Carmine first came into the spotlight with the band VANILLA FUDGE in the late 60's. Vanilla Fudge were featured performers on show like The Ed Sullivan Show, and American Bandstand. In 1970 , with the end of Vanilla Fudge, Carmine went on to form CACTUS with bassist Tim Bogert. CACTUS was a ground breaking band and the first "Super Group". Cactus was hailed by critics as "The American Led Zeppelin". Cactus has also been cited as a major influence on such artists as KING'S X and Alex and Eddie Van Halen, Billy Sheehan, David Coverdale, Kid Rock and more. Later, this union between Carmine and Tim Bogert evolved into an alliance with Grammy-winning guitar hero, Jeff Beck, a stellar combination of talent known internationally as BECK, BOGERT, and APPICE.
One of the premier showmen in rock, he became known worldwide for his astonishing live performances, in addition becoming a highly sought-after session drummer, recording with countless artists throughout the seventies. In 1976, his friend Rod Stewart invited Carmine to join his band, after auditioning more than forty other drummers. As a member of THE ROD STEWART BAND, Carmine exhibited yet another talent: writing hit songs. 'Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?,and 'Young Turks,were two of his biggest singles.
Carmine's discography demonstrates his broad musical scope, having worked with artists ranging from Stanley Clarke to Ozzy Osbourne; from Ted Nugent to Pink Floyd. Such versatility stems from Carmine having been influenced by the jazz drumming of Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa, combined with extensive classical training.
As an educator, Carmine was the first to legitimize rock drumming with his landmark book, REALISTIC ROCK. This revolutionary drum method book, which has sold more than 300,000 copies, is now available as a video. It was the first book about rock drumming that was actually written by a rock drummer. REALISIC ROCK was voted among the top 25 drum books of all time by MODERN DRUMMER magazine and has been studied by such drum luminaries as Greg Bissonette and Dave Weckl. The book has been updated with a new section on linear techniques, and an accompanying CD.
Carmine was also the first rock drummer to conduct instructional clinics and symposiums held on college campuses, theaters, and music stores around the world, a tradition he still continues. His clinics and master classes continue to break attendance records at venues in every country.
Some of Carmine's world tours have been with the Geffen Records super group BLUE MURDER, featuring guitarist extraordinaire John Sykes, from WHITESNAKE, and Tony Franklin of THE FIRM, and with the legendary EDGAR WINTER GROUP. Being a performer with universal appeal, his playing reaches more than just drummers, as evidenced by proclamations of 'Carmine Appice Day,in Los Angeles and four other major U.S. cities, in recognition of his contributions to music, drumming, and music education. He was further immortalized in 1991 by his induction into the Hollywood Rock Walk, his handprints and signature side by side with his idols Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. This year the Hollywood Rock Walk is issuing a commemorative book, with a full page on Carmine, next to a page on superstar James Brown.
An album with Rick Derringer and Tim Bogert called DBA was
In 2004-2005 Carmine once again, got together with Tim Bogert, Mark Stein and Vince Marteli for a reunion tour with the original members of Vanilla Fudge and touring and recording with friend and guitarist, Pat Travers under the Travers and Appice Banner.
In 2006-2007 Carmine was out touring and recording with Cactus once again with Tim Bogert, Jim McCarty, and replacing the late Rusty Day is Jimmy Kunes of Savoy Brown. You can see Carmine on VH-1 on shows talking about Rock History and see him in the new Book "A Thunder of Drums" the story of John Bonham. Carmine also put together his newest innovative group, Slamm!! It's the ultimate drum experience and another avenue of expression of Carmine's love for drumming and re-inventing the way we all perceive drums.
In 2008 Carmine continues to perform with Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and SLAMM!! as well as recording and laying down drum track for other musicians. His high standards have earned him the respect of the world's most admired performers, as well as captivating the loyalty of legions of fans. He has reshaped the path of music education, redesigned the very instrument he plays, and recreates excitement with every performance.