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Eric Singer

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Eric Singer (born Eric Doyle Mensinger on May 12, 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio) is best known as a drummer for the rock band KISS.

Singer had previously played in Paul Stanley’s solo band, and sat in for drummer Eric Carr during KISS’s recording of “God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You II”. Upon Carr’s death, Singer joined KISS as a permanent member. He debuted with the band on the album Revenge.

In 1996, Singer was replaced by original KISS drummer Peter Criss for a reunion tour with the original members. In 2001, KISS chose not to renew Criss’ contract, and Singer was brought back to the band, adopting Criss’ make-up design and “Cat” character. Singer was briefly replaced again by Criss in 2003 for a series of shows, but returned to the band by the end of the year, after Criss started experiencing strong arm cramps and other muscular health issues which wouldn’t allow him to play for very long periods of time. The decision to put Singer in Criss’ make-up design drew criticism from many fans, though it did preserve the classic appearance of the band’s line-up.

Besides his work with Kiss, Singer has also been a permanent member of Alice 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 featured on three Alice Cooper albums to date, Brutal Planet, The Eyes Of Alice Cooper, and Along Came a Spider.

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