Today is the 17th anniversary of the death of KISS drummer Eric Carr. He past away in 1991 after a battle with heart cancer.
I still remember the day I heard the news of his death. I was in complete shock. I could not believe that Eric had died.
I still enjoy the music that Eric recorded with KISS today. I still have a lot of fond memories of his time in KISS.
The videos below are a small representation of the songs that Eric recorded with KISS. Check them out!
Rest in Peace Eric…..you are missed!!
KISS – Lick It Up
KISS – Heaven’s On Fire
KISS – Tears are Falling
KISS – Uh! All Night
The Voodoo Jets Mourn the loss of Drummer John Fowler
Outstanding Talent Played With Steelheart, SMOKE, Others…
John Fowler: Nov. 21st, 1965-March 21st, 2008
Sleaze Roxx just received the following statement regarding the sudden passing of drummer John Fowler.
The Voodoo Jets (www. thevoodoojets. com), have joined friends and family in mourning the loss of standout drummer, dear friend, and loving father John Fowler . Fowler, who gained notoriety for touring and recording with the band Steelheart, with the 1990 hit song “I’ll Never Let You Go” (Angel Eyes), also dedicated himself to projects such as The Voodoo Jets, SMOKE, and Hipnotic. Fowler also instructed hundreds of drum students in the southern Connecticut region.
Fowler had been on life support in a Connecticut hospital after suffering a brain aneurism last Monday. John’s beloved son Sebastian along with close friends and family shared his final moments bedside while blasting The Voodoo Jets track “Spaceman” in the hospital’s ICU. Funeral and burial ceremonies will be held in the coming days.
Donations: Donations can be made to The Sebastian Fowler ROCKS Memorial Fund on behalf of John’s son to the following address:
PO Box 819
Orange, CT 06477
According to antiMUSIC, Ricky Parent was born in Passaic, New Jersey. His spent his childhood in New Jersey and New York before he headed to Los Angeles to follow his rock n’ roll dream. Ricky was just five years old when realized his love for the drums. One day he was in the yard playing football when he heard a marching band playing down the street. Mesmerized by the sound he found himself following it to discover what was creating that beat. Once he found out, he was hooked and like many young aspiring drummers he first turned to the ready made drum set in any household; pots and pans. Seeing the young drummer in the making he was giving his first drum set, a Mickey Mouse toy set which fueled his dream for a short while before he destroyed it. He then graduated to a Del Ray set that was covered in black contact paper but had cymbals and a snare. From there he pursued his passion with a vengeance, learning his craft from a combination of lessons, drum clinics, but primarily learning from records and songs on the radio.
“My main influence is probably John Bonham,” Ricky wrote on his Myspace page. “But I’ve gone through a bunch of phases from jazz Buddy Rich, Tony Williams, etc. progressive rock Terry Bozzio, Simon Phillips to Ringo to Ansley Dunbar, etc pretty much listened with an open mind soaking up what I admired and working it into my own.”
Like many of his generation when the time came to follow his muse in rock n’ roll he headed to Los Angeles. He was quickly established as world-class drummer and got his first high profile gig with WAR & PEACE, a band fronted by Jeff Pilson after he left DOKKEN that also featured Tommy Henricksen (P.O.L.) and Russ Parrish (HALFORD, FIGHT). The band was short-lived and disbanded after grunge revolution made it hard for them to get noticed. When Vince Neil left MÖTLEY CRÜE, Ricky was called on to lay down some drum tracks for Vince’s solo project. Ironically, Neil would soon hire away ENUFF Z’NUFF drummer Vikki Foxx.
At the time Ricky was playing in a jam band with Paul Gilbert and when word went out that ENUFF Z’NUFF were looking for a new drummer, Gilbert and Mike Varney the head of WAR & PEACE’s label Shrapnel Records, recommended Ricky to the band. He soon after relocated to the band’s home base of Chicago becoming an official member in 1992 where he was a mainstay of the group on stage and in the studio until 2004 when he took a leave of absence after being diagnosed with cancer.
Over the years Ricky was involved in other bands and projects including a brief stint with Alice Cooper as well as playing with Sass Jordan and Tod Howarth (FREHLEY’S COMET).
It’s a sad night at the Hard Rock Hideout. My Condolences to the Parent Family.