Drummer Vinny Appice (Heaven & Hell, Dio, Black Sabbath) underwent surgery on his right shoulder on November 30, 2009 for an injury sustained during the last Heaven & Hell tour.
Commented Vinny: "I would like to thank all the fans, friends, family for the kind wishes for my shoulder surgery recovery. It's been five weeks and I am feeling stronger each day. I should be hitting those drums soon!!"
The surgeon expects Vinny to be back behind the kit in about four months.
Heaven & Hell singer Ronnie James Dio was diagnosed with the early stages of stomach cancer in November, while the band's guitarist, Tony Iommi, recently underwent stem-cell treatment on an injured hand.
Added Vinny: "I want to wish my best friend in the world Ronnie a speedy and healthy recovery and hear his voice screaming through my monitors again soon!"
Heaven & Hell's debut album, "The Devil You Know", entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 8 with first-week sales of 30,000 units.
The band's June 16, 2009 concert at Museumsmeile in Bonn, Germany was professionally filmed by WDR's (German public TV) series "Rockpalast" and was premiered on July 13. Watch the "Follow The Tears" performance here.
Heaven & Hell was forced to cancel its June 21, 2009 appearance at the Metalway Festival in Zaragoza, Spain due to back pain suffered by Iommi.
Thanks for the report to Blabbermouth.net.