in Italian). September 18, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  6. ^ "VINNY APPICE Comments on WAMI Project Featuring DOOGIE WHITE, MARCO MENDOZA".  
  7. ^ "WAMI Project Featuring VINNY APPICE, DOOGIE WHITE, MARCO MENDOZA: Debut Album Title Revealed".  
  8. ^ "WAMI Project Featuring VINNY APPICE, DOOGIE WHITE, MARCO MENDOZA: CD Artwork, Track Listing".  
  9. ^ "KILL DEVIL HILL Parts Ways With Drummer VINNY APPICE, Recruits JOHNNY KELLY".  
  10. ^ "Hollywood Monsters Signs With Mausoleum". Rock N Growl Records. May 5, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  11. ^
  12. ^ "'"WHITESNAKE/Ex-NIGHT RANGER Guitarist JOEL HOEKSTRA To Release JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13 Debut 'Dying To Live. Blabbermouth. 
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