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Peter Criss

Peter Criss rose to fame in the 1970's as the drummer for theatrical heavy metallists Kiss. Born Peter George Criscoula on December 20, 1945 in Brooklyn, New York, Peter got his start drumming after discovering legendary jazz drummer Gene Krupa (which he's rumored to have actually taken lessons from at one point) and such 60's rockers as The Rolling Stones. Playing in local bands throughout the 60's/early-70's, Criss was becoming increasingly fed up when none of his bands went anywhere - especially after a tryout for Elton John's band didn't pan out and close friend Jerry Nolan landed the drum slot with trash/glam/punk pioneers The New York Dolls. But his luck was just about to change when a pair of fellow New Yorkers answered an ad Criscoula had placed in a music paper, stating 'Drummer with 11 Years Experience, Willing To Do Anything.'  The pair turned out to be none other than Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. They went on to form Kiss.


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