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. Thereafter, he rejoined Dio and is present on Strange Highways (1993), [album artist=Dio]Angry Machines (1996) and Inferno - Last In Live (1998).
On the 1998 Black Sabbath tour he would provide cover for original drummer Bill Ward, who was absent whilst he recovered from a heart-attack. Unfortunately, this may have soured his long association with Ronnie James Dio as Appice has not played with the singer since.
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.
Edited by Eniac on 20 Jun 2013, 13:25
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