Peter shares his bitterness about the past, but in the end seems to come full circle in accepting what has happened and is honest about trying to forgive. And while the brotherly love Mr. Peter Criss sure cries a lot. As a musician myself, I can relate to some of the behind the scenes aspects of it. Criss is a healthy, happily married, 66-year-old gentleman who has also rediscovered his faith in a big way.
He even confesses to deliberately screwing up tempos to make his band mates look bad in retaliation. He was in groupie heaven. The controversy started with an article in the tabloid, The Star. Now that this is established, you are going to hear Peter mention this. Peter Criscuola had come a long way from the homemade drum set he pounded on nonstop as a kid growing up in Brooklyn. Peter's memoir is a much better read than I expected.
But then I begin to lose utter respect for the guy. And then I got a call. I can tell he took a lot of time putting this book together and did a lot of soul-searching. He conquered the rock world-composing and singing his band's all-time biggest hit, Beth 1976 -but he also faced the perils of stardom and his own mortality, including drug abuse, treatment in 1982, near-suicides, two broken marriages, and a hard-won battle with breast cancer. Makeup to Breakup is Peter Criss's eye-opening journey from the pledge to his ma that he'd one day play Madison Square Garden to doing just that.
You feel his excitement, you feel his pain and ite tm s so easy to read ite tm s almost cinematice. I felt like Peter was talking to me, telling his own story. The book was somewhat interesting and well written enough I suppose, but oh my god. It's a grand illusion to quote one of my favourite bands Styx where moderation, restraint and common sense no longer exist. There's plenty of rock and roll egos and excess to go around.
Nonetheless, Peter was not resentful. Simmons says the Ezrin rock and roll boot camp was just what Kiss needed and openly embraced it. This is a book written by Peter Criss. Gene Simmons called him during a party and interviewed him. Paul and Gene were sober, so could their telling be more accurate? From what Peter describes he is damn lucky Gene and Paul took him in at all given he couldn't even play his own music. After reading this book, I see this action as purposely being a personal attack against Peter and Ace - again, showing Gene and Paul to be truly horrible people. How can you say they broke up? You have to feel it.
He says Gene had absolutely horrible physical hygiene and was a slob. You usually get that from people who have been through the ringer and see the light at the other end. Peter seldom mentions the craft of drumming and hardware choices - unless it somehow reflects on his ego pride and money. I have been a fan of Kiss's for as far back as I can remember. I always wondered what happened, why did he come and go so much, and why is two other guys in the band now??? He was no longer an integral part of the band.
He was replaced by on the rest of the album although Criss received credit for drums on the album sleeve The 1979 Dynasty tour was a disaster. Okay, I am a pretty huge Kiss fan. Peter Criss, the Catman, was the heartbeat of the group. While I admit, it was Gene Simmons and his demon character that appealed to me most, I still enjoyed all of the original four members of the band. The two were married in 1998.
Rock 'n' roll has been chronicled many times, but never quite like this. Still, he maintains a positive and forgiving attitude, and relies heavily on his Catholic faith which he mentions often throughout the book. There are some interesting descriptions concerning Peter's departure from the group and his subsequent re-hiring s but it's mostly an inventory of the times he treated people like shit or people treated him like shit. Simmons and Frehley authored a somewhat milquetoast autobiographies airing their grievances, yet the pair were able to meet to discuss them. That being said, I found by The Catman himself, Peter Criss, compulsively readable.