Här är nummer 1 av en intervju med Eric Singer.

Tim McPhate

KISS fans know Eric Singer is a talented drummer. But perhaps more notably, Eric Singer is full of passion. And, as he is apt to point out, he can sometimes go on tangents.

”I will try to speak slowly, clearly and concisely because I tend to talk a hundred miles an hour,” he prefaces. ”But when you catch me early in the day like this, I am usually more mellow.”

Over the course of two and a half hours with Eric, we span many topics over coffee for him and energy drinks for me. At times it feels like more of a conversation than an interview. During our discussion he is interrupted by business calls as KISS is getting ready to head for Europe, starting with a promotional tour next week. When asked about future band plans, Eric jokes, ”I look at KISS Online — that’s where I usually find out what we’re doing and where I’m going.”

It’s all business as usual for Eric Singer. ”At the end of the day, whether people like it or not, this is what I do for a living,” he says. ”I play drums for a living. When I go on tour, that’s like somebody going to their job. It’s not your typical job, it’s very unique and different. But it’s my workplace and I’ve always tried to treat it seriously. I can only attribute part of me having any longevity and any amount of success in the business probably more to me understanding how things work and what it takes to be in a band.”

Eric speaks candidly when it comes to his career and he is happy to share his philosophy on how he has been able to stick around in a business where the odds are stacked against success. When the conversation turns to Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, there is a reverent tone in his voice.

”Gene and Paul at the end of the day are my bosses. But it’s not like a typical boss situation. Most people don’t hang around with their boss and travel with them and do anything socially with them. Like I called Paul yesterday to talk about watches because we both like watches. We talk about stuff that has nothing to do with music. And most people’s relationship with their boss wouldn’t probably be that way. It’s a unique situation we have, the relationship between all of the members of the band. I look at Gene like an uncle. I know it’s kind of funny because he’s only like 8 years older than me. But he’s almost like a father figure.”

As the calendar reads 2010, it’s hard to imagine Eric’s history with KISS dates back 19 years now. For him, KISS is more than just business. ”When I play in KISS, my family is Gene, Paul and Tommy, and Doc and the guys in the crew. That becomes your world. That’s who you are around all the time and interacting with on a daily basis.”

So strap in as we cover with Eric, among other topics, many things KISS, drums, his father the bandleader, the reunion, the music business, Olivia Newton-John (yes, Olivia Newton-John), and the other albums and projects in which he’s participated over a successful career that has now spanned more than a quarter century.

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