VINNY APPICE On Heavy Metal's Survival: 'It's Music That Touches People's Hearts'

VINNY APPICE On Heavy Metal's Survival: 'It's Music That Touches People's Hearts'

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.

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SLAYER, LAMB OF GOD And BEHEMOTH To Join Forces For U.S. Tour

SLAYER, LAMB OF GOD And BEHEMOTH To Join Forces For U.S. Tour

SLAYER, LAMB OF GOD and BEHEMOTH will join forces for a U.S. tour this summer.

All three acts will perform at the Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin on July 13 at the Chicago Open Air festival on July 16. In addition, the KILO 94.3 radio station has advertised a August 2 date for the package at the First Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado.

The full tour details are expected to be revealed later this week.

SLAYER‘s latest album, “Repentless”, was released on September 11, 2015 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2009’s critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated “World Painted Blood” was produced by Terry Date, who has previously worked with PANTERA, DEFTONES and SOUNDGARDEN. The artwork was created by Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco in collaboration with Tom Araya and Kerry King.

“Repentless” debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 50,000 equivalent album units in the week ending September 17, 2015.

LAMB OF GOD released a new EP called “The Duke” on November 18 via Epic. The EP’s title track, which was recorded during the sessions for the band’s last album, “VII: Sturm Und Drang”, was inspired by the plight of a LAMB OF GOD fan named Wayne Ford, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010 and died five years later at the age of 33. The EP includes another previously unreleased track that dates back to LAMB OF GOD‘s “Wrath” LP, the thrashy, heavy “Culling”, which the band finished up especially for this EP, along with live recordings of three “VII: Sturm Und Drang” tracks.

“VII: Sturm Und Drang” was released in July 2015 via Epic in the U.S. and Nuclear Blast Entertainment in all territories outside of North America. The CD was once again produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur with engineering by Wilbur, Nick Rowe and Kyle McAulay, and was recorded at NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood, California and Suburban Soul Studios in Torrance, California.

BEHEMOTH last year completed a North America tour where the band played its latest album, “The Satanist”, in its entirety. In addition to the concert, fans also had the chance to view “The Congregation” exhibition at each venue. Dubbed “a symbiosis of BEHEMOTH and Toxic Vision,” the display showcased the collaboration between the two parties.

“The Satanist” sold around 10,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart.
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L.A. GUNS Feat. PHIL LEWIS, TRACII GUNS: Video Of Houston Concert

L.A. GUNS Feat. PHIL LEWIS, TRACII GUNS: Video Of Houston Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of L.A. GUNS‘ February 23 performance at the Proof Rooftop Lounge in Houston, Texas can be seen below.

The current version of L.A. GUNS — which includes singer Phil Lewis and the band’s co-founding guitarist Tracii Guns — is recording a new album for a tentative summer release through the Italian record label Frontiers Music Srl.

“It sounds amazing — I’m not exaggerating,” Lewis told Westword. “It’s so slick, and every song is so well crafted. Big choruses. It’s really interesting, and I think people are going to be knocked out by it. We’re gonna release it on CD and digital, of course, but we’re gonna put it put on vinyl. We have enough to put it out on double vinyl gatefold.”

L.A. GUNS‘ present lineup is rounded out by Shane Fitzgibbon on drums and Johnny Martin on bass with Michael Grant on guitar as a touring member.

“We have Tracii‘s drummer that he’s been working with for the last year and a half,” Lewis said. “With Johnny Martin on bass, that’s just a great rhythm section. Tracii‘s been going out with those two and another singer doing L.A. GUNS stuff, and it’s been perfectly adequate. But now we’ve got Michael Grant. It’s back to two guitars, and it’s fierce. They’re doing a lot of damage.”

The last time Lewis and Guns joined forces was back in 2000 with legendary producer Andy Johns for the making of what would become “Waking The Dead”.

Regarding the decision to use the L.A. GUNS moniker for the new album, Guns told LA Weekly: “When you put Phil and I together, that’s the sound of L.A. GUNS. There’s no way around that. As much as I love certain other [former] members of the band, it’s hard to say what their contribution to the overall sound of the band was — but Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns, the band’s gotta be L.A. GUNS. It can’t be anything else.”

Back in December, Phil announced that he was leaving the L.A. GUNS version that included drummer Steve Riley.

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