Carmine Appice

Carmine Appice (/ˈkɑːrmn/ /æˈps/) (born December 15, 1946) is an American drummer and percussionist most commonly associated with the rock genre of music. He is best known for his associations with Vanilla Fudge; Cactus; the power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice; Rod Stewart; King Kobra; and Blue Murder, which also featured John Sykes, of Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy fame, and Tony Franklin of The Firm. Appice was inducted into the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2013[1] and the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2014.[2]

Carmine Appice
Carmine Appice at a Breast Cancer Can Stick It! fundraiser near Dallas, Texas, in October 2015
Carmine Appice at a Breast Cancer Can Stick It! fundraiser near Dallas, Texas, in October 2015
Background information
Birth nameCarmine Appice
Born (1946-12-15) December 15, 1946 (age 74)
Brooklyn, New York
United States
GenresHard rock, psychedelic rock, blues rock, heavy metal, glam metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
  • Drums
  • percussion
  • vocals
Years active1966–present
LabelsAtlantic, Atco, Epic, Repertoire
Associated actsBeck, Bogert & Appice, Blue Murder, Cactus, Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus, Hear 'n Aid, KGB, King Kobra, Marty Friedman, Mother's Army, Ozzy Osbourne, Pappo, Paul Stanley, Rod Stewart, Ted Nugent, Travers & Appice, Vanilla Fudge

He is credited with influencing later rock drummers including Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain, Aerosmith's Joey Kramer, Roger Taylor of Queen, Phil Collins of Genesis, Rush's Neil Peart, Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee, Slayer's Dave Lombardo, Richard Christy, Chris Grainger,[3] David Kinkade, Ray Mehlbaum, Led Zeppelin's John Bonham, Ian Paice of Deep Purple, Anvil's Robb Reiner and Eric Singer of Kiss.

His best-selling drum instruction book The Realistic Rock Drum Method.[4] was first published in 1972 and has since been revised and republished as The Ultimate Realistic Rock Drum Method.[5] It covers the basic subjects of rock rhythms and polyrhythms, linear rudiments and groupings, shuffle rhythms, hi-hat and double bass drum exercises.

Appice is the elder brother of drummer Vinny Appice by 11 years; they are of Italian descent.


Appice performing with Beck, Bogert, and Appice, 1972

Appice received classical music training, and was influenced early on by the work of jazz drummers Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. Appice first came to prominence as the drummer with the late 1960s psychedelic band Vanilla Fudge. He contributed distinctive background harmonies with bassist Tim Bogert. After five albums, the pair left Vanilla Fudge[6] to form the blues rock quartet Cactus,[7] 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.[8] 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).[9]

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 (alongside John Sykes) in Blue Murder. On May 23, 1981, Tom Bradley, the then Mayor of Los Angeles, proclaimed that day as Carmine Appice Day in the city, in recognition of the drummer's charitable and educational work.[10] In late 1983 Appice toured with Ozzy Osbourne in support of his Gold-selling Bark at the Moon album, but shortly afterward was fired from the backing group.[11][12] Though Osbourne had a good relationship with him, the singer's wife and manager Sharon detested Appice, and the decision to fire him was strictly hers.[13]

Appice recorded Caso Cerrado (1995) with the Argentine guitarist Pappo.[14][failed verification] They were also joined by bassist Tim Bogert on four songs, including "P. B. A. Boogie". He spent 1999 touring Japan with Bogert and Char in a unit called CB&A, with a live album released the following year.[15] In 2000, Appice formed the power trio DBA with 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.[16]

In 2006, he formed the drum ensemble SLAMM[17] in which Appice participated on drums playing alongside four young drummers; the resulting show has been described as "Stomp on steroids".[citation needed] The band filmed a promotional video for the Cable Network station ESPN, using a NASCAR garage as a set and mechanics' hardware as instruments.[18] SLAMM was voted as the runner-up in the Drum magazine poll for Percussion Ensemble (2008) after a special appearance at the magazine's drum festival.[19] The group also appears on the Modern Drummer festival DVD (2008).[20]

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 with his longtime girlfriend, radio personality Leslie Gold, The Radiochick.

He lent his talents to the Sly Stone CD I'm Back! Family & Friends, on which he plays on the Sly classic "Stand!" It was released on August 16, 2011.

2011–2012 saw Carmine performing Drum Wars shows with his brother Vinny Appice and guitarist Michael Hund, 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, King Kobra, in April 2011 on the Frontiers label, which received critical acclaim. A new King Kobra album was released in 2013, titled King Kobra II, featuring the song "Have a Good Time", for which a music video was filmed in the fall of 2012 at Count's Vamp'd in Las Vegas Valley.

Appice published his memoir, Stick It!: My Life of Sex, Drums & Rock 'n' Roll, in 2016.[21]

Appice was set to play with Vinnie Vincent in a mini-reunion show slated originally for December 2018 but moved to February 2019 before ultimately being completely canceled.[22]



Carmine Appice

  • Rockers (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)

Beck, Bogert & Appice

Blue Murder


Char, Bogert & Appice

  • Live in Japan (1999)

Derringer, Bogert & Appice

  • Doin' Business As… (2001)


  • Party Tested (1983)[23]

Jan Akkerman

  • Tabernakel (1974)[24]


  • KGB (1976)
  • Motion (1976)

King Kobra

Marty Friedman

Michael Schenker

Mother's Army

  • Mothers Army (1993)
  • Planet Earth (1997)

Pappo's Blues

Paul Stanley


  • Pearl (1997)
  • 4 Infinity (1998)

Pink Floyd[25]

Rated X

  • Rated X (2014)

Rod Stewart

Sly Stone

Ted Nugent

Travers & Appice[27] (as duo with Pat Travers)

  • It Takes A Lot of Balls (2004)
  • Live at the House of Blues (2005)
  • Bazooka (2006)

Appice (with his brother Vinny Appice)

  • Sinister

Vanilla Fudge

Vargas, Bogert & Appice

  • Javier Vargas, Tim Bogert, Carmine Appice: Featuring Paul Shortino (2011)

With othersEdit

  • Hear 'n Aid - "Stars" (1986)
  • Cozy Powell Tribute – Cozy Powell Forever (1998)
  • Chris Catena – Discovery (2009)
  • Moonstone Project – Time to Take a Stand/Hidden in Time (2006)
  • Who Are You – An All-Star Tribute to the Who (2012)
  • The Rod Experience – Rod Stewart Tribute Band, including original RS band members (2014)
  • Pat Travers - The Balls (2016)



  1. ^ "Carmine Appice Hall of Fame Induction". Classic Drummer. Archived from the original on January 18, 2017. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  2. ^ "Modern Drummer's Readers Poll Archive, 1979–2014". Modern Drummer. Archived from the original on August 21, 2015. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  3. ^ Chris, Grainger. "Chris Grainger Biography". Archived from the original on August 6, 2013. Retrieved October 16, 2012.
  4. ^ Appice, Carmine. The Realistic Drum Method. Alfred Publishing Co. Inc 1995.
  5. ^ Appice, Carmine. The Ultimate Realistic Drum Method. Warner Brothers Publishers 2000.
  6. ^ Huey, Steve. "Vanilla Fudge". AllMusic. Retrieved February 15, 2009.
  7. ^ Newsom, Jim. "Cactus". AllMusic. Retrieved February 15, 2009.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Prato, Greg. "Paul Stanley album review". AllMusic. Retrieved February 15, 2009.
  10. ^ "Gary James' Interview with Carmine Appice". Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved January 26, 2010.
  11. ^ "". Archived from the original on September 24, 2014. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  12. ^ "". Archived from the original on November 4, 2014. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  13. ^ "VINNY APPICE Says SHARON OSBOURNE Would Beat WENDY DIO In Hypothetical 'Throw-Down'". Archived from the original on April 3, 2018. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  14. ^ Bonacich, Drago. "Pappo's Blues Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved February 15, 2009.
  15. ^ "Tim Bogert Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  16. ^ LKR USA. "Little Kids Rock". Little Kids Archived from the original on January 22, 2019. Retrieved February 16, 2009.
  17. ^ "SLAMM". Archived from the original on March 6, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-26.
  18. ^ "Carmine Appice Joins DDrum". Archived from the original on November 20, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-26.
  19. ^ "Drum magazine poll for drum shows (2008)". Archived from the original on July 14, 2009. Retrieved January 26, 2009.
  20. ^ "Drum magazine DVD (2008)". Archived from the original on May 26, 2009. Retrieved January 26, 2009.
  21. ^ Greenblatt, Mike (June 15, 2016). "Rant 'N' Roll: One-On-One With Carmine Appice". The Aquarian Weekly. Arts Weekly Inc. Archived from the original on August 20, 2016. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  22. ^ "Vinnie Vincent postpones December shows to February 2019 and announces all-star band". Archived from the original on November 21, 2018. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  23. ^ "Party Tested". AllMusic. Retrieved February 15, 2009.
  24. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Jan Akkerman, Tabernakel". AllMusic. Retrieved February 15, 2009.
  25. ^ "Carmine Appice interview". Archived from the original on November 21, 2008. Retrieved January 27, 2010.
  26. ^ Newsom, Jim. "Momentary Lapse of Reason". AllMusic. Retrieved February 15, 2009.
  27. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Travers and Appice". AllMusic. Retrieved February 15, 2009.

Further readingEdit

  • Appice, Carmine; Gittins, Ian (2016). Stick It!: My Life of Sex, Drums & Rock 'n' Roll. Chicago: Chicago Review Press. ISBN 978-1-61373-555-8.
  • Carmine Appice DRUM! Magazine Interview
  • 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 0-89724-486-9
  • 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)

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