Every artist has a peak. It might be their commercial peak or, it might be their creative peak, and sometimes, both occur on the same recording, but not always.
Very few drummers have impacted Rock and Heavy Metal music in the way Carmine Appice has. Carmine is a rare case of a drummer that has transcended genres, and generations, and in the process, has influenced droves of musicians who came after him.
It was Kenney Jones who taught me an important lesson: as a drummer, it’s not all about flash and bombast. Keeping time, and playing tasteful, yet razor-sharp fills is what is most important, then, and only then do you inject your style, which is always based on what the song requires.