It comes without surprise that Carmine Appice has had, what many would consider a Hall of Fame-worthy career in the field of Rock and Roll. Appice has collaborated with not only some of the biggest names in the industry including Ozzy Osbourne, Paul Stanley, and Rod Stewart, but has also influenced countless others. These names range from Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee, Rush’s Neil Peart, Eric Singer of KISS, and many, many more.
Ozzy Osbourne was booed for this performance. During an exclusive interview with Alternative Nation, the Vanilla Fudge great, and former bandmate for Ozzy Osbourne touched on country music superstar Dolly Parton wanting to bow out of voting consideration from The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. While Appice would call Parton a woman of ‘respect’ for doing so, he would, in addition, state he is of the opinion that her inclusion into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame would be “ludicrous and crazy.” Parton will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, as announced today after this interview.
Elsewhere in the interview, Appice would continue about The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. When asked if there should be different avenues for other Halls of Fame and Rap artists, such as Eminem getting into the Hall of Fame, Appice would react to that by standing his ground by saying how hip-hop is not rock. Alternative Nation transcribed the following comments.
AN: Did you hear about Dolly Parton wanting to bow out from voting consideration from The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
Carmine: No I did not, what happened? Well, she should be out – she’s not a rocker.
AN: And that’s why she wished to forfeit her name from voting consideration.
Carmine: “Well that’s because Dolly is a woman of respect. She is a great country artist and I listened to her on this Christian record and she’s awesome on it. Yet, it wasn’t country, it was a Christian-rock record but her being known as a country artist, to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame would be ludicrous and crazy.”
AN: Do you think there should be different avenues for other Halls of Fame because I know there are a lot of hip-hop artists in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Carmine: Yeah, come on, hip-hop is not rock and roll. They should have, and I thought they had, people who influence people and the industry. Individual people. People tell me I should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame myself as an innovator in the rock drumming world and I was the very first person to do a rock drum clinic. Guitar players, bass players, whatever, I was the very first one.