Eric Carr
American musician
Eric Carr
Paul Charles Caravello, also known as Eric Carr, was an American musician, best known as drummer for the rock band Kiss. Caravello was selected as the new Kiss drummer after Peter Criss left in 1980, where he chose the stage name "Eric Carr" and took up the "Fox" persona. He remained a band member until his death of complications from heart cancer in November 1991, aged 41.
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Reyes de la música: Freddy Mercury - Paperblog
Google News - over 5 years
Freddy Mercury murió el mismo día que el batería de KISS, Eric Carr. En la nota suicida de Kurt Kobain está escrito el nombre de Freddy Mercury. Stone Cold Crazy fue la primera canción escrita por Freddie (al menos que se conociese), cuando militaba en
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Q&A with A.J. Confessore on 'Whole Lotta Love: An All-Star Salute to Fat Chicks' - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
I interviewed some of my rock heroes for the first time, like Eric Carr of KISS and, later, guys like Mark Slaughter and Dana Strum, who had just left the Vinnie Vincent Invasion. I've done my best to keep up with the scene ever since, doing video work
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TODAY IN TOWN - 7/12/11 - The Town Times
Google News - over 5 years
In 1962, the Rolling Stones perform their first ever concert, at the Marquee Club in London. Today, Neptune completes its first orbit since its discovery on September 23, 1846. Kristi Yamaguchi (40), Eric Carr (1950-91), Richard Simmons (63),
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Frontman Paul Stanley chats about tour, iconic band image - NewHampshire.com
Google News - over 5 years
KISS's original band members, who enjoyed the band's most successful run of album sales and concerts during the 1970s, stayed together until 1980, when Criss left the band and was replaced by drummer Eric Carr. In 1982, Frehley left the band to pursue
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KISS STAR ARRESTED FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT - FemaleFirst.co.uk
Google News - almost 6 years
From 1982 to 1983, the new line-up of Kiss became Simmons (the Demon), Stanley (the Starchild), Eric Carr (the Fox), and Vincent (the Ankh Warrior). This incarnation of Kiss was to be the last incarnation of the original make-up era
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Steven Tyler's Gay Revelation- Iron Schenker Maiden- POD Postpone Tour ... - antiMUSIC.com
Google News - almost 6 years
On this day in 1980, Drummer Peter Criss left Kiss and was replaced by Eric Carr. On this day in 1987, a fire destroyed Tom Petty's house in Los Angeles, the cost was estimated at $800000. Find out what else happened on this date in music history here
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Helloween y Stratovarius en Bogotá: - El Fortin del Caballero Negro
Google News - almost 6 years
Cuatro bombos, pocos músicos utilizan esa cantidad, tal vez el baterista referente en cuanto al tamaño de la batería y del número de bombos es el fallecido Eric Carr de Kiss, que usaba tres cuando tocaba en vivo. La lista de canciones fue tal cual como
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Paedophile Eric Carr is back behind bars - ChronicleLive
Google News - almost 6 years
PAEDOPHILE Eric Carr is back behind bars after chatting to other perverts just hours after being freed. The serial sex offender was banned from contacting others as part of a court order
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The Short-But-Sweet Interview: Bruce Kulick - UGO
Google News - almost 6 years
UGO: What did you think of the book I recently interviewed you for, The Eric Carr Story? BRUCE KULICK: It was very painful to read, and very informative. Of course being such a part of most of the years of Eric's KISS tenure, made me relive my years in
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Boynton Poetry Contest winners to be honored May 12 - TheNewsTribune.com
Google News - almost 6 years
The other 15 winners are Caleb Barber, Laura Boynton, fourth-grader McKeahan Carlton, first-grader Eric Carr, Linda Conroy, Denise duMaurier, 11th-grader Jesse Kennemer, Mary Lucas, Sandra Lucke, Carolyn McCarthy, Kevin Murphy, Lara Niedermeyer,
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Revealing Book Looks Back At MTV's Early Music Years - RockStar Weekly
Google News - almost 6 years
Prato also recently released The Eric Carr Story, which marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of the often-overlooked KISS drummer. He is currently working with legendary drummer Carmine Appice for a forthcoming autobiography expected in 2011
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Middletown man fondles sleeping woman - WDEL 1150AM
Google News - almost 6 years
The 37 year old woman was asleep in her bedroom last Saturday next to her young child when police say she was awoken by the suspect Eric Carr fondling her and pulling off her pants. 41 year old Carr is an acquaintance of the victim and ran out her
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Eric Carr, 41, Is Dead; Rock Band's Drummer
NYTimes - about 25 years
Eric Carr, the drummer in the rock group Kiss, died on Sunday at Bellevue Hospital. He was 41 years old and lived in Manhattan. He died of cancer, said his publicity agent, Carol Kaye of Kayos Productions in Manhattan. She said he had been hospitalized since suffering a cerebral hemorrhage in September. Mr. Carr joined Kiss in 1980 after the
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RESULTS PLUS
NYTimes - almost 27 years
LEAD: Tennis Graf and Seles Reach Title Match: The two hottest players in women's tennis will meet for the German Open championship in West Berlin today. In yesterday's semifinals, top-seeded Steffi Graf of West Germany beat Natalya Zvereva of the Soviet Union, 6-4, 6-2, and second-seeded Monica Seles of Yugoslavia beat Sandra Cecchini of Italy,
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RESULTS PLUS
NYTimes - almost 27 years
LEAD: Boxing Breland Retains Title: Mark Breland, a 26-year-old New Yorker, knocked down Lloyd Honeyghan of Britain six times in less than nine minutes in London yesterday and retained his World Boxing Association welterweight title when the referee stopped the fight at 2 minutes 15 seconds of the third round.(AP) Tennis Gilbert Defeats Tauson:
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TRANQUIL LIVES OF DECEPTION: THREE FUGITIVES AND FAMILIES
NYTimes - over 32 years
The three fugitives and their wives and 12 small children lived in Ohio for more than two years, their lives on the lam shielded by carefully stitched subterfuge. Everybody was fooled - teachers, landlords, neighbors. The patterns of deception matched. The men - sought in the murder of a New Jersey state trooper, an attempted murder or bank
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Eric Carr
    FORTIES
  • 1991
    Age 40
    On November 24, 1991, Carr died at the age of 41.
    More Details Hide Details Coincidentally, he died on the same day as Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the British rock band Queen, whose death attracted more media attention. Carr had also been in a nearly four-year relationship with future model/actress Carrie Stevens at the time of his death. In keeping with Carr's accessibility to his fans, his family decided to open his funeral service to the public while reserving the interment as a private event. Carr is interred in Cedar Hill Cemetery in the Town of Newburgh, New York. Former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick, along with Carr's family, released Carr's first and only solo album in 1999, titled Rockology, which featured many demos that Kulick and Carr worked on together (along with songwriter and friend Adam Mitchell). The CD features several songs with Carr on lead vocals as well as on bass guitar, along with Kulick on guitars and Mitchell assisting Carr with many of the background vocals. This album includes "Somebody's Waiting" and "Tiara", a song that he originally wrote for his planned children's cartoon show called Rockheads, a rock band parody featuring four characters (Slider, Clive, Scruffy and Punky) with different characteristics and personalities.
    He remained a member of Kiss until his death from heart cancer on November 24, 1991, at the age of 41.
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    Carr's last public appearance with Kiss was at the MTV Video Music Awards in September 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Not long afterwards, he suffered an aneurysm and was rushed to the hospital. Several days later, he suffered a brain hemorrhage and never regained consciousness.
    He flew to Los Angeles in July 1991 to film the music video.
    More Details Hide Details He was wearing a wig at that point because of the treatment. After the video shoot he flew back to New York to try to get healthy; his health had deteriorated to the point where he was unable to play drums for the recording session for Revenge, the band's next studio album, and Singer was brought in to record the album. After filming the video, Stanley, Simmons and Bruce Kulick told him to go home and get well. After aggressive treatment, the cancer went into remission and Carr's health appeared to improve.
    In April 1991, Carr underwent a series of surgeries to remove tumors in his right atrium and lungs in an effort to restore heart function and prevent the cancer's growth.
    More Details Hide Details He recovered sufficiently and pressed Stanley and Simmons to let him back in the band. They had replaced him in the studio with session drummer Eric Singer to commence new recordings. They have stated they continually told Carr to get himself healthy and when he was he would be the Kiss drummer once again. The band was ready to film the "God Gave Rock and Roll to You" video and he asked Gene and Paul to at least let him be in the video, and they ultimately agreed.
    In February 1991, Carr began feeling ill.
    More Details Hide Details Medical tests revealed what at first appeared to be manageable problems with his health. However, he was diagnosed as having an unexpectedly serious and extremely rare type of cancer – heart cancer.
    Carr's last public appearance with the band was at the MTV Video Music Awards in September 1991.
    More Details Hide Details In his 2014 memoirs "Face the Music: A Life Exposed", Kiss frontman Paul Stanley described difficulties with Carr. He allegedly couldn't get over the fact that he was neither going to be a founding member of Kiss, nor the band's first drummer. For long periods of time, he would not even talk to Stanley. In his book, Stanley recalls several memorable Carr episodes, one of which was when he took nude photos in a bathtub holding a glass of champagne, claiming that the photographer had promised not to publish them. Another time, Carr claimed that Stanley was going to replace him with drummer Eric Singer, (who had played previously in Paul Stanley's solo touring band), something that did occur later. Carr was a powerful hard-hitting drummer and one of the first drummers to adopt the classic 1980s snare drum sound: a highly reverberated and low-tuned sound. In his 1980 resume sent to Kiss, Carr stated that his drumming style ranged from heavy metal and hard rock to pop and new wave claiming that "I can adapt to most situations easily." He listed drummers John Bonham, Keith Moon and Lenny White as influences.
    Carr's last recording with Kiss was for the song "God Gave Rock 'N' Roll to You II", which featured him on backing vocals. The last time Carr worked with Kiss was in July 1991 when Kiss filmed the video for "God Gave Rock 'N Roll to You" with Carr playing drums.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 39
    Carr's last live performance with Kiss was November 9, 1990 in New York City, at Madison Square Garden.
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  • 1989
    Age 38
    In 1989, he recorded a demo with Kiss lead guitarist Bruce Kulick.
    More Details Hide Details Carr wrote the music, played bass and drums, while Kulick played guitar. As Carr was not a proficient lyricist, he presented the demo to Simmons with the words to Marvin Gaye's 1965 classic "Ain't That Peculiar". Simmons wrote new lyrics, which Carr recorded for the subsequent Hot in the Shade release. The song was released as "Little Caesar". He performed the song a few times, but it wasn't performed beyond the first month of the tour.
  • 1988
    Age 37
    His first lead vocal in the studio was a re-recording of "Beth" (a song originally sung by Peter Criss) for the 1988 compilation album Smashes, Thrashes & Hits.
    More Details Hide Details Carr recorded his version of the song in the same room in the Record Plant where the song was originally recorded, using the same backing track as Criss. Carr would later claim that he regretted having to overdub what he felt was the definitive performance by Criss, but that he was so desperate to finally sing on an album that, against his better judgment, he agreed to do it.
  • 1983
    Age 32
    After Caravello passed the audition, time was short but the band had some trouble coming up with a character persona and a stage name for him before his debut concert. "We never actually told him he was in the band," stated Paul Stanley on USA Network's Night Flight program in 1983, "We just said: "In two weeks we're playing.'"
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  • 1981
    Age 30
    Carr's first album with Kiss was 1981's Music from "The Elder", which marked a departure for the band toward a mystical art-rock direction.
    More Details Hide Details One of Carr's contributions to the album, "Under the Rose", is one of the few Kiss songs written in 6/8 time and featured a Gregorian chant-style chorus. Later, he would also have cowriter credits on "All Hell's Breakin' Loose", "Under the Gun", and "No, No, No", amongst others. Carr said he found writing lyrics harder than writing music. Besides drumming, Carr also played guitar, bass guitar and piano and sang background vocals. Occasionally he sang lead vocals, such as on "Black Diamond" and "Young and Wasted" live with Kiss.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1980
    Age 29
    His first public performance was with the band in New York City's The Palladium venue on July 25, 1980.
    More Details Hide Details His parents, warned to not tell anyone their son was now in Kiss (to maintain the mystique that no one knew what the new member looked like without make up), attended the concert, and were recognized by a friend who actually worked with Paul Caravello at the repair shop – and had no idea the new KISS member behind the kit was his former coworker. "'What are you doing here?'", Carr's father, Albert Caravello, related in the Tale of the Fox DVD, "'You like Kiss?' I said, "Yeah!'" Carr also, immediately after joining KISS, still did a few stove repair jobs. For Christmas in 1980, the KISS organization bought Eric a Porsche—so their new drummer would ride around in appropriate rock star-style. Ironically, the car broke down often, and caused Carr quite a bit of grief. His persona remained consistent for three years until the band's well-publicized removal of their stage makeup in September 1983, live on MTV. The drastic move came after declining album sales and a poorly attended US tour. Carr thought the band was coming to an end, but Kiss slowly turned their career descent into a rebound, and the band thrived. Carr earned a reputation amongst fans for being unusually friendly and approachable. He answered more mail than other band members, and often added messages to his autographs. Despite being a replacement of an original member, his popularity soared among fans based on his personality and percussion skills.
    Carr was introduced to the public on an episode of the syndicated television youth show Kids Are People Too! filmed in late July 1980 and aired in September 1980.
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    Bookings diminished, and Caravello handed in his resignation in May 1980.
    More Details Hide Details At that point, he considered quitting music, having reached the age of 30 without any real success. Shortly afterwards, he had a chance meeting with Turino in a club in Queens; Turino told Caravello about Peter Criss' departure from Kiss, and urged Caravello to audition to become Kiss' drummer. Caravello applied for Kiss, submitting a cassette tape of Kiss' current single "Shandi" but with his vocals over the music instead of Paul Stanley's vocals. "It sounded great!" he enthused years later. The application was put into a bright orange folder to make it stand out visually. Jane Grod, a KISS staffer, told him later she had noticed the brightly colored envelope and so picked it to be one reviewed from the pile. While sitting outside the actual room used for the audition, Caravello watched the three members of Kiss ‒ Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, and Stanley ‒ walk by to enter the room. He was one of the few people outside of the band's circle of friends, family and music business partners, to see Kiss without make-up. "Paul, I knew right away", he told a fanzine in 1990. "The others I wasn't sure about."
  • 1979
    Age 28
    The band continued on, sometimes under the name, "Bionic Boogie". They held a benefit to replace their ruined equipment. Carr would go on with the band until 1979. They enjoyed some success, performing as an opening act for established names such as Stevie Wonder and Nina Simone. The band broke up in late 1979.
    More Details Hide Details He later described the band as "like my family basically for nine years." In December 1979, Caravello successfully auditioned for a four-piece rock 'n' roll cover band called Flasher. After three weeks of rehearsals, they started playing at clubs. At this point he had become discouraged about his musical future after so many years trying to make it without a break, and considered settling down with a non-musical career. " we were making real (lousy) money – something like $10, $7 a night, whatever it was it was. Really, really terrible. Just by contrast, I used to make $15 a night when I was like 16 years old, and here I am almost 30 years old, and I'm making like $7 a night! So I wasn't doing better, obviously – I was going in reverse, you know!
  • 1974
    Age 23
    Tragedy struck in 1974 when a fire broke out during a discothèque gig at Gulliver's restaurant in Port Chester, New York, killing dozens of people including the band's keyboardist and lead singer.
    More Details Hide Details Caravello escaped and was credited with saving another person, one of the band's female singers. It was determined that the fire had been started by a thief in an adjacent building hoping to cover his tracks.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1965
    Age 14
    His first band, The Cellarmen, was formed in 1965 by him and several of his friends.
    More Details Hide Details They started playing local clubs in Brooklyn and Queens. Only a handful of recordings were released on the Jody Records label, a small Brooklyn recording studio. Caravello then joined a band called "Things That Go Bump in the Night" and later "Smack", the latter of which consisted mostly of members from The Cellarmen, who disbanded in 1968. In 1970, Caravello joined the band Salt & Pepper, which started as a cover band playing music from multiple genres; the band was named that because half of the members were black and half were white. In 1973 the band changed their name to Creation, now performing disco music.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Born
    Carr was born as Paul Charles Caravello on July 12, 1950, to Albert and Connie Caravello.
    More Details Hide Details He was born and grew up in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn in New York City. Because his father worked most of the time, Carr didn't see that much of him, and "never went to a baseball game or that kind of stuff" with his father. He spent a lot of time alone in his room, playing with toy soldiers and toy monsters. Caravello attended the High School of Art and Design. He planned at first to be a cartoonist, then changed his mind quickly thereafter and decided to study photography. According to him, he ended up wasting "absolutely every day of high school. I got no work done, did nothing to further my career, wasted time, and wound up getting drunk in the darkroom with my friends all the time. We never got caught because we could see through the one-way glass whenever a teacher would come. It wasn't like I was getting drunk every day, you know. Half a cup of vodka in those days was enough to get you drunk." However, he has described himself as overall "a real good kid. I didn't do anything to make trouble." Caravello was one of only two students in his high school who had long hair, mostly due to his love of the Beatles. He recalled that "I used to Dippity-Do my hair down, to make it stay flat. I used to have a Beatles haircut, but my hair's curly, so I couldn't get it to lay flat like the Beatles'.
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