- Interview: Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio, Kill Devil Hill, Last in Line, Resurrection Kings)
- Vinny Appice on:
- The real reason he quit Kill Devil Hill
- Being unhappy with new Resurrection Kings album mix
- The music business doesn’t know how to mix drums
- Funny road stories
- The one guitar player he wished he had worked with
- Advice for musicians in a band
- NEW Within Temptation, Fuel, the Lonely Ones, Classless Act, Inglorious
- The new band opening on the Motley Crue – Poison – Def Leppard tour
- Hell freezes over: a Cover Song of the Week by an artist we never thought would appear on Hard, Heavy & Hair
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Transcript of the Show
There’s no sign of the morning coming, so we’re going to rock out like a “Rainbow in the Dark.”
Dio – Rainbow in the Dark
Dio with “Rainbow in the Dark.” Opening the show with that song isn’t just a random choice. It’s significant because it ties into the rest of the show in two ways:
First, it has something to do with the Cover Song of the Week mystery, a new Hard Rock cover song you’re going to love.
And, second, coming up on the show, I’ll be joined on the air by one of the men who wrote and performed on that song, the co-founder of the band Dio, Heavy Metal drummer Vinny Appice. Vinny’s going to talk to us about his newest albums, some funny stories from the road, and even reveal the true reason he left Kill Devil Hill.
That’s coming up, as is new music from Pain, the Lonely Ones, Fuel, and more.
Right now, this is Motley Crue with “Hooligan’s Holiday.”
Mötley Crüe – Hooligan’s Holiday
On Hard, Heavy & Hair, every day is a hooligan’s holiday!
My name is Pariah Burke, and I’m your hard talking, heavy drinking, hairball of a horny hedonist host.
Thank you for joining me![SFX bong rip]
Smoke ’em if ya got ’em! This is the brand new song from the Lonely Ones, “Gettin’ High.”
The Lonely Ones – Gettin’ High
Def Leppard – Rock of Ages
Yeah, Def Lep and “Rock of Ages.”
Female Fronted is next.
Welcome to the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show, your weekly dose of Hard Rock, Metal, and Hair Bands from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, 20-teens, and today, including the latest new releases, your old favorites, and deep cuts and rare hair.[Female Fronted]
This week’s Female Fronted is a new song from Within Temptation. With guest help from the German post-hardcore quartet Annisokay, this is “Shed My Skin.”
Within Temptation – Shed My Skin (feat. Annisokay)
Ready for your first Cover Song of the Week clue? Remember: the first clue is always the hardest.
Both the Cover Song of the Week and its original version are new songs. The cover was released just days ago, while the original isn’t even a year old yet. Therefore, the first and hardest clue is about the song itself, while later clues in the show will focus on the artists, which are easier to figure out.
The 2020 song is an uptempo, Pop Rock song with Synth-Pop and Disco elements that, overall, is reminiscent of Prince’s songs. It’s a song about a woman take back control of her life after heartbreak and life missteps. The singer, who, in the vocals, clearly channels the spirits of Deborah Harry and–especially–Stevie Nicks, says the song is, quote, a “reflection of everyone kind of having this personal kind of woke moment”.
More, and easier, clues later.
It’s time to let the Scorps “Rock You Like a Hurricane.”
Scorpions – Rock You Like a Hurricane
Halestorm – Here’s To Us
“Here’s to Us”, my friend, from Halestorm.
Vinny Appice is one of the biggest Metal drummers and songwriters in the world, and is in the Hall of Heavy Metal History for his contributions to Heavy Metal drumming.
As a teenager he played on a John Lennon album, and drummed for Lennon during the former Beatle’s final live performance. Vinny replaced Bill Ward as Black Sabbath’s drummer during the Dio years, and then joined Ronnie James Dio in founding and defining the sound of the band Dio. Vinny co-wrote all your favorite Dio songs, which he still performs, along with new songs, with a mostly reunited Dio under the name Last in Line. Vinny is also part of Joel Hoekstra’s 13 and the supergroup Resurrection Kings.
Vinny is my guest on the show this week. Before we hear from him, let’s listen to the the title track from the new Resurrection Kings album Vinny plays on.
Resurrection Kings – Skygazer
Vinny Appice from Black Sabbath, Dio, Last in Line, and Resurrection Kings joins me next.[Interview – Vinny Appice – ]
You’ll hear more from Vinny later. Right now, let’s get wild with Skid Row.
Skid Row – Youth Gone Wild
Cinderella – Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)
“Don’t Know What You Got ‘Til It’s Gone” by Cinderella.
Triple-Shot is next.[Triple-Shot]
Black Sabbath – The Mob Rules
Kill Devil Hill – Strange
Last In Line – Year Of The Gun
That was your Triple-Shot with “The Mob Rule” from Black Sabbath, Kill Devil Hill and “Strange,” and, finally, “Year of the Gun” from Last in Line. What do all three of those songs have in common? Right: they all feature superstar Heavy Metal drummer Vinny Appice, who is my guest on the show this week.[Interview – Vinny Appice]
More with Vinny Appice soon, but I need to get you your next Cover Song of the Week clue.
For your second clue, let’s talk about the band doing the cover. They’re a newer UK Hard Rock band whose singer has been compared to David Coverdale. You may have heard him with Trans-Siberian Orchestra between 2012 and 2014, but you have definitely heard him here on the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show. In fact, here are clips from some of the songs by the band doing this week’s Cover Song of the Week that you’ve heard on this show:[Clips – Inglorious]
Do you know that British Hard Rock band? They’re the one’s performing the Cover Song of the Week in a new release. More clues later.
This is Firehouse, “Oughta Be a Law.”
FireHouse – Oughta Be a Law
Don’t change that dial! More new music, more old favorites, and more with Vinny Appice coming up.
Let’s do a trio of 80s Hair, starting with a deep cut from Look What the Cat Dragged In. This is Poison, “Let Me Go to the Show.”
Poison – Let Me Go to the Show
Spread Eagle – Switchblade Serenade
L.A. Guns – The Ballad of Jayne
LA Guns and the “Ballad of Jayne” following a little “Switchblade Serenade” from Spread Eagle.
The last part of my interview with Vinny Appice is right after a quick station identification.
You’re listening to Hard, Heavy & Hair. I’m your host, Pariah Burke, and I’m joined by Vinny Appice, drummer for Black Sabbath, Last in Line, and Resurrection Kings, as well as the drummer and co-founder of Dio.
So, Vinny, you were telling me about something funny that happened one time when you were on the road.[Interview – Vinny Appice]
Vinny and I did a lot more talking off-air. You can watch the entire interview on PariahRocks.com slash Interviews or on YouTube slash PariahRocks. Please like and follow while you’re there.
This next band is slated to open the big 2022 Motley Crue – Poison – Def Leppard – Joan Jett stadium tour. This is new song “Give it to Me” from Classless Act on Hard, Heavy & Hair.
Classless Act – Give It To Me
Metallica – Stone Cold Crazy
Helix – Wrecking Ball
Helix, “Wrecking Ball.”
For your third and final Cover Song of the Week clue, let’s talk about the original recording artist. She’s a solo artist who, quite frankly, I thought would never have her music on Hard, Heavy & Hair for any reason. It’s not that I don’t like her–quite the opposite, actually. But her music is straight Top 40 Pop, and not something I ever thought a Hard Rock band would cover. Clearly, I was wrong.
So, who is this original artist?
She’s someone EVERYONE has heard of, a child actor turned singer, she’s the daughter of the “Achy Breaky Heart” guy, the god-daughter of Dolly Parton, and originally made famous as… Hannah Montana.
If you know who I’m talking about, she’s the original recording artist whose song gets a killer new Hard Rock cover in the Cover Song of the Week, next![COW]
I’m going to admit something controversial. Are you ready? I like Miley Cyrus. I don’t know her personally. I’ve never met her. I like her music. I like her as an artist. I know you’re probably tempted to change the channel right now and write me off as somebody you’ll never listen to again. And I did that to Miley Cyrus. I wrote her off. I thought she was just the next vacuous pop princess. And then Wrecking Ball came across my desk and then other songs by Miley came across my desk and you know what? She’s a really good musician. My friend Greg Fox played keyboards for her. If you really look at Miley Cyrus as an artist, if you really listen to Miley Cyrus’s music, she’s a good musician. Her music might not be your style. But she is a good musician. And this next song and the Cover Song of the Week is just one more example of her talent. It’s so good, the band Inglorious covered it in the very first single from their new all-covers album slated for release in September.
This is Inglorious’s new cover of “Midnight Sky,” followed, in a Hell-freezes-over kind of moment, by the Miley Cyrus original for comparison.
Inglorious – Midnight Sky (Miley Cyrus Cover)
Miley Cyrus – Midnight Sky
An artist I thought would never make an appearance on the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show, that was Miley Cyrus providing the original version of “Midnight Sky” following the brand new Hard Rock cover version of the same song by Inglorious, which is the Cover Song of the Week.
I know what a lot of my listeners really think of Miley Cyrus, so here’s Danger Danger, “Slipped Her the Big One.”
Danger Danger – Slipped Her the Big One
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My name is Pariah Burke, I’m your hard talking, heavy drinking, hairball of a horny host and producer. Thank you for joining me for this week’s show.
I also want to give an extra special thanks to my guest this show, superstar Metal drummer Vinny Appice of Dio, Black Sabbath, Last in Line, and Kill Devil Hill. Remember: You can watch my entire interview with Vinny at PariahRocks.com slash Interviews.
I’ll see you back here next week on this station for another all new Hard, Heavy & Hair Show. Fuel is going to play us out with their newest, “Hard.”
Fuel – Hard