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Interview With Richie Scarlet
By Byron Fogle

What can be said about "The Emperor of Rock & Roll" Richie Scarlet, well besides being a kick ass guitar player with Ace and a host of other famous people including Leslie West & part of Sebastian Bach's solo band, he was also good friends with Eric Carr as well as a co-writer on Breakout on the 1st Frehley's Comet Album. Richie has also released quite a few solo records since Ace rejoined Kiss in 1996 for their reunion.

His current release called "The Insanity Of Life" is available now. You can also check out Richie's site and pick up the new cd at http://www.richiescarlet.com right here in cyber space (Get it, spaceAce... ha ha)

Here Richie shares his memories of Eric and shed light on some other facts possibly never before talked about.

Byron Fogle: When did you meet Eric Carr?

Richie Scarlet: I believe it was at Ace's studio in Wilton, Connecticut sometime in '83.

BF: How did the writing of Breakout come about?

RS: Eric had already had the music written as a demo for KISS...I believe. Ace, at the time, was going through some legal problems so the theme of Breakout materialized. So Ace and I just wrote the words for it based on that situation.

BF: Ace has stated in interviews that Eric was slated to play on an album. Can you shed any details on what album or song(s) he was going to play on before Gene & Paul said he couldn't due to his contract in Kiss?

RS: Those rehearsals took place at SIR Studios in New York City. I am not 100% sure but I think the songs included: "Shot Full Of Rock",  "Trouble Walkin'", "Lost In Limbo", and "Back To School". Eric was very excited about playing on the record and it was a let down for all of us when it didn't manifest.

BF: Do you have any funny stories about Eric that you can share during the time you spent together?

RS: I recorded a X-mas song with Eric for a radio station called WPDH out of Poughkeepsie, New York. There were many all-star players on it and a lot of them were very serious, while Eric was so playful and light-hearted during the sessions, that it brought the whole vibe of the project up a million notches!

BF: It has become public knowledge that Eric jammed with the band for tryouts. Were you a part of those sessions? If so, do you remember which songs were played?

RS: See question #3

BF: Have you had the chance to hear Eric's CD Rockology? If so, what is your favorite song of that CD?

RS: Unfortunately, no I haven't ...yet!

BF: There has been talk of a song called "Rock Your Mind" which has been dubbed as "Breakout 2" is there any chance of that song being released on a future CD once Ace is finished with KISS?

RS: Anything is possible with the Ace.

BF: In my opinion, the version of "Breakout" on Anton Fig's home video, with the proceedings going to Eric's cancer fund, was a wonderful thing you did. How did that performance come about?

RS: It was really all Anton's doing. We recorded that at Electric Lady Studios in New York. Anton loved the song and invited us down to video it. I'm glad that it went to a great cause!

BF: If you had to describe Eric Carr with one word, what word would that be?

RS:  Saint

BF:  How would you like to see Eric Carr remembered?

RS: As the warm, passionate, & talented human being that he was. God bless Eric Carr!




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