Basic Background Info

Birth: September 13, 1957
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Band: Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven and Hell
Genres: Metal, Rock
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician, Composer, Venue Manager


By the time he was nine, Vinny Appice knew that he wanted to be a rock drummer. The revelation came when he first saw his older brother, Carmine, play a live show as the drummer in Vanilla Fudge. Seven years later, Vinny began to realize his dream. Vinny Appice played in numerous bands and practiced at The Record Plant studio .  In a fantastic case of serendipity, he and his band performed hand claps for the John Lennon recording "Whatever Gets You Through the Night". Lennon used Vinny’s skills on many more projects.

Vinny Appice's first gig in a big name band was with Derringer. After a couple years with Derringer, he left to join Axis. When Black Sabbath called Vinny, he quickly left Axis to join the legendary heavy metal band.

However, Vinny Appice left Black Sabbath with frontman Ronnie James Dio and they created Dio. After an amazing decade-spanning career, Vinny Appice left Dio to work on other projects. But after only a couple of years on his own, Black Sabbath asked Vinny to join them for a reunion performance.  Ronnie James Dio was in on the project and Vinny Appice agreed to join them for one album. Appice and Dio reignited their creative spark, and they recorded three more albums together over the next six years. Afterwards, Vinny Appice returned to Black Sabbath without Ronnie James Dio to drum behind Ozzy Osbourne.

More recently, Vinny Appice started working on a new band called 3 Legged Dogg with bassist Jimmy Bain (Dio, Rainbow), guitarist Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot), guitarist Brian Young (David Lee Roth), and singer Chas West. Even more recently he worked with Heaven & Hell, a new band comprised of Appice, Ronnie James Dio, and Black Sabbath members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler. His involvement with Heaven & Hell marks the third time he replaced Bill Ward and the fourth time he has replaced a Black Sabbath drummer.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1976 Derringer Derringer
1977 Sweet Evil Derringer
1977 Live Derringer
1978 It's a Circus World Axis
1980 Volume Ray Gomez
1981 Mob Rules Black Sabbath
1982 Live Evil Black Sabbath
1982 Round 1 Bruzer
1983 Holy Diver Dio
1984 The Last In Line Dio
1985 Sacred Heart Dio
1986 Intermission Dio
1987 Dream Evil Dio
1989 The Flesh and Blood Sessions War & Peace
1992 Dehumanizer Black Sabbath
1993 Strange Highways Dio
1994 Angry Machines Dio
1996 Inferno Dio
1998 Beast of Dio Dio
2000 Bedazzled Soundtrack Vinny Appice Project
2001 Project Shangri-La Lana Lane
2002 Edge of the World Mark Boals
2002 Curious Goods Lana Lane
2003 Music Machine Erik Norlander
2003 Anthology Dio
2004 Return to Japan Lana Lane
2005 The Circle of Tyrants The Circle of Tyrants
2006 Gemini Lana Lane
2006 Project Powerzone
2006 Frozen Summer 3 Legged Dogg
2007 The Dio Years Black Sabbath
2007 Live at Radio City Heaven and Hell


  • Sixteen-year-old Vinny Appice met John Lennon in a recording studio, and he subsequently performed on numerous Lennon projects.
  • 3 Legged Dogg was named after an actual three legged dog that hung around the studio where they were recording. Although tt was supposed to be a temporary name, it stuck.
  • His older brother Carmine drummed in Vanilla Fudge and Cactus. Carmine also played with Rod Stewart, Ted Nugent, and Ozzy Osbourne.
  • His last name is pronounced "a-PEE-chee."

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Sabian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Aquarian
Sticks: Vic Firth

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