Carmine Appice, Legendary Drummer, recently sat down for an interview and talked about first touring with Kiss.
"They actually gave us that tour because Gene and Paul were friends of mine and our manager, Alan, used to work for Aucoin management, so they did us a favor. They put us on the tour and actually paid us. I think they paid us 2 or 3000 dollars a night, which they didn´t have to do but they were friends and did that for us and it was an awesome tour."
Interview courtesy of Metal Shrine/ http://metalshrineblogg.blogspot.com/
You went out with KISS. Was that your first major tour?
Carmine: Well, I would say yes. First major long tour. We had done some other gigs, like with Ted Nugent for a couple of weeks and odd gigs with Queensryche and Iron Maiden, but not on a tour basis. We did do a tour with Autograph. But that was our first major tour and our only major tour and it was awesome! They actually gave us that tour because Gene and Paul were friends of mine and our manager, Alan, used to work for Aucoin management, so they did us a favor. They put us on the tour and actually paid us. I think they paid us 2 or 3000 dollars a night, which they didn´t have to do but they were friends and did that for us and it was an awesome tour. It was a wild tour because instead of renting a bus I went out and bought a mobile home, a RV, because a bus is like 25000 dollars a month and it´s crazy! So instead of using the tour support for that, we would use it to try and promote the band and with buying a motor home, you put ten grand down and you have a 300 dollar a month payment, so we did that instead and after a couple of years of using it, it started breaking down a lot and it used to break down a lot on this KISS tour. Every time we would end up making it to the next gig, KISS and their crew would cheer us “Ah, you guys made it!”, because a lot of times the motor home broke down and we ended up being on the side of the road and we had this truck too, so some of us would jump in the truck and we´d get there and the other ones would have to get a rented van and wait for them to deliver it and you´d get there just in time to go on. It was crazy! But it was a great tour and we had a lot of fun with KISS and they had a lot of fun with us.
I just found a clip on YouTube of an in store appearance you guys did in 86 in McAllen, Texas. Was that on the KISS tour?
Carmine: Eeeehhh, it probably was. It was either the KISS tour or the gigs we did with Ted Nugent. (I later found out that it wasn´t on the KISS tour since King Kobra played their final gig with KISS on April 8 and the in store appearance is listed as April 22. Editor´s note)
Read the entire interview AT METALSHRINE