I lost Kiss war says Peter Criss
Brothers in arms: Frehley, Criss, Stanley and Simmons
Former Kiss drummer Peter Criss insists he’s a “casualty of war” and a victim of bullying at the hands of his former bandmates.
He says he descended into misery after Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley won control of the band – but one of the worst moments was when he fell out with Ace Frehley over money.
He tells SiriusXM via Blabbermouth: “I wrote the biggest hit the band had, and meanwhile I was always getting put down.
“The more we were going up the ladder of future and fame, the more it was swaying to Mr Simmons and Stanley. Ace and I were not getting our musical ideas is.
“It was always a battle. They started playing mind games. I didn’t get the great education the other two got – I don’t like games. I like genuine guys. They called it ‘battery’ if you read Gene’s book. Battering my brain.
“Today I’m still a casualty of rock and roll wars. Eventually they got their way and I was miserable.”
Criss says that by the time Kiss were a big name they were no longer the “brothers in arms” they’d once been. He and Frehley had always looked after each other – but that changed during the band’s 90s reunion when the drummer discovered he was being paid less than the guitarist.
“I would have done anything for Ace,” Criss says. “I stuck up for him through all the years. Gene used to tell him: ‘The best friend you’ve got in this band is Peter.’ Ace broke my heart. I was devastated – I couldn’t believe what went on.
“And it was again about the money. Money, power. It never was enough for those guys.”
Stanley recently discussed the infamous Kiss TV interview with Tom Snyder in 1979, in which Frehley upset his bandmates with his drunken behaviour. Now Criss recalls: “I had a ball.
“We finally had a great time in an interview – we finally enjoyed ourselves. I knew how pissed off Paul and Gene were and that made it even better.
“Tom had the best time of his life. When we got to the dressing room Ace passed out on the couch. Tom came in and said, ‘I want to thank you guys. When Ace wakes up, tell him I love him.’
“I got a feeling we should do it more often, because we got so much feedback from the fans: ‘It’s about time you and Ace spoke up.’ We tried – but it was always a fight to get supremacy of anything in that band.”