Peter Criss

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    In Defense of Ace Frehley's New Solo Album

    The drugs and booze sure did a number on Ace Frehley's face, I remember thinking as I was watching him play alongside the Roots during a recent airing of the Tonight Show. See, I was a KISS fan growing up, and don't think there's any shame in that. (For the record, I'm younger than 40.) Frehley was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    A Long-Overdue Trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    While it's true that my Bucket List could be contained in a fairly small bucket, a big one got checked off recently when I was able to finally stroll into that big ass glass pyramid on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland: I had arrived at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Though i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Paul Stanley's New Book Looks Like the Most Reliable KISStory to Date

    Face the Music: A Life Exposed By Paul Stanley HarperOne, 480 pp., $28.99 With the publication of this glitter-, greasepaint- and leather-slathered tome, all four original members of KISS have now penned their autobiographies. Not surprisingly, as one astute Web site pointed out recently by compar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Early KISStory Not All Flash Pots and Groupie Polaroids

    Nothin' to Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975) By Ken Sharp with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons It Books, 560 pp., $29.99 If a 500-plus page oral history about a band which only covers the period before their first hit sounds like it's over the top, it doesn't when you realize that the band is KISS ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    The 10 Most Spinal Tap Moments From Metallica: Through the Never

    Over the weekend, Metallica: Through the Never opened in theaters nationwide. As a longtime fan of the planet's favorite heavy-metal band, I wasn't going to miss it. Not only because I love Metallica's music (the good stuff, anyway), but because I'm also a fan of hilariously overblown visual spectac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    The Disco Experiment: Why It Worked For Pink Floyd, But Not KISS

    In 1979, disco was all the rage. For all the kids who had never bothered to pay attention when their parents would talk about it, it was sort of like dubstep. It was ubiquitous on the radio and even rock bands were vying to get in on the action so they didn't get left behind in the new revolution. S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    The Song Is a Lie: We Wanted the Best. We Didn't Get It.

    This week it's all about exposing song titles that are complete and outright blatant lies. So far the Beatles have let us down. George Harrison's guitar wasn't gently weeping, it was breathing easy in a corner while Eric Clapton's rig wailed like a broken-hearted banshee all over the "White Album." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    Sweet Feet: Dave Lombardo And Double Bass-Drum Domination

    Slayer's Dave Lombardo is destroying a couple of bass drums just out of frame.​Forty-seven years ago today, drummer Dave Lombardo was born in Havana, Cuba. Never heard of Dave? That's okay. If you've listened to any heavy metal in the past 25 years, you've definitely heard his influence. Roun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Happy Birthday Paul Stanley: His Top 6 Non-Kiss Songs

    Today the man who was born Stanley Harvey Eisen and later became the Starchild Paul Stanley turns 60 years old. You are always defined by your favorites KISS member. If it's Stanley, like with us, then you're an outgoing, charismatic person who lives for fun. If it's Peter Criss, then you're a quiet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Ace Frehley's Wild Rocket Ride

    No Regrets by Ace Frehley with Joe Layden and John Ostrosky 320 pp., $26, Gallery Books ​Even by standards of '70s hard rock excess, original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was out of this world. In this breezy, buzzy, and debauched memoir, The Spaceman takes readers on a rocket ride through his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Concrete Blonde's Johnette Napolitano (Part 2) On Social Media & Peter Criss

    ​Today Rocks Off continues our discussion with Concrete Blonde's bassist/lead vocalist Johnette Napolitano. Part One of our interview can be found here. The band will perform at Fitzgerald's this Sunday, October 30, with Girl In a Coma. RO: In talking about cultural differences between Amer ... More >>

  • Music

    June 9, 2011

    Walk on the Wild Side

    One tour unites three very different faces of glam-rock.

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2011

    This Week in Deliciousness

    I had a hard time getting past the lock 'cause there was gnocchi!​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we still don't understand why people make such a big deal out of paella. Y'all know it's like 90 percent rice, right? If rice dishes were rock stars, paella woul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Last Night: KISS At RodeoHouston

    Photos by Groovehouse​KISS Reliant Stadium March 15, 2011 We'll drive you wild with our photos from last night's show. In Tom Snyder's 1979 interview with the original members of KISS, only two of which remain, he asked bassist Gene Simmons, "What would happen if you went out on stage for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Friday Night: KISS At The Woodlands

    Photos by Groovehouse​KISS Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 17, 2010 For more photos from the show, see our slideshow here. There are those who say that KISS is dying. Fans have heard this before. ​Even before WWII, fathers sternly told their children that comic-book superher ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Glee: Sir, You're No Vinnie Vincent

    ​Apparently you've forgotten our deal, Glee: I won't goof on the fact that you keep hitching yourself to trendy musical topics and awkwardly using old Top 40 sings to teach that week's life lesson, and you won't mess with any of my favorite bands. This time, it's personal. More on that later. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Glee: You're No Vinnie Vincent

    ​Apparently you've forgotten our deal, Glee: I won't goof on the fact that you keep hitching yourself to trendy musical topics and awkwardly using old Top 40 sings to teach that week's life lesson, and you won't mess with any of my favorite bands. This time, it's personal. More on that later. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    The Great Unmasking and Other Embarrassing Moments in KISS History

    ‚Äč The Knights In Satan's Service are back, and they'll be rocking the Toyota Center Saturday night as ably as a couple of 50-somethings lumbering around on platform boots can reasonably be expected to. There will be blood, as Paul Thomas Anderson might say, and flames, and a couple of guys in "Spa ... More >>

  • Film

    November 6, 2008

    Big Daddies in Role Models

    This movie is smarter and bawdier than your average boys-to-men movie

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2008
  • Music

    September 8, 2005

    Fountain of Youth

    The kids in Shulton's Youth have talent, ambition and a record deal. But is that enough?

  • Calendar

    June 3, 2004

    Beyond Borders

    Alabama Thunderpussy roars with countrified rock

  • Music

    October 16, 2003


    Life on Dry Land (Self-released)

  • Music

    April 6, 2000

    Listen In

    KISS - The Suspects - Gestapo Pussy Ranch

  • Music

    March 30, 2000


    Though KISS is calling it quits, its legacy is only just beginning

  • Film

    August 12, 1999

    KISS Off

    Detroit Rock City wallows through teens and concert tickets

  • Music

    December 18, 1997
  • Music

    July 4, 1996

    Notes from the Front

    Vamping down memory lane with members of the Kiss Army