Hey there, and a very Happy KISSmas in July! Just in case you’ve wandered in here by mistake, KISS is a huge band, commanding a huge and devoted following. Most fans have favourite eras and line-ups and enjoy them regardless, but for some arguing about who & what is best seems to take up most of their time. Personally, I just like the music, and the performance, in and of itself, no matter what era or line-up.
It’s all Rawk N Roll to me.
So, channelling the great Matt Porter from The Kiss Room, I’m keeping it positive and showing my unashamed appreciation of the members who made KISS what it was, and is, and will always be.
What can I say about the late great Eric Carr? An absolute monster behind the kit, and by all accounts a thoroughly awesome human being in person. He brought a Heavy Rock/Metal attack to KISS that was just what the band needed heading into the 1980’s, and for me, letting Eric off the leash starting with Creatures of the Night was a big part of why KISS were able to still stay relevant throughout that decade. Carr was not only a drummer and singer, but he played guitar, bass guitar, and piano, as well as co-writing KISS songs like “All Hell’s Breakin’ Loose”, “Little Caesar” and “No, No, No.” amongst others. This was one talented guy and the band benefited not only from his musicianship but also from his unadulterated joy at being a member of KISS.
I have many favourite Eric Carr moments but one that stands out for me is his drumming on “I Still Love You” from Creatures of the Night. His performance is just awe-inspiring, with the epic production allowing the full power, energy and emotion of his playing to be experienced by the listener. Eric’s playing on this track proves above all that being an excellent drummer is always about the solid groove and feel …but, Wow, listen to those off the hook tom fills!
Give it up for The Fox,