Vinny Appice lashes out for not being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Vinny Appice lashes out for not being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 

Scream Taker bandmates — drummer Vinny Appice (ex-Black Sabbath, ex-Dio, Last In Line) and singer Jim Crean (Hair Nation) — along with Charlie Calv from Deko Entertainment and producer Artie Dillon were recently interviewed by Robert Edwards for the Talkin’ Bout Rock podcast. Scream Taker, which also features guitarist Steph Honde (Paul Di’Anno, Hollywood Monster), will be releasing their debut album Kill The Beautiful via Deko Entertainment on September 23, 2022.

Edwards asked Appice why he wasn’t in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to which the latter quickly replied (as provided by the Talkin’ Bout Rock podcast with slight edits): “Because they are a bunch of fuckin’ assholes!” Appice continued: “I mean, [Black] Sabbath wasn’t in it for how long? They got in it. I’ve been to that place and there wasn’t much of rock [inaudible] in there either…. It’s like Ronnie [James Dio]? C’mon! Rainbow, “Man On The Silver Mountain”, “Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll” — and then Sabbath, the Heaven and Hell album, and then the rest of the albums that we did, and Dio — and he’s only there for this 12 inch square placemat or something you know [laughs]? They won’t mention me. You know what? I’ve been around. I’m still around from all these years. I guess it doesn’t count for anything.”

After some joking around about Dolly Parton getting invited into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (the country artist went on to decline the invitation), Crean mentioned Dio‘s debut album Holy Diver as influencing pretty much everyone of his generation. Appice added: “That should be in it. That should be in it… I meet people like, ‘Oh man ‘Holy Diver‘ —  Dave Grohl, you know, he’s totally influenced by that album. He went to Sound City to record their album ‘Nirvana‘ because there was a platinum ‘Holy Diver‘ on the wall and they said, ‘That’s it. We got to record here because this album was done here and it’s a great influence on so many people.”

Back in the 1980’s, Appice played drums on some of the most iconic heavy metal albums including Black Sabbath‘s Mob Rules (1981) and Dio‘s Holy Diver (1983) and The Last In Line (1984).

You can listen to the interview with Vinny Appice, Jim Crean, Charlie Calv and Artie Dillon on the Talkin’ Bout Rock podcast below:

Scream Taker‘s “Stone Cold” video:

Dio‘s “Holy Diver” video: