Vinny has powered the rhythm live and in the studio with the bands DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN AND HELL, OZZY OSBURNE, WWIII, AXIS, RICK DERRINGER, KILL DEVIL HILL and at age 16 performed with JOHN LENNON “live” on stage. Vinny has recorded and co-written songs on over 25 albums and CDs many which are multi-platinum records and still selling numerous copies and downloads today! Drumming across the the world for over 2 decades, playing before countless fans, selling millions of records featuring his drumming, and can also be heard on numerous movie soundtracks and DVD’s including “Wayne’s World 2″, “Heavy Metal”, “Iron Eagle”, “Bedazzled” and more recently, “Bad Teacher”.
He is the author of drum instruction book “Rock Steady”, created the DVD “Hard Rock Drumming Techniques”, and has performed incredible drum clinics around the globe. Numerous books have been written about Black Sabbath and Dio with the authors always mentioning his unique powerful drumming style and has become a part of rock drumming history!
In 2006 Black Sabbath was reborn as Heaven And Hell with Vinny again driving the rhythm behind the band with the great Ronnie James Dio on vocals. Three world tours followed as well as a CD titled “The Devil You Know”, the first studio album since 1991’s “Dehumanizer”. The band also released the “Heaven And Hell Live in Europe” DVD in 2010 which was the last video recording of the late Ronnie James Dio at the Wacken Festival in Germany. Vinny can also be heard on the release of “Dio At Donington” a live performance of Dio in 1983 and 1987.
“Drum Wars” was created with older brother drumming legend Carmine Appice. This show is tearing it up everywhere. The first time the brothers performed together was in 1992 at a few drum clinics in the US. Now this is a Rock Drumming Show featuring music from the history of bands the Appice’s have played with, as well as drum solos, comedy, and a massive drum battle finale that really EXPLODES!!
2012 marked the first ever cover of Modern Drummer magazine. “I read MD since I was a kid and consider this to be a milestone in my career, I look pretty good too”! Vinny’s heavy band Kill Devil Hill featured mega bassist Rex Brown (Pantera/Down), vocalist Dewey Bragg, and guitarist Mark Zavon. The band released their first SPV records CD in June 2012 and played dates in the US and Europe including 6 shows opening for Alice Cooper.
Vinny also had the pleasure to work with Dave Grohl on the new “Sound City” movie. In addition to being in the movie, Vinny recorded a song for the sound track with Dave on bass, Warren Demartini (Ratt) on guitar, and Steven Percy (Ratt) on vocals.
Rock Fantasy Camp has recruited Vinny numerous times as a counselor at their new Las Vegas MGM location, working with special guests, Roger Daultry, Def Leppard, Alice Cooper, and the list goes on.