Fans headed out to the Whisky A Go Go on Thursday night and what they saw was the Appice brothers Vinny and Carmine and their show Drum Wars.
At first glance, it’s always unusual to see two drum kits on stage for a full set, but the show itself was a great exhibition of drumming skill and brotherly love. Fans could tell they both fed off each other as they ripped through Dio, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne classics, and even a metal version of the Rod Stewart hit “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” for which Carmine shares a writing credit. The brothers also busted each other’s chops a few times about their age and musical history. They also occasionally reminded the audience of their roots with a New York “Eyyyy”. Carmine even busted out a guitar pic to do a solo on a “snare guitar”.
While this was a show for fans of the drums, the backing band held their own. Jim Crean (Hair Nation) was more than capable as a stand-in for the legend during the Dio/Sabbath Dio songs that made up a large portion of the set. Phil Soussan, who wrote the Ozzy song “Shot in the Dark” and T-Bone Andersson provided solid string action on the bass and lead guitar, respectively.
Drum Wars was a nice concert most especially for drum fans. The only real negatives were the dry autograph pens and cracked CD cases at the brothers’ appearance at the merch booth after the show. — DAMAGEPLAN DAN