He is the author of drum instruction book “Rock Steady” and 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 “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 recent release of “Dio At Donington” a live performance of Dio in 1983 and 1987.
“Drum Wars” created with older brother drumming legend Carmine Appice. This show is tearing it up everywhere. The first time the brothers performed together was 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 EXPLODES!!
2012 mark 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 new heavy band Kill Devil Hill featuring 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. The band is currently in the studio with producer/bassist Jeff Pilson working on CD 2.
Vinny recently 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.
Currently working on a new Kill Devil Hill CD due out in the Fall.