Carmine Appice ( ) (born December 15, 1946) is an American drummer and percussionist most commonly associated with the rock genre of music. He has received classical music
training, and was influenced early-on by the work of jazzdrummers Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. 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 and the Modern DrummerHall of Fame in 2014.
He is credited with influencing later rock drummers including Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain, Aerosmith's Joey
Kramer, Roger Taylorof Queen, Phil Collins of Genesis, Rush's Neil Peart, Mötley Crüe's Tommy
Lee, Slayer's Dave Lombardo, Richard
Christy, Chris Grainger, 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 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
Appice is the elder brother of drummer Vinny Appice by 11 years; they are of Italian descent.
Appice first came to prominence as
the drummer 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
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 LA in
recognition of Appice's charitable and educational work. In late 1983 he toured with Ozzy
Osbourne in support of his Gold-selling Bark at the Moon album. Though Osbourne had a good relationship with him, his wife and manager Sharon detested
Appice, and the decision to fire him was strictly hers.
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". He spent 1999 touring Japan with Bogert and Char in
a unit called CB&A, with a live album released the following year. In 2000, Appice formed the power trio DBA with
Bogert and Rick Derringer and was reunited once again with Bogert when they reformed Vanilla
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 with his longtime girlfriend, radio personality Leslie Gold, The Radiochick.
He recently lent his talents to the Sly Stone CD I'm Back! Family & Friends, where he plays on the Sly classic "Stand!" It
was released 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
labelwhich 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 Fall of 2012 at Count's Vamp'd in Las Vegas.
Appice published his memoir, Stick It!: My Life of Sex, Drums & Rock 'n'
Roll , in 2016.
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.