Paul Stanley Shades Peter Criss In New Book
KISS front man Paul Stanley opened up about his relationships with the band’s co-founders, drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley, in his new book Backstage Pass.
Stanley wrote that he's grateful for his rekindled friendship with Frehley (the book was written before Frehley lashed out at KISS in January) but said Criss is a “different story.”
He wrote: “I don't think Peter has any life. He seems consumed by some kind of reality that his wife tells him. He's always been negative and always maintained an us-against-them mentality." I don't want that in my life.”
The reason he and Criss can't get beyond their issues, Stanley opined, comes down to the drummer's attitude.
“It's Peter's overall sense of anger and resentment and feeling like a victim," Stanley wrote, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. “He needs to acknowledge his participation and then change things. I think Peter's life is probably very one-dimensional, uninteresting, un-stimulating — which is a result of seeing the world negatively and seeing everyone from the band members to the hotel service people as disrespectful.”
Criss retired from live performing in 2017. Last year, he took part in a warm reunion with KISS bassist Gene Simmons during one of Simmons' VaultExperience events in New York City.
Backstage Pass, out now, is the follow-up to Stanley's 2014 memoir, Face the Music.
Original article by Andrew Magnotta at iHeartRadio