February 19, 2009

Happy Birthday, Tony Ionni

I can remember listening to "Paranoid" for the first time (on an 8 Track tape!!) and thinking "who is this guy playing guitar???".   Truly one of the great rock guitarists.

I wish him a happy birthday 

Also, good news for his fans:  


Highly Anticipated New Album From Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice To Be Released April 28 From Rhino.

LOS ANGELES —Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice returned to the stage after 15 years in 2007, launching a triumphant world tour as Heaven & Hell. Revitalized and inspired by its time on the road, the quartet recently returned to the studio, recording the band’s first album since 1992’s Dehumanizer. The highly anticipated album, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, will be available from Rhino on April 28.

photo by John McMurtie


Tit for Tat said...

Nothing quite like Neon Nights.

Oh No
Here it comes again
Cant remember when
We came so close to love before

Awesome.........brings back tons of memories.

Southern (in)Sanity said...

"Paranoid" is, without a doubt, one of my all-time favorites.

Sean Coleman said...

A true original. Invented a whole new genre of music, too.

musicobsessive said...

Yes, Happy Birthday Tony! Who'd've thought that someone who had the ends of his fingers chopped off in an industrial accident would've gone on to be a top axeman?

Just off to play 'Paraniod'...again!

Jessica said...

He rocks! What a smart guy! I can't wait for the album!

Gary Means said...

Is Vinny Appice any relation to Carmine Appice, the drummer from Vanilla Fudge who later recorded with fellow VF member Tim Bogert, and Jeff Beck on Beck, Bogert, and Appice?


Gary Means said...

A note on Carmin Appice, who I now see is Vinny's brother:

Carmin Appice was the first rock drummer to conduct "Drum clinics" held at college campuses, theaters and drum stores.

"He set the foundation for heavy drumming ... before Bonham, before Ian Paice... before anyone else" Rick Van Horn. Modern Drummer Magazine

Appice's drum instruction book The Realistic Rock Drum Method[4] was first published in the 1972. The book covers the classic information of basic rock rhythms and polyrhythms, linear rudiments and groupings, shuffle rhythms, hi-hat and double bass drum exercises. The Realistic Rock Drum Method is a best selling drum book.

drewzepmeister said...

Black Sabbath-wheather Ozzy,Dio,or someone else-a great band. The godfathers of metal. My favorite albums from them are Pariniod, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, and Heaven and Hell. The Seventh Star is very underated.

Enough rambling...Happy birthday,Tony!

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