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Eric Carr

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Eric Carr (July 12, 1950 - November 24, 1991), born Paul Charles Caravello was an American musician, best known as the drummer for the rock band Kiss.

Following two albums that alienated many fans with their departure in style (1979’s Dynasty and 1980’s Unmasked), and a falling-out with Peter Criss over his substance abuse problems and unreliability, KISS held open auditions for a new drummer. Criss had not recorded an entire studio album with KISS since 1977’s Love Gun.

At the time of his audition, Paul Caravello was cleaning stoves for a living, while playing drums in a variety of bands. He was the last drummer to audition for the band and even asked Paul, Gene and Ace for autographs, believing he had little chance of being chosen. He was chosen and, after considering monikers such as Rusty Blades, he changed his name to Eric Carr upon joining the band. For his Kiss persona, Carr was first made up as “The Hawk,” which he didn’t like, and later adopted the persona of “The Fox”, with his makeup design reflecting the character.

Eric’s first album with the group was 1981’s Music From “The Elder”, which marked yet another departure for the band, in a mystical art-rock direction. His contribution to the album, “Under the Rose”, featured a Gregorian Chant-style chorus.

Carr is often cited by fans as a favorite among drummers in the band’s history, for his intense playing style and incredible timing, which was radically different from the soft-by-comparison jazz-influenced technique of Criss.

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  • KISSologist

    and another year without the fox. you're still in my heart. rip eric carr.

    24 Nov 3:02pm Reply
  • KISSologist

    22 years ago one of greatest drummer left the world. rip eric carr.

    24 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ChelseaRay25

    When I was 18 my mother told me my real father was Eric Carr. After many years of trying to put 50 million pieces together I see know and truly believe that he is. I'm 25 now and I'm all I have. I would really love to get to know my real family. If anyone has any Intel or advice please contact me. Chelsearaysmale@gmail.com

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Sire-Nahvas

    Heavy Metal Baby

    26 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Depi80s

    I miss you sooo much Eric :'(

    1 Jan 2013 Reply
  • KISSologist

    21 years now and still missing you. rip eric carr.

    24 Nov 2012 Reply
  • ArtJok

    I am listening to UB! Finally! Eric is the best foxman ever xD

    7 Dec 2011 Reply
  • joecubbie

    RIP Foxman.

    26 Nov 2011 Reply
  • PeceMcKinnon

    I still love you Eric. The best fox in the heaven <3

    24 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Pedrorockeiro

    20 years... [2]

    24 Nov 2011 Reply
  • rocksann95

    20 years...

    23 Nov 2011 Reply
  • DavCnuk

    Unfinished Business!

    23 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Depi80s

    Happy Birthday Eric Carr!!!You're my fav drummer ever<3333.....We loveeeee you<3.R.I.P:'(

    15 Jul 2011 Reply
  • CatLady_Anna

    Happy Birthday.Fox! Eric, We Remember You and Love...

    12 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Ryumin

    Happy B-Day Eric Carr!

    12 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Lorelei_94

    Happy Birthday Eric Carr!

    12 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Lorelei_94

    best drummer)

    26 Apr 2011 Reply
  • EricCarrRulez

    He could be god.Legend forever.Met him twice once in 1983 and once in 1989.Ultra nice got a hug and an autograph.best day.

    8 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Nargathron666

    he was awesome...rest in peace dude...

    2 Jan 2011 Reply
  • BlackieUK

    Eric you ruled \m/ Listening to Rockology really loudly right now. RIP. You'll never be forgotton.

    28 Nov 2010 Reply
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