Vinny Appice Departs Kill Devil Hill Prior To Australian Tour
Legendary rock drummer Vinny Appice has parted ways with his bandmates in Kill Devil Hill.
The former Black Sabbath and Dio star has been replaced with Type O Negative and Danzig drummer Johnny Kelly.
The newcomer says, “I’m really excited about coming on board with Kill Devil Hill. I’ve been a fan since their debut and have known the guys for a long time. It’s also clear that I have some really big shoes to fill. I’m ready for that challenge.”
Kelly will make his debut for the band at upcoming U.S. shows next month (Apr14), before the group heads to Australia for a tour with Killswitch Engage.
Announcing Appice’s departure, bassist Rex Brown says, “We all have a lot of love and respect for Vinny and have been honoured to have jammed with him over the last few years. We wish Vinny well with all his future endeavours, it has been a blast!”
And Appice adds, “It’s been a great musical adventure from the beginning, but the time has now come to go our separate ways and continue to make music that we love.”