Q&A with Carmine Appice at the Rock 'n' Roll Autograph Show
LA.COM: What do you think of the state of music today?
Carmine Appice: Terrible, Terrible! (It's) the worst state of music we have ever had in this country -- in the world -- because the computer killed (music). The record companies are terrible now.The music is all homogenized -- everybody sounds the same. There is more creativity in country music then there is in anything right now.
LA.COM: Are you doing country?
Carmine Appice: No, but I'm listening to it. The (country music) record companies hire guys that are older.
Pop-rock? They don't hire anybody over 25. The (country music people) are creative. They are still using guitars. See, country music is almost like '70s rock music now.
There is no rock music, it's so homogenized now. Tell me who the latest icons are in rock music. There are none -- no icon drummers, bass players, guitar players.
Maybe some singers from “American Idol,” because that's all they push. There is nobody new, like in the old days you could say, “That's Led Zeppelin, that's Rod Stewart, that's Elton John.”You can't do that today -- everybody sounds the same.
LA.COM: Do you think rock and roll has lost something?
Carmine Appice: It's lost everything. I don't know if it's going to come back. The record companies and now television is dictating what is becoming famous. Its all about celebrity.
LA.COM: Television or the Internet?
Carmine Appice: Television, because the biggest audience is on television -- everybody sounds the same. On “The Voice,” they all sound the same, you know. And half of them that win don't do anything anyway. You're better off being the runner-up.