VintageRock.com conducted an interview with legendary drummer Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, DIO, HEAVEN & HELL) at last month's Hall Of Heavy Metal History induction ceremony at the Anaheim Expo Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked why he thinks the heavy metal genre has survived for nearly fifty years, Appice said: "'Cause it's music that touches people's hearts, believe it or not. It's very heavy and very strong. Some of it's not. Some of it's melodic. And it touches people. And it's still going strong. There's a lot of bands that are still out there playing, a lot of people showing up to see them, and it's great music. And a lot of the heavy metal music that was the first beginning of it inspired other genres. BLACK SABBATH inspired everybody. I got to play with them. It was an honor for me to play with them. But that actually… Look how many bands came off of that, you know — got inspired [by SABBATH]."
Appice joined BLACK SABBATH in 1980 during the "Heaven And Hell" tour and appeared on the albums "Live Evil" (1982) and "Mob Rules" (1981) . In late 1982 he left BLACK SABBATH with vocalist Ronnie James Dio and formed the band DIO. They recorded "Holy Diver" (1983), "The Last in Line" (1984), "Sacred Heart" (1985), "Intermission" (1986), and "Dream Evil" (1987). In December 1989, Appice left DIO. In 1992, he returned to BLACK SABBATH for the "Dehumanizer" album and tour. He then rejoined DIO and they recorded "Strange Highways" (1994) and "Angry Machines" (1996).
Appice rejoined his BLACK SABBATH bandmates Ronnie James Dio, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi in 2006 as HEAVEN & HELL, touring and releasing one studio album, "The Devil You Know", before Dio's death in 2010.
In April 2014, along with former members of DIO (Vivian Campbell and Jimmy Bain), Vinny began recording tracks for his new band LAST IN LINE along with Andrew Freeman on vocals.
LAST IN LINE released its debut album, "Heavy Crown", in February 2016 via Frontiers Music Srl.