CARMINE APPICE On Scrapped BLUE MURDER Reunion Plans: 'We Still Can't Get JOHN SYKES Out Of The House'

CARMINE APPICE On Scrapped BLUE MURDER Reunion Plans: 'We Still Can't Get JOHN SYKES Out Of The House'

Legendary drummer Carmine Appice (BLUE MURDER, VANILLA FUDGE, KING KOBRA) was recently interviewed by Tigman of the Albany, New York radio station Q103. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):

On “Monsters And Heroes”, a song from the new APPICE album “Sinister”, which features vocalist Paul Shortino (ROUGH CUTT, KING KOBRA):

Carmine: “He’s just a great, great singer. He’s a good friend of mine. I call him my brother from another mother. We’re so close, and any time I need vocals and lyrics, I call him because he’s awesome. We did two KING KOBRA records together. ‘Monsters And Heroes’ actually started in 2011. It was written by me, Paul and Dave [Michael-Philips] from KING KOBRA. We recorded it with KING KOBRA and gave it to Wendy Dio to use for her foundation, the cancer foundation. They used it for two years, and anything that the record made money-wise went into the foundation. Then the rights came back to me. When we got this record deal, I said to [my brother] Vinny, ‘You should listen to the song. I think it would be a great song for me and you to do for the album.’ He loved the song, so we took that song and gave it to SPV as a demo, and they loved it and they signed us. When we did the record, we took the multi-track of that song, did some editing and fixing up and put Vinny on it, so actually Vinny and KING KOBRA are playing on that song. Then we released it, and we said, ‘We were going to do the album dedicated to Ronnie.’ Paul used to be managed by Wendy and Ronnie; Vinny played with him; he was like family to us; and I’ve known him since ’78. I said, ‘This is a natural.’ The video, we got permission to use Ronnie‘s pictures in the video, and it’s a real great tribute to Ronnie, who’s a great singer and a great guy.”

On his favorite act he ever performed with:

Carmine: “The stint with Rod Stewart had to be the most unbelievable time. You go in the studio; you record a record; you know you’re going to sell five million records; you go out and you play, like, six nights at The Forum, which is 20,000 a night; then you go to Australia and play with 40,000 people in a stadium plus six nights at an 8,000-seater. It’s, like, 100,000 people, almost. Then I co-wrote ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy’, and it went to No. 1 and sold so much, and I made so much money and [it] brought me into a whole new status of my career. Learning a lot about songwriting from Rod, a lot about image. If you go out and do a drum clinic, don’t just do a drum clinic. Make it an event. Giving money to charities. I learned so much from that whole experience with Rod that carried through to the rest of my career.”

On the scariest moment he’s experienced on the road:

Carmine: “I have been prone to these massive bloody noses. I had surgery ten years ago, and I just had another surgery, and they found something that was not correct in my body. There was a vein attached to an artery that went right to my nose, that shouldn’t have been there. They said, ‘If you have a nosebleed, it’s like a faucet.’ Right after the [‘Monsters And Heroes’] video, I came back to New York and I ended up in the hospital for three days. Not supposed to happen according to the last surgery, but this one was more precise. Anyway, it’s when I had some bloody noses on the road where it wouldn’t stop. One time, I was in Australia and I was getting ready to go on and do a big clinic — there was, like, 800 people out there — and I was wearing a Sabian white gym suit, and I got a bloody nose and I bled all over the white. [Laughs] It wasn’t good.”

On whether he hopes VANILLA FUDGE will ever be nominated for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame:

Carmine: “I don’t know. I gave up on that. I think if we were going to be in, we would have been in already. I’m very disappointed at it, because they should call it the ‘Music Hall Of Fame’, because they’re bringing in people that are not rock n’ roll. We influenced a lot of the people that they brought in already. Between VANILLA FUDGE and CACTUS, we influenced so many people back in the day. VANILLA FUDGE should have been brought in. I mean, DEEP PURPLE‘s brought in, right? We influenced DEEP PURPLE. We influenced LED ZEPPELIN. We influenced so many bands, but I don’t really think we’re ever going to get in. I don’t really care. We’re in the Long Island Hall Of Fame; I’m in the Modern Drummer Hall Of Fame; I’m getting a Heavy Metal Hall Of [History] award at the NAMM show; I’m on the RockWalk on Sunset Boulevard; so I think I personally left my mark, and VANILLA FUDGE left their mark too. 50 years, and we’re still playing..”

On whether BLUE MURDER will ever reunite:

Carmine: “I doubt it. Me and Tony [Franklin, bass], last year we played with John [Sykes] at his house a couple of times and we thought we were gonna go out, and then it never happened. As Mike Portnoy asked me when he was trying to put THE WINERY DOGS concept together with John, he said, ‘How do you get Sykes out of the house?’ I said, ‘Dude, I tried for 10 years, 12 years, I’m done.’ Then I went back again and we tried again, and we still can’t get him out of the house. The closest we got is ‘Riot’ on the ‘Sinister’ album, with Robin McAuley singing and GOV’T MULE‘s bass player, Jorgen Carlson, playing bass, and it sounds pretty damn good on that record.”

“Sinister” — the first-ever joint studio record featuring both Carmine and Vinny — was released on October 27 through SPV/Steamhammer.

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BIFF BYFORD Thinks SAXON's New Album, 'Thunderbolt', 'Sounds Pretty Cool To The Modern Ear'

BIFF BYFORD Thinks SAXON's New Album, 'Thunderbolt', 'Sounds Pretty Cool To The Modern Ear'

SAXON vocalist Biff Byford was recently interviewed by Diane Webb of Yesterdaze News. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):

On the group’s new album, “Thunderbolt”:

Biff: “We try to keep the same sort of guitar sound, which are very sort of vintage. Then we mix it together with fairly modern stuff. Andy Sneap produced the album, and he has a great way of keeping the sort of retro guitar sounds but adding something a little bit modern to it, so it sounds pretty cool to the modern ear.”

On the group’s upcoming North American tour with JUDAS PRIEST:

Biff: “We haven’t done a long tour like this in America for quite some time. We did a few shows with JUDAS PRIEST a couple of years ago, but to be invited on a full tour is really, really special. It’s really great. It’s been a while since we were on the big stages in America, so we’re looking forward to it. We play pretty big stages in Europe, so we’re ready for it. We’re trying to do as good of a production as possible. Obviously, it’s a JUDAS PRIEST tour, not a SAXON tour, so we have to be a little bit aware that we can’t bring everything, but we’re going to try to make the show as great as possible, and do a few new songs and some of the big hits from the ’80s. It should be cool.”

On whether, after 22 albums, the band ever gets “tired” of performing anything live:

Biff: “No, we never get tired. The thing is, the songs belong to the audience, really. In the ’80s, those songs were so big — ‘Denim And Leather’ and ‘Power And The Glory’ and ‘Princess Of The Night’, ‘Wheels Of Steel’ — they’re such big songs with people that we never get tired of playing them. Each time we play to a different audience, so it’s a different version, really.”

On the new song “Predator”, which features guest vocals by Johan Hegg of AMON AMARTH:

Biff: “They’re good friends of ours. We like the band. We met them when they first started touring way back, several years ago. We like the viking rock. We feel like we’re brothers-in-arms there. They’re obviously a younger band than we are, but they grew up with SAXON in Sweden in the ’80s, so they’re big fans of SAXON, and we’re big fans of theirs. When I wanted to do a lower voice on that song, I thought of Johan straight away. He was my first choice, and he did such a fantastic job. It sounds great. It’s a little bit radical for us, but I don’t like being predictable. I like taking a few chances with things like that, see if the fans like it.”

On his thoughts on the state of heavy metal in 2018:

Biff: “I think where we come from — MOTÖRHEAD, JUDAS PRIEST and all those British bands, even the bands from the ’70s like [BLACK] SABBATH — they all come from a very, very industrial, working-class background. That sort of background’s not really there anymore in the U.K., and I know it’s not there anymore in America, like Detroit and some of the big industrial towns. It’s difficult these days, because a lot of bands have got recording equipment; they can mix; they can make records; they can write and record records in their garage and their bedrooms. It’s a little bit changed. I find that a lot of new bands aren’t quite so desperate. When we started, it was just cassettes and vinyl. I think that sort of attitude is gone now. I think it’s a new attitude that young bands are writing stuff, because they’re able to do that. They don’t need a big studio. In some respects, I think it’s better, but in other respects, it’s not as good.”

On his remaining goals:

Biff: “Apart from a platinum album in America… We’d like to go to China. We’ve done a lot of stuff, you know. But we still like touring and meeting our fans, and making new fans, especially in America. There’s a lot of people in America who have sort of heard of ‘Denim And Leather’ but don’t know who played the song, so I think we still have a lot of fans in America who we need to play to, who we haven’t played to for years.”

“Thunderbolt” will be released on February 2 via Militia Guard (Silver Lining Music). The follow-up to 2015’s “Battering Ram” feature original artwork by longtime SAXON collaborator Paul Raymond Gregory.

The official video for the “Thunderbolt” title track, featuring footage from SAXON‘s pyro-filled performance at Wacken Open Air and a host of other live gigs, can be seen below.

SAXON will join JUDAS PRIEST on a North American tour that kicks off March 13 in in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania and wraps on May 1 in San Antonio, Texas. Additional support on the trek will come from BLACK STAR RIDERS.

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DOROTHY Releases New Single 'Flawless'; '28 Days In The Valley' Album Due In March

DOROTHY Releases New Single 'Flawless'; '28 Days In The Valley' Album Due In March

Los Angeles-based alternative rock band DOROTHY has released the new track “Flawless”, the first single from its forthcoming sophomore album, “28 Days In The Valley”, due out March 9. It’s a vulnerable message that begins with heartbreak and ends as a vindicated feel good anthem of self-love.

“It’s about an ex who really did a number on me,” reveals namesake and frontwoman Dorothy Martin. “This one came fast to me. It was very subconscious… like I’m channeling them. Linda Perry pulled the lightness out of me, both personally and musically. This record is definitely still bold, but it’s happier. It’s kind of like the butterfly coming out of the cocoon.”

‘Flawless’ is the best song ever and if you don’t think so, you can fuck off,” says Perry.

The new album has the in-your-face bluesy, gritty rock and roll fans loved on 2016’s “Rockisdead”, and the band’s recent standalone single, “Down To The Bottom”, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Heatseekers chart and Rolling Stone called the “perfect mix of blues thunder and alt-rock guitar crunch.” But, added to that thunder this time around are more layers of emotion fueled by less metal, more California desert rock vibes.

“This was a spiritual journey and very healing, and because of that it’s an unapologetically honest record,” says Martin of the new album. “Somehow Linda knew I had more to give as a singer and writer. I used to hide behind the tough girl sound, but she taught me that there is power in my vulnerability and that’s what you get on this record.”

Boss has partnered with DOROTHY for the 2018 “Freedom Tour”. Boss is a brand that realizes the dreams of guitarists and is dedicated to supporting all musicians. In that spirit, they’ve teamed with DOROTHY to support the band’s grassroots initiative to select local artists as opening acts.

“28 Days In The Valley” track listing:

01. Flawless
02. Who Do You Love
03. Pretty When You’re High
04. Mountain
05. Freedom
06. White Butterfly
07. 28 Days In The Valley (Interlude)
08. On My Knees
09. Black Tar & Nicotine
10. Philadelphia
11. Ain’t Our Time To Die
12. We Are Staars
13. We Need Love

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