SLAMM USA is a band/theatrical experience that only Carmine Appice could have put together.Â Why?Â It features five drummers and one guitarist, and combines elements of the Blue Man Group, Home Depot, NASCAR, and melodic hard rock.
The troupe will be performing its over-the-edge music at a variety of eventsâ€”a fundraiser for the Paul Greenâ€™s School of Rock, and with a drum line at Washington State College this fall.
Described as “Stomp on steroids” the lineup includes Carmine Appice (Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart, Vanilla Fudge, Jeff Beck, etc…) and also Z Man, Mad Matty, Veronica and Marcus VooDoo, all playing drums and props.Â The guitarist is Artie D.
This dynamic, explosive physical drum show presents Appice and 4 young drummers ruling the stage and making rock music playing buckets, sticks, oil cans, drain pipes, even Dixie cups, as well as drums. The cast of 4 vibrant, young guys and girls have been relentlessly coached and rehearsed by the cool, rock star veteran, creating a flawless, electrifying theatrical show. SLAMM performed 7 packed shows to delighted audiences in NYC, as special preview performances before they expanded the show nationally, to include such venues at the Dunkin Donuts Arena, and the Providence Performing Arts Center.
SLAMM currently stars in a big budget promotional video for ESPN, in which the SLAMM cast plays the NASCAR garage, beating the hood of a multi-million dollar NASCAR car to a custom SLAMM-composed Nascar theme song. Notes Appice, “I’m glad NASCAR didn’t make us pay for playing the garage!”Â This video is played every week on ESPNâ€™s Nascar television broadcasts and is seen by over 3 million people per week.
Enclosed are SLAMM shows:
June 28Â Festival Pier,Â Â Pennâ€™s Landing, Philadelphia, PA
with Paul Greenâ€™s School of Rock and Devo
September 6, University of Washington with the Drum line
September 19Â Â Sellersville 1894 Theatre, Sellersville, PA
September 20Â Â Boulton Center for the Arts, Bay Shore, NY
Note also:Â Carmine is performing dates with Cactus and Vanilla Fudge, as well.Â He also has a drum clinic, and is available to talk about SLAMM in advance of these shows.
June 13:Â Cactus, Dexterâ€™s Nightclub, Riverdale, NJ
June 14:Â Cactus, The Crazy Donkey, Farmingdale, NY
June 15: Cactus, Sellersville Theatre, Sellersville, NJ
August 28:Â Vanilla Fudge, Cannery Casino, Las Vegas, NV
September 26:Â Vanilla Fudge, Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
September 27:Â Vanilla Fudge, Westbury Music Fair, NY