Drummer Vinny Appice turned down possibility of Ozzy gig after talking to brother Carmine Appice

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Drummer Vinny Appice turned down possibility of Ozzy gig after talking to brother Carmine Appice

Current Last In Line and former Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven And Hell drummer Vinny Appice was recently interviewed by Jimmy Kay and Alan Dixon for Canada’s The Metal Voice.

In terms of when he joined Black Sabbath, Appice indicated (as transcribed by The Metal Voice with slight edits): “Before the Sabbath thing (1980), I got a call from Sharon Osbourne saying she is putting a new band together for Ozzy and they wanted me to fly to England and hang out with Ozzy and see how we would get along and possibly be in the band. I thought I would ask my brother Carmine about Ozzy and I decided not to do it. So I actually turned that gig down and then about two months later I get a call from Sabbath saying they are in town looking for a drummer. Bill Ward left the tour and they heard about me and would you like to come down and meet Tony Iommi at the hotel in LA.

So I said ‘Yeah.’ So [the] next day, I went to meet Tony and he had an album under his arm that I did with a band called Axis and there was a really good drum sound on it. Tony liked the album and we got along great. Tony then invited me to rehearse the next day with Black Sabbath. That is when I met Ronnie, Geezer Butler and Geoff Nicolls who was the keyboardist and the first song we ever played was “Neon Knights” cause I heard it on the radio a couple of weeks before. I thought ‘Wow! That new singer for Sabbath sounds great!”, cause at the time I didn’t really follow Dio. The rehearsal went really well so they asked me to join the band until Bill comes back. That was the premise. We only had four days of rehearsal before the next show.”

Carmine Appice is currently 74 years old and has played in many bands including Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, King Kobra and Blue Murder. Ironically, Carmine Appice ended up playing with Ozzy Osbourne after supposedly recommending to his younger brother Vinny not to do so. Wikipedia reports (with slight edits): “In late 1983, Appice toured with Ozzy Osbourne in support of his gold-selling Bark At The Moon album, but shortly afterward was fired from the backing group. Though Osbourne had a good relationship with him, the singer’s wife and manager Sharon detested Appice, and the decision to fire him was strictly hers.”

You can listen to the interview with Vinny Appice on The Metal Voice below: