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Drum Legend Vinny Appice on Achieving Career Success: “I Didn’t Burn Any Bridges; You’ve Got to Be a Team Player”

by Madonna

Vinny Appice, renowned drummer known for his work with Last In Line, Heaven & Hell, Dio, and Black Sabbath, recently shared insights on the Percussion Discussion Podcast about the significance of maintaining positive relationships in the music industry.

Appice emphasized the necessity of being a team player, stating, “You’ve gotta be a team player, and then people work with you. When you’re difficult, they think twice about involving you. You’ve got to be part of a team. I’ve seen people burn bridges, and it comes back to haunt them later. For instance, I left Dio twice but always communicated with Ronnie (James Dio) and his manager Wendy at the right times, and kept in touch.”

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He continued, “When Heaven & Hell was formed, they initially worked with Cozy Powell, who had to step back due to an injury. They reached out to me in ’92, and again in 2007 when Bill Ward couldn’t continue. I was fortunate because I hadn’t burned any bridges and stayed in touch with Wendy Dio. When she asked if I wanted to play with the guys again, I jumped at the chance, which revitalized my career. Burning bridges is never a good idea.”

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Appice is part of the Leviathan Project, a dynamic metal group that includes Tim “Ripper” Owens (KK’s Priest), Bobby Koelble (Death), Matt Nardo (Producer), and Tom Kay (Britny Fox). The ensemble draws inspiration from the late 70s and early 80s, blending traditional metal with powerful melodies, haunting vocals, and otherworldly guitars.

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The Leviathan Project has released “MCMLXXXII” digitally and as a limited edition CD. Various bundle options are available, including a signed CD, guitar pick, T-shirt, and the first EP on cassette.

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