Recently, I caught up with veteran bassist Ronnie Robson of the Holywood Monsters, and others. Among other things, we touch on Ronnie’s origins, his reason for first picking up the bass, joining the Hollywood Monsters, working with Vinny Appice, his work as a producer, and a whole lot more.
Aptly known as one of the heaviest, hardest-hitting, and menacingly furious drummers in heavy metal history, Vinny Appice’s speed-laden, molten lava stickwork has served as the bedrock for some of the most transcendent albums in rock history.
Throughout Heavy Metal and Hard Rock history, there have been a great many frontmen, but few have done the job with the level of consistency, and integrity as Tony Martin.
Among other things, we touch on Jim’s early years on the Buffalo Rock circuit, his early ties to Billy Sheehan’s Talas, making headway as a solo artist in the 90s, recording and touring with Carmine, and Vinny Appice, the infamous Vinnie Vincent, the formation of Scream Taker, and a whole lot more.
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.