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Vincent Samson Appice (born September 13, 1957) is an American rock drummer best known for his work with the bands Dio, Black Sabbath, and Heaven & Hell. Of Italian descent, he is the younger brother of drummer Carmine Appice.[1]

Vinny Appice
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Appice During Presentation, With Heaven And Hell in 2009.
Background information
Birth nameVincent Samson Appice
Born (1957-09-13) September 13, 1957 (age 62)
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
GenresHeavy metal, hard rock
InstrumentsDrums, percussion
Years active1975–present
Associated actsLast in Line, Resurrection Kings. Rick Derringer, Axis, Black Sabbath, Dio, Hear 'n Aid, Flesh & Blood, World War III, Heaven & Hell, Circle of Tyrants, Kill Devil Hill, Big Noize, WAMI, Hollywood Monsters, Toehider, Joel Hoekstra's 13, Stonehand, John Lennon


Appice took up the drums at the age of nine, taking lessons from the same teacher as his brother Carmine Appice. When he was sixteen, Appice and his band BOMF met John Lennon at Record Plant Studios. Lennon took a liking to the group and used them as a backing band in several performances, including the final one before his death. He moved on to record with Rick Derringer on Derringer (1976), Sweet Evil (1977), and Derringer Live (1977), before forming his own band Axis and recording It's A Circus World (1978).

Appice joined Black Sabbath during the tour in support of the Heaven and Hell album in 1980. He was quickly brought in to replace original drummer Bill Ward, who quit the band mid-tour due to personal issues. Appice arrived for his first show with Black Sabbath at the Aloha Stadium in Hawaii with his entire drum kit packed into the back of a car.[2] He was forced to learn the band's songs on stage, using hastily written crib notes for each unfamiliar song. A sudden rain storm made the ink run on Vinny's notes. According to an interview conducted at NAMM in 2012, Vinny stated that at the end of the show during the bows he tossed the notebook into the crowd. Appice subsequently appeared on the Black Sabbath albums Mob Rules (1981) and Live Evil (1982).

In late 1982 he left Black Sabbath along 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 and briefly teamed up with Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson in the band Flesh & Blood.

After joined World War III in 1990, in 1992 he returned to Black Sabbath for the Dehumanizer album and tour. "I like Vinny – he's a nice chap," Tony Iommi reflected to the Sabbath fanzine Southern Cross. "Vinny was asked to continue with the Sabbath thing, but he didn't. I like Vinny's playing."[3] Appice rejoined Dio and they recorded Strange Highways (1994) and Angry Machines (1996).

Prior to the 1996 tour, Appice played drums for Las Vegas–based guitarist, Raven Storm, on his album The Storm Project, which also involved long-time Dio engineer and producer, Angelo Arcuri. Arcuri was also a childhood friend of the Appice brothers.

In 2005 Appice appeared on a rap recording by Circle of Tyrants, whose lineup included Necro, Ill Bill, Goretex, and Mr Hyde, also collaborating with Alex Skolnick. Appice played two shows in Las Vegas with the Sin City Sinners in October 2009.[4] 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 2006 he recorded the CD Dinosaurs, together with Carl Sentance, Carlos Cavazo and Jeff Pilson. The CD was produced by guitarist-musician Andy Menario (leader of Martiria band) and featured lyrics written by Italian poet Marco Roberto Capelli, who is also Martiria's lyricist.

He is currently participating in "Drum Wars" shows with his brother Carmine, which feature a guest appearance from vocalist Paul Shortino.

Appice formed the band Kill Devil Hill with former Down and Pantera bassist Rex Brown, guitar slinger Mark Zavon and lead vocalist Dewey Bragg. Kill Devil Hill's self-titled debut album was released May 22, 2012, via Steamhammer/SPV and landed at #9 on the Billboard Top New Artist Albums (HeatSeekers) Chart, #41 on the Top Hard Music Chart and #50 on the Independent Album Chart.

Following the death of Dio frontman Ronnie James Dio in 2010, the original lineup of Vinny Appice on drums, Jimmy Bain on bass, Vivian Campbell on guitar and Claude Schnell on keyboards reunited along with vocalist Andrew Freeman to perform covers of Dio songs they originally recorded.

On November 25, 2013, it was announced that Appice had formed a new band called WAMI, which features vocalist Doogie White, bassist Marco Mendoza, and 16-year-old Polish guitarist Iggy Gwadera.[5] On February 12, 2014, the upcoming album title was revealed to be Kill the King, due for release in the spring.[6] On February 25, the album cover and track listing were revealed.[7]

On March 10, 2014, it was announced that Appice had left Kill Devil Hill, and that former Type O Negative drummer Johnny Kelly was his replacement.[8]

Last in Line began recording tracks for a new album of original material in April 2014, followed by the release of a snippet of the new track "Devil in Me" in June. The album, produced by former Dio bassist, Jeff Pilson, was announced to have an expected release date in early 2016.

In early 2014 Appice joined hard rock band Hollywood Monsters where he played on the album Big Trouble (on 8 tracks out of 11) which was released in 2014 on Mausoleum Records. The album features Steph Honde on vocals and guitars, Tim Bogert on bass, Don Airey on keyboards and Paul Di'Anno on lead vocals on the bonus track.[9] The same year, Appice was a guest performer on Eli Cook's album, Primitive Son.[10]

In 2015, it was announced that Appice will appear on the EP "Mainly Songs About Robots" by Australian progressive rock band Toehider, to be released in September 2015.[11] One week later on 17 November, Last in Line released a music video for their premiere single "Devil in Me", and announced that their debut album, entitled Heavy Crown would be released on 19 February 2016. The band will release a studio album of original material without Schnell. The same year, Appice was invited to play drums for a new project of Whitesnake and former Night Ranger guitarist Joel Hoekstra, called Joel Hoekstra's 13, with an album called Dying To Live, released on October 16.[12]

On September 30, the new Resurrection Kings band was announced. The band is formed by Appice with former Dio guitarist Craig Goldy, Sean McNabb on bass and Chas West on vocals. On January 29, 2016, the self-titled album will be released featuring its single "Who Did You Run To" and "Livin' Out Loud".[citation needed]

On January 18, 2017 Vinnie was inducted into the Hall of Heavy Metal History for his contributions to Heavy Metal drumming.[13]


Appice currently endorses Sawtooth drums, Evans drumheads, Istanbul Mehmet cymbals, and Chromacast drumsticks. He has, in the past also used Ludwig, Tama, Slingerland and dw drums, as well as Aquarian drumheads and at one point used Zildjian and then Sabian cymbals.

Drums: Sawtooth Command series:

Appice frequently alters his drum and cymbal setup depending on the artist he's playing with, but usually favors a setup consisting of a 24"x16" bass drum, 10"x8" and 13"x10" rack toms, and 16"x16" and 18"x16" floor toms with a 14"x6.5" snare.

Drumheads: Evans:

  • Snare: EC1 Reverse Dot
  • Toms: G2 Clear or Black Chrome
  • Bass: EQ2 Clear

Cymbals: Istanbul Mehmet:

Appice usually favors a simple cymbal setup consisting of hi-hats, a ride, two, three, or four crashes, and a china.

  • 14" Session hi-hats or 14" Sultan hi-hats
  • 17" Sultan crash or 18" Session crash
  • 19" Radiant crash
  • 20" Realistic Rock crash
  • 20" Sultan ride or 20" Radiant ride
  • 18" Traditional china

Drumsticks: Chromacast 5B



  • It's A Circus World (1978)

Black SabbathEdit

Hear 'N AidEdit

Heaven and HellEdit


Rick DerringerEdit

  • Derringer (1976)
  • Sweet Evil (1977)
  • Derringer Live (1977)

World War IIIEdit

  • World War III (1990)

War and PeaceEdit

  • The Flesh & Blood Sessions (1999 / 2013)

Raven StormEdit

  • The Storm Project (2001)

Mark BoalsEdit

Power ProjectEdit

  • DinosaursPowerzone Record (2006)

3 Legged DoggEdit

  • Frozen Summer (2006)

Kill Devil HillEdit


  • Children of the Sea (Black Sabbath cover, feat. Vinny Appice (2012)

Hollywood MonstersEdit

  • Big Trouble (Feat. Vinny Appice, Tim Bogert, Paul Di'Anno and Don Airey) (May 2014 in the U.S., July 2014 rest of the world)


  • Kill the King (2014)


  • Revolution (2014)


  • Mainly Songs About Robots (2015)

Ian Ray Logan & Serpent´s RideEdit

  • Between Lights and Shadows (2016)

Joel Hoekstra's 13Edit


  • When The Devil Comes (2015)

Resurrection KingsEdit

  • Resurrection Kings (2016)

Last in LineEdit

  • Heavy Crown (2016)
  • II (2019)

Ian Ray Logan & King of TwilightEdit

  • Reaching dreams Song "Success is to live" (the life) (2017)

Adrian RasoEdit

  • Frozen In Time (2017)

The One Man Electrical BandEdit

  • Symptom of the Universe (2017)
  • Dark Things (2018)



  • Stagma (2018)

Concreto (Brazilian Band)Edit

  • Lama EP (2018)


  1. ^ Saulnier, Jason (March 24, 2012). "Vinny Appice Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  2. ^ Hotten, Jon. "The Dio Years" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on January 24, 2009. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  3. ^ Southern Cross No.19, March 1997
  4. ^ "Vinny Appice ospite di Sin City Sinners" (in Italian). September 18, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-20.
  5. ^ "VINNY APPICE Comments on WAMI Project Featuring DOOGIE WHITE, MARCO MENDOZA". November 25, 2013. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  6. ^ "WAMI Project Featuring VINNY APPICE, DOOGIE WHITE, MARCO MENDOZA: Debut Album Title Revealed". February 12, 2014. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  7. ^ "WAMI Project Featuring VINNY APPICE, DOOGIE WHITE, MARCO MENDOZA: CD Artwork, Track Listing". February 25, 2014. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  8. ^ "KILL DEVIL HILL Parts Ways With Drummer VINNY APPICE, Recruits JOHNNY KELLY". March 10, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  9. ^ "Hollywood Monsters Signs With Mausoleum". Rock N Growl Records. May 5, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  10. ^ "Primitive Son - Eli Cook | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-01-04.. Also, in 2014, he recorded the album R-Evolution together with the Italian band Martiria, renewing his collaboration with Italian musicians Andy Menario (guitarist) and Marco Roberto Capelli (Lyricist) with whom he had recorded the Album Dinosaurs in 2006 (see above).
  11. ^ "Mainly Songs About Robots". Retrieved 2016-01-05.
  12. ^ "WHITESNAKE/Ex-NIGHT RANGER Guitarist JOEL HOEKSTRA To Release JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13 Debut 'Dying To Live'". Blabbermouth.
  13. ^ "Scorpions Among Nominees for Hall of Heavy Metal History". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 2, 2017.

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