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Carmine Appice Receives “Bonzo Bash Legend Award” Recognizing His Contributions To Drumming


Groundbreaking drummer Carmine Appice was presented with the first-ever Bonzo Bash Legend Award on June 1 at the Bonzo Bash East Coast Invasion at Bergen PAC in Englewood, New Jersey. The Bonzo Bash is an all-star tribute to Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham–celebrating his birthday and music–featuring the top drummers in rock music today. The event is sponsored by Modern Drummer magazine.

Carmine was recognized for his contributions to drumming since 1967 and his influence on Bonham. Carmine and KISS drummer Peter Crisswere both honored with awards. Carmine also acted as co-host for all three Bonzo shows, including the May 30 event held at the Gramercy Theater in Manhattan and May 31 event at Revolution Bar & Grill on Long Island. Joining Carmine to co-host Saturday’s finale in New Jersey was VH1’s That Metal Show’s Eddie Trunk.

2013 Bonzo Bash Founders Legend Award recipient Peter Criss of KISS–who was not present at the event–sent his congratulations to Carmine, stating: “I would like to congratulate my dear friend Carmine Appice who truly deserves this award for all his great years of influencing us drummers–including the late great John Bonham.”

In other news, catch Carmine as the featured guest musician on VH1’s That Metal Show for the episode airing June 22.


About Carmine Appice: As drummer for Vanilla Fudge, Carmine Appice set the grooves for the groundbreaking band’s 1967 psychedelic debut, inadvertently inventing Stoner Rock in the process. The Fudge had no precedent, and Appice boomed like no other drummer in rock history. Their debut album still stands as a Hard Rock classic. Post-Fudge, Appice and bandmate Tim Bogert formed Cactus, and later recruited Grammy-winning guitar hero Jeff Beck to form the supergroup Beck, Bogert & Appice (BBA). In ’76, Carmine joined Rod Stewart’s band, touring, recording and writing two of Stewart’s biggest hits, “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” and “Young Turks.” Over the years, Carmine has been equally known for his astonishing live performances, his flawless session work, and his influence on thousands of aspiring drummers – and a horde of heavyweights including John Bonham, Neil Peart, and Tommy Lee – not only through his distinctive style, but through clinics, symposiums, and his landmark book The Realistic Rock Drum Method (now available in video format as well). In recent years, he has brought drums to the forefront of rock music with the creation of the theatrical rock drum spectacular SLAMM, and Drum Wars – a touring drum battle with brother Vinny Appice.

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