Eric Singer

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Eric Singer
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Eric Singer, Hollywood on March 20, 2012
Background information
Birth nameEric Doyle Mensinger
Born (1958-05-12) May 12, 1958 (age 61)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal, progressive metal, power metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsDrums, percussion, piano, vocals
Years active1984–present
Associated acts Kiss, Alice Cooper, ESP, Avantasia, Lita Ford, Gary Moore, Black Sabbath, Badlands, Seventh Wonder, Gilby Clarke, the Cult, Warren DeMartini, Paul Stanley
Website eric-singer.com

Eric Singer (born Eric Doyle Mensinger; May 12, 1958) is an American hard rock and heavy metal drummer, best known as a member of Kiss, portraying The Catman originally played by Peter Criss. He has also performed with artists such as Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Lita Ford, Badlands, Brian May and Gary Moore as well as his own band ESP. In his career, Singer has appeared on over 75 albums and 11 EPs.

Hard rock is a loosely defined subgenre of rock music that began in the mid-1960s, with the garage, psychedelic and blues rock movements. It is typified by a heavy use of aggressive vocals, distorted electric guitars, bass guitar, drums, and often accompanied with keyboards.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Kiss (band) American band

Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley. Well known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood-spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnics. The band has gone through several lineup changes, with Stanley and Simmons the only remaining original members. The original and best-known lineup consisted of Stanley, Simmons, Frehley, and Criss.

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Early career

Singer was born Eric Doyle Mensinger in Cleveland, Ohio. He grew up in Euclid, Ohio. His father, Johnny Mensinger, was of Jewish German descent and was a local big band leader who played around the area as well as on cruise ships from the States to Europe and back. [1] [2] [3] Young Eric began playing drums from an early age, and was inspired by bands such as Humble Pie, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Beatles and Queen and drummers such as John Bonham, Keith Moon, Cozy Powell, Roger Taylor, Bill Ward, and Buddy Rich.[ citation needed ]

The Who English rock band

The Who are an English rock band formed in London in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist and singer Pete Townshend, bass guitarist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon. They are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, selling over 100 million records worldwide.

Led Zeppelin English rock band

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham. Along with Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, the band's heavy, guitar-driven sound has led them to be cited as one of the originators of heavy metal. Their style drew from a wide variety of influences, including blues, psychedelia and folk music.

Black Sabbath British heavy metal band

Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, drummer Bill Ward, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and singer Ozzy Osbourne. Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970), and Master of Reality (1971). The band had multiple line-up changes, with Iommi being the only constant member throughout its history.

Eric worked at King Musical instruments before becoming a professional drummer.[ citation needed ]

Singer's first professional drumming job was in the Cleveland band Beau Coup. He then became Lita Ford's touring drummer in 1984. In 1985 he joined Black Sabbath, replacing original drummer Bill Ward (actually Vinnie Appice replaced Bill Ward and played on The Mob Rules and Live Evil), who had left the band after the Live Aid reunion. Singer would participate in the recording of the albums Seventh Star and The Eternal Idol. In 1987, he was invited to join Gary Moore to tour in support of his album, Wild Frontier. After the tour, he was invited by his Black Sabbath colleague Ray Gillen to join Badlands. Singer accepted and played on the band's self-titled debut album. Singer left the group in 1989 as he would join Paul Stanley as his touring drummer on his solo tour of the United States and Canada. Singer played with Olivia Newton-John in the music video for "Culture Shock". He later revealed in an interview that he obtained that gig because he was working for Lita Ford at the time. [4] In 1989, he joined Alice Cooper to tour in support of his album, Trash, as well as appearing in its music videos.[ citation needed ]

Lita Ford American rock musician, former member of The Runaways

Lita Rossana Ford is an English-born, American heavy metal guitarist, actress, vocalist and songwriter who was the lead guitarist for the Runaways in the late 1970s before embarking on a solo career in the 1980s.

William Thomas Ward is an English musician and visual artist, best known as the original drummer of the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He also performed lead vocals on two Black Sabbath songs: "It's Alright" from the album Technical Ecstasy and "Swinging the Chain" from the album Never Say Die!.

Live Aid 1985 benefit concert

Live Aid was a dual-venue benefit concert held on Saturday 13 July 1985, and an ongoing music-based fundraising initiative. The original event was organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine. Billed as the "global jukebox", the event was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London, England, United Kingdom and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

Kiss

Singer's 'The Catman' make-up KISS cat face.svg
Singer's 'The Catman' make-up

In December 1991, Singer officially became the drummer for Kiss after the death of Eric Carr. 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. [5] Singer played on Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions and toured with Kiss until 1996, when the band reunited with original drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley for the Alive/Worldwide Tour.[ citation needed ]

Eric Carr American musician

Paul Charles Caravello better known by his stage name Eric Carr, was an American musician and multi-instrumentalist who was the drummer for the rock band Kiss from 1980 to 1991. Caravello was selected as the new Kiss drummer after Peter Criss departed, when he chose the stage name "Eric Carr" and took up The Fox persona. He remained a member of Kiss until his death from heart cancer on November 24, 1991, at the age of 41.

Bob Kulick American musician and record producer

Robert J. Kulick is an American guitarist and Grammy Award-winning record producer, best known for his studio work with Kiss, and for his tenure in W.A.S.P. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and is the older brother of former Kiss lead guitarist Bruce Kulick, whom he suggested Kiss hire.

<i>Revenge</i> (Kiss album) 1992 studio album by Kiss

Revenge is the sixteenth studio album by American rock band Kiss, released on May 19, 1992. It is the band's first album to feature current drummer Eric Singer, following the death of former drummer Eric Carr in November 1991, and is also their last record to feature musical contributions from Carr. Marking a stylistic departure from the pop-influenced glam metal sound which characterised much of the band's 1980s output, the album was a worldwide success, becoming the first Kiss album since 1979's Dynasty to reach the Top 10 in the United States and reaching the Top 20 in seven other countries. It was certified gold by the RIAA on July 20, 1992.

After five relatively quiet years, during which Singer toured with Queen guitarist Brian May, Singer was asked to rejoin Kiss in 2001 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. [6] Singer was replaced again by Criss in late 2002 but returned to the band in early 2004 after Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley opted not to renew Criss' contract. Since then, Singer has been playing drums in Kiss as their permanent drummer.[ citation needed ]

Queen (band) British rock band

Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970. Their classic line-up was Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon. Their earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal, but the band gradually ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works by incorporating further styles, such as arena rock and pop rock.

Brian May English musician and astrophysicist

Brian Harold May, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist. He is the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen. His songs include "We Will Rock You", "Tie Your Mother Down", "I Want It All", "Fat Bottomed Girls", "Flash", "Hammer to Fall", "Save Me", "Who Wants to Live Forever" and "The Show Must Go On".

Gene Simmons American musician

Gene Klein, known professionally as Gene Simmons, is an Israeli-American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor, author and television personality. Also known by his stage persona The Demon, he is the bassist and co-lead singer of Kiss, the rock band he co-founded with lead singer and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley in the early 1970s.

In 2009, 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. It included the track "All for the Glory" (written by Stanley and Simmons) with vocals by Singer. In October 2012, Kiss released their 20th studio album Monster which includes a track called "All for the Love of Rock & Roll" sung by Singer (written by Stanley).[ citation needed ]

In a 2008 interview, Peter Criss stated that he thought Singer was a great drummer, despite being upset about Singer using his image.[ citation needed ]

Eric Singer Project, Alice Cooper and other projects

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 2000. Singer had already performed with Cooper years earlier, during the tour for the album Trash . Singer has been featured on three Alice Cooper albums to date, namely, Brutal Planet , The Eyes of Alice Cooper , and Along Came a Spider . In 2008, Eric Singer left Cooper's band on Cooper's suggestion that he (Eric) instead focus on his growing commitments with Kiss as well as with the Eric Singer Project (ESP).[ citation needed ]

He has also occasionally performed and recorded with his own ESP, featuring, among others, his former Kiss bandmate Bruce Kulick and former Mötley Crüe lead singer John Corabi. Three releases have resulted from this collaboration: the studio album Lost and Spaced (1998), consisting completely of covers from classic rock songs; the live album Live in Japan (2006); and the DVD Live at the Marquee (2006).[ citation needed ]

Singer has also played in the band Avantasia, replacing drummer Alex Holzwarth after a guest performance in the song "Into the Unknown" from the album The Metal Opera Part II . Two EPs and one full album have been released with Singer's performance on the drums: Lost in Space Part I , Lost in Space Part II , and The Scarecrow , and on several songs from The Wicked Symphony and Angel of Babylon .[ citation needed ]

In 1989, he made a brief appearance in the Wes Craven film Shocker , as a member of a fictional rock band.[ citation needed ]

In 2004 Singer was featured on Italian rock singer Chris Catena's debut album, Freak Out. He recorded drums for two tracks, "Sweet Talker" (a Whitesnake cover) and "The Stronger You Are, The Harder You Fall".[ citation needed ]

In 2015 Singer was elected to the jury of watchmaking's highest awards, the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG). 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 2015.[ citation needed ]

Eric is also the drummer for Paul Stanley's side project Soul Station, showcasing the best Motown and Soul hits.[ citation needed ]

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Eric Singer performing with Alice Cooper

Equipment

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.[ citation needed ]

Discography

Black Sabbath

Gary Moore

Drive

Badlands

Kiss

Greg Chaisson

Stream

Gilby Clarke

28IF

Solo - Eric Singer Project

Alice Cooper

Avantasia

Ronnie Montrose

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Notes

  1. Top 10 Jewish Rock Stars - Ultimate Classic Rock ultimateclassicrock.com/top-10-jewish-ock-stars/ Dec 20, 2011 - T-Rex lead singer and guitarist Marc Bolan was born Mark Feld. ... Jewish rockers in Kiss, including Simmons, Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer.
  2. These Jews Rock - Aish.com http://www.aish.com/j/as/These-Jews-Rock.html Jun 14, 2014 - Half its members are Jewish, if you count later members Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer. Then there's Paul "The Starchild" Stanley, born Stanley ...
  3. Gene Simmons Talks "Family Jewels" and Why Blood is Thicker Than ... http://www.jewishjournal.com/.../gene_simmons_talks_family_jewels_and_why_blood_is_t%5B%5D... Jun 28, 2011 - [Current member Eric Singer is also an MOT, as well as former ... in the world, Jews know instinctively that the sound of their names are not ...
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  5. Leaf and Sharp, Kiss: Behind The Mask – The Official Authorized Biography, pp. 387, 390.
  6. Sherman, Black Diamond, p. 161
Preceded by
Eric Carr
Drummer for Kiss
1991–1996
Succeeded by
Peter Criss
Preceded by
Peter Criss
Drummer for Kiss
2001–2002
Succeeded by
Peter Criss
Preceded by
Peter Criss
Drummer for Kiss
2004–current
Succeeded by
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