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Peter Criss


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Peter Criss (born Peter Criscuola on December 20, 1945) is an American musician. He was one of four founding members of seminal group Kiss. Nicknamed the ‘Cat Man’, he was the drummer and co-singer of the band, known as the mellow side of KISS singing hits such as “Beth” and “Hard Luck Woman”. Yet he also brought the fire into songs such as “Black Diamond” and “Nothin’ To Lose.”

Peter’s first solo album came out in 1978 along with the other three member’s solo albums. Although receiving major play for the tune “Tossin’ And Turnin’”, the album was the least favorite of the four, in large part because it strayed away from the ‘Kiss sound’ and focused on the slower, more sounds that Criss favored. Criss grew up listening to crooners such as Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. Said facts were a sign of how the four band members had significantly drifted apart, as Criss’ vision differed greatly from his associates.

In 1979, KISS released ‘Dynasty’. Criss’s only contribution to the album was the track “Dirty Livin’”, which featured him on lead vocals. Kiss used a session drummer, the famous Anton Fig, for the rest of the album. Although Criss’ aforementioned tune received kudos, the end of his role in the band was clearly coming. Despite materialistic success, his personal life also appeared in turmoil.


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