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Carmine Appice (Rocker Records)
"I Would Love to
record with Led Zeppelin"
One of the most iconic rock and roll drummers
in the world. Carmine Appice has played with Rod Stewart, Pink Floyd, Blue
Murder, King Kobra, Vanilla fudge, Cactus, to name a select few. His passion
for music and his art is unparalleled.I
had the chance to listen to the entire Cactus catalog( now available on Rocker
Records), and the music is a solid representation of superior musicianship. So
many bands have been influenced by these players.Creem magazine once called Cactus, "The
American Led Zeppelin", and now I know why. They are simply some of the
most creative and capable rock musicians to ever record.
When we talked he was really excited to
continue his musical projects which included, among others, Legacy x ( a band
close to Blue Murder with Joe lYnn Turner on vocals), and Cactus. He was also
enthusiastic about his new label, Rocker Records
Tell me a little
It's brand new.
Basically we put it together to release some product I had sitting around that
we thought fans might like. I had to look at what I had. Turns out I have some
interesting stuff. So for the Cactus band we remixed and remastered some.
Cactus live in the U.S., Japan, etc. These are my projects. Stuff that came
from my archives. We have other things we are planning. Vanilla Fudge lie in
New York City on cd. Some vinyl. A new Cactus ep. We're moving along.
digital but vinyl and cd as well?
Yes. Four releases
now are just to start. Digital only. Cost a lot to make cds and nobody(Cactus) is
touring tight now. So it doesn't pay to put Cactus on cd.Maybe in the future.
Just digital for now.
How involved are
you with social media?
Well I havetwitter and two facebook accounts. I use it every
day. Almost 6000 on twitter.
Has illegal downloading
Definitely and not
for the better. I havea drum
instruction book. I lost 50% of sales between economy and downloads. It sucks.
We don't know how to fix it. Lost $1000 of dollars in royalties and copyright
infringements. All the royalties on all the bands are down. We are just getting
ripped off nobody is doing anything about it. There's got to be a way to
How is touring
different for you now?
20 years ago it
was harder.We were dinosaurs during the
grunge era. We were the old farts. But somehow during the 2000's we all became
cool again. I don't know how.
You were on That
Metal Show with Dave Meneketti(y&T). Did you ever jam with him?
Yeah back in the
day. The old days, the 80's we did. That Metal Show is really a great idea.
They are moving it back to New York City.
Yeah maybe now I
can go. I live near Providence, Rhode Island.
Oh Yeah. Newport,
Rhode Island( about 15 minutes away) We started there. Used to be a club called
Dorians. There wasalso a really good
hamburger joint there as well.
Are there any
artists you would love to record with?
I would love to
record with Led Zeppelin. If they decided to record again. Always liked their
music. The Beatles maybe.
Craziest story on
One time Cactus
was doing an outdoor gig. My drum set was on a riser on the back of a dump
truck. Sometime during the show they accidentally raised the dump part and
actually dumped the whole set off the back. I was pissed.
Any hidden Blue
No. But I started
a new band with Joe Lynn Turner and Tony Franklin. Sounds like Blue Murder.
Guitars will be big and fat. Whenever me and Tony Franklin play togetherit always sounds like Blue murder. Songs are
similar. 3 more tracks to go. Band is called Legacy x
New England Metal & Hardcore Festival feat. Sabaton
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Sabaton was formed back in 1999 in Falun, Sweden when the members of a band called "Aeon" reformed and rearmed for the upcoming first recording in Moon Music Studio. The founding members of Aeon: Rikard, Pär and Daniel Mullback had joined forces with Oskar and Joakim earlier during the year which had seen a few line-up changes and the guys decided on a fresh start and changed the name of the band to Sabaton. These are the same guys you see on stage today.
As a young proto-metalhead living in the hard streets of Riverside, Rhode Island we would all gather at whoever had the latest vinyl release and rock out for hours. Discussing techniques, listening to lyrics, guitar solos. The best albums offered up energy at its purest form. It transmitted from the vinyl grooves right into our little teenage brains. You could literally feel what the band or artist was trying to convey.
Metallica's latest release, Hardwired to self destruct offers up a modern day version of that same energy and spirit from days gone by. It is a powerful statement from a band that many had written off. One song...Now were all dead...that is the only song you need to listen to. But there are many, many more. This is grade a material from a group of artists who managed to capture their energy and channel it through this disc. This is real, this is power, this is the definition of a classic metal album.
Another great sign of a good, solid album is that you can list…