Vinny, Carmine, Rikers and The Huffington Post
Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 6:55 pm
Vinny, Carmine, Rikers and The Huffington Post
Vinny and Carmine Escape Rikers Island
There's only one road into Rikers Island. It takes visitors over a mile-long bridge, and standing before it, Officer Blackwell lists everything that can't be brought intoNew York City's largest prison.

"No cell phones, no electronic equipment not already checked in, no cigarettes, no lighters, no rubber bands," Blackwell says in a rehearsed voice.

"Can I bring my drumsticks in?" asks Carmine Appice, twirling the tools of his trade nervously.

For almost anyone else, the answer would surely be no. But when you're a 67-year-old rock legend who's worked with Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart, and countless other stars, you get special treatment.

Blackwell waves a dismissive hand as Appice and his 56-year-old brother, Vinny, make their way into one of the most dangerous prisons in the United States, home to 12,000 inmates.

The brothers are about to hold a rock concert for 80 female inmates. The performance on Friday was one of the thousands of free concerts organized around the world for Make Music Day, an event that celebrates artists and encourages people to get involved with music. The exclusive inmate event -- first started in 2011 -- is called Rhythm on Rikers.   READ FULL STORY
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