Eric Doyle Mensinger (born May 12, 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA), better known as Eric Singer, is a hard rock and heavy metal drummer for the rock band Kiss and formerly for singer Alice Cooper and heavy metal band Black Sabbath. Over the past two decades Singer has appeared on over 75 albums and 11 EPs. He is the third member of Kiss to take on the "Catman" persona, the first being Peter Criss and the second being Eric Carr.

Early life Eric Singer(born Eric Doyle Mensinger May 12th 1958 age 58) is an American hard rock and heavy metal drummer for the rock band Kiss.He has also had other collaborations such as with Black Sabbath,Alice Cooper,Lita Ford,Badlands,Gary Moore as well as his own band ESP. Over the past two decades, Singer has appeared on over 75 albums and 11 EP s Edit

Career Singer was born Eric Doyle Mensinger in Cleveland,Ohio. His father Johnny Mensinger was of 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.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.Eric worked at King Musical instruments before going pro. Singer's first drumming job was as Lita Ford's touring drummer in 1984.In 1985 he joined Black Sabbath replacing original drummer Bill Ward 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 and was invited by his Black Sabbath colleague Ray Gillen to join the latter's new formed band Badlands Singer accepted and played on the band's self-titled debut album;Singer left the band 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 he obtained that gig because he was working for Lita Ford at the time Kiss: 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 slated to fill in on some tracks while Eric Carr recuperated from heart cancer. 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. 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 on the band's tour causing some animosity because the "Catman" character had been solely portrayed by Criss including during many of the band's successful years even when Eric Carr replaced Criss Carr did not don the makeup(he portrayed the "Fox" until Kiss dispensed with the makeup in 1983) Singer was replaced again by Criss in 2003 but returned to the band by the end of the year 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. In, 2009 Singer along with lead guitarist Tommy Thayer,Played and sang on the 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 included a track called "All for the Love of Rock and Roll" sung by Singer(written by Stanley) Singer was also said to be a great drummer in a 2008 interview by Peter Criss despite being upset about Singer using his image 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 Hey Stoopid,Singer has been featured on three Alice Cooper albums to date namely Brutal Planet,The Eyes of Alice Cooper and Along Came a Spider. Due to his growing commitments with Kiss as well as his side project ESP. He has occasionally performed and recorded with his own Eric Singer Project featuring among others his former Kiss band mate Bruce Kulick and former Motley Crue 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) Singer has 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 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. in 1997 he also toured with Gary Moore on the wild frontier tour and In 1989 he also made a small appearance in the Wes Craven film Shocker as a member of a fictional rock band. In 2004, he featured on the album of the Italian rock singer Chris Catena. He gave recorded drums for two tracks "Sweet Talker(whitesnake cover) and the Stronger you are the harder you fall" Eric Singer Kiss Las Vegas Residency Kit 2014: Crystal Beat(prototype):Ultra Clear (730) 24 x 15 bass drum x 2 6 x 7 tom 10 x 8 tom 12 x 8 tom 14 x 13 floor tom 16 x 15 floor tom 18 x 16 floor tom 13 x 7 Limited Edition Steel snare drum x 2 Hardware: D 1000 N throne P 2000 C Eliminator chain single pedal x 2 H 1000 hi hat stand S 1030 snare stand x 2 C 930 straight stand x 12 CH 70 cymbal holder x 4 AX 28 clamp adapter x 8 TH 900 S tom holder x 4 HA 130 hi hat attachment : Masters MCX :"The Mirror Ball Kit" 24 x 15- bass drum (x 2) 8 x 7-rack tom 10 x 8 - rack tom 12 x 8 - rack tom 13 x 8.5 - rack tom 14 x 14- floor tom 16 x 16 - floor tom 18 x 16 - floor tom 14 x 6.5 - Free Floating snare (maple) : Reference Series: 3 D Bubble Wrap : 24 x 15 - bass drum (x 2) 8 x 7 - rack tom 12 x 8 - rack tom 16 x 16 - floor tom C 1000 straight stand x 5 B 2000 heavy boom stand H 2000 hi -hat stand S 2000 snare stand P 2000 B pedal x 2 CH 70 cymbal holder T 2000 double tom stand 75 X cowbell holder HA 100 B D/H H attachment Eric Singer Artist Series Drumsticks:Wood Type: Hickory Tip Shape: Oval Tip Type : Wood Tip Color:Natural Length : 16 Diameter: 0.62 Kiss Logo in green metallic foil 2 B Style Sticks with a long taper for response and fat tip for projection Eric Singer Signature in green metallic foil Zildjian : Logo in green metallic foil Genres: hard rock, heavy metal, progressive metal, power metal Occupation(s) Musician Songwriter Years active 1984- Present instruments drums harmonica vocals Associated Acts: Kiss Alice Cooper Avantasia Lita Ford Gary Moore Black Sabbath Badlands Brian May Drive The Cult Gilby Clarke Seventh Wonder Warren De Martini Edit

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Further reading Kiss: Behind The Mask David Leaf and Ken Sharp Black Diamond:The Unauthorized biography of Kiss Dale Sherman Face The Music: A Life Exposed Paul Stanley Nothin To Lose: The Making of Kiss Ken Sharp Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley Notes 2. Leaf and Sharp, Kiss Behind The Mask, The Authorized biography pp 387, 390 3. Sherman Black Diamond page 161 External Links The Official Eric Singer website 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 incumbent Kiss: Paul Stanley Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer, Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Eric Carr, Vinnie Vincent, Mark St John, Bruce Kulick studio albums: Kiss. Hotter Than Hell. Dressed to Kill. Destroyer. Rock and Roll Over. Love Gun. Dynasty. Unmasked. Music from"The Elder". Creatures of The Night. Lick It Up. Animalize. Crazy Nights. Hot in the Shade. Revenge. Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions. Pyscho Circus. Sonic Boom. Monster ' 78 solo albums: Gene Simmons. Ace Frehley. Peter Criss. Paul Stanley Live Albums: Alive. Alive II. Alive III. Kiss Unplugged.  You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best. Kiss Symphony: Alive IV. Kiss Instant Live. Alive! The Millennium concert. Alive 35. Kiss Sonic Boom Over Europe compilations: Double Platnium. Killers Chikara. Smashes Thrashes and Hits. Greatest Kiss. The Very Best of Kiss: The Milllennium Collection// Icon. The Best of Kiss Volume 2: The Millennium Collection. Gold. The Best of Kiss Volume 3: The Millennium Collection. Jigoku-Retsuden. Kiss 40 Box Sets The Originals: The Box Set. Kiss Chronicles: 3 classic albums. Kiss! Alive 1975-2000. Ikons Video albums: Animalize. Live Uncensored. Exposed. Crazy Nights. X-treme Close-Up. Kiss Konfidential. Kiss My Ass: The Video. Kiss Unplugged. Psycho Circus 3-D Video. The Second Coming. Kiss Symphony: The DVD. Rock The Nation Live. Kissology Volume One 1974-1977. Kissology Volume Two! 1978-1991. Kissology Volume Three 1992-2000. Tribute albums: Hard to Believe: Kiss Covers Compilation. Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved. A Tribute to the Creatures of the Night. Kiss My Grass: A Hillbilly Tribute to Kiss. Spin the Bottle: An All-Star Tribute to Kiss. Gods of Thunder: A Norwegian Tribute to Kiss. Lick It Up- A Millennium Tribute to Kiss. Kiss My Ankh. Sheep In Kiss Makeup Concert tours: Club Tour. Kiss Tour. Hotter Than Hell. Alive! Tour. Destroyer Tour. Rock and Roll Over Tour. Love Gun Tour. Alive II Tour. Dynasty Tour. Unmasked Tour. Creatures of The Night Tour. Lick It Up Tour. Animalize Tour. Asylum Tour. Crazy Nights Tour. Hot in the Shade Tour. Revenge Tour. Kiss My Ass Tour. Alive/Worldwide Tour. Psycho Circus. Kiss Farewell Tour.World Domination Tour. Rock The Nation World Tour. Rising Sun Tour. Hit'n Run Tour. Alive 35 World Tour. Sonic Boom Over Europe Tour. Monster World Tour. The Kiss 40th Anniversary Tour Personnel: Bill Aucion. Desmond Child. Stephen Coronel. Sean Delany. Bob Ezrin. Bruce Fairbain. Anton Figg. Mikel Japp. Eddie Cramer. Bob Kulick. Adam Mitchell. Ron Nevison. Vini Poncia. John Elder Robinson. Kevin Valentine. Jim Vallance. Toby Wright. Films:Kiss Meets the Phantom of The Park. Detroit Rock City. Rock and Roll Mystery Merchandising: Action Figures. Comics. Kiss:Psycho Circus. Pinball. Pinball Video Game. Kiss; Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child. Kiss Kasket. Los Angeles Kiss. Books Articles: Discography. Filmography. Band Members. Concert Tours. Awards. Kiss Army. Rock School. Gene Simmons Family Jewels. Operation Payback. The Elder Related Bands: Black'n Blue. Chelsea. Eric Singer Project. Frehley's Comet. Mini Kiss. Union. Vinnie Vincent Invasion. White Tiger. Wicked Lester. Albums: Asshole. Live To Win. One Live Kiss. Rockology. Unfinished Business. People: Nick Simmons. Shannon Tweed: Tobias Sammet's Avantasia. Badlands. Black Sabbath. The Cult. Brian May. Alice Cooper. Edit

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