Cactus .. 1970-’71
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Meets CARMINE APPICE who along with TIM BOGERT of VANILLA FUDGE have just finished supporting LED ZEEPLIN on tour. The experience inspired them to form a “hard rock” band CACTUS. WHEELS fans they offer McCARTY the job and he accepts. Fellow-Detroiter RUSTY DAY (AMBOY DUKES) joins as vocalist to complete CACTUS.
Band “.. produced three albums, Cactus (1970), One Way .. Or Another (1971), and Restrictions (1971).” Tensions in band lead McCARTY to quit at the end of 1971. He refers to original band as a “failed experiment.”
Although never a commercial success the band original albums achieve cult status among serious music fans and directly influence artists like ” .. Aerosmith, Van Halen, .38 Special, Anvil, The Black Crowes, Montrose, AC/DC, Lynard Skynard, and The Black Keys.”