Saturday, February 23, 2013

A History Of Black Sabbath’s Drummers - Eric Singer |Photo: Alejandro Pagni/Getty Images

Over the weekend, Black Sabbath announced their new record 13 will be released in June, and revealed that former Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk played on the album. So it’s the perfect time to review some of the many musicians who bashed the skins for the metal legends over the decades.

We could give our takes on them… but we thought we’d leave that to the band’s guitarist, leader and the only guy to play on every Sabbath album, Tony Iommi (via his autobiography, Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven And Hell With Black Sabbath).

WHO: Eric Singer, who today is most well-known as the man who wears Peter Criss’s makeup in KISS.

ERA: Mid-’80s, on 1986′s Seventh Star and 1987′s The Eternal Idol.

B.S.: Played in Lita Ford’s touring band

A.S.: He left Sabbath with singer Ray Gillen to join Badlands. In 1989, he was hired to play on a solo tour by Paul Stanley of KISS, which led to joining KISS after the untimely passing of drummer Eric Carr. After KISS reunited with their original lineup, Singer went on to play with Alice Cooper and Queen’s Brian May. He has since rejoined KISS.

WHERE IS HE NOW: Still with KISS, he’s played on their last two albums, Sonic Boom and Monster.

TONY SAYS: “Eric had this eighties hairstyle which made him look a little bit like a woman, and so we started calling him Shirley. He is a good drummer and he has done well for himself, playing with Alice Cooper and KISS and the like. When we had Eric and (bass player) Dave (Spitz) in the band, they were a great little team. They loved to play, and would try stuff all through the night. They were always energetic and that was good for me as well.”

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