Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Today In KISStory - 2001


Today  in KISStory - January 31, 2001: Eric Singer rejoins KISS replacing Peter Criss in Cat makeup. He performs on the Japan and Australian leg of the Farewell World Tour.

Singer was asked to rejoin  Kiss in 2001 after Criss' departure  shortly before the Australian and  Japanese leg of Kiss' Farewell tour.  Singer debuted in full "Catman"  make-up and costume for the first time  on the tour, causing some  animosity because the "Catman" character had  previously been solely  portrayed by Criss, including during many of the  band's successful  years; even when Eric Carr replaced Criss, Carr did  not don the makeup  (he portrayed the "Fox" until Kiss dispensed with the  makeup in 1983).

Singer  was replaced again by Criss in 2003 but returned to the band by the end  of the year after Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley  opted not to renew  Criss' contract. Since then Singer has been playing  drums in Kiss as  their permanent drummer. In 2009, Singer, along with  lead guitarist  Tommy Thayer, played and sang on the new Kiss album Sonic Boom, the first studio album to feature the new line-up.

KISS announced on their website:  "Eric has been a member of our family, and his drumming and singing have been the cornerstone of past KISS tours. We are stoked that we can bring our ultimate spectacle to KISS fans worldwide."

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