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Happy birthday, Peter Criss

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Peter Criss, co-founder and original drummer of hard rock band Kiss

Peter Criss, co-founder and original drummer of hard rock band Kiss

Happy birthday, Peter Criss...
Born George Peter John Criscuola on December 20 1945 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., Peter Criss is a musician, songwriter and actor mostly known as the original drummer and one of the founding members of Kiss. His Kiss persona was the Catman.
As a child, he was friend with Jerry Nolan, who would later play in the New York Dolls and with Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers.
Peter was a jazz fan and he studied at the Metropole Club in New York with his idol Gene Krupa.
During the 60s, he played with several rock bands and jazz bands in New York and New Jersey.
In the early 70s, he played in a band called Chelsea, which later changed its name to Lips.
After Lips broke up, Peter placed an advertisement in Rolling Stone which was answered by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, who were looking for members for their band.
In 1973, Ace Frehley joined them; Kiss was born (original lineup (1973-1980): Paul Stanley (rhythm guitar, lead vocals), Ace Frehley (lead guitar, backing vocals), Gene Simmons (bass, lead vocals), Peter Criss (drums, backing vocals)).
In February 1974, Kiss released its debut album, Kiss.
Peter co-wrote some Kiss songs like Beth, on which he sang the lead vocals. He wrote several of his contributions to Kiss with his former bandmate Stan Penridge.
He also sang the lead vocals on songs like Black Diamond and Hard Luck Woman.
He released his first solo album, Peter Criss, in 1978, when all the members of Kiss released solo albums.
The same year, he was injured in a serious car accident.
On Dynasty, which was released in 1979, he only played on Dirty Livin', which he had composed.
He is credited on the 1980 release Unmasked though he didn't play at all. The band hired Anton Fig as session drummer for this album.
Peter was fired in 1980 and replaced by Eric Carr.
After that, he started working on solo albums, Out of Control (1980) and Let Me Rock You (1982), which both were commercial failures.
During the 80s and the early 90s, he played in many bands which rarely lasted over a year. With another ex-Kiss member, Mark St. John, he played in a band called The Keep.
He played the percussions and sang on one track on Ace Frehley's album Trouble Walkin' (1989).
In the early 90s, he formed a band which he named Criss, which featured future Queensrÿche guitarist Mike Stone. The band released its debut EP, Criss, in December 1993, and supported Ace Frehley's band on the Bad Boys Tour in 1995.
Kiss' original lineup reunited for the 1996-1997 Alive/Worldwide Tour and then for the 1998's album, Psycho Circus. Yet, it was later discovered that Peter had played the drums on only one track (Into the Void) of the album.
Tensions had started to appear again between him and Kiss, and he left the band in 2001 and was replaced by Eric Singer. However, he rejoined them in late 2002 and he departed in March 2004. He was replaced by Eric Singer again. Peter appears Kiss Symphony: Alive IV DVD and CD which were released in 2003.
Since his last departure from Kiss, Peter has been keeping his public appearances to the minimum.
On July 24 2007, he released a solo album, One for All.
He released his autobiography, Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss, on October 23 2012.
In 2014, Peter was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Kiss.
To conclude, we wish a happy birthday and years of rock to Peter Criss!

Peter Criss, KISS

Peter Criss, KISS

Peter Criss, KISS

Peter Criss, KISS

[french version :
Joyeux anniversaire, Peter Criss ...
Né George Peter John Criscuola le 20 décembre 1945 à Brooklyn, New York, U.S., Peter Criss est un musicien, auteur-compositeur et acteur mieux connu en tant que batteur et un des membres fondateurs de Kiss. Son personnage dans Kiss était le Catman (l'homme chat).
Enfant, il est ami avec Jerry Nolan qui, plus tard, jouerait dans les New York Dolls et avec Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers.
Peter est un fan de jazz et étudie au Metropole Club à New York avec son idole Gene Krupa.
Dans les années 60, il joue dans de nombreux groupes de rock et groupes de jazz à New York et dans le New Jersey.
Au début des années 70, il joue dans un groupe appelé Chelsea, qui plus tard change son nom pour Lips.
Après la séparation de Lips, Peter met une annonce dans Rolling Stone à laquelle répondent Paul Stanley et Gene Simmons qui sont à la recherche de musiciens pour leur groupe.
En 1973, Ace Frehley les rejoint; Kiss était né (lineup original (1973-1980) : Paul Stanley (guitare, chant), Ace Frehley (lead guitare, choeur), Gene Simmons (basse, chant), Peter Criss (batterie, choeur)).
En février 1974, Kiss sort son premier album, Kiss.
Peter co-écrit plusieurs chansons pour Kiss come Beth, sur laquelle il chante. Il écrit beaucoup de ses contributions à Kiss avec son ancien partenaire de groupe Stan Penridge.
Il chante aussi sur des chansons comme Black Diamond et Hard Luck Woman.
Il sort son premier album solo, Peter Criss, en 1978, quand tous les membres de Kiss sortent un album solo.
La même année, il est blessé dans un grave accident de voiture.
Sur Dynasty, qui sort en 1979, il ne joue que sur Dirty Livin', qu'il a composée.
Il est crédité sur l'album Unmasked, sorti en 1980, bien qu'il n'ait joué aucune des chansons de l'album. Le groupe recrute Anton Fig en tant que batteur studio pour cet album.
Peter est viré en 1980 et remplacé par Eric Carr.
Après cela, il comme à travailler sur des albums solos Out of Control (1980) et Let Me Rock You (1982), qui sont tous deux des échecs commerciaux.
Dans les années 80 et au début des années 90, il joue dans de nombreux groupes mais généralement pour moins d'un an. Avec un autre ex-membre de Kiss, Mark St John, il joue dans un groupe appelé The Keep.
Il joue les percussions sur une chanson de l'album Trouble Walkin' d'Ace Frehley (1989).
Au début des années 90, il forme un groupe qu'il nomme Criss, dans lequel joue le futur guitarist de Queensrÿche Mike Stone. Le groupe sort son premier EP, Criss, en décembre 1993 et fait la première partie du groupe d'Ace Frehley sur le Bad Boys Tour en 1995.
Le lineup original de Kiss se réunit pour le Alive/Worldwide Tour en 1996-1997 et ensuite pour l'album de 1998, Psycho Circus. Cependant, il est découvert plus tard que Peter n'a joué que sur une seule chanson (Into the Void) de l'album.
Des tensions commencent à apparaître à nouveau entre lui et Kiss, il quitte le groupe en 2001 et est remplacé par Eric Singer. Néanmoins, il retourne dans le groupe fin 2002 mais les quitte une fois encore en mars 2004. Il est remplacé par Eric Singer à nouveau. Peter apparaît sur les DVD et CD de Kiss Symphony: Alive qui sortent en 2003.
Depuis son dernier départ de Kiss, Peter ne fait que très peu d'apparitions publiques.
Le 24 juillet 2007, il sort un album solo, One for All.
Il sort son autobiographie, Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss, le 23 octobre 2012.
En 2014, il est introduit au Rock and Roll Hall of Fame en tant que membre de Kiss.
Pour conclure, nous souhaitons un heureux anniversaire et des années de rock à Peter Criss !]

Peter Criss, KISS

Peter Criss, KISS

The Starchild (Paul Stanley), The Demon (Gene Simmons) and The Catman (Peter Criss), KISS

The Starchild (Paul Stanley), The Demon (Gene Simmons) and The Catman (Peter Criss), KISS

Peter Criss, KISS - Psycho Circus Photo Shoot (1998)

Peter Criss, KISS - Psycho Circus Photo Shoot (1998)

Paul Stanley (rhythm guitar, lead vocals), Gene Simmons (bass guitar, lead vocals), Ace Frehley (lead guitar, lead vocals), Peter Criss (drums, vocals) - KISS (1997)

Paul Stanley (rhythm guitar, lead vocals), Gene Simmons (bass guitar, lead vocals), Ace Frehley (lead guitar, lead vocals), Peter Criss (drums, vocals) - KISS (1997)

Peter Criss, KISS

Peter Criss, KISS

KISS, an American hard rock band

KISS, an American hard rock band

KISS, an American hard rock band

KISS, an American hard rock band

KISS in 1975

KISS in 1975

Peter Criss, KISS

Peter Criss, KISS

Peter Criss, KISS

Peter Criss, KISS

KISS

KISS

KISS

KISS

Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, KISS

Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, KISS

Peter Criss, KISS

Peter Criss, KISS

Peter Criss, KISS - Dressed to Kill Tour (1975)

Peter Criss, KISS - Dressed to Kill Tour (1975)

Peter Criss, KISS (1974)

Peter Criss, KISS (1974)

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