Cactus (American band)

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Cactus in 1970 (Left to right: Tim Bogert, Rusty Day, Jim McCarty, & Carmine Appice).
Background information
Origin Long Island, New York (original line-up); Longwood, Florida (1975-1979 line-up); Long Island, New York (present-day line-up);
Genres
Years active1969–1972 (original Cactus), 1975-1979 (Rusty Day's reformed Cactus), 2005–present (Current Cactus)
Labels Atco, Atlantic
Associated acts Vanilla Fudge, Mitch Ryder, The Detroit Wheels, Detroit, Ted Nugent, The Amboy Dukes, Wicked Lester, Leaf Hound, Jeff Beck, Beck, Bogert & Appice, Steve Gaines, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rossington-Collins, .38 Special
Website www.cactusrocks.net
Members Carmine Appice
Jim McCarty
Jimmy Kunes
Randy Pratt
Pete Bremy
Past members Rusty Day
Tim Bogert
Ron Leejack
Peter French
Werner Fritzsching
Duane Hitchings
Mike Pinera
Roland Robinson
Jerry Norris
Bobby Caldwell
Charlie Souza
Steve Dansby
John Sauter
Gary Moffatt
Elliot Dean Rubinson

Cactus is an American hard rock band formed in 1969. It is composed of 5 members, Jimmy Kunes as lead singer (2006–present), Jim McCarty on the guitar (1970–71, 2006–present), Carmine Appice on the drums, Pete Bremy on the bass and Randy Pratt on the harmonica. [1] [2]

Hard rock is a loosely defined subgenre of rock music that began in the mid-1960s, with the garage, psychedelic and blues rock movements. It is typified by a heavy use of aggressive vocals, distorted electric guitars, bass guitar, drums, and often accompanied with keyboards.

Jim McCarty (guitarist) guitarist

James William McCarty is an American blues rock guitarist from Detroit, Michigan. He has performed with Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels, the Buddy Miles Express, Cactus, The Rockets, the Detroit Blues Band, and more recently, Mystery Train. Since about 2014 Jim McCarty has joined forces with Detroit blues guitarist/songwriter Kenny Parker in The Kenny Parker Band along with several other veteran Detroit blues/rock musicians. He also makes guest appearances with other Detroit bands, most notably for an annual pre New Year's Eve party at one of his favorite clubs, "Callahan's", with The Millionaires, a nine piece jump blues band.

Carmine Appice American musician

Carmine Appice ( ) is an American drummer and percussionist most commonly associated with the rock genre of music. He has received classical music training, and was influenced early-on by the work of jazz drummers Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. Appice is best known for his associations with Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, the power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice, Rod Stewart, King Kobra, and Blue Murder, which also featured John Sykes of Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy fame, and Tony Franklin of The Firm. He was inducted into the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2013, and the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2014.

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History

Original line-up (1969–1972)

Cactus was initially conceived in late 1969 by former Vanilla Fudge members bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice after plans to team up with guitarist Jeff Beck were scuppered when Beck had an automobile accident and was out of the music scene for over a year. In early 1970, Bogert and Appice brought in blues guitarist Jim McCarty from Mitch Ryder's Detroit Wheels and The Buddy Miles Express, and singer Rusty Day (born Russell Edward Davidson) from The Amboy Dukes.

Vanilla Fudge American rock band

Vanilla Fudge is an American rock band known predominantly for their extended rock arrangements of contemporary hit songs, most notably "You Keep Me Hangin' On".

Jeff Beck English rock guitarist

Geoffrey Arnold Beck is an English rock guitarist. He is one of the three noted guitarists to have played with the Yardbirds. Beck also formed the Jeff Beck Group and with Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice, he formed Beck, Bogert & Appice.

Mitch Ryder American singer

Mitch Ryder is an American musician who has recorded more than two dozen albums over more than four decades.

This line-up released three albums on Atco Records, Cactus (1970), One Way... or Another (1971), and Restrictions (1971), before intraband troubles led to McCarty quitting at the end of 1971. Day was fired from the group shortly afterwards. The fourth and last original Cactus album, 'Ot 'n' Sweaty (1972), featured original rhythm section Bogert and Appice joined by Werner Fritzschings on guitar, Duane Hitchings on keyboards and Peter French (ex-Leaf Hound and Atomic Rooster) on vocals.

ATCO Records is an American record company and label founded in 1955 as a division of Atlantic Records. It was devised as an outlet for productions by one of Atlantic's founders, Herb Abramson, who had returned to the company from military service. It was also intended as a home for acts that did not fit the format of Atlantic, which was releasing blues, jazz, rhythm and blues, and soul. The Atco name is an abbreviation of ATlantic COrporation. Atco also provided distribution for other labels, including RSO Records, Volt, Island, Modern, Ruthless, and Rolling Stones Records.

<i>Cactus</i> (Cactus album) 1970 studio album by Cactus

Cactus is the debut album by the American hard rock band Cactus, released in 1970 under the Atco label. It includes original songs as well as two covers: Mose Allison's version of a blues standard, "Parchman Farm" and Willie Dixon's "You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover".

<i>One Way... or Another</i> 1971 studio album by Cactus

One Way... or Another is the second album by American hard rock band Cactus, released in 1971 under the Atco label. It includes several original songs as well as two cover versions: Little Richard's 1956 big hit "Long Tall Sally" and Chuck Willis' "I Feel So Bad".

After Cactus

Beck, Bogert & Appice

After Cactus's dissolution in 1972, Bogert and Appice finally joined with Beck to form Beck, Bogert & Appice. After one studio album, the self-titled Beck, Bogert & Appice (1973) and one live album, Beck, Bogert & Appice Live (in Japan) (1973, released only in Japan), the band dissolved. Their second album remains unreleased to this day, along with recordings of the band's last concert at the Rainbow Theatre in London on January 26, 1974.

Beck, Bogert & Appice hard rock supergroup

Beck, Bogert & Appice were a rock supergroup and power trio formed by guitarist Jeff Beck and evolving from The Jeff Beck Group. The line up included bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice who were both previously in Vanilla Fudge and Cactus.

<i>Beck, Bogert & Appice</i> (album) 1973 studio album by Beck, Bogert & Appice

Beck, Bogert & Appice is the 1973 debut album by the band Beck, Bogert & Appice. The group was a power trio featuring guitarist Jeff Beck, bassist Tim Bogert, and drummer Carmine Appice.

<i>Live in Japan</i> (Beck, Bogert & Appice album) 1973 live album by Jeff Beck

Live in Japan is a 1973 release by the rock supergroup power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice. The album, although initially called Beck, Bogert & Appice Live, was only issued in Japan and is also known as Live in Japan. It is generally considered rare due to the fact of it being manufactured in only limited numbers in Japan. Live in Japan was the last LP by Beck, Bogert & Appice and their only live album. Within months of the album's release the band would dissolve after Jeff Beck suddenly decided to leave.

The Band Detroit

Having made a name for himself in Detroit's rock scene as a force to be reckoned with, Rusty Day worked to restore one of Detroit's most legendary bands, the Band Detroit, to the national stage. The Band Detroit was formed as an offshoot of the Detroit Wheels by members Steve Gaines, Ted "T-Mel" Smith, Nathaniel Peterson, Terry Emery, Bill Hodgeson, and others. The band's initial flame burned out quickly due to many different issues going on at once. There's a recording of Rusty Day, Steve Gaines, and the rest of the band performing in 1973 called The Band Detroit - The Driftwood Tapes.

Detroit was a spinoff of rock group The Detroit Wheels. This revised version of that band was formed by Mitch Ryder as a successor to The Wheels in 1970. The only original Wheel in the group was the drummer Johnny "Bee" Badanjek; other members were guitarists Steve Hunter and Brett Tuggle, organist Harry Phillips and bassists W.R. Cooke and John Sauter. A single album was released by this grouping, a 1971 self-titled LP issued on Paramount Records. They had a hit with their version of the Lou Reed - penned song "Rock & Roll", which Reed liked enough to ask Steve Hunter to join his backing band. Ryder quit the group because of voice problems in 1972, and Detroit vocalist Rusty Day took over his spot; without Ryder, the group floundered, and eventually broke up in 1974.

The Detroit Wheels Mitch Ryders backup band

The Detroit Wheels were an American rock band, formed in Detroit in 1964. They served as Mitch Ryder's backup band from 1964 to 1967.

Steve Gaines American musician

Steven Earl "Steve" Gaines was an American musician. He is best known as a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd from May 11, 1976, until his death on October 20, 1977, and was the younger brother of Cassie Gaines, who was a backup vocalist for the band's live performances.

The New Cactus Band

The New Cactus Band, led by Duane Hitchings, released one album, Son of Cactus (1973), which featured none of the original Cactus members. Mike Pinera, formerly of Blues Image and Iron Butterfly, came in on guitar, along with Roland Robinson on bass and Jerry Norris on drums. The band then toured live in the Midwest and on the East Coast in mid 1973 with Captain Beyond drummer Bobby Caldwell and former Gregg Allman bass player Charlie Souza. The New Cactus Band soon disbanded. Their sole album peaked at #183 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.

Mike Pinera American guitarist

Mike Pinera is an American guitarist who started professionally in the late 1960s with the group Blues Image, which had a #4 hit in 1970 with their song "Ride Captain Ride". After the breakup of that group, he joined Iron Butterfly, and later formed the group Ramatam. Pinera was then the founding member of the band New Cactus, a later incarnation of the band Cactus. He was the lead guitarist for Alice Cooper from 1980 to 1982. He is currently performing with the Classic Rock All Stars. Pinera met the band Renegade through their manager, Kim Richards, who also managed Pinera at the time. They remained close friends and appear together in the television special "Renegade Live @ The House of Blues", which was filmed before a sold-out audience at the Hollywood House of Blues.

Blues Image was an American rock band. Their most successful song was "Ride Captain Ride" in the last half of 1970, which reached No. 4 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Canadian RPM magazine charts.

Iron Butterfly American rock group

Iron Butterfly is an American rock band best known for the 1968 hit "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", providing a dramatic sound that led the way towards the development of hard rock and heavy metal music. Formed in San Diego, California, among band members who used to be "arch enemies", their heyday was the late 1960s, but the band has been reincarnated with various members with varying levels of success, with no new recordings since 1975. The band's seminal 1968 album In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is among the world's 40 best-selling albums, selling more than 30 million copies. Iron Butterfly is also notable for being the first group to receive an RIAA platinum album award.

In 1976, Rusty Day formed another version of Cactus in Longwood, Florida, where he had relocated. This version of Cactus featured Steve "Kahoutek" Dansby on guitar, John "Soybean Slim" Sauter (who later played on Ted Nugent's Weekend Warriors ) on bass guitar, and Gary "Madman" Moffatt (who currently plays for .38 Special) on drums. This was the longest lasting 1970s line-up of the band, which ended around 1979.

On June 3, 1982, Rusty Day was murdered at his own house in Longwood, Florida. He and his son were shot to death by an unknown gang of drug dealers. The case has never been solved and remains open. [3]

Current incarnation (since 2006)

Cactus re-emerged in June 2006, in New York City: a radio broadcast on The Radiochick Show, and their first show since 1972 at B.B. King's Blues Club in Times Square on June 3. This show was a warm up for the gig which sparked the reunion, an appearance at the Sweden Rock Festival in Norje, Sweden on June 9. The 2006 version of Cactus saw original members Appice, Bogert and McCarty reunited and joined by former Savoy Brown frontman Jimmy Kunes on vocals. Randy Pratt joined the band in New York and Sweden on harmonica. The group also released a new album, Cactus V (2006).

In 2008, McCarty left the band again and, coincidentally repeating history, was once again replaced by Werner Fritzchings. Elliot Dean Rubinson replaced Tim Bogert, who retired from touring. In 2011, McCarty returned to the band with Pete Bremy taking over on bass. Bremy also took over for Bogert in Vanilla Fudge and is the only non-original member who has played for both bands. The 2012 line-up was Jim McCarty, Carmine Appice, Jimmy Kunes, Pete Bremy and Randy Pratt.

In early 2016, Carmine Appice announced on his Twitter and Facebook pages that Cactus was coming out with a new album at the end of May that year, Black Dawn . [4] In early June, Jim McCarty was interviewed on a podcast show, and he said that due to some complications, the release date of Black Dawn had been held up and that it would definitely be out by September (which it was), when the band would be touring for the album, the first show of which would be called the Cactus CD Release Party. McCarty also revealed that the album contained eight brand new songs as well as two never before heard songs by the original band that had recently been unearthed by Carmine Appice. [5]

Discography

Studio albums

Year

of Release

Title US Top 200 Label
1970 Cactus #54Atco
1971 One Way... or Another #88
Restrictions #155
1972 'Ot 'N' Sweaty #162
2006 Cactus V Escapi
2016 Black Dawn Sunset Blvd Records

Live Albums

DVD

Compilation albums

Year

of Release

TitleLabel
1996 Cactology: The Cactus Collection Rhino
2004 Barely Contained: The Studio Sessions Rhino Handmade
Fully Unleashed: The Live Gigs
2007 Fully Unleashed: The Live Gigs Vol. 2
2010 Ultra Sonic Boogie: Live 1971 Purple Pyramid
2013 Cactus/One Way... or Another Hear No Evil
Restrictions/'Ot 'N' Sweaty

Singles

Year

of Release

TitleLabel
1970"You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover"Atco
1971"Long Tall Sally"
"Token Chokin'"
1972"Evil"
Bringing Me Down

None of the above listed singles charted in Billboard.

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