Hit Makers: Music Icons in Performance and Conversation with Valerie Smaldone: Carmine Appice, Legendary Rock Drummer
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Legendary rock drummer Carmine Appice who played with Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne and Jeff Beck is Valerie Smaldone's guest for the second in her series Hit Makers.
Carmine will perform several musical selections.
"The creator of heavy rock drumming as we know it." - Drummer Magazine
“Carmine Appice set the foundation for heavy drumming…before Bonham, before Ian Paice…before anyone else.” —Rick Van Horn, Modern Drummer
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. The band was totally unique. No rock group, up until that point, had ever so lugubriously s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d out well-known pop tunes like the Beatles “Eleanor Rigby” and “Ticket To Ride,” Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready,” Sonny & Cher’s “Bang Bang” Rod Argent’s “She’s Not There” and, most famously, The Supremes’ Motown classic “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” to such hippie heights. With Mark Stein’s mysterioso wash of Grand Guignol keyboard theatrics, Tim Bogert’s amazing and trippy bass runs, and guitarist Vince Martell’s era-happy soloing, Appice boomed like no other drummer in rock history. Their debut album still stands today as a Hard Rock classic. Vanilla Fudge went on to tour with Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and even had Led Zeppelin as an opening act.
Post-Fudge, Bogert and Appice formed Cactus (seen as an influence on King’s X and Van Halen). Post-Cactus, the rhythm section found Grammy-winning Guitar Hero Jeff Beck to form the first supergroup: Beck, Bogert & Appice (BBA).
One of the premier showmen in rock, Appice became known worldwide for his astonishing live performances, in addition to becoming a highly sought-after session drummer, recording with countless artists throughout his career. In ’76, he joined Rod Stewart’s band, touring, recording and writing two of Stewart’s biggest hits, “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” and “Young Turks.” He left Stewart to record his first solo album, Rockers, and tour Japan and North America with an allstar band. . In the early ‘80s, he toured with OZZY Osborne ,Ted Nugent . In the mid ‘80s, he formed King Kobra for two Capitol albums and international touring And in the late 80s, Carmine played on a Pink Floyd record "Momentary Lapse of Reason and formed Blue Murder with Whitesnake’s John Sykes and The Firm’s Tony Franklin. In the early ‘90s, he pounded away soul-style for The Edgar Winter Group.
As an educator, Carmine was the first to legitimize rock drumming with his landmark book, The Realistic Rock Drum Method, selling over 400,000 copies (now in video format). He was the first Rock Drummer and Rock Musician to conduct instructional clinics and symposiums around the world, a tradition he continues. In appreciation for his universal appeal, Los Angeles was one of four cities that have had “Carmine Appice Day.” In ’91, he was forever immortalized via his induction in cement to the Hollywood’s Rock Walk (next to his idols, Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich).
ABOUT VALERIE SMALDONE
Valerie Smaldone is a 5-time Billboard Magazine Award winner and is well known for her unprecedented success holding the #1 on-air position in the New York radio market. She has hosted, produced and created several nationally syndicated programs featuring in-depth interviews with top recording artists such as Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Elton John and Mariah Carey, among others. Having interviewed hundreds of celebrities, performers and entrepreneurs, she is an accomplished interviewer who is always interested in procuring each individual’s unique story.
Following her successful music radio legacy on WLTW, 106.7, Valerie moved on to spoken word and created, hosted and produced a daily talk show, “Valerie’s New York,” the first originally produced Internet radio show for talk station WOR’s stream, wor710.com.
Currently, Valerie hosts and produces a nationally syndicated radio program “America Weekend with Valerie Smaldone...and Friends” distributed through the Envision Radio Network. Additionally, she is a signature voice on heritage radio station 1010WINS, New York.
In the digital space, she currently produces a lifestyle and entertainment podcast titled, "Valerie's New Jersey" on MY9NJ.com. She writes a weekly lifestyle and entertainment column for The Three Tomatoes, and is a theatre reviewer for Examiner.com.
Recently, Valerie produced and hosted a podcast series on Broadway celebrities for the lifestyle platform, Archetype.com.
A well known voice-over artist, Valerie can currently be heard narrating the program “Fatal Encounters” on Investigation Discovery Channel. She has recorded commercials for clients like IBM, Verizon, Publix Supermarkets, and Minute Maid as well as television promos for NBC Dateline, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, The CBS Morning Show, Lifetime, Cinemax, Oxygen and many others. Valerie was the announcer for The Boomer Esiason Show on MSG for 4 seasons.
She has been the “Voice of God” for numerous prestigious live events including: The Kennedy Center, The Clinton Global Initiative, The New York Emmy Awards, The Tony Preview Concert on CBS, The Drama Desk Awards, Broadway on Broadway in Times Square, Broadway Under the Stars in Central Park, The GLAAD Media Awards, The Point Foundation, and many more.
On television, Valerie is a host and interviewer for PBS. She has been a special reporter for ABC and NBC for the Columbus Day Parade.
As an actress, Valerie had a featured role in “Blue Bloods” on CBS, has been a recurring character in the Fox Television series, "The Following," and on stage starred in comedies “The Guido Monologues,” and “What Are Ya Nuts?” Other notable roles include Kara Angelo, a character she created in the play she co-wrote, entitled “Spit it Out!” She has performed in several acclaimed Off-Broadway plays: “Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell” at the Minetta Lane Theatre, “Naked in a Fishbowl” at the Soho Playhouse, “Broadway’s Next Hit Musical” at The Triad, and “Girl Talk:The Musical” at the Midtown Theatre, has participated in several readings featuring celebrities like Mario Cantone, Ralph Macchio and Ally Sheedy, and was an onstage celebrity guest in the Broadway hit, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”
Calling on her music background, Valerie hosts and produces a “Legends of Music” series at 92Y, interviewing music superstars (like Cyndi Lauper, Michael Bolton and Gloria Gaynor) in front of a live audience. At 92Y she also interviews authors.
Valerie is an adjunct instructor at the School of Visual Arts where she teaches courses in media and voice over acting, and is also a private talent coach and media consultant. She is a sought after speaker, interviewer, host and emcee as well as a corporate presenter.