The iconic rock drummer Carmine Appice made an appearance on The Drummission Podcast for an interview in which he recalled Ted Nugent‘s ‘wimpy rock’ remark.
Carmine Appice is a talented drummer and percussionist who is commonly associated with rock music. He is mainly known for his works with Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, and Rod Stewart. Apart from working with them, Appice has also collaborated with many artists like Ozzy Osbourne and Ted Nugent.
In 1977, Appice joined Rod Stewart’s backing band and co-wrote songs including ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?’ and ‘Young Turks.’ He then continued his career by recording with numerous artists, including Ted Nugent. Between 1982 and 1983, the drummer worked with Nugent on his ninth studio album and toured with Ozzy Osbourne in 1983.
In an interview on the Drummission Podcast, Carmine Appice recalled his tenure with Ted Nugent. Appice said he started working with Ted Nugent after Rod Steward, and their collaboration began after an encounter in the American Music Awards where Nugent was also present.
According to Appice, Ted Nugent approached him that day and told him to give a call when he wants to play ‘man’s rock’ instead of playing this ‘wimpy rock.’ Following that, the drummer started working with Nugent and performed on his ‘Nugent’ album.
In the interview, Carmine Appice recalled what happened after his tenure with Rod Stewart:
“After Rod was Ted Nugent. We did American Music Awards, and I saw Ted was on it. And Ted came up and said, ‘Look, when you’re done playing this wimpy rock, you want to play man’s rock, give me a call.’
We’re good friends. So, I went with Ted. I did that from 1982 [talks about performing on 1982’s ‘Nugent’ album].”
You can watch the full interview below.