Appice in Arlington, Massachusetts performing with the Vanilla Fudge in a reunion tour, March 26, 2011
|Birth name||Carmine Appice|
December 15, 1946 |
Brooklyn, New York
|Genres||Hard rock, psychedelic rock, blues-rock, heavy metal, glam metal|
|Instruments||Drums, percussion, vocals|
|Labels||Atlantic, Atco, Epic, Repertoire|
|Associated acts||Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus, Ted Nugent, Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Beck, Bogert & Appice, King Kobra, Blue Murder, Mother's Army, Travers & Appice, KGB, Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart, Pappo, Paul Stanley, Marty Friedman, Hear 'n Aid|
Carmine Appice (born December 15, 1946) is an American rock drummer. He received a classical music training and was influenced by the jazz drumming of Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa early on. Appice is best known for his associations with Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, and the power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice.
Appice is credited with influencing drummers including: Nicko McBrain, Fast Joey Brighton, Joey Kramer, Roger Meddows-Taylor, Phil Collins, Neil Peart, Tommy Lee, Dave Lombardo, Richard Christy, Chris Grainger, David Kinkade, Ray Mehlbaum, John Bonham, Robb Reiner, and Eric Singer.
His best-selling drum instruction book The Realistic Rock Drum Method was first published in 1972, and has since been revised and republished as The Ultimate Realistic Rock Drum Method. It covers the basic subjects of rock rhythms and polyrhythms, linear rudiments and groupings, shuffle rhythms, hi-hat, and double bass drum exercises.
Of Italian descent, Appice is the older brother of drummer Vinny Appice by 11 years.
Appice first came to prominence as the percussionist with the late 1960s psychedelic band Vanilla Fudge. Appice contributed distinctive background harmonies with bassist Tim Bogert. After five albums, the pair left Vanilla Fudge to form the blues rock quartet Cactus, with vocalist Rusty Day and guitarist Jim McCarty. Appice and Bogert then left Cactus to join Jeff Beck in the power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice. Appice joined Rod Stewart's backing band in 1977, co-writing songs such as "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" and "Young Turks". He also played drums on a track on Paul Stanley's eponymous solo album (1978).
He was a member of KGB which featured Ray Kennedy, Ric Grech, Mike Bloomfield, and Barry Goldberg. Appice has recorded with artists such as Stanley Clarke, Ted Nugent, and Pink Floyd. He has also played with King Kobra and Blue Murder with John Sykes. On May 23, 1981, Mayor Tom Bradley of Los Angeles proclaimed that day as Carmine Appice Day in L.A in recognition of Appice's charitable and educational work. Later in 1983 he toured with Ozzy Osbourne to promote Bark at the Moon (1983).
Appice recorded Caso Cerrado (1995) with the Argentine guitarist Pappo. They were also joined by bassist Tim Bogert on four songs including "P. B. A. Boogie". In 2000, Appice formed the power trio DBA with Tim Bogert and Rick Derringer and was reunited once again with Bogert when they reformed Vanilla Fudge.
In 2005, he became an official supporter of Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization which provides free musical instruments and instruction to children in less privileged public schools throughout the USA. He has personally delivered instruments to children in the program, and has also performed at benefit concerts for the organization and sits on its Honorary Board of Directors.
In 2006, he formed the drum ensemble SLAMM in which Appice participates on drums playing alongside four young drummers. The show they put on has been described as "Stomp on steroids". The band filmed a promotional video for the Cable Network station ESPN, using a NASCAR garage as a set and mechanic's hardware as instruments. They were voted as the runner-up in the Drum magazine poll for Percussion Ensemble (2008) after a special appearance at the magazine's drum festival. SLAMM also appears on the Modern Drummer festival DVD (2008).
He recorded Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus: Conquering Heroes (2009). This was the third album in his Guitar Zeus series. These albums have featured guitarists such as Jennifer Batten, Brian May, Ted Nugent, Richie Sambora, and Yngwie Malmsteen.
Carmine Appice lives in New York and Los Angeles.
He is currently on an American tour with the Michael Schenker Group.
2011-2012 saw Carmine performing Drum Wars shows with his brother Vinny Appice, as well a reformation of King Kobra with Johnny Rod, Mick Sweda, and David Henzerling, with Paul Shortino replacing Mark Free on lead vocals. This lineup released an eponymous album in April 2011 on the Frontiers label which received critical acclaim. A new King Kobra album will be released in 2013, featuring the song Have a Good Time, for which a music video was filmed in Fall of 2012 at Count's Vamp'd in Las Vegas.
- Carmine Appice (1981)
- Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus (1995)
- Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus 2: Channel Mind Radio (1997)
- Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus Japan (1999)
- Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus Korea (2002)
- V8 (2008)
- Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus: Conquering Heroes (double CD) (2009)
- Vanilla Fudge (1967)
- Renaissance (1968)
- The Beat Goes On (1968)
- Near the Beginning (1969)
- Rock & Roll (1970)
- Mystery (1984)
- The Best Of Vanilla Fudge Live (1991)
- 2001/The Return/Then And Now (2001)
- Out Through The In Door (2007)
- Orchestral Fudge/When Two Worlds Collide (2008)
- Box Of Fudge (2010)
- Foot Loose & Fancy Free (1977)
- Blondes Have More Fun (1978)
- Foolish Behaviour (1980)
- Tonight I'm Yours (1981)
- Cactus (1970)
- One Way...Or Another (1971)
- Restrictions (1971)
- 'Ot 'N' Sweaty (1972)
- Fully Unleashed: The Live Gigs (2004)
- Cactus V (2006)
- Fully Unleashed: The Live Gigs Vol. II (2007)
Derringer, Bogert & Appice
- Doin’ Business As… (2001)
Char, Bogert & Appice
- Live In Japan (1999)
Vargas, Bogert & Appice
- Javier Vargas, Tim Bogert, Carmine Appice: Featuring Paul Shortino (2011)
- Tabernakel (1974)
- KGB (1976)
- Motion (1976)
- Paul Stanley (1978)
- Nugent (1982)
- Party Tested (1983)
- Ready to Strike (1985)
- Thrill of a Lifetime (1986)
- King Kobra III (1988)
- Hollywood Trash (2001)
- King Kobra (2011)
- Mothers Army (1993)
- Planet Army (1997)
- Fire On The Moon (1998)
- Caso Cerrado (1995)
- True Obsessions (1996)
- It Takes A Lot Of Balls (2004)
- Live At The House Of Blues (2005)
- Bazooka (2006)
- Pearl (1997)
- 4 Infinity (1998)
- I'm Back! Family & Friends (credited only to "Sly Stone") (2011)
- Temple of Rock (2011)
With Others 
- Cozy Powell Tribute - Cozy Powell Forever (1998)
- Moonstone Project - Time to Take a Stand/Hidden In Time (2006)
- Hollywood Rock walk of fame
- Modern Drummer. Best Rock drummer. Editors award (lifetime achievement)
- Sabian Cymbals. Best Rock drummer award (lifetime achievement).
- Guitar Center. Legends award
- Chris, Grainger. "Chris Grainger Biography". www.chris-grainger.com. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
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- Appice, Carmine. The Ultimate Realistic Drum Method. Warner Brothers Publishers 2000.
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- Jim Newsom. "Cactus". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-02-15.
- Hjort and Hinman. Jeff's book: A Chronology of Jeff Beck's Career 1965-1980. pp. 77, 80, 101, 103–7, 119–153, 157, 158, 164, 168, 180, 185, 187.
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- "Drum magazine DVD (2008)". tigerbill.com. Retrieved 2009-01-26.
- Eder, Bruce. "Jan Akkerman, Tabernakel". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-02-15.
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- Eduardo Rivadavia. "Travers and Appice". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-02-15.
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- Hjort, Chris and Hinman, Doug. Jeff's book : A chronology of Jeff Beck's career 1965-1980 : from the Yardbirds to Jazz-Rock. Rock 'n' Roll Research Press, (2000). ISBN 0-9641005-3-3
- Realistic Rock: 35th Anniversary Special Edition. Appice, Carmine. Alfred Publishing Company (March 2007) ISBN 0-7390-4566-0
- The Ultimate Realistic Rock Drum Method. Appice, Carmine. Alfred Publishing Company (July 2000).ISBN 08-972-44869
- Ultimate Play-Along Drum Trax. Appice, Carmine Guitar Zeus. Alfred Publishing Company (August 2004) ISBN 0-7579-1916-2
- Rudiments to Rock. Alfred Publishing Company (July 1995). ISBN 0-7692-5075-0
- Realistic Rock for Kids. Alfred Publishing Company (2003)