Friday, September 25, 2009

INTERVIEW WITH ERIC SINGER


Kiss and tell: Interview with drummer Eric Singer
By Dan Kane/ NORWICH BULLETIN
GateHouse News Service
The son of a popular Cleveland bandleader, Kiss drummer Eric Singer grew up in the ’70s listening to WMMS and jamming on drums with his neighborhood rocker pals.
He found his career path early.
In 1984, Singer went on tour with hard-rock goddess Lita Ford, and a year later joined Black Sabbath. In 1989, he played drums on Kiss frontman Paul Stanley’s solo tour, which led to an ongoing gig with Kiss. Singer simultaneously has been Alice Cooper’s drummer since 2000, and has played on three Cooper albums to date.
Singer has played with Kiss steadily since 2004, appears on the band’s forthcoming album, “Sonic Boom,” and is on tour with the band.
Singer, 51, was on his way to Detroit for tour rehearsals when he phoned to chat Tuesday afternoon.
Q. Tell me about the preshow ritual of putting on your Kiss makeup.
A. It’s like the calm before the storm, if you will. The four of us get together and it’s like a war room where we’re preparing for battle. We’re sitting there for a couple of hours and there’s always great music. Gene will play deejay a lot of time. He likes to pull out old crazy blues stuff and doo-wop. It’s very eclectic.

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