GUITAR ZEUS is a compilation album featuring a who's who list of the best and world-renowned guitarists. This new re-mastered album is available across all digital platforms and select songs will also be available on a special limited-edition vinyl and CD.Read more
Vanilla Fudge is credited as the link between Psychedelia and Heavy Metal. Now our fans are rallying behind us to get VF into the Rock Hall of Fame! Sign our fan petition at www.vanillafudgehalloffame.comRead more
Over 50 years in the music business, Carmine has a lot to share from his life’s work. A performer, educator, songwriter, and music producer, Carmine shares his experiences from working with the legendary groups and performers.Read more
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"Carmine Appice, the creator of heavy rock drumming as we know it" - Drummer Magazine, UK
“Carmine Appice set the foundation for heavy drumming, before Bonham, before Ian Paice, before anyone else.” - Rick Van Horn, Modern Drummer
As drummer for Vanilla Fudge, Carmine Appice set the grooves for the groundbreaking band‘s 1967 psychedelic debut, inadvertently inventing Stoner Rock in the process. The Fudge had no precedent. The band was totally unique. No rock group, up until that point, had ever so lugubriously s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d out well-known pop tunes like the Beatles “Eleanor Rigby” and “Ticket To Ride,” Curtis Mayfield‘s “People Get Ready,” Sonny & Cher‘s “Bang Bang” Rod Argent‘s “She‘s Not There” and, most famously, The Supremes‘ Motown classic “You Keep Me Hangin‘ On” to such hippie heights. With Mark Stein‘s mysterioso wash of Grand Guignol keyboard theatrics, Tim Bogert‘s amazing and trippy bass runs, and guitarist Vince Martell‘s era-happy soloing, Appice boomed like no other drummer in rock history. Their debut album still stands today as a Hard Rock classic. Vanilla Fudge went on to tour with Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and even had Led Zeppelin as an opening act.
Post-Fudge, Bogert and Appice formed Cactus (seen as an influence on King‘s X and Van Halen). Post-Cactus, the rhythm section found Grammy-winning Guitar Hero Jeff Beck to form the first supergroup: Beck, Bogert & Appice (BBA).
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, recording with countless artists throughout his career. In ‘76, he joined Rod Stewart‘s band, touring, recording and writing two of Stewart‘s biggest hits, “Do Ya Think I‘m Sexy’ and “Young Turks.’ He left Stewart to record his first solo album, “Rockers’, and tour Japan and North America with an allstar band. . In the early 80’s, he toured with OZZY Osborne ,Ted Nugent . In the mid 80’s, he formed King Kobra for two Capitol albums and international touring And in the late 80’s, Carmine played on a Pink Floyd record “Momentary Lapse of Reason’ and formed Blue Murder with Whitesnake‘s John Sykes and The Firm‘s Tony Franklin. In the early 90s, he pounded away soul-style for The Edgar Winter Group.
As an educator, Carmine was the first to legitimize rock drumming with his landmark book, The Realistic Rock Drum Method, selling over 400,000 copies (now in video format). He was the first Rock Drummer and Rock Musician to conduct instructional clinics and symposiums around the world.
Carmine is available for house rockin' clinics and master classes. As an educator and pioneer of "in-store" drum clinics, Carmine will be booking clinics and master classes soon. Check the DATES section to find a clinic or master class near you!
"Heavy starts here." This Long Island quartet's cover of the Supreme's You Keep Me Hanging On, Vanilla Fudge rocked the world influencing generations of musicians and creating a legion of loyal fans.
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With over 50 years in the music business, legendary drummer Carmine Appice has lots to share from his life’s work. A performer, educator, songwriter, and music producer, Carmine shares his experiences.
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Nobody Knew a track by legendary drummer Carmine Appice featuring Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder) on bass, Kelly Keeling (T.S.O., M.S.G) on vocals / keys / rhythm guitar and the awesome guitar work of Brian May. Buy it HERE!
RATED X is an exciting and fresh new band built around the talents of four heavy-hitters of American hard rock featuring Carmine Appice, Joe Lynn Turner, Tony Franklin and Karl Cochran. Buy it HERE!
King Kobra founded by Carmine features original 1985 lineup David Michael-Philips and Mick Sweda on guitar, Johnny Rod on bass and bringing in Rough Cut Vocalist Paul Shortino to finish the line up. King Kobra is back stronger than ever and "Ready to Strike" once again!
Back in 1969, there was no bigger platform than the Ed Sullivan Show and being featured was a testament to Vanilla Fudge's popularity. Remember, the U.S. never heard of the Beatles until they appeared on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964. Vanilla Fudge appeared twice and this is their second appearance, performing the track, Shotgun.
Drummer World is the premiere on-line source for drummers and drumming information. Who better than Carmine to give a great solo performance on a platform that features other drummers who site Carmine as an influence in their playing!
Carmine demonstrates The Famous Carmine Triplets as adapted by John Bonham. In 1968-1969 Led Zeppelin toured as Vanilla Fudge's opening act and this is when John Bonham adapted the distinctive triplet patterns he saw Carmine performing. This exersize is available in Carmine's best selling instructional book, Ultimate Realistic Rock available HERE
This Time Around a track by legendary drummer Carmine Appice featuring Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder) on bass, Kelly Keeling (T.S.O., M.S.G) on vocals / keys / rhythm guitar and the awesome guitar work of Yngwie Malmsteen and Vocals by Dug Pinnick(Kings X). Buy it HERE!
Mothers Space a track by legendary drummer Carmine Appice featuring Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder) on bass, Kelly Keeling (T.S.O., M.S.G) on vocals / keys / rhythm guitar with Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal. Buy it HERE!
Carmine demonstrates some of his Cool Rock Fills from his best selling book Ultimate Realistic Rock available in the store! Buy it HERE
Carmine demonstrates the Rock Shuffle from his best selling book Ultimate Realistic Rock available in the store! Get your copy HERE
Carmine with Vanilla Fudge performing on the Tonight SHow with Jimmy Fallon.
Carmine with Blue Murder with Tony Franklin and John Sykes performing Valley Of The Kings.