By Jeb Wright / www.classicrockrevisited.com
Eric Singer is the long-time current drummer for the band Kiss. He got the gig after being chosen to play drums for Paul Stanley’s solo band in 1991.
When then Kiss drummer Eric Carr came down with a terminal illness, Singer was brought in as his replacement. Singer later exited Kiss on 1996 when the band brought back original Kiss drummer Peter Criss for the Alive / Worldwide tour.
Singer moved on and played several years with Alice Cooper’s band. When Criss was asked to leave Kiss, Singer came back… but he was asked to wear the famous Cat makeup in 2001.
In the interview that follows Singer discusses making the choice to wear that makeup, as well as the upcoming Kiss tour and their new movie Kiss Rocks Las Vegas.
Singer likes to talk. He has a lot to say. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Singer tells it like it is. He shares early memories of being a Kiss fan, discusses rock ‘n’ roll and even says why neither Nikki Sixx, Gene Simmons nor Paul Stanley’s opinions on Twitter matter much to him. (If you’ve seen him play, his drums do most of the talking.)
This is a real chat with a real rock star… who just happens to have remained a regular guy.
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If you’re in the National Guard or Reserve, Gene Simmons wants you to turn his amp up to 11.
Rock legends KISS are gearing up to launch their “Freedom to Rock” U.S. tour. Appropriately for the pyrotechnics-fueled hard rockers, the tour kicks off July 4 in Tucson, Arizona. It ends in Huntington, West Virginia, on Sept. 10.
At each of the more than 30 stops along the way, the band is looking to hire one military part-timer as a “roadie for a day.” The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes program is coordinating the effort.
“Some of the details are still being worked out, but we’ll be working with local military organizations to determine who that will be for each leg of the tour,” Hiring Our Heroes communications manager Brooke Prouty told Military Times.
Here's KISS' TommyThayer & Doc McGhee with the KISS ARMY at last month's Indianapolis #KISS Fan Expo.
Photo by Steve Christensen for KISSONLINE.
On this day in KISSTORY June 23, 2014 - KISS & Def Leppard launched their US Summer Tour in Salt Lake City! The bands set an attendance record at the USANA Amphitheatre with a SOLD OUT crowd of over 20,000!