Carmine Appice Gets Nick Mason’s OK To Drum For Pink Floyd

Carmine Appice recently discussed the 1987 Pink Floyd single he played the drums on with KLOS-FM’s Marci Wiser. Appice said when asked if Nick Mason was on board with him taking over the drums: “He was there [Nick Mason].” He was working in the studio. ‘I’m producing a band that is screaming for Carmine’s drum fills,’ remarked Bob Ezrin [keyboards] in a message. ‘All right,’ I said. ‘Whose the band?’ I said when I called him back. He called it ‘Pink Floyd.’ ‘Pink Floyd?’ I asked. ‘Where has Nick gone?'” The drummer went on to say that he couldn’t understand why Pink Floyd would want him when Mason was their drummer. He went on to tell how he got to perform the drums on their 1987 album ‘A Momentary Lapse Of Reason’ track ‘The Dogs Of War’:

“He [Bob Ezrin] said, ‘Nick’s calluses are really soft because he’s been racing in a Ferrari.'” We needed some fresh blood. In this tune, they want your style of drum fills.’ ‘That’s fantastic,’ I said. So I spent the entire day with them. Tony Levin was on bass, Nick was present, David Gilmour was present, and the keyboardist was present. “I played this song for 13 hours straight.” Carmine recalled the first time he heard the track with North Coast Music Beat in 2021. When Pink Floyd launched the record, the drummer was in Canada shooting the film “Black Roses.” By sharing, he recalled how he listened to the song and what he felt about his part: “I went to a record store and bought the cassette.” I put it on my walkman and was blown away by it. “‘Wow, a great drum part!'”

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