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#94 – Carmine Appice – King Kobra

Carmine Appice - King Kobra

Carmine Appice, with his heavy-hitting style and showmanship, set the standard for rock drumming.  His first taste of success came with the proto-metal band Vanilla Fudge and their 1967 Supremes’ reworking “You Keep Me Hanging’ On.”  He’s since played with a wide array of artists, including Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Ted Nugent and Rick Derringer. In the mid-Eighties he fronted a hard rock band, King Kobra, that received heavy airplay on MTV, before calling it quits at the end of the decade.  Now, they are back with a new record simply titled King Kobra.  Icon Fetch talks with the influential drummer about the reunion of King Kobra, why he began hitting the drums so hard, and the early days of Vanilla Fudge.