Legendary drummer and philanthropist Carmine Appice was recently interviewed by Alice Cooper for the "Nights with Alice Cooper" radio show to support the recent GUITAR ZEUS CD release, "Conquering Heroes". The interview is scheduled to run on Alice's show on Tuesday, October 20 as part of the annual Halloween celebration broadcasts.
"It was great talking with Alice for the interview for GUITAR ZEUS," affirms Appice. "We go back to the 60's when Alice opened up for VANILLA FUDGE. Alice told me he loves projects like my GUITAR ZEUS because it is different than just a band and he loves to play them. He said he is gonna rock with GUITAR ZEUS on his show. He also asked me to get involved with his charity foundation to help inner city kids. I said I would love to."
Fuel Records released the new GUITAR ZEUS CD, "Conquering Heroes", on August 25. The double-disc set, which features 24 of the best GUITAR ZEUS songs, showcases the prolific talents of many world-renowned rock guitarists, including Brian May, Ted Nugent, Slash, Zakk Wylde, Richie Sambora, and many more.
Author, clinician, drummer, 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.
Appice first created GUITAR ZEUS in 1995 when he recruited some of the most famous guitarists in the world to be a part of his project, from Zakk Wylde and Ted Nugent to Brian May (QUEEN) and Slash (GUNS N' ROSES), even tennis legend John McEnroe. Songs also included guest vocals by Doug Pinnick and Edgar Winter. Throughout the late 1990s, three GUITAR ZEUS CDs were released to worldwide critical acclaim.
"GUITAR ZEUS, for me, was an amazing experience, working with so many great guitarists", Appice states. "It was fun picking out songs for each. Each guitarist loved the songs. It was awesome. I would do it again in a minute even though it was a lot of work. I consider these drum tracks to be some of my best drum performances in my career!"