Late KISS Drummer Eric Carr’s Heirs File Lawsuit Against Band for ‘Untold Payments’
November 24, 1991 was an incredibly sad day for the rock world. Not only was it the day Queen legend Freddie Mercury died, but the day KISS drummer Eric Carr passed away, as well. Well over 20 years after Carr’s death, the drummer’s heirs have filed a lawsuit against KISS for “untold payments” stretching back all the way to Carr’s passing.
Carr, who took the ‘Fox’ persona onstage with KISS, died from heart cancer while still a member of the legendary rock band. According to the New York Post, Carr’s heirs were under the impression that all the late musician’s royalties were all supposed to be paid via the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). However, the heirs claim that they should have been receiving further royalties from various KISS-affiliated companies, including the current incarnation of KISS, two publishing firms and Gene Simmons Worldwide Inc.
Carr’s heirs blame Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons for withholding Carr’s royalties ever since his death. The suit has been filed in attempt to gain between a 5 and 50 percent cut on songs ‘Breakout,’ ‘Carr Jam 1981,’ ‘Carr Jam 1991′ and ‘Little Caesar,’ all of which were composed by Carr. The suit also seeks to collect $4,000 from a 1989 receipt sent to Carr from KISS Co. The attorney for Carr’s heirs is attempting to find out where the money went following the drummer’s death.
KISS will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10. The event will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., but they won’t perform at the ceremony following a dispute over which lineup should play. The event is also set to air on HBO in May.