During a brand new interview with Radio.com, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons was asked about a lawsuit for unpaid royalties that was filed against the band by a group claiming to be late KISS drummer Eric Carr‘s heirs.
Carr‘s sister issued a public letter to KISS frontman Paul Stanley thanking him for coming forward and denouncing the lawsuit and Stanley immediately tweeted a response calling the people behind the suit incredulous and vowing to get to the bottom of it.
Asked who the guys are that are suing KISS, Simmons told Radio.com: “We don’t know, we have no idea, our lawyers are trying to find out who these people are. The Caravello family — Eric Carr‘s family — released a statement along with us, saying we have no idea who these people are, these are lies and we intend to find out who they are, and why they’re saying these things. For one thing, it’s slanderous. They’re saying that Eric hated being in the band. What? He was the sweetest guy in the world. Eric and the family and the fans have been slapped in the face by these people and we intend to make sure that there’s justice.”
Carr — best known to fans as “The Fox” — replaced Peter Criss behind the drums on the road in 1980, and was first heard on the band’s 1981 concept album, “Music From ‘The Elder'”. Illness forced Carr to step down from the band in 1990, and he died at age 41 from complications from a rare form of heart cancer on November 24, 1991 — the same day as Freddie Mercury.