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Peter Criss

Peter Criss


12/20/1945, Brooklyn, New York, U. S. A.

Birth Name

George Peter John Criscuola



Also Known As

Peter George Criscoula
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He is an American musician best known as drummer and vocalist for the rock band Kiss. Criss established the "cat" character for his Kiss persona.He is the eldest of the five children of Joseph and Loretta Criscuola in Brooklyn, New York.


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Peter reunited with Kiss for the '1996–97 Alive/Worldwide Tour' and their 1998 album, Psycho Circus. Peter played drums on only one track on the album, Into the Void.

    • Peter's autobiography, Face Without A Kiss, covers the 1960-70s and the huge success of the band, Kiss.

    • Peter's parents are Joseph and Loretta Criscuola. He has four siblings.

    • Peter's albums were released as follows:
      2007: One for All
      1994: Cat #1
      1982: Let Me Rock You
      1980: Out of Control
      1978: Peter Criss

    • Peter left the group Kiss in 1980, with a substances abuse problem.

    • Peter was somewhat of a prankster while in KISS. Once, as a joke, he left a trail of his clothes from his hotel room bed to the open window (Peter was hiding under the bed).

    • During an early KISS tour, someone threw an M-80 firecracker onstage, and blew Peter off of his drums. He couldn't hear for the rest of the night.

    • In his teen years, as the "war counsel" for a Brooklyn street gang, Peter was responsible for making weapons. When his grandmother discovered him making a zip gun, she broke a broomstick over his head (Chronicled in SPIN Magazine's KISS issue, 1998).

    • Peter co-wrote the ballad Beth, which was a top 10 hit for Kiss in 1976.

    • When Kiss adopted the use of makeup and costumes, Peter adopted the stage persona of the Catman.

    • Peter joined the pre-Kiss group, Wicked Lester in 1973.

    • As at 2008, Peter has been married three times and divorced twice. He was married to Lydia Di Leonardo from January 31, 1970 until their divorce in 1979, and married to Debra Jensen in December of 1979 until their divorce in 1984. Peter has been married to his current wife Gigi (Criss) since May 1998.

    • Peter is 5 feet, 9 inches tall.

    • Peter was the co-founder and original drummer for the rock band KISS. He left the group in 1980, with a substances abuse problem.

  • Quotes

    • Peter: I'm from Brooklyn. I grew up very poor- seven people, four rooms. My dad had no education.

    • Peter: I heard some kid loses his stuff in a confessional booth. I don't know if I liked it - being a Catholic guy - but right here it's funny.

    • Peter: I finally got a chance to talk to my daughter from my previous marriage. I just got married May 3 to my beautiful wife, but we don't see each other much.