"Carmine Appice set the foundation for heavy drumming ... before Bonham, before Ian Paice... before anyone else." - Rick Van Horn, 1999 Modern Drummer magazine.

2002 marks the 35th anniversary of the dawn of the career of the legendary Carmine Appice, who continues to inspire drummers and listeners throughout the world with his originality and his unwavering dedication to the art of drumming. He has broken
new ground in every aspect of his career; as a performer, as a teacher, and as a writer. From his early days with VANILLA FUDGE, considered by many to be the first heavy rock band, it was clear that Carmine was creating new standards for rock drumming. Truly, a different drummer. . .

After VANILLA FUDGE, Carmine went on to form CACTUS with bassist Tim Bogert. CACTUS has been cited as a major influence on such artists as KING’S X and Alex and Eddie Van Halen. This unionwith Bogert evolved into an alliance with Grammy-winning guitar hero, Jeff Beck, a stellar combination of talent known internationally as BECK, BOGERT, and APPICE.

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