By Peter Criss
LEGENDARY founding KISS drummer Peter “Catman” Criss has lived a massive existence in track, from the streets of Brooklyn to the social golf equipment of recent York urban to the final word heights of rock ’n’ roll good fortune and extra.
KISS shaped in 1973 and broke new flooring with their complex make-up, reside theatrics, and robust sound. The band emerged as essentially the most iconic not easy rock acts in tune historical past. Peter Criss, the Catman, was once the heart beat of the gang. From an increased perch on his pyrotechnic drum riser, he had a different vantage element at the maximum rock exhibit of all time, with the KISS military on reflection at him evening after evening.
Peter Criscuola had come a ways from the selfmade drum set he pounded on nonstop as a child growing to be up in Brooklyn within the fifties. He persevered lean years, highway violence, and the rollercoaster tune scene of the sixties, yet he continually knew he’d make it. Makeup to Breakup is Peter Criss’s eye-opening trip from the pledge to his ma that he’d in the future play Madison sq. backyard to doing simply that. He conquered the rock world—composing and making a song his band’s all-time largest hit, “Beth” (1976)—but he additionally confronted the perils of stardom and his personal mortality, together with drug abuse, therapy in 1982, near-suicides, damaged marriages, and a hard-won conflict with breast melanoma.
Criss opens up with a degree of honesty and emotion formerly unseen in any musician’s memoir. Makeup to Breakup is the definitive and heartfelt account of 1 of rock’s so much iconic figures, and the significance of religion and relatives. Rock ’n’ roll has been chronicled again and again, yet by no means really like this.
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That gun would literally take a man’s head off. If you shot an elephant in the head, it would go down. That’s why Clint Eastwood loved it. It’s the most powerful handgun in the world. They say that in situations like this, your mind just starts racing, and you see your whole life before you. But for me, everything seemed to be in slow motion. I had cried wolf many times in my life, especially with KISS. I was known for quitting the band a million times. But this was different. This was far from a bluff, because there was nobody there that I was bluffing.
He seemed not to want to get involved in other people’s lives. He was into his own world and he was very childlike, a trait I inherited from him. As tough an Italian street kid as he was, I think he was scared most of the time. He had no education. He had dropped out of school after the third grade so he was illiterate. He worked a succession of odd jobs when he did work. And eventually he had five kids to raise, so he had an enormous amount of pressure on him. He was just a very conservative, uptight guy.
The barrel is about six inches long, and I easily put three inches in. The gun is an inch in diameter, so I began to gag a little. When I hammered the gun back with my finger on the trigger, I started shaking. I knew if I slipped, it was all over. I also knew that I had straight flat-head bullets in the gun, so if I pulled the trigger, my brains would wind up somewhere across the street. 357 Magnum in my mouth. That gun would literally take a man’s head off. If you shot an elephant in the head, it would go down.