At 74 years of age and a career spanning seven decades, one would think it’s time to slow down…unless your name is Carmine Appice! He is currently a member of Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, and ours with his brother Vinnie doing percussion shows. In addition to that, he’s doing a podcast series with his brother, entitled “Hangin’ & Bangin'”.
Carmine rose to fame with Vanilla Fudge in the 60’s and they were pioneers of the psychedelic rock genre. Their versions of “Ticket to Ride”, “Eleanor Rigby” and most notably “You Keep Me Hanging On” were hit on their first album, and they influenced acts like Uriah Heep, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. Carmine‘s distinctive drumming style did not go unnoticed, and he went on to be a part of bands as diverse as Ozzy Osborne and Rod Stewart, and to record sessions with Stanley Clarke, Pink Floyd, Paul Stanley and many more.
Carmine was also part of the inception of Cactus, Beck, Bogert & Appice, King Kobra and was once a member of Blue Murder. His technique influenced the likes of John Bonham, Neil Peart, Tommy Lee, Nicko McBrain and Ian Paice. With so much history, it’s no wonder he had a lot of anecdotes to tell. He took on the task of putting all his experiences on paper, on his autobiography “Stick It!: My Life of Sex, Drums & Rock ‘n’ Roll”.
As 2021 is reaching its final quarter, Carmine has a few things to promote: first of all, Vanilla Fudge released a single called “Stop! In the Name of Love”, the last ever recording of their late bassist Tim Bogert. More recently, his partnership with guitar player Fernando Perdomo, an album entitled “Energy Overload”, was released to critical acclaim.
In a very spirited interview, Sonic Perspectives collaborator Rodrigo Altaf sat down with Carmine Appice to discuss his recent endeavors, Tim Bogert‘s legacy and influence, touring plans and much more. Listen to their conversation below and remember to subscribe to our podcast in any of the several platforms we publish them in, to listen and be notified about new interviews and contents from the world of music.