ERIC CARR. THE LIFE OF A LEGEND. HOW IT ALL BEGAN.
The band was named that because half of the members were black and half were white. In 1973 the band changed their name to Creation, now performing disco music. Tragedy struck in 1974 when a fire broke out during a discothèque gig at Gulliver’s nightclub in Port Chester, New York, killing dozens of people including the band’s keyboardist and lead singer. Paul escaped and was credited with saving another person, the band’s female singer Sarita. She remains friends with his family today. It was determined that the fire had been started by a thief in an adjacent building hoping to cover his tracks. The band continued on, sometimes under the name, “Bionic Boogie”. They held a benefit to replace their ruined equipment. Carr would go on with the band until 1979. They enjoyed some success, performing as an opening act for established names such as Stevie Wonder and Nina Simone. The band broke up in late 1979. He later described the band as “like my family basically for nine years. In December 1979, Caravello successfully auditioned for a rock ‘n’ roll cover band called Flasher. After three weeks of rehearsals, they started playing at clubs. At this point he had become discouraged about his musical future after so many years trying to make it without a break, and considered settling down with a non-musical career. He said “we were making real (lousy) money – something like $10, $7 a night, whatever it was it was. Really, really terrible. Just by contrast, I used to make $15 a night when I was like 16 years old, and here I am almost 30 years old, and I’m making like $7 a night! So I wasn’t doing better, obviously I was going in reverse, you know”. Flasher played the club circuit in New York City and Long Island for several months. They played songs by Joe Jackson, Van Halen, Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix, among others.” Bookings diminished, and Paul handed in his resignation in May 1980. At that point, he considered quitting music, having reached the age of 30 without any real success. Shortly afterwards, He heard Peter Criss’ departed from Kiss. Just for fun, he sent in an audition tape and resume. To his surprise he was called to audition. After returning several times he was chosen as the NEW
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