Author(s): Ian Gittins
Carmine Appice (born December 15, 1946) is an American drummer and percussionist most commonly associated with the rock genre of music. He has received classical music training, and was influenced early-on by the work of jazz drummers Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. Appice is best known for his associations with Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, the power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice, Rod Stewart, King Kobra, and Blue Murder, which also featured John Sykes of Thin Lizzy fame, and Tony Franklin of The Firm. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2014. Appice is credited with influencing later rock drummers including Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain; Aerosmith's Joey Kramer; Roger Taylor of Queen; Phil Collins of Genesis; Rush's Neil Peart; Motley Crue's Tommy Lee; Slayer's Dave Lombardo; Richard Christy; Chris Grainger; David Kinkade; Ray Mehlbaum; Led Zeppelin's John Bonham; Ian Paice of Deep Purple; Robb Reiner; and, Eric Singer.
Ian Gittins is a music writer for the Guardian who has also written for Melody Maker, Q, Time Out, MTV, Daily Telegraph and New York Timesand has penned biographies of Bjork and Talking Heads. He is also the co-author with Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue of the New York Times bestseller The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star and the co-writer with David Essex of the Sunday Times number one bestseller Over The Moon.