KISS Drummer ERIC SINGER Answers Fans' Questions

KISS's official web site, KissOnlinecom, has posted the following fan question-and-answer session with KISS drummer Eric Singer:

Q: I read that you come from a musical family, in particular, that your dad was a professional musician. Is that true?

Eric Singer: "Yes, both my mother and father were very musical. My father was a bandleader his whole life, mostly in the Cleveland area. I started playing in his band at the age of 14. We would play what is called 'society music' (in other words we played for affluent people) He was a violin and saxophone player. I gained invaluable experience playing in his band which I would not realize until much later. My mother also was very musical, she played the violin as well & is a great singer. She also participated in theater groups which some of my brothers and I also joined in at times. I really thank both of my parents for the support & great influence they had on me musically!"

Q: Your involvement in the organization of a concert for Hurricane Katrina relief was great, how did it go?

Eric Singer: "The effort was really mostly due to Keith Leroux and Steve Stierwalt Jr. These two guys were the motivators behind the events. And of course Chuck, Ryan and Damon for providing the tunes. Also, I want to thank the fans who supported our efforts!! As always KISS fans rule!!"

Q: What is your favorite '80s era KISS album?

Eric Singer: "Wow, that is a tough question since I was not really a big fan of that era for any band!! [Laughs] But I must say every KISS record has some merit & always at least a few great songs. Remember every band thinks they are making a great record during the recording process. It is only in hindsight that we realize that some of the tunes don't hold up over time. And there are always trends that play a big part in our influences. So..... in answer to your question I would have to say 'Lick it Up'."

Q: "I saw you on tour with KISS last year in Memphis and you inspired me to start playing drums! I'm 15 now and my question is what's the best way to put together a great band?

Eric Singer: "I think the best thing is to try and find other people that have common interests musically. i.e., people that like the same bands, songs, musicians etc...I remember when I first started to jam with people it was because we had similar tastes in music. I would gravitate towards others that I related to on some common level. Eventually you find better players or people that have the same drive and focus as yourself. Most importantly never lose the love of playing!! The music business sometimes can steal that away sadly..."

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