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27, 2011 - The Vince
Martell Band performs
benefit for US Veterans in Birmingham, Alabama!
a fantastic couple - Vince and Peg came to Birmingham last week with
Pete and Russ to help us raise money for our homeless veterans. We
all know the talent this man has - the joy his music has brought so
many people over the years. Yet Vince - the person - is so much
larger than the celebrity I grew up admiring. Vince and the band came
down - after I am sure a tiring trip from NJ - and spent hours with
our veterans and volunteers at our Veterans Center. He took time to
speak with and pose for countless photos with every person that
night. Many of our Viet Nam vets just wanted to stand near him - to
talk to him - Vinny treated every man and woman that night with
sincere respect. He never seemed rush to get to the next person - he
acted the whole night - like all he had was time for them. He and Peg
sat down and ate with these veterans. Everytime I turned around -
someone was pulling one of them - Vinny, Peg, Pete or Russ off to the
side for a quick photo - or just a chance to talk. It was very moving
to me as a director to see every one in the Vince Martell Band be so
passionate and caring about "my" veterans.
they topped it all off - with a fantastic show the next day. For
those of you who have not heard Vinny play the Start Spangled Banner
- your life is not complete. When he was done - there were tears in
many eyes. The music kept coming - Peg's angelic voice crooned
"Somewhere over the rainbow" to many misty eyes. For nearly
two hours all of us forgot about any worries or concerns life had
thrown at us. We were all transported to another dimension as Vince,
Peg, Pete and Russ poured out their all for us. After the show -
again he was swamped with veterans and volunteers wanting pictures
and autographs. Kids bringing him t-shirts to sign - local bands
wanting a photo with Vince and the band. It didn't matter the rank of
the person - we had everyone from PFC's to a General - Vince had time
for every veteran.
Martell came to Birmingham as someone I knew was a celebirty rock and
roll star. I was nervous about meeting him. I was hoping we could
show him the dignity and respect I thought he deserved. In less than
48 hours - Vince Martell, Peg Pearl, Pete Bremy, and Russ T. Blades
left Birmingham as four new found freinds. He has done something few
celebrities can do - he met a fan - and earned a freind. We love you
Vinny, we will keep you and Peg in our prayers each day -- and we
count the days until we see you again."
Hots and a Cot
special thanks to JD Simpson, his family, all the veterans for their
great hospitality, Ron Gantz for donating guitars, and to Rob and
Sandy Matanane for driving us home from Birmingham after Hurricane
Irene cancelled our flights home! God bless!
and the Band
here to view Birmingham News articles about the show!
- Tours! New CD! Vince
has a new CD out, and he and Mark Stein continue to perform live
which included shows in Las Vegas, and with Hippiefest out on Long
Island with Mountain, The Turtles, Badfinger, Chuck Negron and more....
Vince Martell Band headlined a show at B.B. King's in New York, and
the band particpated in two tribute shows in November; one a George
Harrison/Bangladesh Tribute and the other a Jimi Hendrix Tribute.
has been playing many live shows with his own band, and the original
Vanilla Fudge, but is now touring with Mark Stein as Vanilla Fudge's
Mark Stein and Vince Martell.
Mark Stein and
HERE for a full report of the Las
Vegas show and photos by original Vanilla Fudge Webmaster Casey Butler!!
- New Vanilla Fudge Album - Vince
Martell, Mark Stein, Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice, the original
Vanilla Fudge reunited to record a tribute CD to Led Zeppelin, the
band they helped introduce to the United States in 1969 by having
them as their opening act for their first tour of the USA. Zep has
often referred to Vanilla Fudge as good friends and a big influence.
The CD is titled Out Through The In Door.
/ October - VintageRock.com Review of Vanilla Fudge Concert,
Patchogue, NY by Ralph Greco, Jr. - "I can say this with no
fear of contradiction, Vanilla Fudge are the best American rock and
roll band, ever. " "[Vince] might be the most skilled,
yet unobtrusive player I have ever seen and heard." Want to read
- The "all original" Vanilla Fudge recorded a new CD, Out
Through The In Door, a tribute to Led Zeppelin.
October 15, 2006, Vanilla Fudge was among the first class of
inductees into the brand new Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Vince,
Mark Stein and Carmine Appice were on hand to accept their awards.
Tim Bogert could not attend due to a commitment in California. The
inaugural ceremony was held at the newly renovated Patchogue Theater
in Patchogue, NY. Vanilla Fudge was inducted by Vanilla Fudge hero
and friend Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals. Other inductees present
included Joan Jett, Little Anthony (and the Imperials), Johnny
Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, Twisted Sister, Leslie West and
Mountain, Peter Criss (Kiss) and Billy Joel. Famous presenters
included, of course Felix, and Peter Tork of the Monkees. There were
29 initial inductees. Photo below...
Stein makes acceptance speech as Carmine, Vince
Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals look on.
/ April - Vince is a judge... and is judged!
was an honored judge at the Guitar Center's 'Guitarmageddon King of
BLues'competition for the last four weeks at the Guitar Center in
Cherry Hill, NJ. A winner was picked. Check Guitarcenter.com for the details.
/ April - The Sheepshead Bay Improvement Group is honoring Vince
Martell and Peg Pearl among others with an award for their
outstanding humanitarian service to the community over the last eight
years. They will be honored at the BIG Oscars Awards Dinner at 7PM at
IL Fornetto, 2902 Emmons Avenue Sheepshead Bay, NY. CAll 718-646-9206
- Vanilla Fudge with all four original members on tour with The 21st
Century Doors, Steppenwolf, and the Yardbirds
/ January - Vince Martell at the famouse Chance Theatre
and his band will be performing with Blue Oyster Cult at the famous
Chance Theatre in Poughkeepsie, New York on January 29, 2005!!! Be
there or be square! Stay tuned for more!
/ May - Tiger Bill Meligari Vince at Annual Sheepshead Bay Festival
working with Vince on drums is Tiger Bill Meligari. Bill acquired the
nickname "Tiger" due to his monster chops, from his mentor,
the legendary jazz drummer Joe Morello. Bill's credentials go on and
on, check them out at his monster drummers' website at TigerBill.com
/ March - Fantastic Review by Ray Manzarek!
July 7, 2002, Vanilla Fudge played at the DTE Energy Center in
Charleston, MI. Ray Manzarek of The Doors was also on
the bill. Ray wrote a fantastic review of The Fudge and especially
Vince! Here's an excerpt:
as entertaining as Manzarek and Jefferson Starship were to be, the
cream of the crop came to the stage early and in the full light of
day. Vanilla Fudge simply melted with the audience for an hour during
which so much Progressive Hard Rock and Soul Territory was crossed
that you would need a road map to find your way back. This was
musical bliss beyond all else and easily the set of the summer at
DTE. If audience/group synergy ever existed it was here and now with
this hour of Vanilla Fudge. Each breath of air was split to its basic
elements by the Metal cum Funk guitar of Vince Martell. A more
moving and soulful shredder may not exist in all of Classic Rock. If
Martell blew the air apart it was the imcomparable rhythm section of
Carmine Appice and T.M. Stevens that recombined the elements to make
something even more conductive to Martell's electricity."
/ November - Vince releases his third solo CD, a tribute to Jimi
Hendrix called Psychedelic Cymbals. Vince on guitar and vocals
of course, with Peg Pearl, Pete Bremy, and Russ T. Blades.
/ May - Vince releases his second solo CD entitled Vince
Martell Lead Guitarist of Vanilla Fudge. His band is still
performing in the New York area, and he still stands out front with
more Vanilla Fudge tours!
Tour a success, guitar video now available!
August/September 2001 Fudge tour was a success. They went from coast
to coast with great receptions. All four members of our site team
were present at one show, some of us more than one. The guys treated
us like royalty, too.
Instructional Guitar Video, Lesson 1: Introduction to Acoustic
Guitar is here! Order it in The Store!
/ July - A New CD Coming!
all the delays in releasing Endless High, Vince wanted to wait until
he was far enough along for this announcement. Yep! A new CD!!! Vince
and the band entered the studio in early May. Sessions have been
progressing right along. The new, as yet untitled CD, is already
almost completed. Limited pre-release copies should be availiable for
the July 20th Turning Point Show!
/ May With
and the band want to thank everyone who came and packed Mexicali
Blues in Teaneck, NJ on April 20th! The warm reception was a real
inspiration. Vince came with some new tunes and some old favorites.
The crowd made Vince play Cause I Love You- twice!
return engagement has been booked for July 20th at The
Turning Point in Piermont, NY. The word is spreading! Other
venues are being considered in Connecticut and elsewhere!
Vince is heading back to the studio this month to begin a new CD!
/ April - We
hope you like the new site design!
the past few months, Endless High has been playing more shows. In
December, there was Mecixali
Blues Cafe in Teaneck, NJ, and a return to Le Bar Bat in New
York City. A return to Mexicali
Blues is scheduled for April 20, 2001. Don't miss it!
is itching to get back in the studio. No details are available yet,
but stay tuned!
- Vince Martell, with Peg Pearl, continues to perform
with his band and its new line up with Peter Bremy on bass and Russ
T. Blades on drums. Vince continues to tour with Vanilla Fudge.
- Vince Performs
- A report on Vince's performance at La Bar Bat in New York City,
April 27th, 2000.
- Vanilla Fudge reforms with Vince on guitar, Tim
Bogert on bass, Carmine Appice on drums and Bill Pascali
on organ. January holds for them a tour of Japan. In July, a sold out
crowd watched them headline a concert at Westbury Music Fair in New
York, along with legendary Felix Cavaliere and his Rascals opening
- 50 Heaviest Guitar Riffs Of All Time
- Vince Martell and Vanilla Fudge's arrangement of You Keep Me
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