As drummer for Vanilla Fudge, Carmine Appice set the grooves for the groundbreaking band’s 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. 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 Van Halen & King’s X). Post-Cactus, the rhythm section found Grammy-winning Guitar Hero Jeff Beck to form the first supergroup: Beck, Bogert & Appice.
One of the premier showmen in rock, Appice became known worldwide for his astonishing live performances and a highly sought-after session drummer, recording with countless artists throughout his career. In 1976, he joined Rod Stewart’s band, touring, recording and writing two of Stewart’s 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 all-star band. In 1978, Appice played drums on Paul Stanley’s first solo album.
In the early 1980s, he toured with Ozzy Osborne, Ted Nugent. In the mid ’80s, he formed King Kobra for two Capitol albums and international touring. In the late ‘80s, Carmine played on Pink Floyd’s “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 dvd and ebook 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 1991, he was forever immortalized via his induction in cement to the Hollywood’s Rock Walk (next to his idols, Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich).
In 2016 Carmine wrote an autobiography titled “Stick It” which appeared on Amazon’s “Best Sellers” list.
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
The Appice Brothers–Carmine & Vinny Drum Wars
Vinny and Carmine Appice have conquered the rock world for decades and now are conquering the world with their own rock show called “Drum Wars.” Hear the greatest hits of Black Sabbath, Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart, Blue Murder and more…performed by the brothers with the amazing Drum Wars Artillery band!
Vinny and Carmine Appice present a unique rock concert experience, presenting the hits they helped make famous from Black Sabbath, Rod Stewart, Dio, Blue Murder, Ozzy Osbourne. Backed by the “Drum Wars” All Star band, the show also features some fiercely competitive drum battles between the two iconic rock-drummer brothers.
The group’s current album, SINISTER is rocking Hard Radio, and is part of the APPICE BROTHERS’ shows.
“APPICE BROTHERS – Drums Wars” is not a drum show but a high energy, mind blowing “Live” rock CONCERT with legendary songs, played with vehemence!
Vinny and Carmine break out the heavy artillery in this entertaining ROCK Concert. Carmine and Vinny…Vinny and Carmine! Don’t know which one comes first, which one had the moustache first, or which one has the best legs! However, they are both great artists in their own genre. Carmine’s track record includes Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, B.B.A. (Beck, Bogert and Appice), and Rod Stewart, Ozzy and Blue Murder to name a few. Not bad! Vinny has worked with John Lennon, Black Sabbath, Dio, Rick Derringer, and Heaven & Hell.
APPICE: Monsters & Heroes Music Video (about Ronnie James Dio): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj5sBY7WINw