Vinny Appice began playing drums at a young age, just like his older brother Carmine. Vinny played drums ever since the age of eight and by age sixteen he was working with John Lennon! His influential career developed in the 1970s with a series of albums, and by 1980 joined the rock band Black Sabbath. Two years later he left the band with singer Ronnie James Dio to form the band Dio, which resulted in five studio records before Vinny left the band in 1989. His drumming style has been the inspiration for a generation of players who were fascinated with his steady and driving force while also able to play soft and gentle.