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On May 12, 1958, Kiss drummer Eric Singer (a.k.a. Eric Doyle Mensinger, a.k.a. The Catman) was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Singer joined Kiss in 1991, after the death of Eric Carr.

He stayed with Kiss until 1996, then rejoined the group in 2001 following the departure of original drummer Peter Criss, and stayed until Criss’s second return to the band in 2002. After Criss left the band yet again, Singer came back, this time donning the full Catman makeup and costume for the shows. So, the rough timeline is 1991–1996, 2001−2002, 2004–present.

Singer has also performed with Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Lita Ford, and Badlands, as well as his own band, ESP (Eric Singer Project). His website is delightfully ’90s and his bio is a fantastically random list of things he enjoys, such as “collecting watches,” Silence Of The Lambs, and Thai food.

No diss to The Criss, but many Kiss fans claim Singer as their favorite drummer. Regardless of where your loyalties lie, celebrate Singer’s ferocious chops and monstrous double-bass drum breaks with the following clips.

Kiss “Creatures Of The Night”

Shot mostly from the POV of Singer’s drum cam on the Revenge tour in 1992.


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Alice Cooper “School’s Out”

From Live At Montreux.

Badlands “Winter’s Call”

Kiss “War Machine”

From the Rock The Nation Live DVD

And, for fun, if you have a spare hour, here’s the entirety of an ESP concert performed at The Marquee in Australia in 2006.

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