After touring with Rod Stewart, Carmine Appice took a break to pursue independent interests. He released a solo album, Rockers, and he promoted it touring the U.S. and Japan. Carmine Appice next joined King Kobra and recorded two albums and toured internationally.
While working with Vanilla Fudge, Carmine Appice authored the first instructional drum book written by an actual rock drummer, The Realistic Rock Drum Method. It is still a best-selling drum manual today and voted one of the top 25 drum books of all time by Modern Drummer magazine. Carmine Appice was the first rock drummer to conduct international clinics and symposiums on college campuses, theaters, and music stores. Now Carmine Appice teaches clinics and master classes to record-breaking crowds around the world. He plans to release The Children's Book of Rhythm soon with the goal of teaching children the basics. Carmine created the company Power Rock, and now he produces and markets instructional videos.
Carmine Appice received numerous awards for best contemporary drummer and best rock drummer. Immortalized in 1991 with induction into the Hollywood Rock Walk, Carmine's handprints and signature now lay next to his idols Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich alongside John Bonham, Keith Moon, Ginger Baker, and Alex Van Halen.
In 2000, Carmine Appice and Tim Bogert reunited and joined Vince Martell for two performances as Vanilla Fudge. Then they toured Japan with Japanese guitar legend Char. Later that year, Carmine and Tim joined forces with Rick Derringer and worked on a classic hard rock album called Doing Business As....