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Iconic Rock Drummer Carmine Appice

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As drummer for Vanilla Fudge, Carmine Appice set the grooves for the groundbreaking band’s 1967 psychedelic debut, inventing Stoner Rock in the process.

The Fudge had no precedent: no rock group had ever so lugubriously stretched out well-known pop tunes - most famously The Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” - to such monumental lengths.

Appice boomed like no other drummer in rock history. The band's debut album is a hard rock classic and the Fudge toured with Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and had Led Zeppelin as an opening act!

Post-Fudge, bassist Tim Bogert and Appice formed Cactus, then joined Jeff Beck to form Beck, Bogert & Appice.

One of the premier showmen in rock, Appice became known worldwide for his astonishing live performances, in addition to becoming a highly sought-after session drummer.

In ’76, he joined Rod Stewart’s band, touring, recording and co-writing two of Stewart’s biggest hits, “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” and “Young Turks.”

In the ‘80s he toured with OZZY Osbourne and Ted Nugent. formed King Kobra and Blue Murder, and played on Pink Floyd's Momentary Lapse of Reason.

As an educator, Carmine was the first to systematize rock drumming with his landmark book, The Realistic Rock Drum Method, selling over 400,000 copies. He was the first rock drummer to conduct instructional clinics and symposiums around the world, which he continues.

In ’91, he was immortalized in cement on the Hollywood Rock Walk (next to idols Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich).

Carmine appears on the new Kelly Keeling tribute CD Tune in to Mind Radio.

Appice has reshaped the path of music education, redesigned the very instrument he plays, and creates excitement with every performance.