Interview with Rett Carr, Sister of the Late KISS Drummer Eric Carr
By Mick Michaels
COSMICK VIEW: Hello, Rett! Welcome to The Cosmick View. Thank you for taking some time out of your day to chat with me about your brother, drummer Eric Carr, it's greatly appreciated.
Rett Carr: Hi and thank you for having me!
CV: One's legacy can be carried on in many ways. For any musical artist, their music and the fan appreciation is often theirs. Why do you feel, still now, 29 years after Eric's passing, fans globally continue to keep the flame burning bright for him? What was his special magic that made him highly loved?
RC: I think it’s the fact that KISS fans, even those who never meet him, have read so much about him and his kindness to the fans. The older fans also now have children who they have introduced them to KISS…most of these parents were able to see Eric play with KISS.
His playing also is still regarded as an influence on new, young drummers.
CV: Though Eric was primarily considered a drummer who kept the back beat going during the 80s with KISS, he was, however, so much more; singer, songwriter, guitarist, artist and designer just to name a few. Was this multitude of diversity part his ability to connect with so many people in your opinion?
CV: When Eric joined KISS and was introduced to the world, the fans immediately embraced him. Without a doubt it was one of Rock history's most immediate love affairs. It’s well documented how Eric went out of his way to connect with fans and show his gratitude. Paul Stanley called him ‘a gentle soul.” Was Eric always an outgoing person even in childhood?
That being said, he was also a jokester. Our mom would always get letters from school saying that he would kid around too much in the classroom and make the kids laugh. So I guess you can say he was a bit outspoken in other ways.
Paul Stanley was correct about that. In all my years…even 29 years later, you never read a negative word about his dealing with people. He never had a bad thing to say about anyone.
RC: He always remembered
who he was…he never lost site. If not for the fans he would not be where
he was. He truly loved and respected them.
CV: Why do you feel Eric had such an immense admiration and connection to the fans?
RC: I know that he was always looking on the bright side of things. Sure he had some things in the way of music he was not happy with, but he always tried to work it out with the band. They were like family and we don’t always agree with our family. I don’t know if he realized how important his sound was to making Kiss go in a better direction. I do know that “Creatures” was his pride and joy. He himself could never figure out how to duplicate that drum sound…it was over the top. His favorite song to play was “SAINT AND SINNER.”
CV: Was Eric someone who planned for
the future or was he more of a "here and now" sort of guy? Did he
live life in the moment?
RC: BOTH…he loved Kiss, but was also thinking one day of having a family and buying a house…that was his dream. Ironically, the first home he would ever call his own was in late 1990…he would pass away less than 8 months later.
CV: What were some of Eric's favorite non-music things to do?RC: Photography and art were his other passions.
CV: Family seemed to be an important component in Eric's life. Was family support a key ingredient in his success? Did he draw strength from it?RC: Oh yes…he worked very hard all his life with his music and my family was always there.
My dad was his manager with his bands and always co-signed for him on any equipment he would need. He drove him to gigs and my sister and I were his roadies. Yep, we helped carry his drums.
My parents always told him to never give up his dream, and he would always
relay that to fans later in his life. He would always tell them to
follow their dreams.
|Eric's father, sister Loretta, Eric, then girlfriend Carrie Stevens , Eric's mother|
CV: If Eric was still alive today, do you think he would still be making music, either as the drummer of KISS or on his own? Or do you feel he would have taken a completely different path as time went on…exploring new horizons?
RC: Well if this was his destiny, it was meant to be. Now selfishly, if I had to choose, I would rather see him fixing gas ranges today with my dad and still be here then be in KISS and not be. I can’t say which he would choose. Of course, that is beyond our control.
CV: Several years ago, a CD was released that contained tracks from Eric's career, a lot of the tracks were non KISS related. Are there more "yet to be released" recordings that fans can look forward to hearing someday?RC: Rockology, which was for the Rockheads, and I released a CD called “UNFINISHED BUSINESS” which had many different unreleased songs. Many of them were completed by other artists, i.e. Bruce Kulick, John Humphrey (Seether), the late AJ Pero (Twisted Sister)…some members of the band Europe and more.
Music ? OMG...yes! I have reels and reels of music recorded by him with bands, ranging from 1965 till the early 80’s.
Can I release????? Lots of legal stuff involved…but never say never
CV: What do you believe to be Eric's greatest contribution as an artist? What was his greatest contribution as a person? Or do you feel they are one in the same?
RC: His influence and positive attitude towards fans and people in general…mix that with the music aspect. Hopefully his memory should remind us all to be humble and treat others kindly…there is no excuse to be self indulged.
CV: Thank you again Rett for spending some time talking and sharing with our readers about Eric. It was a pleasure. I wish you all the best.RC: It has been my pleasure. My special thanks to all the KISS and rock fans everywhere. Love to have you visit. Stay safe.
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Facebook: www.facebook.com/eric carr - kiss
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