The photo above is of my older sister (on the far left) and me with our Dad at Christmas probably in 1999 or 2000. I have to guess at the year because I stopped dyeing my entire head pink not long after that. Whether your Dad is still with you, or smiling down on you from Heaven (like mine), I hope you shared some love with him today, if only in your heart and mind.
I’m always surprised by how quickly the end of the month arrives and I find the latest issue of Modern Drummer tucked neatly into my mail box. Like last month, October – graced by Jazz master Jeff “Tain” Watts on the cover – is another great issue where you will find my by-line on three fantastic articles!
Continue reading Gail In Print: Modern Drummer, October 2009
Not many families can boast having two sons that are both rock music legends, but that’s the case with the Appice family. First inspired by seeing his older brother Carmine drum with classic ‘60s group The Vanilla Fudge, Vinny Appice picked up a pair of drum sticks himself at age eleven. Vinny recorded his first album with guitarist Rick Derringer while still a teenager, and he hasn’t slowed down since. Thirty years into his impressive career, Vinny is currently best known for providing the metal thunder with Ronnie James Dio, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi in Black Sabbath and its offshoot, Heaven & Hell. Currently touring with Heaven & Hell on a must-see line up featuring Judas Priest, Motorhead and Testament, Vinny and the group will be entering the studio in early fall to record the first full-length album of original material by Heaven & in sixteen years. Continue reading An Interview with Vinny Appice of Heaven and Hell