Currently celebrating his 50th Anniversary as a recording artist and touring musician, Carmine Appice is a world famous musician, author and music educator. He has played drums as a member of Vanilla Fudge; Cactus; Beck, Bogert & Appice, Blue Murder, King Kobra, The Platinum Rock All Stars, and he has also lent his talents to Rod Stewart, Ted Nugent, Ozzy Osbourne and Pink Floyd, among others. Appice’s autobiography, Stick It! remains a best seller. His innovative percussion has earned him considerable recognition among fans and critics alike, and earned him a spot, under 30, in Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Drummers Of All Time list. He currently lives in New York and Los Angeles.
To mark his 50th year of making records, Carmine Appice has unveiled an extraordinary project...a highly limited collection of artwork. The collection titled Purple was crafted by Carmine Appice to showcase his rhythm onto canvas. Utilizing drumsticks that light in various ways, Appice worked with art team/publisher SceneFour to craft the visuals in the collection. Also notable is the use of a Chromadepth color palette. The first drummer in the medium of rhythm-on-canvas to explore this new dimension, each piece in Carmine Appice's art collection ships with Chromadepth glasses to view the artwork. Though the art looks incredible without the glasses, once the artwork is viewed through the Chromadepth glasses, a slightly different visual perspective is seen with colors moving forward in a unique and interesting way.
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Carmine Appice born December 15, 1946 is an American drummer and percussionist most commonly associated with the rock genre of music. He has received classical music training, and was influenced early-on by the work of jazz drummers Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. He is best known for his associations with Vanilla Fudge; Cactus; the power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice; Rod Stewart; King Kobra; and Blue Murder, which also featured John Sykes, of Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy fame, and Tony Franklin of The Firm. Appice was inducted into the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2014.
He is credited with influencing later rock drummers including Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain, Aerosmith's Joey Kramer, Roger Taylor of Queen, Phil Collins of Genesis, Rush's Neil Peart, Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee, Slayer's Dave Lombardo, Richard Christy, Chris Grainger, David Kinkade, Ray Mehlbaum, Led Zeppelin's John Bonham, Ian Paice of Deep Purple, Anvil's Robb Reiner and Eric Singer of Kiss.
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.
Appice is the elder brother of drummer Vinny Appice by 11 years; they are of Italian descent.