Kiss drummer Eric Carr has passed away; Carr had Hudson Valley ties

We lost Kiss drummer Eric Carr 30 years ago (November 24, 1991) after a battle with cancer at the age of 41. The rocker had ties to the Hudson Valley.

Carr’s passing has sadly been overlooked by some, including Rolling Stone, due to the passing of Queen’s Freddie Mercury (Mercury died the same day of complications from AIDS at the age of 45). Kiss drummer Eric Carr, who took on the character of “The Fox” in the band during the make-up era as a replacement for “Catman” Peter Criss had local ties to the Hudson Valley.

While Carr was a boy from Brooklyn, his parents, Albert and Connie Caravello, eventually settled in the Sullivan County area where they lived for years. I remember when I was young, going to the old Dutchess Mall in Fishkill and his parents had a little store dedicated to everything Eric Carr was about. I remember thinking how cool that was. All kinds of memorabilia were on display, including Carr’s Chikara chrome drums that the drummer used on the 1988 Kiss Crazy Nights tour. They also had video footage shown on a small television of Carr playing with Kiss during the tour.

Eric Carr performed with Kiss from 1980 to 1991. He performed on studio albums Music by “L’Ancien”, Creatures of the night, Lick it, Animate, Asylum, Crazy nights, and Warm in the shade.
Carr’s funeral was held at St Joseph’s Church in Middletown on November 30, 1991, in the presence of Kiss band members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Bruce Kulick and Ace Frehley as well as many fans who showed up in t -Kiss shirts and ripped jeans to show their respect to the talented drummer who was taken from us far too soon. Carr is buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Newburgh, NY.

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