Former Black Sabbath Drummer Vinny Appice Talks AC/DC
Former Black Sabbath and DIO drummer Vinny Appice has revealed his thoughts on the bands doing farewell tours.
He said that “it’s kind of sad that the bands are going away”, here’s the statement:
“I don’t think anybody thought this music was gonna last this long,. Back in the ’70s, they probably thought the music was gonna last 10 years or something; I don’t think anybody thought all these bands were gonna last so long — 40 years later, or more. So it’s kind of sad that the bands are going away, but that’s just bound to happen.
And new music is gonna always continue, so hopefully there’ll be new bands to grab on to and become a fan, things that touch people and music that touches people.
But, yeah, it’s the time where all these bands are kind of the same age — there’s KISS; there’s Ozzy [Osbourne]; Black Sabbath are done; Led Zeppelin’s done; AC/DC, I don’t know… they’re half done. Queen…
And luckily, they made some legendary music and the music will live on probably forever. And some people are dying; it’s just getting at that age. But I’m not dead yet, and I’m still going for a little longer. [Laughs]”
Appice joined Black Sabbath during the tour in support of the Heaven and Hell album in 1980. In late 1982 he left Black Sabbath along with vocalist Ronnie James Dio and formed the band Dio.
Click here to entire interview via Blabbermouth.
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Duff McKagan’s Brother Talks Failed Intervention on His Brother
According to Alternative Nation
Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan’s brother Matthew McKagan was recently interviewed on the Appetite For Distortion podcast. Out of 8 McKagan children, Matthew is #7 and Duff #8, only separated by 2 1/2 years. What was it like growing up together? Did he foresee his brother’s success? How did he handle Duff’s path to sobriety? What’s the story behind him playing on “Move to the City” and “Live and Let Die”? Matthew discussed kickboxing helping Duff get clean and sober, and how an intervention in Seattle once fell apart. Alternative Nation transcribed McKagan’s comments.
“It changed Duff’s life, this guy [Benny The Jet] kind of took Duff under his wing, and really started to help him out, and gave him a focus inside the ring. Duff was able to transfer that focus inside the ring to his whole life, and it really changed him. It was a huge part of his recovery, was that, was Benny The Jet and kickboxing, and the discipline that goes into it. It really helped him out.”
“Our family tried to do an intervention up in Seattle, I forgot what year it was, but I had a feeling it was not going to be successful, so I flew up there, and the whole family met at my Mom’s house, and they had this interventionist come. Then Duff came, and we were all there waiting for him, and he took one look at us, and this lady came out and said, ‘Hey, your family is here because they care about you, and they think there is some stuff going on.’ He went, ‘Oh, no way.’ He turned and left, and ran out, and I ran after him, and went to a bar, then we flew back to LA. It was too much, too soon. I had a feeling that was not going to work. He finally figured it out, but he had to do it on his own.”