On the tenth anniversary of the passing of their friend Ronnie James Dio, legendary drummers Carmine and Vinny Appice released a new music video dedicated to the late, great singer from Cortland, who lost a battle to cancer on May 16, 2010 at the age of 67 years.
WXHC got a chance to speak with Carmine about the special tribute, entitled “Monsters and Heroes,” the lyrics of which were written by Paul Shortino about Ronnie’s life and music.
Carmine Appice is one of rock’s most noteworthy and influential drummers.
Over the years, he’s worked with Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Ozzy, King Kobra, and Blue Murder, among others. He also co-wrote two of Stewart’s biggest hits, the number-one-charting Do Ya Think I’m Sexy and Young Turks.
His playing has been a big influence on drummers like Aerosmith’s Joey Kramer, Queen’s Roger Taylor, Phil Collins, Deep Purple’s Ian Paice, the late Neil Peart of Rush and John Bonham.
Carmines brother, Vinny, was also a longtime musical sidekick of Dio’s, performing with him in Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell.
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View the special tribute video to “Monsters and Heroes below”:
For more information and content:
Carmine Appice website – https://www.carmineappice.net
Vinny Appice website – https://www.vinnyappice.com
Ronnie James Dio website – https://www.ronniejamesdio.com