Legendary Drummer Carmine Appice Talks About Vanilla Fudge’s “FUDGED UP” Version Of STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE

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Interview by Paul Salfen

VANILLA FUDGE has released a stunning version of ‘Stop In The Name Of Love’,  dedicated to the  legacy of their brother, friend and band mate legendary bassist Tim Bogert, who passed away from cancer earlier this year.  This recording is one of Bogert’s last collaborations.

Classic Drummer AND Modern Drummer Hall of Fame Carmine Appice is best known for his associations with supergroup Beck, Bogert & Appice; Vanilla Fudge; Cactus; the power trio; Rod Stewart; King Kobra; and Blue Murder, which also featured John Sykes, of Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy fame, and Tony Franklin of The Firm.

He is credited with influencing later rock drummers including Iron Maiden’s Nicko McBrain, Aerosmith’s Joey Kramer, Roger Taylor of Queen, Phil Collins of Genesis, Rush’s Neil Peart, Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee, Slayer’s Dave Lombardo, Richard Christy, Chris Grainger, David Kinkade, Ray Mehlbaum, Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham, Ian Paice of Deep Purple, Anvil’s Robb Reiner and Eric Singer of Kiss.

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.  It covers the basic subjects of rock rhythms and polyrhythms, linear rudiments and groupings, shuffle rhythms, hi-hat and double bass drum exercises.

For this release, the legendary Vanilla Fudge, the original line-up of Mark Stein, Carmine Appice, Vincent Martel and Tim Bogert, are together one final time. They take listeners on a psychedelically-tinged version of The Supremes classic, ‘Stop In The Name Of Love.

Back in 2019, Mark Stein put together an idea for Vanilla Fudge to do an arrangement for Stop In The Name Of Love’. The dream was to capture the lightning in a bottle that happened with their classic arrangement of The Supremes,You Keep Me Hangin’ On”.  That track has remained current decades after its release thanks to film and television placements such as The Sopranos finale, and big Hollywood blockbusters like Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”. While the Fudge was out on tour later that year they went into the studio and laid down tracks that would be the foundation of this new release.

They planned to complete it with Tim Bogert on the track, however they ran into some unavoidable delays with the pandemic putting everything on hold. Tim had been living with cancer for some time, and they didn’t know how much time he had. Carmine Appice took the matter into his own hands and when he went to Los Angeles’ NAMM  show  in January of 2020; he arranged for Tim to record at Jorgen Carlsson’s(the bass player for Gov’t Mule) studio in LA.

It was very cool that we were able to get Timmy on the track. I’m glad he was strong enough and gracious enough to record with us one last time – he gave me a great template to build on with my guitar. I created an East Indian raga intro in the spirit of our early albums and rocked out at the end. Hold on tight everybody,’ cause here comes The Fudge… – Vince Martel

Upon Tim’s passing the band recorded tributes to their brother and bandmate with producer Leslie GoldThis heartfelt recording To The Legacy Of Tim Bogert is a must listen for fans of Vanilla Fudge. Tim Bogert was loved by his band mates, his family, his friends and his fans. He will be missed.

Catch VANILLA FUDGE LIVE at these select tour dates.

9/30 – The Arcada Theater – St. Charles, IL
10/1 – Des Plaines Theater – Des Plaines, IL
10/26 – Tally Ho Theater – Leesburg VA
10/27 – Jergels – Warrendale, PA
10/29 – Suffolk Theater – Riverhead, NY
10/30 – Sugar Loaf PAC – Sugar Loaf, NY
11/15 + 16 – Sony Hall, New York, NY
11/17 – The Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield CT

For more information on the band visit www.vanillafudge.com

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