Legendary Rock drummer Carmine Appice made an appearance at J&R Music World in lower Manhattan the other day and folks who attended were treated to a quick performance on the drums and a brief Q&A session. After this was done Carmine would sign copies of his “Carmine Appice’s Guitar Zeus: Conquering Heroes” CD for those fans who wanted him to personalize it.
Artist: Carmine Appice
Venue: J&R Music World (New York, NY)
Event: “Guitar Zeus: Conquering Heroes” CD Signing & Performance
Label: Rocket Science Records
You know his name and legendary drumming from bands such as Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Rod Stewart, Blue Murder and even King Kobra but the resume of Carmine Appice reaches so deep into the history of modern Rock and Metal music that it would take several articles just to line out the full roster of talent that he has worked with over the course of his career. Today, J&R Music World down in lower Manhattan would continue their presenting artists such as Carmine to the general public and allow the drummer to do a short performance and question and answer session before he would sign copies of his latest album “Guitar Zeus: Conquering Heroes”.
“GZCH” is a double disc affair that finds the drummer playing with a healthy batch of the world’s greatest guitar gods while musicians like Tony Franklin and Kelly Keeling join in and provide extra support for the songs. The great thing about the release is that it gives you the chance to hear what a band that features guitar player “X” in the band if Carmine Appice was also on the drums. I found that much to be rather cool. He would sit behind a beautiful DDrum kit for the performance and it was a double bass setup with two rack mounted toms and a single floor tom. He had about six or seven Sabian Cymbals mounted around which were a blend of China type and conventional crashes. Carmine took to the small stage and played against three of the albums tracks with the first one being a rocking number that features “Uncle” Ted Nugent on guitar. He would also do the tunes “Stash” and “Gonna Rain” which feature Steve Salas and Richie Sambora respectively. It was a fun event and there was a surprise celebrity guest in Ramones drummer Marky Ramone. He made sure to be up front and center during the jam and was making Carmine chuckle a little bit based on how close his proximity was.
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