Episode 204

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10th Oct 2021

Carmine Appice--Drummer, Teacher, Vanilla Fudge and Rod Stewart with Bruce Hilliard

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 took poetic license with 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 song made famous by the Zombies, “She‘s Not There” and, most famously, the Supremes‘ Motown classic “You Keep Me Hangin‘ On” taking music to new and improved hippie heights.

You wouldn’t know it but Carmine is the drummer on Rod Stewart’s “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy.” 


And after authoring books, mentoring upcoming drummers, touring, recording and staying healthy at age 74, Carmine’s latest release “Energy Overload” is out of the oven. Carmine Appice and Fernando Perdomo (on  guitar and keyboards) collaborate to become the Appice Perdomo Project...and here’s what they sound like.



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Bruce Hilliard

Born in Seattle, raised in Aberdeen WA, Bruce Hilliard is a singer, guitarist and songwriter with a song list influenced mostly by pop/folk rock of the 60s-80s. He has been an opener for Heart, the Ramones, Dr. Hook, Wishbone Ash and Eric Burdon.
Early in his career Bruce completed Bachelor Degrees in Music and Journalism from Washington State University and, while never allowing a hiatus from performing and songwriting, joined corporate America in marketing and sales. That rocky road led him back to his passion and now records and performs live and with great appreciation to be back in his jam.
He currently resides in Mukilteo WA and hosts the Better Each Day Podcast Radio Show. His musician interview based show has featured recording artists including John Oates; Grand Funk Railroad’s frontman Mark Farner; Steve Fossen, bass player and co-founder of Heart; drummer Carmine Appice; and Dave Bickler, lead vocalist (Eye Of the Tiger) of Survivor. The weekly half hour show has over 181 episodes and is becoming a strong platform for musicians of all levels to showcase their music and their backstories.