Sawtooth has uploaded video footage of legendary drummer Vinny Appice teaching you how to play the intro fills to the DIO songs “Straight Through The Heart” and “Stand Up And Shout”. Check out the clips below.
In a 2015 interview with Decibel magazine, Appice explained how he and singer Ronnie James Dio left BLACK SABBATH to form the DIO band which eventually led to the recording of the classic “Holy Diver” album.
“From the very beginning, what happened was Ronnie and I were playing with SABBATH and Ronnie had a solo deal. The whole plan was that he was going to make a solo record where he would have invited all of his friends to play on it and it was all going to be songs he wrote and blah, blah, blah. But as things soured with BLACK SABBATH, he thought about leaving and forming his own band. He told me, asked if I wanted to join him and I was totally in, absolutely. I was in a predicament because SABBATH asked me to stay with them too Everybody should have that problem, right?! I chose to go with Ronnie because we got along really well, we worked well together and we were both in the same location in California. It was easy to get together and do things. So, at first it was just me and him jamming together. He played a little bass and sang and I was on drums and we were at various rehearsal places. We auditioned some guitarists in California. One of them was Jake E. Lee; he came down and was great, but Ronnie decided he wanted to go with a more international flair. So, we went over to England to check out players there. Long story short: we contacted [bassist] Jimmy Bain, he knew [guitarist] Vivian [Campbell], we got together and jammed in London and it was magic. The plan was to come back and rehearse and write stuff taking it one step at a time and see how it panned out. They came over and we started rehearsing at Sound City. We basically got together, smoked a lot of pot and went into the rehearsal room every night at seven o’clock. It was just us and we had our soundman Angelo, who was with us from BLACK SABBATH, and we all worked together. It was just a great time, having lots of fun playing riffs and jamming. We’d record everything and listen back and see what we wanted to keep and work on. A lot of riffs came from Viv‘s previous band. ‘Stand Up And Shout’ was part of a song from his old band called ‘Bottle Of Wine’. He played it for us, we changed things around, added new parts and that became ‘Stand Up And Shout’. There was a lot of jamming and we recorded anything and listened back to see what worked or had that little bit of magic in it. Anything went at that point.”
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.
Under the moniker APPICE, Vinny and his brother Carmine released “Sinister”, their first joint studio album, in October 2017 through SPV/Steamhammer.