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KISS 1983 Original Drum Kit Played LIVE by ERIC CARR
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KISS 1983 Original Drum Kit Played LIVE by ERIC CARR

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Sold Date: 12/09/2007
Channel: Online Auction
Source: eBay



1983-84 Original & Vintage KISS Drum Kit Played Onstage by the late Eric Carr
*NO RESERVE* Original Ludwig white drum kit played on the Lick It Up tour (1983-84) and Heaven's On Fire promo video (1984) by the late Eric Carr. Includes two kick drums: 24" x 17" each, Fiverack toms: 6x9", 8x9", 10x9", 12x10" and 13x12". Estimate $2,000-$3,000, for details click
THIS WAS ACQUIRED FROM A LELAND'S KISS AUCTION IN 2001. THIS DRUM SET CAN ALSO BE SEEN ON THE COVER OF THE DVD FOR "TALES OF THE FOX - THE ERIC CARR STORY". THE SET DOES DISPLAY SOME WEAR FROM BEING USED ON THE ROAD BUT IS STILL IN GOOD OVERALL SHAPE - VERY PLAYABLE.

Paul Charles Caravello ( July 12 , 1950 - November 24 , 1991 ), better known as Eric Carr , was an American musician, best known as 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 repairing 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 Stanley , Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley for autographs, believing he had little chance of being chosen. He was chosen and since t were already two members of Kiss with the name Paul (Stanley and Paul "Ace" Frehley) a name change was needed. He decided that he wanted his name to "sound" correct whenever the four members of Kiss names' were spoken. Except for Peter Criss, all of the original members of Kiss have one syllable in their first name (Ace, Gene & Paul) and two syllables in their last name (Frehley, Simmons & Stanley). Peter Criss had two syllables in his first name and only one in his last name. Paul Caravello's girlfriend at the time decided that whatever name they came up with for him, it must follow this pattern of two syllables in the first name and one syllable in the last name so it would "sound correct" when people said the names of the members of Kiss. After considering monikers such as Rusty Blades, he decided upon "Eric Carr." 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 was also part of the band's well-publicized removal of their stage makeup in 1983.

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. He would also have co-writer credits on Lick it Up's "All Hell's Breakin' Loose," Animalize's "Under the Gun," and Crazy Night's "No, No, No."

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. Carr's style is featured most prominently on 1982's Creatures of the Night and has not been duplicated since. Aside from his amazing drumming skills he also had a musical approach to his ability to play other instruments.

Carr, in his Fox make-up, from the " I Love It Loud " video in 1982 .

Aside from his legendary drum skills, Eric was also a talented vocalist, and was given the chance to showcase that ability when the Kiss classic "Beth" (originally vocalized by Peter Criss) was re-recorded for the 1988 compilation album Smashes, Thrashes & Hits . Eric recorded his version of the song using the same backing track as Criss, and reportedly sat on the same drum throne as Criss did to record the song. His first lead vocal on a self-penned, studio album track was "Little Caesar," in 1989. Carr's last live performance with Kiss was November 9, 1990 in New York City , at Madiso...

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