APPICE DENIES HIS SABBATH REUNION

Drum legend Vinny Appice recently addressed speculation on whether he would be able to take part in Black Sabbath’s reunion, denying the possibility due to commitments to his current band.

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Appice (ex-Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven & Hell; currently in Kill Devil Hill) said that it would be hard to turn down the opportunity to play with Sabbath again if he was asked to replace original drummer Bill Ward, who has been left in a purgatorial state since the issuing of what he deems an “unsignable crontract”.

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Speaking in an interview, Appice stated: “Everybody goes: Well, If you did get asked, would you do it? And how could you turn it down? It’s part of rock history. It’s probably the last album they’ll ever make, so who wouldn’t want to do it? But I wouldn’t want to stop my [new] band in its tracks. What am I gonna do, stop this and do that? I would say, if it was to happen, it would have to be both things, you know. With my band, maybe we can be on some of the dates and whatever… But it’s not gonna happen anyway, because they’re moving on. I don’t know what’s going on, but obviously they’re moving on, so … And I got this and I’m stoked, you know. This is my dream right here.”

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Appice’s new band Kill Devil Hill, which features Rex Brown (ex-Pantera; Down) on bass, Mark Zavon (Ratt, W.A.S.P.) on guitar and Jason “Dewey” Bragg (Pissing Razors) on vocals, will release its debut album on May 22nd via SPV/Steamhammer.

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Speaking about Kill Devil Hill, Appice said: “I always dreamed I would have my own band. And I did have bands in Brooklyn where I grew up but my dream was to make it in the business with my own band. And then I had a band called Axis and that was becoming a dream but we couldn’t do it. It was hard. And I had gotten in Rick Derringer’s band, then we broke up and I went back to Axis and try to make it happen, then I got a call from Black Sabbath, so that interrupted that. And then Black Sabbath lasted, then Ronnie [Dio] wanted to do a new band so, of course, I’m gonna go with Ronnie.

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“So I always ended up playing with other legendary people, and never had the chance to do my own band. I did it a couple times with World War III and a band called 3 Legged Dogg, but it just wasn’t right at the time. It just fell apart. And then this thing, I still dream about having my own band, you know. And a great band, musically. And [Kill Devil Hill] is more than what I expected. It’s perfect.”

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Ozzy, Iommi and Geezer Butler are currently in London continuing the recording of their first album together in 33 years. However, the abscence of Ward prevents it from being a reunion of the original Sabbath that was first announced last November.

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Sharon Osbourne commented on the recording sessions: “It’s going good. They’re doing really well in the studio. Gosh, they must’ve written 15 new songs already and it’s going great.”

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She also denied that she was behind Ward’s current absence, stating: “Everybody’s got their own manager, so we have an independent group of people that have come in to manage the project, and I don’t, and I get the blame because Bill doesn’t want to play with the band; he doesn’t like his deal and I get the blame. It’s like, ‘All right, I’m a big girl, I can take it.'”

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The rest of Sabbath’s confirmed European summer gigs will instead feature “Ozzy And Friends”, which will see the singer team up with Butler, former Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde and “other special guests”, including Slash on selected dates.

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