May 1, 2019

Carmine Appice says that he is "very proud" to see CLUTCH recording a cover version of the CACTUS classic "Evil".

On March 27, CLUTCH posted a short video from the studio in which the bandmembers could be seen laying down their rendition of "Evil". They wrote in an accompanying caption: "Back in the studio recording a few cover songs and some other fun stuff."

Earlier today, Appice, who co-founded CACTUS with Tim Bogert, tweeted: "I am very proud to see the cool ROCK group Clutch re-recorded our CACTUS song 'EVIL'. They Rocked it Thx guys.."

CACTUS has had a long and turbulent history. Formed in 1970 from the ashes of VANILLA FUDGE by Appice and Bogert, the initial lineup also featured guitarist Jim McCarty and vocalist Rusty Day. (Appice and Bogert had originally planned a new band with Jeff Beck which was put off until 1973, because of Beck's near-fatal car crash in 1969.) Jim McCarty had come from MITCH RYDER & THE DETROIT WHEELS and was playing with THE BUDDY MILES EXPRESS. Tim and Carmine also found vocalist Day in THE AMBOY DUKES with Ted Nugent. Together, the four musicians formed CACTUS, named after the peyote cactus, which provided a key ingredient in mind-altering drugs.

While CACTUS saw success from the start and soon built a loyal fan base, by early 1973, the band had collapsed mainly due to lack of real support from its label, and the fact that Beck was now ready play with Carmine and Tim. It would not be until 2006, three decades after the tragic death of Rusty Day, that the group reformed with harmonica wizard Randy Pratt and vocalist Jimmy Kunes. When Tim Bogert was forced into retirement after a serious motorcycle accident, bassist Pete Bremy jumped in both in CACTUS and VANILLA FUDGE.

CLUTCH is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "Book Of Bad Decisions", which was released in September. The record sold 26,000 copies in America during its first week of availability, giving the group its third consecutive Top 20 album on the Billboard 200.

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