Carmine Appice

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Carmine Appice
Drummer - Heavy metal, Hard rock

Bands: Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Beck, Bogert & Appice, King Kobra, Blue Murder, Mother's Army, Travers & Appice, KGB, Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart

Drumsticks: Vic Firth

Carmine Appice (born (1946-12-15) December 15, 1946 (age 75)) is an American rock drummer. He received a classical music training and was influenced by the jazz drumming of Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa early on. Appice is best known for his associations with Vanilla Fudge (1966-1970, 1982-1984, 1987-1988, 1991, 1999-2008, 2009–present), Cactus (1969-1972, 2006-2012), the power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice (1972-1974), Rod Stewart (1977-1981), King Kobra (1984–1988, 2000-2001, 2010–present), and Blue Murder (1988–1992), which also featured John Sykes of Thin Lizzy fame, and Tony Franklin of The Firm.

Appice is credited with influencing drummers including: Nicko McBrain, Fast Joey Brighton, Joey Kramer, Roger Taylor, Phil Collins, Neil Peart, Tommy Lee, Dave Lombardo, Richard Christy, Chris Grainger, David Kinkade, Ray Mehlbaum, John Bonham, Robb Reiner, and Eric Singer.

His best-selling drum instruction book The Realistic Rock Drum Method was first published in 1972, and has since been revised and republished as The Ultimate Realistic Rock Drum Method. It covers the basic subjects of rock rhythms and polyrhythms, linear rudiments and groupings, shuffle rhythms, hi-hat, and double bass drum exercises.

Of Italian descent, Appice is the older brother of drummer Vinny Appice by 11 years. Carmine pronounces the last name Ap-Piece, Vinny uses Ap-Ah-See.


Appice first came to prominence as the percussionist 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 to form the blues rock quartet Cactus, 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. 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).

He was a member of KGB which featured Ray Kennedy, Ric Grech, Mike Bloomfield, and Barry Goldberg. Appice has recorded with artists such as Stanley Clarke, Ted 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 L.A in recognition of Appice's charitable and educational work. Later in 1983 he toured with Ozzy Osbourne to promote Bark at the Moon (1983).

Appice recorded Caso Cerrado (1995) with the Argentine guitarist Pappo. They were also joined by bassist Tim Bogert on four songs including "P. B. A. Boogie". In 2000, Appice formed the power trio DBA with Tim 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.

In 2006, he formed the drum ensemble SLAMM 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. 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. SLAMM also appears on the Modern Drummer festival DVD (2008).

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 Batten, Brian May, Ted Nugent, Richie Sambora, and Yngwie Malmsteen.

Carmine Appice lives in New York with his longtime partner, 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 Aug. 16 2011.

He also went on an American tour with the Michael Schenker Group (2010, 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 Rod, Mick Sweda, and David Henzerling, with Paul Shortino replacing Mark Free on lead vocals. This lineup released an eponymous album in April 2011 on the Frontiers label which received critical acclaim. A new King Kobra album was released in 2013, 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.


  • Hollywood Rock walk of fame
  • Modern Drummer: Best Rock Drummer - Editors' award (lifetime achievement)
  • Sabian Cymbals: Best Rock Drummer - lifetime achievement
  • Guitar Center: Legends' Award


Vic Firth Signature Series - Carmine Appice

Vic Firth SCA Carmine Appice Wood Tip Drumsticks feature a tip like a 5A at one end, and a large heavy tip at the butt end. The SCA provides great back beat power. Made of hickory.

  • Length: 15 15/16"
  • Diameter: .595"

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Carmine Appice Drumstick Collection

Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 42.

0009 Carmine Appice and Vinny Appice - stick signed at the January 19, 2012 NAMM show for the original owner.
0545-0546 Carmine Appice - Ludwig signature model drumsticks, 1970s.
0900 Carmine Appice - (one) 1983 Synsonics signature model drumstick - (two pictured to display both sides).
0547 Carmine Appice - autographed Regal Tip signature model drumstick, no bevel.
0548 Carmine Appice - autographed Regal Tip signature model drumstick.
1713 Carmine Appice - unused Regal Tip signature model drumstick.
0197 Carmine Appice - autographed Regal Tip signature model drumstick.
0395 Carmine Appice - used Regal Tip signature model drumstick, 1998 Drum clinic, Mom's Music, Louisville, KY.
0549 Carmine Appice - autographed Vic Firth signature model drumstick.
0110-0111 Carmine Appice - autographed Vic Firth signature model drumsticks.
0112-0113 Carmine Appice - autographed Vic Firth signature model drumsticks.
0590-0591 Carmine Appice - autographed Vic Firth signature model drumsticks, 07/18/14, Drum Wars, GoDpsMusic, Newbury Park, CA.
1552-1553 Carmine Appice and Vinny Appice - sticks signed at Drum Wars 07/11/15 Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry, NH.
2561-2562 (2017) Carmine Appice - signature model Vic Firth signature model drumsticks, 50th Anniversary (gold on blonde).
2585-2586 (2017) Carmine Appice - signature model Vic Firth signature model drumsticks, 50th Anniversary (gold on black).
Carmine Appice Drum Clinic at Guitar Center, N. Attleboro, MA, 9/5/2013

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