Below is a short Q&A that was done recently with Eric's sister Lorretta for PeterCriss.net
Can you describe Eric's feelings when he found out he was to become the new drummer in Kiss?
It was like a dream. It happened so fast, there we were just a week or so before, all going about our business, not really absorbing what Paulie ( Eric ) was doing, We knew he was auditioning, for Kiss, but it really didn't hit home right away, things like that don't happen in real life (LOL). I remember getting a call and it was Bill Aucoin, he asked to speak to him. Paulie got on the phone, said a couple of yeses and a few yeps, hung up, went into the bathroom, shaved his mustache off then ran out to do something. When he came back home he broke the news. I still remembering us not, quite understanding, such a wonderful thing was happening. It took us a while to believe it.
Do you recall Eric's first drum set?
In the early 60's my dad would always,take Paulie with him to deliver furniture. He would give Paulie all the tips. At this time the Beatles were around for a while and my brother wanted to learn the drums. There was a small music store, that was ready to move and my dad had this great idea to see if they needed a mover. In exchange, he would ask for a drumset, well, Dad's idea worked and he managed to get Paulie a 3 piece set of drums, I believe they were zimgar, something like that.
When was the first time you saw Eric play with a band?
We saw him at the Palladium, his first show, and it was unbelievable, it took the fans a while to warm up to him, but by the end of the show, they were shouting Eric, Eric! It was kinda weird to hear people shouting, for my brother, to me he was still, they same guy, who sat in the house, the night before watching TV and eating his Gino Italian Ices.
Who were Eric's influences (Drummers and Bands)?
Of course, there was Ringo, but I know he just adored John Bonham and wanted to achieve that heavy sound he had.
Just a short note to the fans:
First, my family and I would like to thank all of you who have supported Eric throughout his years with KISS, and still continue to keep his memory alive.
A special thank you to Peter and GiGi, who made me feel welcome! Thanks for taking the time to honor my brother. My brother always thought Peter was a CLASS ACT!
Thank you both!
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