Interview: Vinny Appice (of Black Sabbath, Dio, and Last in Line)

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Vinny Appice (Photo courtesy John Lappen Enterprises)

Saturday, May 16, marked the 10th anniversary of the death of legendary singer Ronnie James Dio from cancer. Tributes poured out across the internet from his contemporaries like Rob Halford and artists he influenced such as Lzzy Hale and Scott Ian to his former bandmates in Black Sabbath.

Vinny Appice, the drummer for Ronnie James Dio in both Black Sabbath and Dio, along with his older brother Carmine, took their tribute a step further and released “Monsters & Heroes,” a tribute video honoring their departed band mate and friend.

Earlier this week, Vinny Appice spoke with Parklife DC’s Chris Smyth about why the brothers decided to make the tribute video and his memories of Dio.

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Livestream Preview: Asha Santee @ Facebook Live, 4/17/20

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Asha Santee (Photo courtesy Sixth & I)

Sixth & I recently launched a new Living Room Sessions virtual concert series designed to spotlight local musical talent during the coronavirus emergency lockdown. Shows stream for free on the venue’s Facebook page.

Catch DC drummer Asha Santee in the next Living Room Session on Friday, April 17, via Facebook Live.

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Live Review: DRUM TAO @ Strathmore Music Center — 2/7/20

Drum Tao DRUM TAO performs at Strathmore Music Center on Feb. 7, 2020. (Photo by Shedrick Pelt)

The drum, a percussion tool sounded by being struck with sticks or the hands, is one of the most recognizable and established instruments in any tribal community. You might say the drum is the heartbeat of the tribe. Those who wield it and those hypnotized by its depth are led to reach into their souls and find peace and harmony in the lowest of its tones.

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Live Review: Blondie @ The Anthem — 7/26/19

blondie-hero2 Clem Burke (third from right) with Blondie (Photo by Guy Furrow)

New wave legends Blondie dropped by The Anthem recently, and while it was great to see the entire band, it was especially satisfying to witness drummer Clem Burke in action.

At 64, Clem remains a drumming powerhouse, moving with precision and dynamics that surpass that of musicians half his age.

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Live Review: STOMP @ National Theatre — 4/23/19

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STOMP dancers create notes with brooms. (Photo courtesy STOMP)

STOMP: The Visual and Vicarious Workout!

STOMP is a variety where show silent comedy, intercultural performative art (stepping and part), marching band precision, and go-go-adjacent percussion intersect to leave an audience full of suspense to follow bombastic sounds with slick movements.

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Music Park: Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening (JBLZE) @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 11/25/18

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Jason Bonham performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Nov. 25, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

“This is the most fun anyone could have fully clothed standing in front of an audience.”

That was Jason Bonham describing Sunday night at The Fillmore Silver Spring as he led his band, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening (JBLZE) in a revival (not a tribute) of the 1970’s preeminent rock band. The music project he refers to as the “band I play in for fun” performed over two hours of Zeppelin’s music to a faithful and adoring sold-out audience.

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Interview: Jason Bonham (@ The Fillmore Silver Spring, 11/25/18)

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Jason Bonham (Photo courtesy Lappen Enterprises)

Any music lover will tell you, rhythm is an essential ingredient of a song. Any musician will also tell you that percussion was the first musical instrument. Ancient peoples discovered that banging on things would create patterns and melodies one could move to and feel deep inside. Since those first humans struck a piece of bark or a stretched animal skin, the tympani, the gong, the dulcimer, and the piano, among other percussion instruments, have become central to orchestras, jazz combos, pop groups, and marching bands.

When it comes to drummers, one of the greatest modern drummers ever to play was surely John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. Recently, ParklifeDC had the pleasure of speaking with drummer Jason Bonham, John’s son, in anticipation of Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening appearance at The Fillmore Silver Spring this Sunday, Nov. 25.

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