5/9/19

Guitar World Premieres THIS TIME AROUND, the new Carmine Appice “Guitar Zeus” music video, featuring dUg Pinnick, and Yngwie Malmsteen


Carmine, dUg, and Yngwie belong to an elite group of rock stars that the public recognizes on a first name basis, even though all 3 use their full names!  And Guitar World is premiering Carmine & bandmate Kelly Keeling’s new song THIS TIME AROUND, which features performances by Yngwie Malmsteen and dUg Pinnick at this link: https://www.guitarworld.com/news/hear-this-time-around-a-new-track-from-carmine-appices-guitar-zeus.
THIS TIME AROUND is a triumphant song about someone having no choice but to confront a situation instead of letting it go. In going against the odds, the lyrics show why someone fights for what means the most to that person. The track came out great with the Rhythm section of Carmine rocking the drums, Kelly on rhythm guitar, and Tony Franklin playing fretless bass.  

THIS TIME AROUND appears on Carmine’s “Guitar Zeus” album, which is “A guitar enthusiast’s dream come true!”  It’s the only and most comprehensive guitar legend compilation album ever recorded, and includes: Brian May, Slash, Neil Schon, Bruce Kulick, Paul Gilbert, Dweezil Zappa, Leslie West, Steve Morse, Ty Tabor (Kings X), Richie Sambora… There are five brand new songs with Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Pat Travers, John Norum, and top Japanese guitarists RaiZi and Char. 

Yes! “Guitar Zeus” is now available on vinyl!

Other projects in Carmine’s world: recording new albums— DRUM WARS with brother Vinny Appice, and Cactus, who are planning shows everywhere. Carmine praises Clutch’s cover of Cactus’ “Evil (Is Going On).” 
One thing he is not doing, is playing with Vinnie Vincent this June. Nor did he play with him in February. Carmine states: “To set the record straight, Vinnie canceled the shows.”
Album available now on CD, vinyl, download and across all streaming platforms here: http://smarturl.it/GuitarZeus.

5/1/19

Phoebe Legere's Perfect Song for Mother's Day

"Mama" is a thoughtful song about the wisdom Mama taught this reflective songwriter.






Phoebe is on the road.  Tonight she plays Abilene in Rochester.  Here is a link to her interview w/ WHAM-Rochester TV’s Norma Holland.  They talk how her Acadian and Native American ancestors created Cajun (or Acadian music) in America, plus how families got together to make music in the kitchen… which she still does with her friends. 


Stay close to PhoebeLegere.com for news and events:

May 2 Morning Radio WRUR Rochester, NY 
ABILENE, Rochester, NY Thursday at 8pm WITH the world famous Crawdiddies: (Jay Chaffee, Washboard Dave & Banjo Ben Haravitch and Bernie Haveron on Fiddle)

May 4 Afternoon Radio, WKZE-Red Hook, NY
THE FALCON, 1348 Route 9W, Marlboro, New York Tribal Roots of Rock N Roll w Joakim Lartey  

May 7  Lincoln Center Film Society, Portrait of A Game Changer (Phoebe and two of her songs in this film about Barney Rosset)  
May 30 WICN-Worcester, MA Radio 
May 31 Sunapee Coffee House, Sunapee, New Hampshire 
June 6  Gulu Gulu, Salem, MA
June 7  WOMR Radio-Provincetown, MA
June 8  Brick House Concerts, Orleans, MA 
June 23 East Rock Concert Series in New Haven, CT
July 5  Saugerties Sunset Series, Saugerties, NY

July 19  The Ladybug Festival, Wilmington, DE
July TBA Bryant Park Accordion Festival 
August 17 Legere Reunion, Congres Mondial Acadien! 
August 20 Frantastic Festival of Experimental & Improvised Music! Auburn, Maine 
August 25  Coal Shed Festival, Nova Scotia, Canada
September 15  House Concert, Worcester, MA
September 21 TBA: Bangor, ME
October 25  House Concert @ Drews, Ringwood, NJ  


4/7/19

"Tramps": Elliott Murphy Book Advisory

Elliott Murphy’s latest novel TRAMPS takes place in the legendary 1980’s era New York City blues bar of the same name, where ex-punk musician Hoover has found his muse in the basement standing among the rat poison snorting cocaine with his best friend, bartender and drug dealer Jacky, while trying to make sense of a post-Elvis world, burying himself in the black shawl of the blues and looking for redemption in the rarified uptown elegance of the Frick Collection. Home is a call girl with a heart of gold as the Mafia and nihilism closes in from all sides. TRAMPS is the second in Elliott’s trilogy of rock novels, and his 3rd published novel. Available on Amazon.com and www.elliottmurphy.com.


Elliott’s previous novels include the rock tragicomedy MARTY MAY and the neo-western: POETIC JUSTICE.  Other published works include the short story collection PARIS STORIES, and two collections of poetry FORTY POEMS IN FORTY NIGHTS and THE MIDDLE KINGDOM. In a career spanning over 45 years, Elliott has released 36 albums, his most recent being ELLIOTT MURPHY IS ALIVE!

“The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” an earlier story, has been made into the feature film Broken Poet, starring Elliott Murphy in his first major acting role. Cast members include the legendary Marisa Berenson, Academy Award nominee Michael O’Keefe, and acclaimed French actress Joana Preiss as well as rare cameo appearances by Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa. The film is directed by award-winning Spanish Director Emilio Barrachina and is scheduled for a Spring 2019 release.

Singer-songwriting superstar Billy Joel is also a fan and in his November 2018 induction of Elliott into the Long Island Music Hall of fame, he said—“I’ve long envied his bravery and integrity, and I’ve always admired his lyric skill” and invited Elliott to join him and his band on stage at Madison Square Garden to sing Walk on the Wild Side by the late Lou Reed, a fellow Long Islander and also an early admirer of Elliott’s music.

In 2015 Elliott Murphy was awarded the Chevalier des arts et des lettres medal by the French minister of Culture.  

Elliott Murphy first rose to national prominence with the release of his debut 1973 album Aquashow,     

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Visit the ELLIOTT MURPHY Amazon author page at BITLY:  http://amzn.to/2lMcsmQ




3/14/19

SXSW Songwriters

Rebecca Loebe, John Brodeur, Rachael Sage are meeting folks at SXSW.

Rebecca's latest album GIVE UP YOUR GHOSTS (on Austin's Blue Corn Records) features GROWING UP, a collection of poignant observations on how things change.  Sounding like one of Ed Sheeran's waltzes, GROWING UP''s hook "growing old, getting over it."  


Rebecca has two shows: Thursday, May 14: Driskill, 604 Brazos Street, at 9 PM CT 
Friday March 15: Saxon Pub, 1320 W. Lamar at 8 PM

Then it’s off to Europe, including her March 31 show in London at The Green Note.
P.S. Rebecca's looking forward to opening for Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche Cookout Concerts in Novato CA 6/2! http://tinyurl.com/yytveyra 


This just in: ROLLING STONE Country writes:


Bird Streets is John Brodeur's new project, with production from Jason Falkner (Jellyfish, TV Eyes). John is also in Austin.  Newly signed to Omnivore records, the label is ripping him for syncs, and I'm plugging his songs. Listen to "Betting on the Sun," which is sounds like Elvis Costello meets Brian Wilson.   




Rachael Sage has been an inspiration to friends for years.  She's performing Saturday afternoon, March 16  at 4:45 PM CT, at Art.Work, 201 E 5th St., in Austin.

Rachael performs in London on May 16 at the Bedford.
Next week she's releasing an acoustic album  (PSEUDOMYOPIA) of songs from her current full band collection: MYOPIA.

"Alive" is such an upbeat song, listing topical possibilities "including microfilm being pulled out of the archive," " the olympics where nobody ever cheats!"  She mentions Frida Kahlo,  and the hook "IT’S GOOD TO BE ALIVE." 




Listen to Some of our Spiritual and Holiday songs at: https://soundcloud.com/leightonmedia/sets/seasonal-christmas-hannakah.

3/2/19

Pioneering British Blues-Rock Band, The Yardbirds, Set for 2019 U.S. Tour


The Yardbirds, the band that spearheaded the British Blues Boom of the 1960s, the band that brought the world Eric Clapton in 1963, Jeff Beck in 1965 and Jimmy Page in 1966 (who played in the band with Beck for four months), the band that continues to inspire artists worldwide, will tour the East Coast starting March 14 in Old Saybrook, Connecticutt.

The current  lineup includes critically-acclaimed original drummer/composer Jim McCarty, lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist John Idan, whose tenure with the band began in 1992, bassist Kenny Aaronson, who’s lent his considerable talents to Billy Idol, Joan Jett, and Hall and Oates over the years, lead guitarist Godfrey Townsend, an amazing player who has performed with numerous rock luminaries including John Entwistle and Jack Bruce, and Myke Scavone, (who is also lead singer in The Doughboys) on harp, percussion and backing vocals.

Known as much for their strict allegiance to the blues as for their international chart-topping hit “For Your Love,” The Yardbirds have never lost their drive and jet-propelled beat, due mainly to Mr. McCarty. Their “Train Kept A’ Rollin’” inspired Aerosmith to tackle the same song. Their early forays into heavy rock inspired Page to form his own band, originally named The New Yardbirds, but ultimately named Led Zeppelin.

The Yardbirds, electrifying, eclectic and way ahead of their time, melded heavy rock, wild jams, the blues, and an improvisatory feel, and continue to influence generations of bands and artists. Go to a Yardbirds show and you'll find crowds filled with 20-somethings to baby boomers all thrilling to this band's legendary power.  Watching The Yardbirds in action is experiencing rock’n’roll history.

The Yardbirds 2019 Tour Schedule:

March 14 – Old Saybrook, CT – Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
March 15 – Plymouth, NH – Flying Monkey
March 16 – Albany, NY – The Egg:  Sawyer Theatre
March 18 – New York, NY – City Winery
March 20 – Boston, MA – City Winery
March 21 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse
March 22 – Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall
March 23 – Warren, PA – Struthers Library Theatre
March 24 – Pawling, NY – Daryl’s House
March 28 – Phoenixville, PA – Colonial Theatre
March 29 – Washington, D.C. – City Winery
March 30 – Richmond, VA – Tin Pan
April 2-5 – Time Life Flower Power Cruise


2/27/19

Grand Funk Railroad Plays the Rock & Romance Cruise, March 25 and 26

Left to Right: Bruce Kulick, Mel Schacher,
Max Carl, Don Brewer, Tim Cashion.
The American Band, Grand Funk Railroad is headlining Time-Life’s ’70s Rock & Romance Cruise this March 25 and 26. The Cruise takes Rock & Romance to new heights when it sails through the Caribbean aboard the luxurious Celebrity Infinity. Other Superstars on the Cruise include Foreigner, WAR, Orleans, Leo Sayer, Gino Vanelli, and bands Queen Nation, Exile, Firefall, Little River Band and former members of ELO. Hosting this amazing lineup of talent is Peter Asher plus radio hosts Delilah and Joe Johnson and more.

“The amount of star power we have is overwhelming,” says Alan Rubens, executive producer of the ’70s Rock & Romance Cruise.  “It reflects our dedication to creating the ultimate nostalgic experience for everyone who fell in love to - and with - the music of that era. It’s a truly special cruise with a close-knit community of fans.”

For further information on the ’70s Rock & Romance Cruise, please call 844-466-7625 or visit www.RockAndRomanceCruise.com. (The 2020 Cruise will be announced March 5, also, at  https://rockandromancecruise.com/)

 Grand Funk Railroad is available for interviews with the media in advance; please call Anne Leighton at 718-881-8183.

Grand Funk Railroad formed in Flint Michigan in 1969. 2019 marks the groups 50th Anniversary and the band is celebrating with a 50 YEARS OF FUNK TOUR! The current lineup features original founding members Don Brewer (vocals and drums, writer and singer of the hit, "We're An American Band") and bassist Mel Schacher. Joining Don and Mel are true "ALL-STARS"-- Max Carl (38 Special, Jack Mack and the Heart Attack, Max Carl and Big Dance), lead guitarist Bruce Kulick (12 years with KISS and credits with Michael Bolton, Meatloaf and Billy Squier), and keyboardist Tim Cashion (Bob Seger and Robert Palmer).

Together, Brewer and Schacher have created a dynamic and multi-talented five piece band that not only carries on the tradition of Grand Funk hits, but also creates a new chapter in the legacy of Grand Funk Railroad. This new chapter in the band's biography is being written daily.  Both seasoned Grand Funk lovers and contemporary rock fans--discovering the group for the first time will see and hear firsthand that Grand Funk Railroad is roaring down the tracks.

“We're Comin' To Your Town, We'll Help You Party It Down, 
WE'RE AN AMERICAN BAND!!!"





1/24/19

2019 Love is in the Air!



Rebecca's latest album GIVE UP YOUR GHOSTS (on Austin's Blue Corn Records) features GROWING UP, a collection of poignant observations on how things change.  Sounding like one of Ed Sheeran's waltzes, GROWING UP''s hook "growing old, getting over it."  


P.S. Rebecca's looking forward to opening for Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche Cookout Concerts in Novato CA 6/2! http://tinyurl.com/yytveyra 

ROLLING STONE loves Rebecca’s album, comparing her “coffeehouse Americana and light folk-pop” to Norah Jones.

 
Rachael Sage has been an inspiration to friends for years.  
"Alive" is such an upbeat song, listing topical possibilities "including microfilm being pulled out of the archive," " the olympics where nobody ever cheats!"  She mentions Frida Kahlo,  and the hook "IT’S GOOD TO BE ALIVE." 


 Dean Friedman's perfect Love Pop song:  PUT YOU IN MY POCKET

Dean has a great Easter song "The Ducks of St. Stephens Green."
PUT YOU IN MY POCKET and other Valentine & Love songs are at 
https://soundcloud.com/leightonmedia/sets/valentines-love

AMAZING LOVE by Phoebe Legere is a LOVE song. Someone was that self-centered until YOU came along!  Enjoy the beauty of the video—Phoebe strutting and playing with her squeeze box on an enchanted tropical island.
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UNFINISHED by Lisa Sniderman / aka Aoede  
Unfinished is from an album Lisa created (but hasn't released) while writing a book, "A Light in the Darkness", about how she is able to write and record music, score plays, win awards, and many other things while living with a debilitating disease.

UNFINISHED is chamber pop, and about reconnecting with lost love, growing up.  It could be used for themes of either Optimism (with a Hollywood Ending) OR Toxic Optimism. Heartfelt, Yearning, Wishful, Poignant, Questioning.

So much distance 
So much unsaid 
We’re perfect strangers 
Under painted smiles  
And I remember 
Remember dreaming 
When we were younger
Oh-we had it all-had it all 

And memories flash in my head    
Back to a time when nothing could break me
Ba ba ba ba da  
Ba ba ba ba da
Ba ba ba ba da-a

If only I could forget you 
Wake up and just regret you 
Ba ba ba da     
Ba ba ba da-a 
Maybe-we’re unfinished

Full of hatred
And foolish games
We blamed each other
Always wanting more-always more
And I closed that door 
I swore I locked it
But I keep trembling
Oh-now you’re here-so near

And we keep playing in my head    
There was a time when nothing could break me
Ba ba ba ba da  
Ba ba ba ba da
Ba ba ba ba da-a
Nothing could break

Do you believe in second chances
Do you believe in charmed romances
oh whoa-oh whoa
Do you believe in second chances
Do you believe in charmed romances
oh whoa-oh 

If only I could replace you 
Wake up and just erase you 
Ba ba ba da 
Ba ba ba da-a
If only I could reject you 
Pretend I never met you 
Ba ba ba da 
Ba ba ba da-a 

Maybe we’re unfinished   
Maybe we’re unfinished
Maybe we’re unfinished
©Aoede/Lisa Sniderman Feb 2017 


Lisa interviews me about how I've been songwriting to share insight on healing and abuse.


Lisa Sniderman (AKA Aoede): a quirky folk winner of the IMA, John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and also playwriting contest. She also writes children songs.


Sharon Katz is now on tour in North America

HAMBA KAHLE MANDELA (GO WELL MANDELA) - Sharon Katz & Nohlandla Wanda: 
 A stirring and gentle ballad to say goodbye to Mandela and a challenge to carry his lessons forward.  (pronounced HAM-BA-KAH-LE  MANDELA)  (H=soft sound)
She continues to lead multi-racial choir performances and marches.




HER OWN LAGOON by Josh Lewis is part Aerosmith/Cheap Trick/Black Crowes: 
The song is about an abused person now in the hospital, and a million miles from the truth.  She’s sending him postcards from her room.  




AMERICAN HEART: Jaclyn Bradley Palmer  
dark patriotic pop, inspired by her love for America, yet sadness over it's current state. The song is still hopeful.
Sounds like pop Halsey mixed with the dark folk pop of Phoebe Bridgers. 
Jaclyn had an amazing time, performing both pop and opera on Ireland's Got Talent this Spring.



Holiday Songs
https://soundcloud.com/leightonmedia/sets/seasonal-christmas-hannakah

JOY TO THE WORLD I GUESS by  Rebecca Loebe and Findlay Napier is topical, about people’s arguments through during the holiday season, and the resolutions we make to fight less, “Joy to the world I guess….  There are friends we no longer will see in the holidays, because they’re shadows in the moonlight on the lawn.”  

1/22/19

Sharon Katz & Nonhlanhla Wand 2019 Tour: South Africa, United States, Cuba, Tijuana


Join Sharon & Nonhlanhla Wanda’s 25th Anniversary Creating Music Together  


Sharon & Nonhlanhla's music video in Durban, SA

Musician/humanitarian Sharon Katz (originally from Port Elizabeth, South Africa) and singer/teacher, Nonhlanhla Wanda (from Durban,South Africa) celebrate 25 years of worldwide touring and musical collaboration. Some of the celebration includes duo shows in South Africa with performances in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town in early 2019. Later on the two have performances and workshops in the United States, Cuba, and more border concerts with children from San Diego and Tijuana in Mexico. 

The South African tour revisits cities that Sharon, Nonhlanhla, & the Peace Train visited just over 25 years ago, Dec. 1993, in South Africa. Sharon remembers that as a bonding time with everyone living together on the Peace Train, “as an experiment that for the first time in our history we could live and travel together as a multiracial group across the country. Nonhlanha and I, from opposite sides of the race divide, were able to achieve that as musicians and activists. We had 100 singers and a 12-piece band plus crew and parents as chaperones, a TV crew and invited Ladysmith Black Mambazo to join us.”   

The international performers recorded their current album SIDE-BY-SIDE with producer Malcolm Nhleko of Maltre Studios. The Afro-Jazz-Contemporary fusion album features all original compositions by Nonhlanhla and Sharon and showcases their distinctive voices and gorgeous harmonies complemented by the instrumental virtuosity of Sharon on guitar; Qhubekani Mthethwa on bass; Charles Boykie Mnomiya on drums; and Sanele Phakathi on piano and synthesizer.

Sharon and Nonhlanhla are also the subjects of the multiple-award winning film, “When Voices Meet.” It documents the role of The Peace Train in creating South Africa’s first, 500-voice multiracial youth choir in KwaZulu-Natal in 1993; its groundbreaking concert tour across the country in support of the first democratic elections; The Peace Train’s first tour of America after President Mandela was elected; and the long-term impact of the project as told by the participants 20 years later. The film, which premiered at the Durban International Film Festival, has won awards at over 30 film festivals around the world and been broadcast in over 50 countries. John Kani and Abigail Kubeka are also featured in the film.

In 2018 The Peace Train initiated a multi-national project called “Transcending Barriers” which is designed to foster peaceful relationships between the countries of Mexico, Cuba, South Africa and the USA. In June 2019, Katz will perform with 2,000 children in Tijuana Mexico, and in November she will present a full production featuring Cuban, South African, American and Mexican children at the 33rd International Choir Festival in Santiago de Cuba.

The duo contributes proceeds from their concerts and CD sales toward social development projects in South Africa, including supporting a children’s home, bursaries for orphans, after-school cultural programmes, and therapeutic music projects across the country.  Sharon Katz will also join Mlungisi Gegana in concerts to benefit the Mlungisi Academy in Queenstown. 

In addition to their own CDs, the group was recorded on the Carnival! album with Sting, Tina Turner, Elton John and Madonna. They have also recorded with Dolly Rathebe and Abigail Kubeka and featured Ladysmith Black Mambazo on The Peace Train’s original tour.


2019 PERFORMANCES IN SOUTH AFRICA BY SHARON KATZ & THE PEACE TRAIN

9 February   Sophiatown TheMix Johannesburg
Sophiatown Heritage Centre, 73 Toby St, Sophiatown, Johannesburg, 2092, South Africa
Celebrating Abigail Kubeka's 80th birthday concert with full band featuring Abigail Kubeka & Friends 

16 Feb   Moyo Restaurant at uShaka Marina, Durban
Sharon Katz & Nonhlanhla Wanda with full band  

22 Feb  Cafe Roux, Noordhoek, Cape Town Duo with Nonhlanhla Wanda
Chapmans Peak Dr, Noordhoek, Cape Town, 7979, South Africa 

24 Feb    Alma CafĂ©, Cape Town - Duo with Nonhlanhla Wanda
Alma Cafe, 35 Freda Ave, Gauteng, Randfontein, 1760, South Africa

1 March Queenstown Hotel, Queenstown
Concert with Mlungisi Gegana Quartet 
Benefit for Mlungisi Music Academy

2 March East LondonThe Square Africa Boxing Lounge
12 Station Street
East London, Eastern Cape 5200 

27 April 2019 Oakland, CA:  Park Day School
360 42nd St 
Oakland, CA 94609 
7:00 pm: Concert, Film screening

27 April  San Francisco, The Brandeis School
 55 Brotherhood Way
San Francisco, CA 94132  
3:00 pm:  Concert, Film screening

18  May 2019  Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Universalist Church of Philadelphia
2125 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 
8:00 pm: South Africa’s 25 Anniversary of Freedom Concert & Celebration

19 May Philadelphia, PA James A. Michener Art Museum
138 S. Pine Street 
Doylestown, PA  18901
1:00 pm:  Unplugged

9 June  Palenke Stadium, Tijuana, Mexico
Performance with Promotora De Las Bellas Artes 
1:00 pm: Performance with children’s choir

28 June Old Songs Folk Festival, Altamonte, NY
Altamont Fair
Altamont, NY 
11:00 am: Performance

14 September Grayhaven Winery, South African Wine, Food, & Music Festival
Grayhaven Winery 
4675 East Grey Fox Circle 
Gum Springs, VA
12:00 Noon: Performance

1 November: Santiago de Cuba, 33rd International Festival of Choirs
The Peace Train Production
with 150 voice Children’ Choir 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm: Performance
Sharon Katz & the Peace Train, live

1/11/19

Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus

This is the only and most comprehensive guitar legend compilation album ever recorded of new music 

ALBUM FEATURING THE BEST & WORLD-RENOWNED GUITARISTS

RE-ISSUE + NEW SONGS AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE JANUARY 18, 2019

A GUITAR ENTHUSIASTS DREAM COME TRUE!

Legendary drummer Carmine Appice is scheduled to re-release his GUITAR ZEUS project, a compilation album featuring a who’s who list of the best and world-renowned guitarists on the planet backed by his core band featuring Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder) on bass, Kelly Keeling (T.S.O., M.S.G) on vocals / keys / rhythm guitar, and Appice on drums.Written and playing some well crafted timeless songs.
Originally released as two separate albums in 1995 & 1997, this new re-mastered album (by Stephen DeAcutis - Vanilla Fudge, Corey Glover, Overkill, Cyndi Lauper) combines both releases as one complete version on January 18, 2018 for the first time ever across all digital platforms, as well as feature 5 brand new songs with Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Pat Travers, John Norum, and top Japanese guitarists RaiZi and Char.  Select songs will also be available on a special limited-edition vinyl and CD. 
Carmine Appice’s Guitar Zeus showcases the complete and prolific talents of many world-renown rock guitarists including Brian May, Slash, Neil Schon, Yngwie Malmsteen, Bruce Kulick, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Paul Gilbert, Mick Mars, Richie Sambora, Zakk Wylde, Bob Daisley, Dweezil Zappa, Vivian Campbell, Leslie West, Warren DeMartini, Steve Morse, Ty Tabor (Kings X), Ted Nugent, Dug Pinnick, John Norum and others…

“The Guitar Zeus project, for me, was an amazing experience that has never been done before by a drummer ,especially with so much talent on one album! You get your money’s worth! Writing all the songs with my band (Tony & Kelly) and then picking out songs for each guitarist was a fun and time-consuming process, especially coordinating everybody’s schedules and recording sessions.
From the opening note, one can tell this is going to be something special. I consider these drum tracks to be some of the best performances in my career, topped off with working with so many great guitarists and singers.  The combination of players and song selection is something special with some of the tunes is out of the ordinary and ahead of their time!” 
– Carmine Appice

“As soon as I heard the track, I thought it had a very haunting quality, evoking the ‘60s, but with a very modern slant. I also found the backing track very powerful and appealing, driven by Carmine’s very recognizable style; so I was keen to play on the track straight away” 
- Brian May
Queen's Brian May w/ Carmine

Carmine Appice’s Guitar Zeus – Tracklisting:
“Mothers Space” (feat. Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal) + **
“Gonna Rain” (feat. Richie Sambora) + **
“4 Miles High” (feat. Steve Morse) +
“Nobody Knew” (feat. Brian May) + **
“Where You Belong (feat. Slash) +
“Out of Mind” (feat. Neal Schon) + **
“This Time Around (feat. Yngwie Malmsteen & Dug Pinnick) + **
“Nothing” (feat. John Norum) +
“Doin’ Fine” (feat Vivian Campbell) +
“Under the Moon and Sun” (feat. Mick Mars / Edgar Winter) + **
“Code 19” (feat. Zakk Wylde) + **
“Days Are Nights” (feat. Ted Nugent) + **
“Do Ya think I'm Sexy” (Sung by Carmine, feat. Pat Travers)
“Angels” (feat. Char)
“Guitar Zeus, Pt. 1” (feat Jennifer Batten)
“Safe” (feat. Neal Schon)
“Dead Wrong” (feat. Dweezil Zappa)
“Trippin’ Again” (feat. Ty Tabor)
“Even Up the Score” (feat. Ted Nugent)
“Dislocated” (feat. Paul Gilbert)
“Stash” (feat. Stevie Salas / John McEnroe)
“Perfect Day” (feat. Warren DeMartini)
“Killing Time” (feat. Ty Tabor)
“So Long” (feat. Doug Aldrich)
“My Own Advice” (feat  Kenji Kitajima)
“Time to Set Alarms” (feat Elliot Easton / Bob Daisley)
“GZ Blues” (feat. Seymour Duncan / Steven Seagal)
“Guitar Zeus, Pt. 2” (feat. Leslie West / Jennifer Batten)
“Where you Belong” (feat Paul Gilbert)
“Cruzin” (feat. Denny Laine)
“Couldn’t Be Better” (Feat. RaiZi)
“Score” (Feat. Ted Nugent)
“Snake” (feat. Bruce Kulick)
+ CD Release
** Vinyl Release

About Carmine Appice:
As drummer for Vanilla Fudge, Carmine Appice set the grooves for the groundbreaking band's 1967 psychedelic debut, inadvertently inventing Stoner Rock in the process. The Fudge had no precedent. The band was totally unique. No rock group, up until that point, had ever so lugubriously s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d out well-known pop tunes. Vanilla Fudge went on to tour with Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and even had Led Zeppelin as an opening act.

Post-Fudge, Bogert and Appice formed Cactus (seen as an influence on Van Halen & King's X). Post-Cactus, the rhythm section found Grammy-winning Guitar Hero Jeff Beck to form the first supergroup: Beck, Bogert & Appice.

One of the premier showmen in rock, Appice became known worldwide for his astonishing live performances and a highly sought-after session drummer, recording with countless artists throughout his career. In 1976, he joined Rod Stewart’s band, touring, recording and writing two of Stewart’s biggest hits, "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" and "Young Turks.” He left Stewart to record his first solo album, Rockers, and tour Japan and North America with an all-star band. In 1978, Appice played drums on Paul Stanley’s first solo album.

In the early 1980s, he toured with Ozzy Osborne, Ted Nugent. In the mid '80s, he formed King Kobra for two Capitol albums and international touring. In the late ‘80s, Carmine played on Pink Floyd’s "Momentary Lapse of Reason and formed Blue Murder with Whitesnake's John Sykes and The Firm's Tony Franklin. In the early '90s, he pounded away soul-style for The Edgar Winter Group.

As an educator, Carmine was the first to legitimize rock drumming with his landmark book, The Realistic Rock Drum Method, selling over 400,000 copies (now in dvd and ebook  format). He was the first Rock Drummer and Rock Musician to conduct instructional clinics and symposiums around the world, a tradition he continues. In appreciation for his universal appeal, Los Angeles was one of four cities that have had "Carmine Appice Day.”  In 1991, he was forever immortalized via his induction in cement to the Hollywood's Rock Walk (next to his idols, Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich).

In 2016 Carmine wrote an autobiography titled “Stick It” which appeared on Amazon’s “Best Sellers” list.

As a true artist, Carmine stretches the limits of his talents, always pursuing new experiences with a broad spectrum of musicians. His high standards have earned him the respect of the world's most admired performers as well as captivating the loyalty of legions of fans. He has reshaped the path of music education, redesigned the very instrument he plays, and recreates excitement with every performance.

Carmine Appice is, truly, A Different Drummer!