Peter Criss

Born Dec 20, 1945

George Peter John Criscuola, better known as Peter Criss, is an American drummer and singer, best known as the original drummer for the rock band Kiss. Criss established the "Catman" character for his Kiss persona.

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  • Exclusive Book Excerpt: Peter Criss, 'makeup To Breakup: My Life In And Out Of Kiss'
    Rolling Stone - Oct 08, 2012
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    A Fight To The Finish
    Asbury Park Press - Sep 28, 2012
  • Kiss: Monsters Of Rock
    Guardian (UK) - Jul 12, 2012


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Peter Criss.


1945 Birth Born on December 20, 1945.


1970 24 Years Old It was during this time that Criss joined Chelsea, who had a two-album deal with Decca Records; the group released a self-titled album in 1970.
1971 25 Years Old They never recorded a second album, and in August 1971 became Lips (a trio consisting of Criss and his Chelsea bandmates Michael Benvenga and Stan Penridge).
1972 26 Years Old By the spring of 1972, Lips was just the duo of Criss and Penridge.
1973 27 Years Old In 1973, Pete Shepley & Mike Brand recorded an unreleased album which included post-Chelsea Michael Benvenga, and pre-Kiss Peter Criss and Gene Simmons as session musicians. … Read More
1974 28 Years Old Kiss released their self-titled debut in February 1974. … Read More


1976 30 Years Old Criss was given co-writing credit for the ballad "Beth", a Top 10 hit for Kiss on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #7 in 1976. … Read More
1978 32 Years Old In 1978, Criss was injured in a serious car crash.
1979 33 Years Old On the 1979 release Dynasty, he only played on his own composition, "Dirty Livin'," and did not play at all on Unmasked (1980). … Read More
1980 34 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 1980, Criss began recording his second solo album, Out of Control. … Read More


1986 40 Years Old Criss also played with Balls of Fire from the spring of 1986 to December 1986, with Jane Booke on lead vocals, Bob Raylove on bass and JP (John Pakalenka) on guitar, who currently plays for Buckner Funken Jazz in Denver, Colorado. … Read More
1989 43 Years Old Criss briefly reunited with former Kiss bandmate Ace Frehley on Frehley's 1989 album Trouble Walkin' (singing and playing percussion on one track). … Read More
1993 47 Years Old This band released the Criss EP in December 1993 and the Cat #1 album in August 1994. … Read More
1995 49 Years Old In 1995, Criss appeared at the official Kiss Konvention in Los Angeles that led to the Kiss live performance that was recorded for MTV Unplugged. … Read More


2000 54 Years Old Tensions arose once again between Criss and Kiss. On October 7, 2000, at the end of the band's show in North Charleston, South Carolina, Criss destroyed his drum kit on stage. … Read More
2001 55 Years Old It was his last show on the tour, as he left over a contract dispute and was replaced by Eric Singer in 2001.
2002 56 Years Old He rejoined the band in late 2002 and appeared on the Kiss Symphony: Alive IV DVD and CD before departing from Kiss again in March 2004. … Read More


2007 61 Years Old He released a solo album, titled One for All July 23, 2007, on Silvercat Records. … Read More
2008 62 Years Old 1 More Event
As of November 2008, Criss has been married three times: Lydia Di Leonardo (from 1970 to 1979), former Playboy Playmate and coppertone model Debra Jensen (from 1979 to 1994) and Gigi Criss (from May 1998 to present). … Read More
2012 66 Years Old Criss released his autobiography, Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss, co-written with author Larry Sloman, on October 23, 2012.
2014 68 Years Old He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 as a member of Kiss. … Read More
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