Peter Criss Says Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Was Right to Honor Only Original KISS Lineup

Original KISS drummer Peter Criss said in a new interview that he wholeheartedly agrees with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's decision to only induct the four original members of KISS in 2014.

The statement puts Criss at-odds with Gene Simmons who made it known before the ceremony that he thought key contributors like drummer Eric Carrguitarist Bruce Kulick and drummer Eric Singer should also have been recognized.

"We’re the guys who put on the make-up," Criss told Loud Magazine. "We’re the guys who made it with the make-up. [Laughs.] We’re the guys who came out with all the earlier – all the first five big albums. Definitely the four of us should only be inducted.”

While the original members of KISS -- Criss, Simmons, Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley -- all attended the ceremony and accepted their award together, they did not perform. 

Criss has announced he will officially retire from performing this year with a final round of performances. He's currently in Australia for a show later this month.

He adds that he's been doing a lot of painting recently, he has some book ideas and is close to finishing work on a solo album, which he hopes to release next year.


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