Vinny Appice, legendary drummer from DIO/BLACK SABBATH, checked in with Hardrock Haven after returning from England and recording with Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler. The band, called HEAVEN AND HELL, is recording bonus tracks for the "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years" release is planning a world tour. Here are a couple excerpts from the interview:
Hardrock Haven: Well, the big news is you just got back from recording with the group HEAVEN AND HELL, featuring Dio, Butler, Iommi and yourself, for the "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years" release. Your involvement was sort of a last-minute thing, correct?
Appice: It was not the last minute, probably the middle minute, haha. They were working with Bill Ward before. I’m not quite sure why the decision was made, but I got a phone call basically saying, "Can you come to England tomorrow?" So, I hopped on a plane and went to England, to Birmingham, hit the studio and did a couple tracks for a release that's going to be called "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years". And they are going to put a couple new songs on the CD. And then there is a tour starting in March.
Hardrock Haven: I think everyone wants to know what the new music is going to sound like.
Appice: It sounds … I was blown away when I heard the songs. They sound very SABBATH-y, you know, really evil songs. And very, very heavy, but a little bit more modern. Ronnie did some absolutely killer melodies, and vocals and lyrics on it. It just fit so well together. I heard the original tracks with just the drum machine, you know, and once we put the drums on it, it completed the puzzle. It just came alive. The songs are absolutely kick ass.
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Appice also talked about his all-star cover band, THE HOLLYWOOD ALLSTARZ, and the release of his new project with Jimmy Bain, Brian Young, Chas West and Carlos Cavazo, called 3 LEGGED DOGG. To hear the interview in its entirety, go to www.hardrockhaven.net.