Carmine Áppice (Staten Island, 15 dicembre 1946) è un batterista statunitense di origini italiane.



Carmine Appice (/ˈkɑːrmn/ /æˈps/) (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 FudgeCactus; the power trio Beck, Bogert & AppiceRod StewartKing 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 DrummerHall of Fame in 2014.[2]

He is credited with influencing later rock drummers including Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrainAerosmith's Joey KramerRoger Taylorof QueenPhil Collins of GenesisRush's Neil PeartMötley Crüe's Tommy LeeSlayer's Dave LombardoRichard ChristyChris Grainger,[3] David KinkadeRay MehlbaumLed Zeppelin's John BonhamIan Paice of Deep PurpleAnvil'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 polyrhythmslinear rudiments and groupings, shuffle rhythmshi-hat and double bass drum exercises.

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[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 GrechMike Bloomfield and Barry Goldberg. Appice has recorded with artists such as Stanley ClarkeTed 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.[10] In late 1983 he toured with Ozzy Osbourne in support of his Gold-selling Bark at the Moon album.[11][12] Though Osbourne had a good relationship with him, his 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 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.[18]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.[19] SLAMM 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 BattenBrian MayTed NugentRichie 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 RodMick 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.[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)


  • 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)








A tip like a 5A at one end and a large heavy tip at the butt end. Provides great back beat power.

Updated Realistic Rock Drum Method (Inglese)

Focusing on reggae fundamentals, this folio also contains photos, discography, a sound-sheet recording and equipment list.

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 jazz drummers Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. Appice 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 Thin Lizzy fame, and Tony Franklin of The Firm. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2014. Appice 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; Motley Crue'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; Robb Reiner; and, Eric Singer.

Carmine's award-winning book is now available with the DVD Ultimate Realistic Rock, The Basics, featuring instruction through selected exercises by Carmine Appice and special guests Kenny Aronoff, John Tempesta, Vinny Appice, Bobby Rondinelli, and Rick Gratton.

In this book/MP3 disc package, rock drum legend Carmine Appice shows you how to play exciting and powerful drum fills like the pros, using a systematic method of replacing certain notes in the 16th or triplet flow with bass drum strokes. By using this book, drummers can learn how to incorporate the bass drums into their fills, thereby creating a complete professional vocabulary of cool, effective ideas to use in rock and other styles.

Using the same award-winning approach and notation method as Realistic Rock, the patterns contained in the book start with 8th notes and progress to 16th notes and triplets, with the rhythms split between the hands and feet. The fills are then expanded to include mixed stickings and accents, and are orchestrated around the kit.

The included MP3 disc contains audio examples of many of the patterns in the book, as well as video footage of Carmine in live performance, showing how he applies these concepts.

The Ultimate Realistic Rock Drum Method [Paperback] [2000]

Each book in the Ultimate Play-Along series features the finest professionally recorded tracks, complete transcriptions, detailed explanations, and performance notes. Each song has demonstration tracks that can be used for learning and practice and then turned off to allow playing parts along with the CD. Solos are fully demonstrated and explained.

Drum legend Carmine Appice had the brilliant idea to write and record a project that would spotlight the guitar "gods" from around the world. With the help of band mates Kelly Keeling and Tony Franklin fusing their writing and playing talents with Carmine, the Guitar Zeus project was born. This play-along package includes Carmine's drum parts selected from the CDs Guitar Zeus I and II which highlight the monster guitar talents of Ted Nugent, Paul Gilbert, Stevie Salas, Yngwie Malmsteen, Richie Sambora, Neal Schon, and Zakk Wylde. Included are full drumset transcriptions with Carmine's thoughts on how and why he played his killer drum grooves and fills, followed by the play-along drum charts so you can rock out and jam on your own!