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Vinny Appice

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Vinny Appice (born September 13, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York) is a rock drummer, best known for his work with the bands Dio and Black Sabbath. He is the younger brother of rock drummer Carmine Appice, who was in Vanilla Fudge and Cactus.

Vinny took up the drums aged 9, taking lessons from the same teacher as Carmine had had.

At the tender age of 16, Vinny and his band Bomf met John Lennon at The Record Plant in NYC, which led to Vinny appearing on several Lennon projects.

He then recorded and toured with Rick Derringer on Derringer (1976), Sweet Evil (1977) and Derringer Live (1977), before forming his own band Axis, releasing one album, It’s a Circus World (1978).

Appice joined Black Sabbath in 1980, and appeared on the albums Mob Rules (1981) and the album recorded on that tour, Live Evil (1983). In late 1982, before Live Evil had even hit the shelves, he had left Sabbath with vocalist Ronnie James Dio, and formed the band Dio. He appeared on the Dio albums Holy Diver (1983), The Last In Line (1984), Sacred Heart (1985), Intermission (1986), and Dream Evil (1987). In December 1989 Appice left Dio for reasons somewhat unclear.

In 1990 Appice joined World War III and the band released an album. In 1992 Appice returned to Black Sabbath, with Ronnie James Dio, for the Dehumanizer album and tour. When Black Sabbath, with Rob Halford singing instead of Ronnie James Dio, opened as special guest on Ozzy’s (then) final two solo shows in Costa Mesa, CA in November 1992, Appice still sat in the drum-stool.

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