Carmine Appice: ‘I would love to record with Led Zeppelin’
One of the most iconic rock and roll drummers in the world, Carmine Appice has played with Rod Stewart, Pink Floyd, Blue Murder, King Kobra, Vanilla fudge, and Cactus, to name a select few. His passion for music and his art is unparalleled.
I had the chance to listen to the entire Cactus catalog (now available on Rocker Records), and it is a solid representation of superior musicianship. So many bands have been influenced by these players. Creem magazine once called Cactus “The American Led Zeppelin,” and now I know why. They are simply some of the most creative and capable rock musicians to ever record.
When I spoke with Appice, he was really excited to continue his musical projects which included Legacy x (a band close to Blue Murder with Joe Lynn Turner on vocals) and Cactus. He was also enthusiastic about his new label, Rocker Records.
Martin: Tell me a little about Rocker Records.
Appice: It’s brand new. Basically we put it together to release some product I had sitting around that we thought fans might like. I had to look at what I had. Turns out I have some interesting stuff. So for the Cactus band we remixed and remastered some; and we have other things we are planning. We’re moving along.
Martin: Not strictly digital but vinyl and cd as well?
Appice: Yes. Four releases now are just to start. Digital only. It costs a lot to make cds, so it doesn’t pay to put Cactus on cd. Maybe in the future, but for now, just digital.
Martin: How involved are you with social media?
Appice: I have a Twitter account with almost 6000 followers, and two Facebook accounts. I use it every day.
Martin: Has illegal downloading affected you?
Appice: Definitely. I have a drum instruction book and I have lost about 50 percent of sales between the economy and illegal downloads. It sucks. We don’t know how to fix it. I have lost thousands of dollars in royalties and copyright infringements; all the royalties on all the bands are down. We are just getting ripped off nobody is doing anything about it. There’s got to be a way to control it.
Martin: How is touring different for you now?
Appice: Twenty years ago it was harder — we were dinosaurs during the grunge era. We were the old farts. But somehow during the 2000′s we all became cool again. I don’t know how.
Martin: You were on “That Metal Show” with Dave Meneketti. Did you ever jam with him?
Appice: Yeah back in the old days — the 80′s. “That Metal Show” is really a great idea. They are moving it back to New York City.
Martin: Yeah maybe now I can go. I live near Providence, Rhode Island.
Appice: Oh Yeah. Newport, Rhode Island. We started there. Used to be a club called Dorians. There was also a really good hamburger joint there as well.
Martin: Are there any artists you would love to record with?
Appice: I would love to record with Led Zeppelin, if they decided to record again. Always liked their music. The Beatles maybe.
Martin: Craziest story on the road?
Appice: One time Cactus was doing an outdoor gig. My drum set was on a riser on the back of a dump truck. Sometime during the show they accidentally raised the dump part and actually dumped the whole set off the back. I was pissed.
Martin: Any hidden Blue Murder tracks?
Appice: No. But I started a new band, Legacy X, with Joe Lynn Turner and Tony Franklin. Sounds like Blue Murder. Guitars will be big and fat. Whenever me and Tony Franklin play together it always sounds like Blue Murder.
Bryan Martin is a Rock journalist and lifetime East Providence resident. He is a regular contributor to the Ripple Effect Record Label. He has played guitar professionally for the past 30 years. While guitar playing may be his first love, writing about music is his passion. Bryan is married with 4 kids. Currently, He lives in Rumford. Visit his site at www.Ripplemusic.blogspot.com.