Cactus is the forgotten supergroup.
But injuries from a traffic accident knocked Beck out the project. Stewart, the former singer for the Jeff Beck Group, instead joined Ronnie Wood in the Faces. Still, Cactus retained its supergroup status when it released its debut album.
Appice and Bogert, who had been bandmates in Vanilla Fudge, brought in Jim McCarty, a member of Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, to pick up guitar duties. For vocals they enlisted Rusty Day, who had been the lead singer for Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes. Cactus was up and running.
The band would later undergo several incarnations, and the original lineup would only stay together briefly. But critics loved the album at the time. The cuts varied from slow blues tunes like “No Need To Worry,” to a pumped up version of “Parchman Farm,” an old blues standard from Bukka White about a Mississippi prison.
What Cactus never achieved is mainstream success — at least not as a unit. Most of the the original members went on to other noteworthy projects.
Appice and Bogert joined Beck to form Beck, Bogert and Appice. And Appice remained a sought-after rock drummer until the present day, playing with everyone from Pink Floyd to Ted Nugent. He is also the older of the two drumming Appice brothers — Vinny Appice has played with Black Sabbath, Rick Derringer, Ronnie Dio and others. Bogert later picked up bass duties for the likes of Bob Weir and Bo Diddley.
McCarty’s resume already included time with Jimi Hendrix, and he also played with Bob Seger and others in his post-Cactus years.
Day, the band’s throaty singer, was given a shot to join AC/DC after the death of Bon Scott but turned it down. He was shot to death in 1982, reportedly over a cocaine deal.
But however short-lived, Cactus certainly had something.
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