Loretta Carr feels Eric Carr kept KISS alive back in early ’80s + documentary ‘Enter The Fox’ coming
Loretta Carr is the sister of deceased KISS drummer Eric Carr. She administers and manages all things pertaining to her brother Eric. Loretta was recently interviewed by Andrew Daly for Vinyl Writer Music and she spoke about her brother Eric including the upcoming documentary about him titled Enter The Fox.
In terms of Eric‘s reaction when he landed the gig with KISS back in 1980, Loretta indicated: “He was just told by someone in a club that KISS might be looking for a drummer. A lot of people saw it in the newspaper, and basically, like anyone else, he sent his résumé in. He sent it in a Neon Orange Envelope, and it helped him to get picked. Because it was such an attention-getter, the woman (Jayne Grodd Bronstein) who was in charge of reviewing the résumés saw the bright one and grabbed it. And that’s how it went; that was the process. He was extremely excited. One day you are fixing stoves, and the next you’re on stage with the biggest band in the world. I don’t have words to express his jubilation.”
In regard to Eric‘s importance in propelling KISS forward, Loretta opined: “I think he was what kept them alive. It was not only the sound, it was his personality. There is more to an artist than the music. If you’re going to be a snob and distance yourself from the fans, you don’t really deserve to be there. My brother loved the fans. I remember him hanging out in front of the house with the fans, rather than going to a party. That’s what kind of guy he was. That’s where people lose touch. People started to love him, and the kids got to know him as one of the nicest guys in the world. And he loved them; that’s more important sometimes than the music.”
With respect to what she hopes fans take away from the upcoming documentary Enter The Fox, Loretta stated: “I know he has always been understated, and KISS has been underrated, so that goes without saying. All one needs to do is check all the record sales and RIAA Gold and Platinum awards and you will understand the magnitude of the 80s KISS era. The take-away from my brother was, “Work hard, and your dream will come through. Don’t ever give up, and treat people the way you want to be treated. And that’s all you need to know, and you will succeed.”
The documentary picks up where the Tale of the Fox left off because that covered the beginning of his history and how he started. Now we pick up from where Eric enters the band. I’m going to tell you we are going to have some great new information that only his family knows and a few friends have seen. It’s going to be great; you are going to see footage that has never been seen before. I am not talking about just musical footage. I am talking about footage like you and your family would take– sightseeing while on tour, my brother’s birthday party. You are going to see some cool stuff and walk away saying, “Wow, these guys are pretty funny, besides talented.”“
You can read the rest of the interview with Loretta Carr at Vinyl Writer Music‘s website.