Month: August 2011

Carmine And Vinny Appice "At War"! A Show With A Lot Of Bang!

By Anne M. Raso

We were lucky enough to catch Carmine and Vinny Appice’s Drum Wars at BB King’s in New York and actually got to catch up with “da bros” before their highly unique show which includes flashy and not-so-flashy drumming as only these world-class sticksmen from the boogie-down Bronx. What does the Drum Wars show entail and is it really a “war”? Well, at the end of each concert there is a “show of hands” over who really won the showdown and of course Vinny and Carmine play their “greatest hits” from their respective bands like Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Rod Stewart’s backing band and Beck, Bogart Appice, Ozzy’s Blizzard Of Ozz and Dio. We left out a few artists, but you certainly get the idea that Carmine and Vinny have played with EVERYONE and on the only brother team on the Top Ten Drummers Of All Time List. Vinny joked with us that “we were thinking of having a voting box at the end of each show where the audience members would actually cast their ballots and mine would be big and Carmine’s would be a little bigger than a box of matches but instead we just have them applaud.”
     We had no idea what to expect when we went to BB King’s last month but we got the flashy and not-so-flashy drum moves. Yes, Vinny and Carmine throw their sticks back and forth to each other while playing their solos (and they always catch them) and but there are also brilliant drumming basics on display. For instance, at one point, Carmine simply stands up and plays a tom suspended on a strap and also just literally plays his sticks. He gets an insane amount of noise out of them, displaying his amazing raw talent for the kit–even if you take the various pieces apart and play them one by one. (In case you are curious, Carmine and Vinny are sponsored by D Drums, and they have identical kits except that Carmine prefers a metal snare drum while Vinny prefers wood.) Of course, there are rotating band members who play other instruments onstage with the Appices, and they have to meet the guys’ strict criteria before hitting the stage, as well as a couple of days of rehearsals. At the BB’s show, their guitarist had left his prized possession in a cab around 3PM but got it back by showtime, probably adding a lot of stress to the nervousness already surrounding him.
     The show also features a lot of humor about the music business, the brother’s many years in the business and just family memories. Carmine admitted from the stage that he kind of felt badly for his mom because once he got out of the house, she had to endure the constant playing by Vinny (who is 11 years younger).

      There is a Drum Wars site (simply where you can keep up with the tour dates which are kind of placed between the brothers’ numerous other projects. It’s a real labor of love, but Carmine tells us he is finally working out the final book deal details on his long-awaited autobiography which he is doing with a co-writer. He tells us that he actually did a manuscript a couple of years ago with a co-writer that did not have the right tone “since the writer was really a research writer.” So he will be rewriting it and adding in things that happened in his immediate past.
     The elder Appice tells us in a candid moment (not that he isn’t always candid), “It tells the story of a kid from the Bronx–there were six people in one-room apartment and I was a bit of a troublemaker growing up. I was not a perfect kid and I used to run around in that park known as ‘Needle Park’ on the Upper West Side. I admit that I have been with 4500 women, and I have been married five times–and I talk about my current relationship with air personality Leslie Gold, who is kind of like the female Howard Stern. I did an on-air phone interview with her and fell in love with her personality, and the rest, as they say is history. I had a beautiful Japanese wife at the time but we just did not communicate well because of the language barrier. Leslie and I live together in the building that Lady Gaga’s family lives in on the Upper West Side.”
     Carmine will be clearing up the legendary Mud Shark story (the most famous groupie tale of all time and he admits the groupie caught in the “fishy situation” with a shark was his and not one belonging to a member of Led Zeppelin, whom Vanilla was opening for at the time of this incident in Seattle in 1969). He jokes with us, “I can remember a lot of what happened in my career because I was never that into drugs, I might have been into pot but not much else.”
     He also talks about how Jimi Hendrix dreaded opening for Vanilla Fudge and how no promoters would mess with the band’s schedule or anything else back in the day not only because of their musical prowess but because their management was mob-connected.
     Be sure to check out both and to keep up on their many musical ventures. We here at will be back for more Drum Wars, but we also will be checking out Carmine as he is a judge at upcoming Gong Shows at BB King’s in Times Square–the first one is on November 1st! (We hear goofy prizes for the winners include bottles of Mr. Bubble and nights in New Jersey motels no one wants to stay in.) Advance tickets can be purchased at and at the box office, 237 West 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. We think that the Gong Show might just have as much “bang for the buck” as Drum Wars…sorry, we can’t resist an obvious pun like that, LOL!



Is Cher Supportive Of Chaz Bono’s ‘Dancing’ Gig?

He’s the son of Cher, but don’t expect Chaz Bono to opt for wild get ups on “Dancing with the Stars.”
“I’m a little bit more conservative than she is,” Chaz told Access Hollywood Live’s Kit Hoover on Monday evening, when asked if his mom’s glitz wore off on the 42-year-old. “So [I’ll be wearing] tasteful suits, nice lines, that kind of thing.”
Chaz said he told his mother about competing on “Dancing” recently and like a typical mom, Cher had a lot of questions.
“I told her via phone and her reaction was that she thought it was cool that I was doing it and wanted to know how I felt when I started, if I was nervous – all of those things,” he said.
The famous offspring was sporting a bit of a beard at last night’s announcement and he was proud of it.
“Thank you, I appreciate it,” Chaz said when Kit said she liked his scruff. “It’s the first thing I could grow, so I’m pretty psyched about it.”
Chaz said he is looking forward to taking on the ballroom as a leading man. Read more>>

Kelly Osbourne in Soffer Ari on Fashion Police

Kelly Osbourne balanced out her costume red and teal earrings on E! Fashion Police last Friday, August 26th with a sterling silver snake ring on her pinkie by Los Angeles based designer, Soffer Ari.
            Soffer Ari has long been a favorite in Hollywood with everyone from Joe Jonas and Usher to starlets like Victoria Justice and Taryn Manning. Designer Ari Soffer has been in the fine jewelry game for over a decade, catering to a celebrity and overall fashion-forward clientele. He has created a line of rock chic jewelry using a variety of mediums like sterling and black silver as well as white and yellow gold and various diamonds and gemstones.
    Soffer Ari has something for every budget with pieces ranging from Kelly’s sterling silver $320 ring to a black silver and diamond version for $3500. Soffer Ari is available online at as well as upscale retailers around the U.S. such as Louis of Boston and H. Lorenzo in Los Angeles.

Ed O’Neill, Television’s Favorite Husband and Father, Receives First Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Ed O’Neill, star of the award-winning hit sitcom “Modern Family,” was honored today with his first-ever star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The event also celebrated the highly anticipated upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of “Modern Family: The Complete Second Season” on September 20.

O’Neill enjoyed the day with family, friends and past and present on-screen pals including Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal, and “Modern Family” co-stars Sofia Vergara, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez, Ariel Winter, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet. Sagal and Vergara, O’Neill’s television wives from “Married… with Children” and “Modern Family,” spoke on his behalf at the ceremony.

Born to an Irish Catholic family in Youngstown, Ohio, O’Neill attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and Youngstown State University. Signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers, he was cut in training camp and worked as a Social Studies teacher before becoming an actor. He has appeared in several movies including The Bone Collector, Little Giants, Dutch, the Wayne’s Worldseries, and various films for Pulitzer Prize-winning screenwriter David Mamet including The Spanish Prisoner, Spartan, and the indie film Redbelt.

In addition to his award-nominated role as Jay Pritchett on “Modern Family,” O’Neill is known for his role as the main character,Al Bundy, on the FOX Network’s long running sitcom, “Married… With Children.” The role prompted two Golden Globe Award nominations. O’Neill’s television credits also include the reincarnation of Sgt. Joe Friday on Dick Wolf’s remake of “Dragnet,” the recurring role of Baker (D-PA), a potential Vice Presidential candidate on the NBC drama “The West Wing,” the role of DetectiveMichael Mooney on David Milch’s CBS series, “Big Apple,” and most recently that of a retired cop on HBO’s “John fromCincinnati.” O’Neill’s talent also took him to Broadway starring in productions “Lakeboat” and “Keep your Pantheon.”

“Modern Family” is an American television comedy created by Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan, which debuted on ABC onSeptember 23, 2009. The story follows the families of Jay Pritchett (O’Neill), his daughter Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen), and his son Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), who live in a suburban community of Los Angeles, California.

Modern Family: The Complete Second Season

Kim and Kourtney Back in the Big Apple

Kim Kardashian is back with the family after her mini-honeymoon in Italy…well some of them anyway.

We spotted the newlywed, along with her sister Kourtney and nephew Mason, after landing at JFK in New York City.

Kim and Kourt looked beautiful but Mason clearly stole the show!

The Kardashian sisters are back in the Big Apple to film season two of their spin-off show Kourtney
& Kim Take New York.

Kardashian Konfidential

Chaz Bono, Ryan O’Neal, Kristin CavallariAdded To Dancing With The Stars

Chaz Bono, Kristin Cavallari, Chynna Phillips, and Ryan O’Neal are to join David Arquette and George Clooney’s ex Elisabetta Canalis on the new season of hit TV show Dancing With the Stars, according to a leaked list of participants.

The official announcement for the new cast is slated for Monday night, but USA Today has leaked it via a tweet from DWTSGossip.

Kim Kardashian’s brother Rob, U.S. political pundit Nancy Grace, Ricki Lake, soccer star Hope Solis and basketball player Ron Artest will also be among the celebrity dancers, according to the leaked list.

Reports suggest Cher’s daughter Chaz Bono, who recently underwent sex change treatment to become a man, will be dancing with a female professional on the show.

Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man

Sebastian Bach Loses New Jersey Home In Hurricane Irene

Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach says he is “in shock” over the loss of his New Jersey home. In a message posted on Facebook, Bach reveals his home of 21 years was destroyed by Hurricane Irene. The storm caused a reservoir close to the house to overflow and topple a bridge. Debris from the bridge crashed into the house and knocked it off its foundation.

“I am numb, in shock and devastated to report that my home of 21 years, my house featured on MTV ‘Cribs’, has been destroyed, condemned and deemed uninhabitable due to the extreme flooding courtesy of Hurricane Irene…” he wrote.

“Gone are irreplaceable items, such as my KISS Gargoyles from the 1979 tour. KISS pinball machine. Skid Row master tapes, video and audio… We will salvage what we can, of course. But how I wish there was a reason to do a box set or something before Hurricane Irene hit. Nobody cared. Now it’s too late. Don’t know what you got till it’s gone, indeed,” Bach continued.

“What makes me happy is that my children and ex-wife are safe,” he added. “My dad’s art is unharmed. No one got hurt.”

Bach plans to leave New Jersey behind and move to Los Angeles.

Kicking & Screaming

Matt Smith Keen for Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special to be shot in 3D

The BBC One sci-fi show will celebrate its 50th birthday in November 2013 and Matt Smith claims that he hopes to be a part of it, coming up with the idea of potentially shooting a one-off special in 3D.

He told Bang: ‘I love making Doctor Who and I get to be part of that 50th year which they’ll do something mental for. You know it will be brilliant.

‘I’m interested in all the 3-D stuff. If it could be filmed for 3-D TV that would be fun, especially with ‘Doctor Who’, but it’s very expensive. I don’t know how they’d do it.’

Much confusion has surrounded the next Doctor Who series, which may be screened in two parts over 2012 and 2013.

Matt Smith is confident that he will be a part of the show whatever happens however, saying: ‘For me, it’s just that I know that I’m going to shoot 14 episodes, of which I’ll be in all of them. How they’ll actually schedule it, I don’t know. But all I know is that we start in February.’

Source: Metro

Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series

La Toya marks Jackson’s birthday by posting personal snap

La Toya Jackson has paid a touching tribute to her late brother Michael on his birthday, by posting a personal family snap on the internet.

The Thriller hitmaker, who passed away in 2009, would have turned 53 on Monday, and to mark the occasion La Toya has taken to to post a photo of Michael on the last birthday he spent with the Jackson family in 2004.

Jackson can be seen resting his hand on his mother Katherine’s shoulder as his brothers, sisters and father Joe pose for the camera around a table.

La Toya writes alongside the image, “On MJ’s 53rd birthday I’d like to share a personal photo of MJ’s last birthday dinner with my family on August 30, 2004… Happy birthday Michael! I miss you and we will always love you! You’ve given such an extraordinary gift to the world! We will cherish it!”

The Essential Michael Jackson

Ozzy Osborne Suffers For Drug Past

Reformed rock wildman Ozzy Osbourne still faces interrogation by security officers at border crossings because of his drug-fuelled past.

The former Black Sabbath frontman famously spent 40 years of his career on drink and drugs, but now he’s warning fans their teenage follies can come back to haunt them.

In his column for The Sunday Times Magazine, Osbourne writes, “The trouble is… doing a stupid thing will always have a stupid result… because I got caught smoking a reefer a long time ago, I still have problems getting into and out of some countries to this day.

“A lot of us do bad things when we’re young, but those of us who learnt (sic) the hard way need to teach our kids to think of the consequences…”

The Essential Ozzy Osbourne