Episode 3 of 7 of "Focus Of Metal"'s in-depth look at DIO's "Strange Highways" album features a discussion with drummer Vinny Appice. In this episode Vinny recalls how the lineup came together, the thought process behind the change in the band's sound, the writing and recording of the album, his relationship over the years with Ronnie James Dio, the success, or lack of, the tour promoting it and more. He also discusses playing again with Vivian Campbell, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell in LAST IN LINE and talks about the new KILL DEVIL HILL CD, "Revolution Rise", and his hopes for that band's future. You can listen to the chat using the audio player below.
Vinny Appice has anchored the rhythm and power live and in the studio for the music of DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, WWIII, AXIS, Rick Derringer, John Lennon, and more. He has recorded and co-written songs on over 25 albums and CDs, including many multi-platinum records. Touring the world for over two decades resulted in selling millions of records! Vinny's drumming can also be heard on numerous movie soundtracks, including "Wayne's World 2", "Heavy Metal", "Iron Eagle" and "Bedazzled". Vinny, the author of drum instruction book "Rock Steady" and DVD "Hard Rock Drumming Techniques", has performed incredible powerhouse drum clinics around the globe. Numerous books have been written about BLACK SABBATH and DIO with the authors always mentioned Vinny's unique powerful drumming style.