DERRINGER 30th Anniversary Reunion Tour
Featuring: RICK DERRINGER
VINNY APPICE (see Interview)
BEARS’S DEN* SENECA NIAGARA CASINO
Tuesday April 22nd & Wednesday April 23rd
for those not prone to placing a bet the
BEAR’S DEN SHOWROOM located
inside the SENECA NIAGARA
has a tip on a sure thing this Tuesday and
Wednesday night as they proudly present the
DERRINGER “Alive and Well”
will kick off their first tour
in thirty years right here at the
BEAR’S DEN SHOWROOM;
its been over three decades since their self-titled debut and
they are back to spread some “Sweet Evil” once
again to the music masses.
The influential guitar duo of RICK “Rock and Roll
Hoochie Koo” DERRINGER and DANNY JOHNSON joined
by the renowned rhythm section of bassist KENNY AARONSON
and Herculean drummer VINNY APPICE would
release two studio albums in the mid-seventies followed up by
in 1977. Their
live performances are that of legend as they shared the stage
with mammoth acts the likes of LED ZEPPELIN, AEROSMITH
in their heyday.
There is even rumblings throughout the music industry
should the LED ZEPPELIN tour ever get off the ground that
JIMMY PAGE has personally picked
to be the support act.
As a group their success would be short but sweet; as
individuals each member would move on to leave a monumental mark
amongst their peers and critics alike. The resume of each
member is behemoth and it would behoove you to take the time to
check out their impressive Rock ‘n’ Roll
The Rock Rapport
had the privilege
to speak with pulverizing percussionist VINNY APPICE
about his second trip to the
Western New York
area within the
past few weeks.
Ross CAT-Hey VINNY Thanks so much for taking
time out of what has to be the busiest Rock ‘n’ Roll
schedule on the planet.
VA-Not a problem at all it’s
my pleasure. I really had a great time when we played
a few weeks back with my buds in
We are really looking forward to kicking off the
reunion tour in NIAGARA FALLS.
Ross CAT-People are still buzzing about the
show which featured you, JOE LYNN
TURNER, CARLOS CAVAZO and PHIL SOUSSAN.
After the successful East Coast jaunt
last month does that fuel the fire to expand on
maybe some new material?
somewhat difficult to coordinate everyone’s hectic schedule so
it was really great to finally have the chance to take
out on the road and kick some ASS.
The cool thing about this particular line-up is that we get
to jam out to our own songs. While every song on the setlist is
a well known hit we can spin it any way we want on any given
night. The shows we did a few weeks back were constantly
evolving, that’s the great thing about playing with consummate
professionals like JLT,
CARLOS, PHIL and TEDDY.
was actually in the works before the
HEAVEN & HELL tour came along, the
guys were gracious enough to allow me to focus on the tour with
H & H last summer.
With all the talent in the band it would be a natural
progression to spawn some new songs in the future.
Ross CAT-Tell us about being
part of the legendary dynamic drumming duo known
as the BROTHERS APPICE; what was it like growing up
watching Big Brother CARMINE, witnessing his rise
to superstardom with VANILLA FUDGE; and
what influence did he have in your playing style?
VA-CARMINE is about
eleven years older then me; I was 8 or 9 years old when I saw my
big brother touring with VANILLA FUDGE and performing on the ED
SULLIVAN show that really inspired me.
I thought to myself WOW I want to do
that some day this is really incredible; seeing CARMINE’S
success really got my blood flowing. I knew at a young age
that’s what I wanted, I took it upon myself to dedicate and
concentrate on becoming the best drummer I could possibly be.
As far as CARMINE’S influence on my
drumming it’s unique in the sense that although he was my
brother I rarely saw him, he was constantly on the road when I
was young. He didn’t really have to say or do anything I was
already into it; he would come home and MOM would say VINNY’S
been playing and he’d come out to see me play and give me a few
pointers; he was more of an influence then a teacher.
didn’t take long for your talents to be recognized as you shared
some studio time with JOHN LENNON as a teenager, tell us
about that experience?
VA-Yeah it was back in ’75
at the Record Plant, I was in a kind of funk Rock band when
producer JIMMY IOVINE heard us. He set us up to cut a few demos
and gave us rehearsal space right upstairs from were JOHN was
recording. One day we were rehearsing and JIMMY came in and said
they needed some handclaps for a song that JOHN LENNON and ELTON
JOHN were recording; nine of us went down into the studio and
did the handclaps for “Whatever Gets You Through the Night”.
A couple days later JOHN and YOKO came up to watch us jam and
asked us to do a gig with him at the NEW YORK HILTON, we ended
up doing some recording with him and shot some videos, he was
really a genuine human being.
It was insane, I was only sixteen at the time, I’d be in
school by day and playing with a BEATLE that same night, pretty
talk about this historical
reunion which kicks off right here in
NIAGARA FALLS, USA,
how did that come about?
past couple of years the folks who put together the
SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL have been
asking us to play, I couldn’t do it last year with
but I did play the
festival with HEAVEN & HELL and it was tremendous.
were all kind of surprised by the offers for
but obviously the
interest was there so we decided why not; that music is part of
our roots and it will probably be the last chance to take these
songs out again as an original line-up, we decided to make it
kind of a reunion/farewell type of tour.
have been piling up since we decided to go for it, we have shows
in the States this spring and a bunch of shows in Europe this
summer, we’ll probably do a few more in the fall.
rehearsals been going, what was
it like dusting off the old LP’s after some thirty odd years and
jamming songs from “Derringer”
After the BIG NOIZE
shows I headed to RICK’S in
Florida for rehearsals it was a
blast. The four of us hadn’t played together like you said in
over three decades, and I have to say within five minutes it was
tight. I was really amazed at how quickly we reconnected after
so much time apart, we had fifteen or sixteen songs ready to go
the first day.
If you respect the people you’re playing with and you like
the songs you’re playing the music almost allows time to stand
still; it’s really cool to share this again with RICK, DANNY and
is the foundation to all the success we’ve enjoyed as
individuals, to be able to revisit this time in our lives and
with the metal maniacs is really
past few years your career has come full circle with this
reunion and last year’s exceedingly
successful HEAVEN & HELL
tour. Sounds like things are
heating up in the H & H camp once again, what’s in store
It’s really been a
trip to go back and revisit that era of my life, especially
rekindling friendships, being able to bring our music back to
life in a live setting has been amazing. The positive response
to H & H has really been overwhelming; this thing has really
blown since we hit the road last summer.
was kind of the same concept with RONNIE, TONY and GEEZER we got
together to play and locked into a zone almost immediately.
can you tell us about the new HEAVEN & HELL album and tour?
Since your last visit with BIG NOIZE the mammoth "Masters of
Metal" tour has been confirmed featuring HEAVEN & HELL, JUDAS
PRIEST, MOTORHEAD and TESTAMENT; it will include a stop at the
Erie County Fairgrounds on April 12th without JUDAS PRIEST
VA-Yeah I just got a
couple of e-mails confirming the "Masters of Metal" tour, sounds
like it's going to get awfully loud out there this summer with
that line-up. Another visit to BUFFALO I might have to look into
a time share I've been there so much the past few months, that's
As far as the new H & H
album we just started putting it together in L.A. the past few
weeks and it really sounds amazing. We are looking to start
recording in September following the tour with a release date
before the end of the year.
VINNY has the writing and recording process changed with
HEAVEN & HELL
since you last collaborated on
the BLACK SABBATH “Dehumanizer” album?
VA-We’ve all been doing
this so long that you really don’t go into it with any
preconceived notions. When RONNIE sings it sounds like DIO,
when I play drums it sounds like VINNY, and when TONY and GEEZER
play its BLACK SABBATH. They could play “Happy Birthday” and it
would sound like the most evil rendition you’ve ever heard.
would like to THANK
VINNY APPICE for his invaluable time check out his busy
concert calendar @
www.vinnyappice.com. Special thanks
go out to Dean Swett of the Paramour Group
for hooking us up.
Tickets for the historical
shows are available at
www.ticketmaster.com. Check out the
website for more great events
SHEDDING THEIR SKIN…..Iconic
arena rockers WHITESNAKE
are set to release their
first new studio album in over a decade this Tuesday titled
“Good To Be Bad”.
DAVID COVERDALE once again is at the head of the
“Snake” and it sounds like these are truly the
“Best Years” for the longtime road warrior as
celebrates its 30th Anniversary. COVERDALE
expands; “For me, it has all the elements, all the
ingredients that I enjoy about this band, its very solid,
muscular, a melodic rock record with a couple of fine ballads,
there’s a little tenderness when the moment calls for it, and of
course there is a fine balance to bolster the chest beaters!”
Joining him in the pit for the eleven shiny new tracks are
some on Rock’s premiere players: Guitarists DOUG ALDRICH
and bassist URIAH DUFFY,
chiming in on the “Snake Skins” is drummer
CHRIS FRAZIER and on keys is
While a few of the names have changed the formula remains the
same for COVERDALE and is Rock ‘n’ Roll
wranglers as they lay it down Heavy, Hard and
Hot. COVERDALE’S vintage voice rails from his rafter
ripping wails to the raspy raw emotion of “All I Want, All
I Need” and “Summer Rain”.
slither out on the
summer tour circuit in the
with a handful of
shows with DEF LEPPARD throughout June and July. Check
out the bands website @
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