Carmine Appice, best known for being the drummer for Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, and the power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice, opened up about his early memories with John Bonham and his predictions about Led Zeppelin during an interview with Aftershocks podcast.
Led Zeppelin did not follow the path of other British bands, going to the U.S. after being widely known in their home country. They were the first ones to take a different approach, starting to bloom from the United States before being famous in the United Kingdom.
Yet Led Zeppelin played 16 small shows in the United Kingdom in the early years of the band. Soon after, they headed to the United States to kick off their first U.S tour as an opening act for Vanilla Fudge. The show was sold out before Led Zeppelin was added and the audience was there to see the headliner. Still, Led Zeppelin started to build their own legend as the tour moved forward.
During a recent interview, Carmine Appice opened up about those days when Led Zeppelin opened the show for them and stated his admiration for Led Zeppelin’s drummer John Bonham. Appice also stated that he has foreseen Led Zeppelin’s future success and told a story about the Led Zeppelin drum set.
Here is what Appice said about Led Zeppelin:
“When Led Zeppelin came on tour with Vanilla Fudge, I got him his drum set. I’ve got a picture of my drum set and his drum set, and it was the same drum set, which was big, oversized drums. I started that fad with the Ludwig drum company back in 1968, and they toured with us at the end of ’68. When he saw my drum set, he had a little 22 bass drum. I had a 26 bass drum.
I had a big tom in the middle and big toms on the side, a big, fat snare drum. And when he saw that, he said, ‘Man, can you help me get a deal with Ludwig?’ So I called Ludwig and said, ‘Hey, I have this new band opening up for us, this guy John Bonham. I think they’re gonna be big.‘ Now I say it’s an understatement of five decades. So with that, they gave him the same set as mine.”
“We had two blond maple kits, double bass drums even he had. And we did one tour in ’69 with both those drum sets. I often wondered how silly it was when they went on, he had his double-bass drum set, and I went on, and I had mine. They took him off and they put mine on.
But the audiences probably said, ‘Why did they take that drum set off and they put it back on again?’ It was the same exact drum set. After that tour, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page told him it was too busy with two bass drums: ‘Take one away.’ When he took one away, the Led Zeppelin drum set was born. So that’s the story.”
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