Eric Singer

Eric Singer
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Eric Singer, Hollywood on March 20, 2012
Background information
Birth nameEric Doyle Mensinger
Born (1958-05-12) May 12, 1958 (age 61)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
GenresHard rock, heavy metal, progressive metal, power metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsDrums, percussion, piano, vocals
Years active1984–present
Associated actsKiss, Alice Cooper, ESP, Avantasia, Lita Ford, Gary Moore, Black Sabbath, Badlands, Seventh Wonder, Gilby Clarke, the Cult, Warren DeMartini,

Eric Singer (born Eric Doyle Mensinger; May 12, 1958) is an American hard rock and heavy metal drummer, best known as a member of Kiss, portraying The Catman originally played by Peter Criss. He has also performed with artists such as Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Lita Ford, Badlands, Brian May and Gary Moore as well as his own band ESP. In his career, Singer has appeared on over 75 albums and 11 EPs.

Early career

Singer was born Eric Doyle Mensinger in Cleveland, Ohio. He grew up in Euclid, Ohio. His father, Johnny Mensinger, was of Jewish 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.[1][2][3] 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.[citation needed]

Eric worked at King Musical instruments before becoming a professional drummer.[citation needed]

Singer's first professional drumming job was in the Cleveland band Beau Coup. He then became Lita Ford's touring drummer in 1984. In 1985 he joined Black Sabbath, replacing original drummer Bill Ward (actually Vinnie Appice replaced Bill Ward and played on The Mob Rules and Live Evil), 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. In 1987, he was invited to join Gary Moore to tour in support of his album, Wild Frontier. After the tour, he was invited by his Black Sabbath colleague Ray Gillen to join Badlands. Singer accepted and played on the band's self-titled debut album. Singer left the group 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 that he obtained that gig because he was working for Lita Ford at the time.[4] In 1989, he joined Alice Cooper to tour in support of his album, Trash, as well as appearing in its music videos.[citation needed]

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