Making a Scene Presents an interview with the Legendary Rock Drummer “Carmine Appice”!
The creator of heavy rock drumming as we know it – Drummer magazine -UK
Carmine Appice set the foundation for heavy drumming before Bonham, before Ian Paice before anyone else.
Rick Van Horn, Modern Drummer
As drummer for Vanilla Fudge, Carmine Appice set the grooves for the groundbreaking bands 1967 psychedelic debut, inadvertently inventing Stoner Rock in the process. The Fudge had no precedent. The band was totally unique. No rock group, up until that point, had ever so lugubriously s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d out well-known pop tunes like the Beatles Eleanor Rigby and Ticket To Ride, Curtis Mayfield’s People Get Ready, Sonny & Cher’s Bang Bang Rod Argent’s Shes Not There and, most famously, The Supreme’s Motown classic You Keep Me Hangin On to such hippie heights. With Mark Steins mysterioso wash of Grand Guignol keyboard theatrics, Tim Bogerts amazing and trippy bass runs, and guitarist Vince Martells era-happy soloing, Appice boomed like no other drummer in rock history. Their debut album still stands today as a Hard Rock classic. Vanilla Fudge went on to tour with Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and even had Led Zeppelin as an opening act.
Post-Fudge, Bogert and Appice formed Cactus (seen as an influence on Kings X and Van Halen). Post-Cactus, the rhythm section found Grammy-winning Guitar Hero Jeff Beck to form the first supergroup: Beck, Bogert & Appice (BBA).
One of the premier showmen in rock, Appice became known worldwide for his astonishing live performances, in addition to becoming a highly sought-after session drummer, recording with countless artists throughout his career. In 76, he joined Rod Stewart’s band, touring, recording and writing two of Stewarts biggest hits, Do Ya Think I’m Sexy and Young Turks. He left Stewart to record his first solo album, Rockers, and tour Japan and North America with an allstar band. . In the early 80s, he toured with OZZY Osborne ,Ted Nugent . In the mid 80s, he formed King Kobra for two Capitol albums and international touring And in the late 80s, Carmine played on a Pink Floyd record “Momentary Lapse of Reason and formed Blue Murder with Whitesnake’s John Sykes and The Firm’s Tony Franklin. In the early 90s, he pounded away soul-style for The Edgar Winter Group.
As an educator, Carmine was the first to legitimize rock drumming with his landmark book, The Realistic Rock Drum Method, selling over 400,000 copies (now in video format). He was the first Rock Drummer and Rock Musician to conduct instructional clinics and symposiums around the world, a tradition he continues. In appreciation for his universal appeal, Los Angeles was one of four cities that have had Carmine Appice Day. In 91, he was forever immortalized via his induction in cement to the Hollywood’s Rock Walk (next to his idols, Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich).
As a true artist, Carmine stretches the limits of his talents, always pursuing new experiences with a broad spectrum of musicians. His high standards have earned him the respect of the world’s most admired performers as well as captivating the loyalty of legions of fans. He has reshaped the path of music education, redesigned the very instrument he plays, and recreates excitement with every performance.
Carmine Appice is, truly, A Different Drummer.
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