Appice Carmine says Cactus was the inspiration for Van Halen’s songs ‘Hot for Teacher’ and ‘Eruption’

Carmen App says CACTUS was the inspiration for VAN HALEN's songs 'Hot For Teacher' and 'Eruption'

In a recent interview with, the legendary drummer Appice CarmineHe is best known for his work with Vanilla candyAnd Cactus And Rod StewartTalk about his friendship with the members from hallen. “I was friends with all of them – [including] Michael Anthony And David [Lee Roth]He said (as written by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). I insulted [David], do not know it. When he came to rehearsal wearing this outfit, it looked like a pajama set. It appears to be made with a bedspread and Holiday Inn curtain set. So I said that. I said: Is this a Holiday Inn? Did you take a Holiday Inn curtain and bedding and make a costume? and was insulted. That was the end of the band. [Laughs] this is funy.

“But, yeah, I knew all those guys,” he continued. “Actually, when we did Vanilla candy reunion in 2005, Eddie [Van Halen] He was on the phone with me, and he said, “Why are you doing that? Damn that. Get on Cactus together.’ He loved [CACTUS guitarist Jim] McCarthyAnd he loved Cactus. And Alex [Van Halen] tell me [VAN HALEN‘s] ‘Exciting to be a teacher’ It really came from the idea we did Parchman farm; This was like a model. And “eruption” It was the beginning of our song let me swim Extended – the same kind of thing.”

In a separate interview with “Jeremy White Podcast” from last september, carmine take the from hallen A further comparison by saying: “If you put ‘Exciting to be a teacher’ On and put our song Parchman farmYou’ll hear the same kind of groove. And if you put our song called let me swim, the beginning of it, and put “eruption”, himself.”

Cactus It has had a long and turbulent history. Formed in 1970 from the ashes Vanilla candy by Application And Tim BogertAlso, the initial line-up appeared McCarthy and the singer rusty day. (Application And Bogert He had originally planned to create a new group with Jeff Beck which was postponed until 1973 due to beckA near-fatal car accident in 1969.) Jim McCarty came from Mitch Ryder and Detroit Wheels And he was playing with him Loud miles cross. Tim And carmine also found vocalist day in a Amboy Docs with Ted Nugent. Together, the four musicians form Cactus, named after the peyote cactus, which provided a key ingredient in mind-altering medicines.

While Cactus They saw success right from the start and quickly built a loyal fan base, and by early 1973, the band essentially collapsed due to a lack of real support from their brand, and the fact that beck He was now ready to play with him carmine And Tim. It wouldn’t be until 2006, three decades after the tragic death of rusty day, which has been fixed with the group Pratt And Kons. when Tim Bogert He was forced to retire after being in a serious motorcycle accident, Bremen house jump in both Cactus And Vanilla candy.

carmineCurriculum Vitae “Stick It!: My Sexuality, Drums, and Rock and Roll”, released May 2016 by Chicago Review Press.

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