Eric Singer (born Eric Doyle Mensinger) was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 12th, 1958. He is an American hard rock and heavy metal drummer, best known as the drummer of the legendary Kiss, where he portrayed The Catman that was originally played by Peter Criss. Eric’s father, Johnny Mensinger, who was a local bandleader, had a huge influence on him, and Eric started to play drums from an early age. Eric’s inspiration came from bands such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Humble Pie, The Who, The Beatles, and Queen. Drummers that he admired were Keith Moon, Roger Taylor, Bill Ward, John Bonham, and Buddy Rich. His career is impressive and besides Kiss, he also performed with Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Lita Ford, Brian May, Gary Moore, Badlands, and his own band ESP. Eric made appearances on over 75 albums and 11 EPs.His professional career as a hard rock and heavy metal drummer started in 1984. The first drumming job was with the Cleveland band Beau Coup after which he joined Lita Ford’s tour as a touring drummer. After Lita Ford’s tour, he replaced Bill Ward and became Black Sabbath’s drummer in 1985, and he participated in the albums Seventh Star and The Eternal Idol. In 1987 he joined the Gary Moore tour for his album, Wild Frontier. After Gary Moore’s tour, he joined Bandlands, a blues-rock band founded by the members of the Black Sabbath and former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee. In 1989 he left the band and joined Paul Stanley for the United States solo tour. After the tour, Eric joined Alice Cooper in his ‘Trash’ album support tour, and he also appeared in his music videos.