On the MSNBC show "Scarborough Country" this past Monday — from The Intrepid in New York City — the host, former congressman Joe Scarborough, had as his guest the members of legendary '60s rock band VANILLA FUDGE. Prior to the interview, the spot was promoted as "Rock band supports the war." In the standard pre-interview, FUDGE leader Carmine Appice made it very clear, that they "supported the troops."
The FUDGE had in fact this summer recorded their own interpretation of "The Star Spangled Banner", which was an immediate hit on most classic-oriented radio stations across the country. Says Appice, "It's a song that's certainly taken on an added significance since our troops were sent overseas. We, for a lack of a better term, FUDGE-d it, but it's as patriotic as ever!"
When the actual interview went live — with host Scarborough in Florida on a remote — Appice and keyboardist Bill Pascali and guitarist Teddy Rondinelli went to great pains to accurately underscore what they were and what they felt. "There was no question as to what they wanted the band to say ... but they didn't say it ... they didn't cave," says a source on the set. "There were a few awkward moments, but they got their point across."
The FUDGE release a live DVD next month, which they recorded with The 52-piece San Fernando Symphony Orchestra.