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Overview (3)

Born in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Birth NamePeter George John Criscuola
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Former drummer for hard rock super-group "KISS", best known for his "cat" character and thumping drum solo's. Criss was born Peter George John Crisscoula on December 20th, 1945 in Brooklyn, New York City. Criss was influenced by the 1940s big band sound, and was quite keen on Gene Krupa's unique drumming style.

In early 1973, Criss placed an ad in the "Village Voice" stating "drummer willing to do anything to make it". The ad was noticed by two other aspiring musicians and Criss successfully auditioned in front of bassist Gene Simmons, rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley and lead guitarist Ace Frehley. After mediocre success from their first three albums, Kiss Alive (a double live album) was released in 1974, and the roller coaster ride had begun! KISS were the most successful US group from 1975 to 1980 with platinum selling albums and sold out stadium tours. However, cracks appeared in the band and Peter Criss left the group in 1980, and released two solo albums "Out of Control" and "Let Me Rock You", however they were commercial failures. Criss's close friend, Ace Frehley similarly left KISS in 1983, and met with only slightly better success than Criss with his own group ("Frehleys Comet") and several hard rock albums.

Interestingly, Criss was the subject of a tabloid scandal in 1991, when a national tabloid claimed Criss was penniless and living under a pier at Santa Monica. The drama unfolded on the "Phil Donahue Show" with Criss, the impostor and other concerned parties involved in a verbal slanging match! However, after several years of icy relations between ex-members Frehley / Criss and band founders Simmons / Stanley, all four original members reunited for a 1995 MTV Unplugged Special that was met with huge interest, prompting a full blown reunion tour (KISS - ALIVE WORLDWIDE) that was the biggest grossing tour of 1996/97. Met with such keen enthusiasm, the band toured relentlessly into the new century, however Peter Criss was experiencing inflammation of his forearms. Additionally, relations with Simmons / Stanley had fallen on untenable terms and he was replaced by another former KISS drummer, Eric Singer, in 2001. Criss issued at statement on his website in April 2004, declaring he was permanently finished as the drummer with KISS.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44@hotmail.com

Spouse (3)

Georgia (Gigi) Meese (3 May 1998 - present)
Debra Jensen (23 December 1979 - 1994) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Lydia Di Leonardo (31 January 1970 - 13 September 1979) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

Catman makeup
Raspy singing voice

Trivia (11)

Member of the rock band KISS.
Successfully sued the National Enquirer in 1995 for falsely reporting that he was a homeless drunk living on the beach. The person featured in the Enquirer article was actually an impersonator named Chris Dickinson, whom Peter met on the 'Donahue' show in February 1991.
Drummer for KISS from 1973-1980 and 1995-2000. Has rejoined the group for a second time for their 2003 tour with Aerosmith.
Plans to focus on big-band jazz music in his post-KISS career.
Played in such bands as The Barracudas, Chelsea (which released an album in 1969) and Lips before becoming the drummer for KISS in 1973.
According to a statement on his website, he is now permanently out of KISS. His contract was not renewed and Gene Simmons allegedly made some slanderous comments, which angered him. [April 2004]
Is 'Cat Man' In The Hard Rock Band, KISS
First wife Lydia was his inspiration for KISS' 1975 Top 10 hit "Beth", which he wrote and sang lead on.
April 7, 1981: daughter Jenilee was born.
The song "Beth" was actually inspired by Rebecca; the girlfriend of a former band member. Originally, the song was titled "Beck". The song was released in 1976.
K.I.S.S. was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

Personal Quotes (2)

I find myself evil. I believe in the devil as much as God. You can use either one to get things done.
Someone once said, If it's too loud, you're too old. But I'll tell you, I am fifty one years old, and it's still not loud enough for me.

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