Vincent Samson "Vinny" Appice, 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.
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", "Sweet Evil", and "Derringer Live", before forming his own band Axis and recording "It's A Circus World".
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. He was forced to learn the band's songs on stage, using hastily written crib notes for each unfamiliar song.
In late 1982 he left Black Sabbath along with vocalist Ronnie James Dio and formed the band Dio. They recorded "Holy Diver", "The Last in Line", "Sacred Heart", "Intermission" , and "Dream Evil". 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. 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.
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.
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