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The Appice Brothers “Drum Wars” @ B.B. King Blues Club (8/1/2011)


Artist: The Appice Brothers: Drum Wars
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: n/a
Date: 8/1/2011
Label: Independent Tribute Artist

August had only just started today and the venerated B.B. King Blues Club was ready to give us something that was sure to be an additional blast of summer heat. Tonight legendary drummer Carmine Appice would do epic battle with his younger brother Vinny in an event that was listed as “Drum Wars”. The premise was going to put the brothers in a face to face throw down to see who the true master was and who was still the apprentice to the craft. In addition to the guys showing off their respective percussive prowess they would perform a number of songs that helped to make them famous over the years. Music fans who are in the know will likely recall how Carmine Appice was a founding member of not only Vanilla Fudge and Cactus, but also had worked with Rod Stewart and performed with many excellent Metal acts such as Blue Murder, King Kobra and even the Michael Schenker Group to name a few. I also have a fondness for some of the work he did on Paul Stanley’s solo album from back in 1978 and on Beck, Bogert and Appice. Vinny is most recognized for being a member of Black Sabbath Mark 2 with the day by day missed Ronnie James Dio. He went on to tour with Dio as a solo act and continued to be the thunder behind the singer in the Heaven and Hell group that BSM2 had become in today’s music scene before Ronnie would pass away. It would surely be interesting to see how this evening played out.
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