Carmine Appice Biography
Carmine began his career as drummer for Vanilla Fudge, a group that's variously described as the first Progressive Rock band, the first Garage Rock band, or the first Heavy Metal band!
Carmine's sound with Vanilla Fudge bordered on classical percussion, his drums complimenting the music rather than simply serv- ing as group metranome. Carmine made his personal drum style as necessary to the Vanilla Fudge sound as the guitar or Hammond organ. Following the breakup of Vanilla Fudge, Carmine went on to form Cactus with Fudge bassist, Tim Bogert. Cactus has been cited as a major influence on artists like Kings X and Alex & Eddie Van Halen.
The Cactus experience eventually evolved into an alliance with Grammy-winning Jeff Beck, the resulting super-group known internationally as Beck, Bogert, and Appice.
One of Rock's premiere showmen, Carmine became known worldwide for his exciting live performances. Following his stint with BBA, he played as a highly regarded session drummer, recording with countless artists during the '70s.
In 1976 Rod Stewart invited Carmine to join his band. Carmine co-wrote the hit songs Do Ya Think I'm Sexy and Young Turks while with Stewart. Following a rewarding period with Rod Stewart, Carmine left to pursue his own projects, including the release of his first solo album, Rockers. Next Carmine led the high energy King Kobra, recording two albums for Capitol Records and touring internationally.
As an educator, Carmine was the first to "legitimize" Rock drumming with his landmark book, Realistic Rock, which has sold more than 300,000 copies. Also now available as an instructional video, Realistic Rock was the first book about Rock drumming that was actually written by a Rock drummer. It was voted among the top 25 drum books of all time by Modern Drummer Mazazine. The current edition of Realistic Rock includes a new section on linear techniques, as well as an accompanying CD.
As the first Rock drummer to conduct instructional clinics and symposiums on college campuses, in theaters and music stores around the world, Carmine's dedication to musical education is obvious. One of his upcoming educational projects, The Children's Book Of Rhythm, will influence yet another generation.
His appeal is universal, as evidenced by proclamations of "Carmine Appice Day" in Los Angeles and four other major U.S. cities in recognition of his contributions to music, drumming, and education! In 1991 Carmine was inducted into Hollywood's Rockwalk«, his handprints and signature taking an honored place side by side with his idols Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. This year Hollywood's Rockwalk will also be issuing a commemorative book that includes a full page on Carmine, right next to a page on superstar James Brown.
Currently Carmine is producing and marketing instructional videos for his new company, Power Rock. Carmine's most recent world tours have been with Edgar Winter and the Geffen Records super group Blue Murder, featuring guitarist extraordinaire John Sykes and bassist Tony Franklin.
Never content with past accomplishments, Carmine continues to move forward with several new projects at a time. Examples include the six-string guitar extravaganza Guitar Zeus, an ambitious showpiece for the talents of guitarists like Mick Mars, Brian May, Ted Nugent, Slash, Jennifer Batton, and many more. Released in Germany, France, and Spain so far, Guitar Zeus immediately began topping the charts there! Carmine also recently recorded a CD with the Japanese group Pearl, which debuted on the charts at #9. Work is now commencing on Guitar Zeus II.
As a true artist, Carmine stretches the limits of music, persuing experiences with a broad spectrum of musicians. His talent and high standards have earned him the respect of the world's most admired performers, as well as garnering the loyalty of millions of fans. He has reshaped the path of music education, redesigned the very instrument he plays, and still generates new excitement with every performance.