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Carmine Appice
Birth name Carmine Appice
Born December 15, 1946 (1946-12-15) (age 63)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Genres Hard rock, psychedelic rock, blues-rock, heavy metal, glam metal
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Drums, percussion, vocals
Years active 1966–present
Labels Atlantic, Atco, Epic, Repertoire
Associated acts Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus, Pink Floyd, Vanilla Fudge
Cactus, Beck, Bogert & Appice, DNA, King Kobra, Blue Murder, Mother's Army, Travers & Appice, KGB, Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart, Pappo, DBA
Website Official website

Carmine Appice (born December 15 1946) is an American rock drummer best known for his associations with Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and Beck, Bogert & Appice. Appice is known for his showmanship which includes stick tosses and twirls. Appice was the first rock drummer to conduct "Drum clinics" held at college campuses, theaters and drum stores. He is also credited with influencing drummers like John Bonham, Ian Paice, Nicko McBrain, Joey Kramer, Bill Ward, Roger Meddows-Taylor, Phil Collins, Keith Moon, Neil Peart, Tommy Lee, Dave Lombardo, Eric Singer, and scores of others through his drumming book "Realistic Rock". Carmine recently appeared on November of 2009.[1]



He was born in Brooklyn, New York and is of Italian ancestry. He is brother to Vinny Appice, who also plays drums professionally with Heaven and Hell, Dio, and Black Sabbath. Carmine was influenced by the jazz drumming of Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa and had a classical music training.

Appice first came to prominence as the percussionist with the late 1960s psychedelic band Vanilla Fudge. Appice contributed distinctive background harmonies with the bassist Tim Bogert, adding to the group's high decibel sonic assault. After five albums, Appice and Bogert left Vanilla Fudge[2] to form the blues rock quartet Cactus[3], with vocalist Rusty Day and guitarist Jim McCarty. Appice then left Cactus, with Bogert to join Jeff Beck in the power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice[4]. Appice joined Rod Stewart's backing band in 1977 , co-writing songs such as "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" and "Young Turks," and played drums on Paul Stanley's first solo album in 1978. He was a member of KGB, featuring Ray Kennedy, Rick Grech, Mike Bloomfield also Barry Goldberg, and has recorded with Stanley Clarke, Ted Nugent and Pink Floyd. He has also played with King Kobra and Blue Murder with John Sykes. He appeared on the Ozzy Osbourne music video which promoted "Bark at the Moon", and played drums on part of the tour for the album with Osbourne. During 2000 he was reunited once again, with Vanilla Fudge. His Guitar Zeus albums that he produced featured some of the greatest rock guitarists in the world. As a producer, Carmine produced performances of guitar gods Brian May, Ted Nugent, Richie Sambora, Yngwie Malmsteen, and many more. These albums were some of Carmine's best works as far as drum tracks and song writing and production.

His new drum show SLAMM is a high energy theatrical percussion experience which has been described as "STOMP on steroids". After doing a video for ESPN for NASCAR and many shows in 2008 SLAMM came in at #2 in the DRUM magazine poll for drum shows right behind BLUE MAN GROUP. SLAMM also appears on the Modern Drummer festival DVD after a surprise appearance at the magazine's 2008 drum festival. SLAMM received a standing ovation.. This is a show to see... His girlfriend is Leslie Gold "The Radiochick", a popular NYC radio talk show host.


Rock walk of fame Hollywood modern Rock drummer, editors award (lifetime achievement) Sabian cymbals...Best RocK drummer award ,lifetime achievement Guitar center...Legends award Los Angeles proclamation...Carmine Appice day and many more.

Realistic Rock Drum Method

Appice's drum instruction book The Realistic Rock Drum Method[5] was first published in the 1972. The book covers the classic information of basic rock rhythms and polyrhythms, linear rudiments and groupings, shuffle rhythms, hi-hat and double bass drum exercises. The Realistic Rock Drum Method is a best selling drum book.


In 2005, Appice signed on as an official supporter of Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that provides free musical instruments and instruction to children in under served public schools throughout the USA. He has personally delivered instruments to children in the program, performed at benefit concerts for the organization, and sits on its Honorary Board of Directors.[6] In the past APPICE supported UNICEF and donated dollars made from drum clinics to the charity.


In 1995, Carmine has worked with the argentine Pappo in their LP of Pappo's Blues "Caso Cerrado" (Which also appears but not in the same tracks, John Lee Hooker). The drummer plays 4 tracks with bassist and friend Tim Bogert, where one of the songs "Boogie PBA" can appreciate the trio



Carmine Appice

  • Carmine Appice (1981)
  • Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus (1995)
  • Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus II (2001)
  • Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus: Conquering Heroes (double CD) (2009)

Vanilla Fudge


Beck, Bogert & Appice

Jan Akkerman

  • Tabernakel (1974)[7]


  • KGB (1976)
  • Motion (1976)

Paul Stanley

Ted Nugent


  • Party Tested (1985) [8]

King Kobra

Blue Murder

Mothers Army

  • Mothers Army (1993)

Pappo's Blues

  • Caso Cerrado (1995)

Travers & Appice[9]

  • It Takes A Lot Of Balls (2004)
  • Live At The House Of Blues (2005)
  • Bazooka (2006)

Pink Floyd


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  2. ^ Steve Huey. "Vanilla Fudge". Retrieved 2009-02-15.  
  3. ^ Jim Newsom. "Cactus". Retrieved 2009-02-15.  
  4. ^ 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.  
  5. ^ Appice, carmine. The Updated Realistic Drum Method. Alfred Publishing Co. Inc 1995. ISBN 97-808-97244862.  
  6. ^ LKR USA. "Little Kids Rock". Little Kids Retrieved 2009-02-16.  
  7. ^ Bruce Eder. "Tabernakel". Retrieved 2009-02-15.  
  8. ^ "Party Tested". Retrieved 2009-02-15.  
  9. ^ Eduardo Rivadavia. "Travers and Appice". Retrieved 2009-02-15.  
  10. ^ Jim Newsom. "Momentray Lapse of Reason". Retrieved 2009-02-15.  


  • 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 0739045660
  • 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 0757919162
  • Rudiments to Rock. Alfred Publishing Company (July 1995). ISBN 0769250750
  • Relistic Rock for Kids Alfred Publishing Company (2003)

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