Yesterday was the 28th anniversary of not one but two major rock stars (at least in my mind). Let’s get the big elephant out of the way, first. Usually, I wait for this one and focus on the other and I will, still. The big one was Freddie Mercury, the first major music star to pass away from HIV/AIDS. Not long after there was a huge benefit/memorial concert that featured a star-studded lineup paying tribute to Freddie. It was a great show and he deserved it.
But, the one that meant more to me was the passing on the same exact day of Eric Carr, the drummer (still my favorite) of (again, still my favorite) KISS. I had had the flu on my birthday, four days prior and I took Nyquil and while I did “sleep” it was like I was in a comatose, half-awake state. I dreamt in green. I dreamt that Eric Carr had passed away. I had read that he had been sick but I didn’t know that he was that sick. He died of an aneurysm and complications of brain cancer.
The news had swirled around all day on MTV about Freddie’s passing. I had gone to the liquor store, as again, I had the flu on my birthday. It was my 21st birthday. So, I hadn’t yet felt like going to legally purchase alcohol for the first time. I didn’t know what to buy as I had never been to a liquor store before. I recognized the name Wild Turkey, so I bought that. I also went to the grocery store and bought a 2 liter of Moutain Dew.
I was settled in my bedroom/living room (still at Ma Rents’ house, much to their chagrin, I’m sure) and watching MTV when it came through that Eric had passed away. I stared at the TV and didn’t think about the dreaming until the next day. I pushed the Mt Dew out of the way and started taking huge chugs of Turkey.
Somehow, I ended up in my bathtub and the girlfriend I had at the time found me there. It was bad. I didn’t have a hangover. I’ve never had one.
But that was a huge day in KISStory and not one of the good ones. I have thought a lot about Eric and what would have happened over time if he had lived. Would the original lineup have gotten back together? I don’t think they would have. Perhaps with Ace, probably not with the makeup. I don’t know this for sure, but no one does. We never got to that point.
RIP Eric and Freddie. We miss the heck out of you both.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“I can’t wait to get out. It’s been much too long, I don’t like being home. I’d rather play. This tour is going to be really big. We’re gonna have the biggest show we can have. It’s gonna be different not like the old KISS shows.” – Eric Carr