Vintage Rock conducted an interview with legendary drummer Carmine Appice (OZZY OSBOURNE, VANILLA FUDGE, BLUE MURDER) on Friday (January 14) at the Anvil Cases booth at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California during the 2011 NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention that runs through Sunday. During the chat, Appice, who underwent rotator cuff surgery in November and is unable to resume playing drums until February 20, revealed that VANILLA FUDGE will perform on the March 28 edition of NBC-TV's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" show.
Author, clinician, drummer and philanthropist, Carmine Appice first came to prominence as the percussionist with the late 1960s psychedelic band VANILLA FUDGE. He contributed distinctive background harmonies with bassist Tim Bogert, adding to the group's high decibel sonic assault. After five albums, Appice and Bogert left VANILLA FUDGE to form the blues rock quartet CACTUS with vocalist Rusty Day and guitarist Jim McCarty. Eventually, Appice left CACTUS with Bogert to join Jeff Beck in the power trio BECK, BOGERT & APPICE, and then later joined Rod Stewart's backing band in 1977, co-writing hit songs such as "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" and "Young Turks". In 1978, Appice played drums on Paul Stanley's first solo album. He was a member of KGB featuring Ray Kennedy, Rick Grech, Mike Bloomfield and Barry Goldberg, and has recorded with Stanley Clarke, Ted Nugent, and PINK FLOYD. He was the drummer for the bands KING KOBRA and BLUE MURDER, and toured with Ozzy Osbourne.