American drummer and percussionist Carmine Appice has shared a new post on his official Facebook account today and penned a farewell message to his late bandmate from Vanilla Fudge who passed away recently, Tim Bogert.
As you might already follow the news that the legendary bassist Tim Bogert died at the age of 76 yesterday. Tim was struggling with serious health issues for many years and lost his war after a lengthy battle with cancer. After hearing the sad news, Carmine Appice was one of the stars who sent a farewell message to Tim, just like Mike Portnoy and Bill Sheeran.
While sharing never-told-before memories with Tim, Carmine Appice claimed that no one ever played like Tim before and he was the last of the legendary ’60s bass players. Carmine also shared yet another unknown truth about Bogert and unveiled that Tim’s nickname was ‘Mr. Spock,’ who was a legendary character of the Star Trek media franchise.
Here is the emotional letter of Carmine Appice To Tim Bogert:
“My true friend Tim Bogert died today.
He was like a brother to me. He was my friend for over 50 years.
Tim was one of a kind bass player. He inspired many, many bass players worldwide. He was as masterful at shredding as he was holding down a groove, and Tim introduced a new level of virtuosity into rock bass playing. No one played like Tim. He created bass solos that drove audiences to a frenzy every time he played one. And he played a different solo every night. He was the last of the legendary 60’s bass players.
Tim was a very intelligent person. So intelligent that we would call him “Spock”. You could ask him anything and he would know something about it.”
He continued his letter:
“I loved Tim like a brother. He will be missed very much in my life. I will miss calling him, cracking jokes together, talking music, and remembering the great times we had together, and how we created kick-ass music together.
Perhaps the only good thing about knowing someone close to you is suffering a serious illness, is you have an opportunity to tell them that you love them, and why you love them. I did that, a lot. I was touched to hear it said back to me. Nothing was left unsaid between us and I’m grateful for that. I highly recommend it.
Rest in peace, my partner. I love you. See you on the other side.”
You can check out the latest Facebook post of Carmine below.