VINNY APPICE: Why DIO DISCIPLES Is No Longer Disgusting

David "Gus" Griesinger of BackstageAxxess.com recently conducted an interview with brothers Carmine Appice (OZZY OSBOURNE, ROD STEWART, VANILLA FUDGE, JEFF BECK, GUITAR ZEUS, KING KOBRA) and Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL). You can now watch the chat below.

On his upcoming shows with DIO DISCIPLES, the "official" Ronnie James Dio tribute band, the formation of which he called "disgusting" during an April 2011 interview:

Vinny: "Just because I said it was disgusting at one point, now it's all over Blabbermouth. 'To Vinny Appice, it's not disgusting anymore.' The problem was they did it a couple of months after Ronnie passed, and then I thought it was awful; it wasn't the right time. Now they can do whatever they want; it's cool. I mean, we're playing DIO songs [with the 'Drum Wars' project] tonight, so I was a big part of it. It was just that, at the moment, it didn't seem like the best time to do it. I'm just doing a few dates with them because they needed a drummer."

On the flak that DEF LEPPARD/ex-DIO guitarist Vivian Campbell is getting from some DIO fans for launching LAST IN LINE with Vinny and other original DIO members and performing music from DIO's first three albums:

Vinny: "You know what?! It's the same thing with BLACK SABBATH. Bill Ward wasn't in and everybody got pissed off, and I was supposed to be in, and everybody got pissed off. And it doesn't matter who was in it, there was always this drama going on. And then once the show starts, everybody goes, 'Ahh, I'm here to see SABBATH.' They're gonna love it. Viv was part of that music. There's a lot of things that people don’t know behind the scenes, and that causes problems within the band. That's why bands break up and people leave and the public doesn't know about [all the disagreements between musicians]. Viv had valid reasons why it didn't work out, but then it just got carried away a little bit. But Viv loves playing the stuff, and the band sounds unbelievable. So on the the day, people that wanna see it, we'll be there, and they're gonna love it, man, because it's gonna be the real deal."

On LAST IN LINE singer Andy Freeman:

Vinny: "Andy is a great vocalist. He doesn't look like Ronnie, he's not trying to be Ronnie. Ronnie would love him if he was here to meet him. And he sings with his heart and soul, the same way Ronnie did. But Ronnie is Ronnie; nobody touches Ronnie."

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