Eric Singer is an American hard rock and heavy metal drummer, best known as a member of Kiss, portraying The Catman originally played by Peter Criss. Eric Singer - Official. 31K likes. Official Facebook Page of Eric Singer Drummer for Kiss. Although drummer Eric Singer was a member of Kiss for only a few years, he was present for the band's important early's 're-focused' period, when the group.
You're doing the same thing every day, and what you're working on is your form. But it's aerobically really challenging, and physically, it gets you in great shape. Stanley told the Austin American-Statesman in a interview that his four-decade-plus partnership with Simmons works in spite of, or because of, their differences.
He likes to shock or annoy people and he does that very well. He's also a terrific partner and somebody who is clearly irreplaceable. Simmons previously told Classic Rock magazine about his relationship with Stanley: Paul is much more emotional, and I'm drier.
Paul will go see romantic movies, I'll throw up at them. NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. Everybody is going to experience these things. Life can sometimes be tough and cruel at times. When I first joined Kiss it was an awkward situation. All of a sudden I am asked to play in a band that was a big influence to me as a kid that I really loved.
The scenario under how it was happening was not so fun. It happened because somebody else was dying. Out of the ashes of tragedy there is something good that grows. You have to look at life and say that is the way that it goes. There is always going to be the ebb and flow of positive versus negative; every negative situation, even if you learn a lesson from a bad experience. If you come out of it with more knowledge and experience that you can take forward to another situation down the line, or you can impart that experience and knowledge to help them get through a difficult time, to me that is what that is all about.
They are telling me that Kiss is their life and how important it is. I fucking play drums in the band. I play drums for a living. This is what I do. This is how I make a living. It is not some hobby. It is something that I turned a love of, and worked hard and passionately to turn it into a way to make a living.
You have to learn to approach it that way. Sometimes I hate to say this but this is how I pay for everything that I do. It is the way our system works.
You get a job. That is how you pay for your shit. In that regard it is pretty elementary. I make it real simple. I always tell friends that my favorite era of Kiss that influenced me and that I relate to the most is the original band and those first three records.
Because for me, just like everybody else says… everyone has their Kiss, if you will. I am using Kiss an analogy but it applies to anything. My Kiss was the very first Kiss that came on the scene in or I saw them on that first tour. They opened for The New York Dolls. I bought those records.
I know the impact that they had on me and everybody around me at that time when they burst onto the scene. That is the Kiss that I relate to. Later on, the later versions…. I am talking about to … for me that was the time line that really affected me. I have many friends that will say their version of Kiss was Animalize or Hot in the Shade or it was another era.
How can they say that? But I respect what they are saying. For that person, that is when they discovered Kiss and that was the time of their life when it really affected them and they had a connection to them.
You need to be somewhat understanding and respectful to that. Everybody has a different time line of the band when it emotionally connected with them. That goes for a lot of bands.
Led Zeppelin has fans like that. For some, Physical Graffiti was the album that hooked them, but for me it was the first three albums. It is the same with Alice Cooper. For me, Alice Cooper… I was still a kid when he first came out. Welcome to My Nightmare and Goes to Hell were huge for me. It is all relative. When I think of the age I was at then, it makes sense of why that period affected me.
It was the age I was at. Mine was Kiss Alive as I am younger than you With Kiss, I point this out to people. People say they related to this guy in Kiss and I ask them how old they were. You would have thought they were a lot better than they really were just because of your knowledge and experience you had at the given time. How much musical knowledge do you have at eight years old?
What attracted you to them was that image and that show. If Kiss just stood on stage and played songs without the show then I doubt they would have held your attention. That is my point. It is like a train. I just got onboard and now I am one of the guys in that fucking engine room helping keep that locomotive run. To me, that makes a lot of sense when you put it into basic terms.
To fans that is impossible. It is not going to happen. They only, you know… they wear their hearts on their sleeves and they look at it from an emotional point of view.
I get that and I respect it. I have a unique perspective in Kiss. Think about this…Tommy and I were both Kiss fans growing up. We were influenced by the band musically and visually. Tommy is a couple of years younger than me. I never dressed up in the makeup or nothing as a kid. When I saw Kiss I literally was one month shy of sixteen. By the time they got huge I was eighteen years old.
Kiss was huge by I am now eighteen years old and I am seeing all of these little kids liking Kiss. Now, think back to when you were that old… would you want to go to a concert with a bunch of little kids?
If you go to a Justin Bieber concert there are a lot of little girls who are like ten and twelve years old. I think all of those artists have done great things and they are hugely successful but I am just pointing out that all of these little fucking kids like Kiss and they are going to concerts with their moms.
They were like Donnie Osmond or something. They were in Tiger Beat. It was not cool at eighteen years of age to want to do to a concert where kid are there with their moms. For me, my interest in Kiss totally waned because of that. I was too cool for school.
Now, when we play shows I think it is fantastic that we have people of all ages coming to see a Kiss show. You have little kids with their parents and the parents of the parents.
You have three generations. They are like one of those iconic amusement parks. To me, Kiss is kind of like that. It has an Americana quality to it, if you will. I think it is a spectacle and I think everybody should see Kiss at least once in their lifetime. Did you have any inkling it would grow to this status when you joined the band?
No, of course not. What is like preparing for a Kiss tour? Do you do a lot of rehearsal? You have to remember that a lot of it is going on behind the scenes. We have a production manager and a lot of work goes into just doing a one-off show.
There are technical aspects and logistics involved. What are the effects are you allowed to use? How much pyro is allowed? What are the restrictions? How high is the ceiling in the venue? What are the hanging points? How much production can you fit into the venue and what is legal?
Will the fire marshal allow this or that? It changes from night-to-night. It all has to be worked out. Then there is the routing. They have to put the tour together. We play in Cleveland and then we have to route the next night to Pittsburgh and then Nashville is next and that is a six hour drive. We have to load out by a certain time to make the load in the next day. You have to get the travel booked and the hotel for the band and the crew.
All of that has to get worked out and you try to ultimately get a routing that makes sense. You have to be able to get from one place to another in a timely fashion. After a while it becomes like Groundhog Day … like that movie… but in a good way.
If you can create the environment that is the same and consistent, then in my opinion that gives you the ability to focus. I know my drums will be set up the same way and they will be tuned the same and they feel the same. The more consistency I have then I can gravitate to that as a sense of security. I may be tired and I may not feel good on a certain day, but everything sounds okay and everything is in the right place.
If things are not working right or the room does not sound right then you get preoccupied on other things instead of staying focused on playing and performing. Anything new coming on this tour or is it just the normal over the top Kiss show? Well, we will have a different stage set. The stage set will be close to what we do in the movie Kiss Rocks Las Vegas.
When you have to travel you have to think about setting up and tearing down the equipment. It is almost like having an all-season tire on your car. I look at what we do and it has to be like an all-season tire. It has to work for an outdoor shed, or an indoor theater or arena. It has to be able to work in every configuration you are going to play. Will there be another record? I have no idea about that. We always get things where one person says one thing because they want to do a record and the other says another thing.
This goes on in every band. You have Scorpions out there playing right now and they retired. Singer accepted and played on the band's self-titled debut album. Singer left the group in as he would join Paul Stanley as his touring drummer on his solo tour of the United States and Canada.
He later revealed in an interview that he obtained that gig because he was working for Lita Ford at the time. Singer, who had performed with Paul Stanley on his club tour along with Bob Kulick two years earlier, was hired and debuted with the band on the album Revenge , on which he was originally slated to fill in on some tracks while Eric Carr recuperated from heart cancer.
After five relatively quiet years, during which Singer toured with Queen guitarist Brian May , Singer was asked to rejoin Kiss in after Criss' departure shortly before the Australian and Japanese leg of Kiss' Farewell tour. Singer debuted in full "Catman" makeup and costume for the first time on the tour, which caused some controversy as the persona had previously been used only by Criss. Since then, Singer has been playing drums in Kiss as their permanent drummer.
In , Singer, along with lead guitarist Tommy Thayer , played and sang on the Kiss album Sonic Boom , the first studio album to feature the new line-up. In a interview, Peter Criss stated that he thought Singer was a great drummer, despite being upset about Singer using his image. When not touring with Kiss, Singer performed with Alice Cooper. Singer had been a member of Cooper's band since the release of the album Brutal Planet in Singer had already performed with Cooper years earlier, during the tour for the album Trash.
Three releases have resulted from this collaboration: Two EPs and one full album have been released with Singer's performance on the drums: In , he made a brief appearance in the Wes Craven film Shocker , as a member of a fictional rock band. He is a well known in collectors circles as a collector of eclectic timepieces from his home town favorite Ball to expensive Glashutte Origina, Zenith, Omega and IWC. His keen eye to mechanics and artistic design encouraged the GPHG to invite him to join the rotating group of 26 jurors in Geneva this November as they select the best watches of Throughout his career, Singer has used Pearl drums, hardware and pedals, Terry Bozzio Attack signature drumheads, Zildjian cymbals and drumsticks and ddrum acoustic drum triggers.
Singer has his own signature series snare drum and artist series drumsticks by Pearl, and Zildjian also makes its own "Eric Singer Artist Series" drumsticks.
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