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15th May 2012

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Former Black Sabbath, Heaven And Hell and Dio drummer Vinny Appice has commented further on previous speculation that he was set to take over from Bill Ward for this year's reunion shows.

Vinnie told The Great Southern Brainfart: "It was kinda funny to see this big deal about Black Sabbath coming back, and then suddenly Bill's not doing it. Then I read all these posts saying 'Vinny should be next in line' then others saying 'Fuck Vinny – it should be Bill.'

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"Then I read Tommy Clufetos from Ozzy's band is thrown in the mix and they're like, 'Fuck Tommy. Vinny should be up there.' It's like the gossiping housewives of Jersey Shore or something.

"I think the first choice should honestly be Bill Ward. At this point it'll probably be the last Black Sabbath tour. The fans honestly want to see the real band. I would like to see it too – they play unbelievably together.

"I guess the whole problem with this thing is money. It's a shame to see that. If they end up doing it with another drummer it'll be the second-best thing."

Vinnie also revealed some of the frustrations of working with Black Sabbath, including the strangest touring experience of his career.

"Black Sabbath toured the States and Bill was actually playing on that tour," he recalls. "But I was on tour with them in case Bill had a problem. He didn't have any issues, so I went the whole tour without playing. It was ridiculous. I felt like I was getting out of shape from not playing."

And he explains the reason behind his understated playing style on Heaven And Hell's 2009 album 'The Devil You Know', for which he took a good deal of flak from fans and critics.

"It was written with a friggin' drum machine.

"It was stupid. I wanted to go into a rehearsal plane and jam, and work the shit up loud. That's the way we did 'Mob Rules' and 'Dehumanizer'. But instead it would up with us working in Ronnie's studio with a drum machine.

"It wasn't inspiring. You can't hang or swing on a drum machine – it's hard to work that way. If we'd been in a room rehearsing, the music would have been a lot more aggressive and a lot more Sabbathy.

"When the album came out I got feedback like, 'Vinny didn't play shit on the drums.' I was like, 'Okay, but you guys don't know the whole story.'"



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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