Black Sabbath drummer during the Dio years, Vinny Appice, was recently interviewed by ‘Hard, Heavy & Hair with Pariah Burke’ this week and talked about many things from his Sabbath career to join Ronnie James Dio in the ’80s.
You may follow his career that Vinny Appice is best known as many legendary bands like Heaven & Hell, Dio, Black Sabbath, and Stigma. While Appice was the replacement of Bill Ward in Black Sabbath, later on, he decided to part ways with Sabbath alongside Ronnie James Dio and formed ‘Dio’ with his long-time buddy. While he recorded four studio albums with Ronnie from 1982 to 1989, Vinny decided to leave Dio to join Flesh & Blood alongside Jeff Pilson.
In the interview he made with Pariah Burke, Appice was asked whether playing with everyone without Ronnie was weird. Vinny stated that he started playing drums with Vivian Campbell rather than Ronnie James Dio and that’s because playing with other stars was not strange at all.
Here is what Vinny told in his latest interview:
“Actually, because it didn’t start out like that, it started out as Vivian called me up and said, ‘Hey, I was talking to Jimmy, you want to come down and jam next week? I’m going to be in town and Jimmy’s up for it, we’ll just play some old stuff, see how it goes, and whatever.’
‘Yeah, OK…’ So that’s how we got together. Three of us – it wasn’t anything like, ‘Oh, I wish Ronnie was here,’ or anything – because it wasn’t a serious thing.
It was just like, ‘Let’s just play those songs, see if we remember some of it,’ and it was fun trying to remember that – Viv trying to remember the solos he played, and the arrangements of the song.”
Vinny continued saying:
“So it started off that way. It went so well, we said, ‘Let’s do it again,’ and the next time my friend Andy Freeman was in town – he’s a great singer – I said, ‘Come down, you know this stuff, sing a couple of songs with us.’
And he blew everybody away, like, ‘Holy shit, this guy’s amazing singing the Dio stuff!’ And that’s how we started.
And we said, ‘Why don’t we do a couple of gigs…?’ Gigs led to more gigs, and then it led to our manager Steve Strange getting us a record deal with Frontiers, and we’ve since done two records and now we’re not with Frontiers Records right now, but we’re working on a new record for a different company, and that’s probably going to be out next year. This year is flying by anyway.”
You can watch the full interview below.