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Meeting Carmine 1981... Thanks Man!


I met Carmine Appice in late '81 when I first started to write for Good Times. Bill Milkowski, then the editor, asked me if I wanted to interview Carmine Appice, who was doing drum clinics for Unicef and promoting his solo album back then. Since the first record I ever bought with my own money was Vanilla Fudge "Renassance," I said "Hell Yeah!"

In those days I was still pretty starstruck meeting name musicians, and going to meet someone as accomplished as Carmine was like going to meet God! We met in the old WLIR studios and went down to the coffee shop to chat. I was SO nervous and awed by him, but he was very, very nice and out me right at ease. So was his manager, Alan Miller.

We sat down in the coffee shop with my tape recorder and he gave me all kinds of great anecdotes about smashing TV's in Cactus, and even told me about the infamous "Mud Shark" incident (See "Frank Zappa and the Mothers Live at Fillmore East")!

When the interview came out a couple of weeks later, Carmine's people even took out some advertising in Good Times, which made points with the people there for me. I guess Good Times liked the article because they've reprinted it several times over the years.

Carmine could have "big leagued" me and treated me like garbage (as others did later), but his kindness and consideration were a great experience for a rookie writer doing his first interview. It really gave me a sense of validation that helped get me through later, more difficult assignments. I learned that artists need publicity as much as journalists need a story.

I never got a chance to thank Carmine. I'm sure it was just "another day in the life" for him, but if this message

should find its way to him, it should be known that I am still deeply grateful even fifteen years later. You really gave me a leg up man, thanks.

peace, g.

 


George Gelish wrote: Carmine could have "big leagued" me and treated me like garbage (as others did later), but his kindness and consideration were a great experience for a rookie writer doing his first interview. It really gave me a sense of validation that helped get me through later, more difficult assignments.

I never got a chance to thank Carmine. I'm sure it was just "another day in the life" for him, but if this message should find its way to him, it should be known that I am still deeply grateful even fifteen years later. You really gave me a leg up man, thanks.

Hello George,

Welcome to the Fudge Forum and thanks for a great story. I can identify with you a little. My first [and only to date :-)] interview was with my bassist hero, Tim Bogert, albeit over the phone, but he was just as cordial as could be, and was kind enough to be patient with my tongue tripping! And since I've become associated with this site, I've been lucky enough to have met and now have worked with Vince Martell. This man is a true Gentleman. I don't think he has an unkind word to say about anyone.

The point is that these guys, along with Mark Stein wherever he may be, are the greatest rock musicians ever, IMHO. It is a real relief to know that they themselves are as likable as their music.

As far as thanking Carmine? He drops in the forum occasionally and will see your letter sooner or later. He's busy now working with World Class Rockers, and promoting Guitar Zeus I and II. If you'd like to thank him directly, you can email him, and it does go directly to him if you click on his email link under his picture at the main page. It may take some time as he's always busy but he will see it!

Thanks again for a great story!

Pete

 


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