Carmine Appice and Fernando Perdomo: Energy Overload



ON BIG BLEND RADIO: Drummer extraordinaire, composer and producer Carmine Appice, who has joined forces with multi-instrumentalist and rising studio star Fernando Perdomo to form The Appice Perdomo Project, talks about their all-instrumental debut album ENERGY OVERLOAD. Out now through Cleopatra Records, the album features some mind-blowing original material plus killer cover versions of Paul McCarney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed,” Rod Stewarts “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” (which was co-written by Appice), and more! Watch here in the YouTube player or download the podcast on Spreaker, Podbean, or SoundCloud.


“I had a ball writing and recording with Fernando,” says Appice.  “What a great talent he is. He is awesome on every level, as are the songs on “Energy Overload!”

The album is an all-instrumental, rock-oriented tour de force with fusion influences also readily apparent.  Carmine’s always-amazing drumming and Perdomo’s blazing guitar licks and riffs make Energy Overload a tour de force of sound, texture and non-stop heaviness.

Carmine has pounded the skins for such iconic rockers like Ozzy Osbourne, Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart (Carmine co-wrote the hits “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” and “Young Turks” with Rod) and is a founding member of legendary 60s rock bands Vanilla Fudge (“You Keep Me Hanging On” was the band’s classic hit in 1967…it was featured prominently in Quentin Tarantino’s film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”), and he’s a founding member of Cactus.  Both the Fudge and Cactus still tour.

His playing has also been a huge influence on drummers including Joey Kramer (Aerosmith), Neal Peart (Rush), Phil Collins (Genesis), Brian Taylor (Queen), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) and countless others.  He was inducted into the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2014.  He remains on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Drummers of All-Time list.

His best-selling drum instruction book “The Realistic Rock Drum Method” was first published in 1972 and has since been revised and republished as “The Ultimate Realistic Rock Drum Method.”

Carmine also published his best-selling memoir, Stick It!: My Life of Sex, Drums & Rock ‘n’ Roll, in 2016.

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