Original KISS Drummer PETER CRISS Guests On New RICHIE SCARLET Single 'The Catman & The Emperor'

Original KISS Drummer PETER CRISS Guests On New RICHIE SCARLET Single 'The Catman & The Emperor'

Original KISS drummer Peter Criss has come out of retirement to lay down his drums on "The Catman & The Emperor", the new single from his former bandmate Richie Scarlet. The track, which also features former FREHLEY'S COMET bassist John Regan, was released on Friday, December 18 and can be streamed below.

Known worldwide as "The Emperor Of Rock And Roll", Scarlet has played guitar and toured with Criss and original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley. He has also performed with Sebastian Bach and Alice Cooper, and played bass with MOUNTAIN.

Scarlet was in FREHLEY'S COMET from 1984 to 1985 and played in three of the band's seven different lineups. He most recenty played in Frehley's solo band in 2018 before being fired by the original KISS guitarist shortly after Richie's wife had just passed away after battling ALS for many years.

In 2018, Scarlet, Regan and former FREHLEY'S COMET guitarist/vocalist Tod Howarth joined forces with former ACE FREHLEY drummer Steve Werner in a new band called RETURN OF THE COMET.

Asked how he got nicknamed "The Emperor Of Rock And Roll", Scarlet told Kiss Hell in a 1997 interview: "Well, it was a joke, Elvis Presley obviously was the king, and then once he died, some people in New York started calling me that just as a goof, and then Ace started calling me that, and the next thing you know I'm 'The Emperor Of Rock And Roll.'"

Criss first left KISS in 1980. Since then he's worked with other bands and released solo albums. He teamed up with KISS again for a reunion tour in the 1990s and most recently in 2004. He was replaced by Eric Singer.

In addition to playing drums in KISS, Peter also provided lead vocals for a number the band's most popular and memorable songs, including "Beth", "Black Diamond" and "Hard Luck Woman".

Criss, who was known as "Catman," released his last solo CD, titled "One For All", in 2007. Peter produced the album himself for the first time, and was joined by guest musicians that included keyboardist Paul Shaffer and bassist Will Lee of "Late Night With David Letterman". The album featured a range of styles, from rock and jazz to blues and Broadway, and included covers of "What A Difference A Day Makes" and "Send In The Clowns".

Criss, who will turn 75 on Sunday (December 20), played what was being billed as his final U.S. concert in June 2017 at the Cutting Room in New York City.


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