Carmine Appice thinks that Vinnie Vincent has now totally ruined his career
Drummer Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, King Kobra, Ozzy Osbourne, Blue Murder and many others) was recently interviewed by Jimmy Kay for Canada’s The Metal Voice and was asked about his former bandmate Vinnie Vincent‘s recent show cancellations (in February and June 2019) and about any unreleased songs that he might have with the guitarist.
Appice and bassist Tony Franklin were supposed to perform with Vincent in Nashville, Tennessee, USA on February 8 and 9, 2019, first with former Vinnie Vincent Invasion lead vocalist Robert Fleischman (who eventually backed out), and then later with singer Jim Crean.
Appice advised (with slight edits): “Vinnie Vincent gig was cancelled, yeah, we knew it would happen. Vinnie kept saying that it’s the promoter fault but the promoter has been so sick, he’s still sick and he hasn’t had a chance to go and work the deal. I think now Vinnie Vincent has totally ruined his career. If there was any last chance, it’s gone now. I think he’s done. I mean there’s nothing on his website. I think people are afraid to book him, that’s what happens when you do stuff like this. I knew Vinnie back in 1979-80 when he played with me. He yeah, he had some ego problems you know and never lived up to his word in business. I don’t know what his problem is but all I know is back when I played with him and he played with KISS, he was a fantastic guitar player, really fantastic talent, good songwriter, good singer and he sang on some of the songs that we did.
I think I’m gonna put some of those songs we recorded together out that no one has heard up on YouTube just for the hell of it just so people can hear some of it because they’re really good stuff, even though he didn’t want it ever released. I’m not putting it up for sale I’m just putting it up for creativity. I own the tapes. There is this one song called ‘Tears’ which was the original version of the song that he gave to to John Waite. It was a little different arrangement. We have eight or nine songs. We wanted to release like 50 vinyls records with these songs and sell them, and autograph them at a gig. Vinnie didn’t like them so yeah, so he stopped it, so we didn’t do it. The style of the songs were not metal. It was 1979. They were just hard rock. They are sort of like a heavy Cheap Trick and kind of kind of like Cactus. “
You can read other excerpts from the interview with Carmine Appice at The Metal Voice‘s website or listen to the interview below:
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