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Subject: Kiss

You are the best drummer in the world to me. Also the best vocals in kiss the group. Hopefully you are healthy and happy in a good place.

love you,


Subject: Knoxville

I'm really really hoping that I get to meet you when you come to Knoxville, I wish that Ace was going to be with you, Gene and Paul not so much. I've watched alot of your videos and things on YouTube with other fans and I'm just hoping that I get that experience for myself.

Jason G.

Subject: Good for you!

Good for you not to allow Gene and Paul the rights to Beth for the Kisstory special. You and Ace both deserve to be paid for this documentary. It's still about the mighty dollar with them. Peter Criss and Ace Frehley made Kiss what Gene and Paul could never have done. A raw, great rock n roll band, stage show nobody could beat, larger than life over the top entertainment, that made millions of fans pick up a guitar or play drums because Kiss kicked ass. As a fan for 45 years plus, you and Ace cannot and will not ever be replaced in my book.

Bill H.

Subject: A Sincere Thank You...

Greetings Peter...

I don't really believe that you personally will read this or respond for that matter, but since I've never had the honor to meet you, I wanted to reach out.

I'm Jay J., 50 years old and a life long fan (well since I was 6). Your style and technique have always fascinate and inspired me from day one and I can honestly say that you are the reason I became a drummer/musician. I am also a guitar player and singer as well.

Your talent and career have given me a lifelong joy and passion that has gotten me through the best and worst times in my life. Either by listening/watching you play or by inspiring me to play. Between those 2, you have been there for me my entire life.

So, I just wanted to send you a sincere thank you and let you know that not a day goes by that you haven't influnced me in one way or another.

Thank you so much and God bless...

Jay J.

Subject: Brazilian Fan.

Hello Peter,

My name is Guilherme, and i am from Brazil. I am a great Kiss fan, since i am 6.  Now I am 41, still loving to listen thw fisrt kiss lps. I am a surgeon, and a medicine teacher in my city, so , its very rare to have vacations. I tryed many tines in the last years go to usa and make a meet and greet with you, but it never happen. I am luccky enough to meet Ace here in Brazil, and the actual Kiss in one kiss kruise. But still missing one. The heart of kiss. The original drummer. First and only Peter.

Guilherme L.

Subject: Hi!

Just wanted to say hi .You've been a inspiration for me to play drums at an early age. I don't play as much anymore. I saw you in the Springfield Civic Center back in 77 on the Destroyer tour. Judas Priest opened.

Tim G.

Subject: Thank you so much


I just want to thank you so much, for not only all the music,but I met you, in Ohio, I believe it was 1994 before the reunion tour, and you took the time to sit there and just chat with me, I think it was your manager told said you had to go,and you said no this is the reason why you have a job I will stay here all night and talk to every fan if I need to. I appreciate it so much, it just shows that you're just human like the rest of us and I deeply appreciate it.

Thank you,


Subject: Thank you


Just a note to say thank you. I have enjoyed your drumming style from the time I started playing drums. I did get to see you at the LA Forum, Anaheim Stadium and the last reunion tour in Anaheim, CA. I appreciate your Faith as well and it’s always been important to me as well.

God Bless and hope you stay well!

Alan A.

Subject: Thank you


I am 47 years old and am honored to say I have been a fan since I was about 2 or 3 years old.I am particularly honored to say that I also was born the same year that KISS was and am also from NY(central/upstate- about 45 mins. east of Syracuse).I can distinctly remember hearing Rock And Roll All Nite around 1975/76 when I was just 2-3 years old.The original band and band with Eric Carr will always hold a special place in my heart.As far as I am concerned,that is the only true KISS that I know and love.I never had the pleasure/privilage of seeing you live,but have many fond memories of all the great music that you made and thanks to the internet,can now see many of your concerts.I even have some dvds of past shows that I still watch from time to time.I just wanted to take the time to write you to say congratulations on now being a member of The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame-you deserve it very much and thank you very much for all of the great music and memories that you have given me.Take care.God bless.You are the one and only Catman.

Subject: Hope you and Gigi are well.

Good morning Peter!

I had the real pleasure of meeting you and Gigi a few years ago and just wanted to
say hello and wish you well.

Your posting of the video of you singing “Don’t you let me down” was one of the real treats in the last year. It was so wonderful to hear your fantastic voice again.

Thank you for all the great music you’ve shared with us.

Stay safe and God bless.

Peter W.
Manchester, NH

Subject: Dear Peter

Hello Peter,

I hope you´re having an amazing day. I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for your music. You have no idea how much your music has meant for me growing up. I still remember hearing you sing Beth at 4 years old and i was blown away. Today I´m 22 years old and I´m still blown away by your talent and kindness. Thank you for being you and for being such an amazing source of inspiration for me growing up.

Keep on rockin!



Subject: Tom Snider


Was watching The Tom Snider interview yesterday and also another interview done when you were out of KISS without makeup. I liked the way you speak from the heart and keep it real. You and Ace both the same. Honestly, I was always drawn to Gene Simmons when I was a kid in the early 70's. Now, I think I grew up finally and realize that you and Ace were always true to fans. You never tried to B.S. your way through life. Your a legend in rock history forever buddy!

Subject: I am a big fan

Dear Peter

Just wanted to write and say I am a big fan one of millions you have. Since the kiss days growing up with kiss at 12. I am now 58 and still a big fan always will be .I got my first drum kit after seeing you.

And I am still playing. Thank you so much for all the great memories I have seeing you play. Take care and God bless.

Daryl S.

Subject: Thank You

Many years ago when I was a small girl- I got a chance to meet you.

My dad owned a towing business and helped you one night with your limo when it got stuck in Armonk, NY.

He mentioned that I was a huge KISS fan- with you as my favorite band member (I even dressed up as you for Halloween in those plastic costumes)! As a thank you for my dad helping you out and towing your limo- he brought me over to the place you were staying at to meet you- you even let me sit at your drums. You gave me one of your drum sticks and an autographed copy of the “Dynasty “album.

I will always remember this- and how wonderful you were to me. You were patient and took the time to talk to me. This experience was one that will always stay with me (even though I am much older now).

Thank you! You made a huge impact on a little girl’s life- one who stills love music, your songs and you! Please realize that you made a positive impact on my life!

I am sure you don’t remember this- but I will always cherish this experience!

Thank you! Stay safe!

Margaret C.

Subject: "Thank You" From a Four Decades Fan

Dear Peter,
My name is Kevin Hall and I have been a fan of yours for over 40 years. I wanted to say, “Thank You” for your inspiration in playing drums. Because of you I have always had a love for music. Since retiring from the Military 7 1/2 years ago, I continue to play drums and have recently taken up guitar, your never to old to learn, and I’m currently learning some of your songs from the Peter Criss single album. Again from a long time fan, “Thank You,” for all that you do.

Kevin H.
SSG US ARMY (Retired)

Subject: Hooligans

Peter I took my daughter(14) record shopping today and I told her to pick out a record for herself. She comes back down the isle with a copy of Love Gun. I said no Bella get what YOU want. She flips it around and points to Hooligans and says ”Daddy I love this song”! Had to tell you! You and Ace were the heart n souls of KISS. You by far have the best voice in KISS.

Subject: Letter to Peter

Hi Peter!

My name is Ryan, I'm a 20 year old musician from Northern Michigan. I just wanted to write and thank you for all the years of inspiration. I grew up beating out Love Gun on my pots and pans, and it's still one of my favorite songs to play! I also took a lot of inspiration from your singing on songs like I Can't Stop the Rain and Don't You Let Me Down. You are such a role model to me, and I am so glad I had you to look up to as I was growing up. I hope you're well in this crazy time! Be well and take care,

Ryan C.

Subject: Peter Criss fan since 75

At age 7 in 75 I snagged Kiss Alive on 8-track from my big sister and that was it!!

You were my hero and I started playing drums! I saw y’all live in Atlanta 77 and remember it like it was yesterday.

Bottom line is when you left the band, I was devastated and Dynasty was the last album I purchased. My days of being a drummer ended also and I switched to guitar as I couldn’t play drums without fighting back tears knowing you had left the band.

Then for the reunion in 1996, of course I was right there (Atlanta) with seats just to the side where I could keep all eyes on the drums. I might add that Ace was TOTALLY ripping it to shreds the whole time and it was phenomenal!!

Over the years I basically didn’t know the story as I never kept up with celebrity news and for the most part, I still do not

I had seen Gene and Paul on different video clips through the years and was NOT impressed.

Then out of the blue this year during quarantine with my 7 and 9 year old boys, I pulled out KISS Alive and my kids went crazy for it and now they are hooked!!

They love the stories of me getting in trouble at school while drawing KISS instead of doing my assignments!!

Anyways so I’m back on the massive KISS faze again and starting looking up different interviews til I found the Eddie Trunk interview. Seconds into it, here come the massive tears again and hearing your voice/story put me right back to being a kid driving my family crazy pounding on the drums in the basement!!

The interview made me go from sad to angry real fast and that is why I had to write to you!! Mr Catman you are a legend and an inspiration to so many and you keep getting new generations of fans. You are the bigger and greater man!! My best to you and family and I hope one day I’m fortunate enough to cross paths.

Jimmy B.

Subject: Just a Huge Catman Fan!

Hello to the one and only Cat Man! So I am not sure if you will actually read this however, I really hope you get to. I am no one really important to the world but I was looking around on your website and it said contact Peter Criss and being one of your biggest fans I had to a least try to reach out. Like most of your fans who play drums you are the single reason I started playing drums nearly 25 years ago. I was 15 and never listened to any music other than country. My older brother was a huge KISS fan since the late 70s and I remember seeing the posters and albums at home as a kid and of course I had heard Rock 'n Roll all Nite but I didnt know the first thing about you nor the band. So of course my brother played guitar and over a few weeks of me and him hanging out as i got older (around 13-14) he started playing some KISS and Ozzy and such. At this point I just had to hear more of this KISS band and something about the cat makeup caught my interest. As I listened to and learned more about the band I ended up buying every single album on cassette and that was all I listened to for about a year. I was amazed By your playing and voice brother and visually you just seemed like a superhero. So at this point I had to do what you do and play the drums so for a year I asked for a set and would play in my head constantly until finally getting my first kit for Christmas when I was 15. I spent so much time trying to mimic your playing style and you could say I learned from you. Here I am now nearly 40 years old and I consider myself your biggest fan and I hope one day I get to meet you. You are definitely one of my childhood heroes and even today. I did get to see yall in 1996 and 2001 (I think 2001 or 2003) at the reunion tour and farewell tour in New Orleans and it was like a dream come true! Glad to see you're doing well and take care brother. Thank you for being a huge inspiration in my life. God bless you "Cat Man"!

Just a fan,

Darryl V.

Subject: 8 Years Ago

Hey Peter and GiGi,

This memory just popped up on my Facebook and id love to re share it with you guys! This was from 2012 chiller expo in NJ and my 2 friends and i were waiting on your long line and we couldn’t wait to meet you, our time came and we were just all in shock and we took our picture and moved on to the door, right before i walked out i turned to Peter and asked him how he was feeling. Peter stopped the entire line and spoke to us for 15 mins explaining to us how to treat your loved ones and what they mean to you. It was a very valuable lesson and how we should always take care of ourselves and go to the doctors and we went on to tell him how we were in a band and he had told us never stop playing and if we ever made it to the garden one day “the church” he would be there to see us. And then he hugged us tight as if we were all a family. Its a day we would all never forget and GiGi thankyou so much for the sticks you gave us because you saw how happy we made peter at that moment. All 3 of us are still best friends and we still play and we ALWAYS get to brag about this amazing moment we had with Peter! Thankyou for making that a memory we will cherish forever!

Michael D.

Subject: The Carman

Hey Peter,
You are one of the reasons I am a musician today and you are nothing short of a living legend. Thank you for all of the amazing, timeless music. You are the real catman!

Brock K.

Subject: Rock n Roll

Hello Peter!
I hope all is well with you. I know you and I enjoy different types of music but rock and roll is my favorite because it was a huge influence on my childhood. I always love drums even as a child but never played. You have always amazed me how talented you’re not only a drummer but a on vocals as well. I love music so much .

Love you catman.

Anita M.

Subject: Amazing

Hi Peter,

Just wanted to say hello and thank you for the amazing music you filled my life with. You inspired me to play drums at a young age. I had your album on the wall of my bedroom and dressed up like you on several occasions. I hope you are well. I appreciate you. Thank you.

Tom S.

Subject: Winterland

Hello Peter:

You are still an influence on my heart. Black Diamond...what can I say other than you rocked hard and were the most sexiest man in Kiss.

Although I was only 8 in '75, I grew up on Kiss and the Kiss Army. By far, you had the best vocal ability than anyone in the band. Your raspy voice, so powerful, yet never out of breath while hitting the drums. Truly an inspiration!

I hope you and your family are doing well in these crazy times we live in.

Jersey gets cold--come to Florida (Pompano Beach) for the winter. You & your wife will love it!

With much respect and love, God Bless you and yours!

Respectfully & with true sincerity,


Subject: From a fan

Hello Peter,

I just wanted to say hello and say that I have been a fan for forty years and no matter how many times I have seen the band and whoever they have in the current band the is and will only be 1 Catman.

Thank you,

Scott M.

Subject: Hi Peter

I had a poster of you singing Beth above my bed when I was a kid.

Thanks for being a huge part of my childhood.

Peter W.

Subject: Paisan Drummer

Hello Peter,

You have had an exciting life full of ups and downs. Your highs have been higher than mine, and your lows have been lower.

I didn’t realize what a solid drummer you are until my band and I learned a few KISS songs. I practiced Love Her All I Can for days to get it tight. I also learned She which is so out of the ordinary. I gained a whole new respect for your skills. It’s a shame that your musicianship is overshadowed by all the hoopla.

Thank you for your contribution to rock and roll drums.

By the way, I live in central Connecticut, and I am half Italian. My ancestors are from Potenza, Italy. I’m not sure where yours are from. However, you always have that edge. Keep it up man!


Subject: Peter Criss and Solo Album

Hi Mr Criss,

I’ve recently dusted off my Peter Criss solo cassette. It was a great tour down memory lane as I recalled “air drumming”, at 10 years old, every one of those songs until I learned them all. I remember, even at that age, thinking that this album was so much better than any of the KISS albums because I could relate to the music.

Throughout 5th grade, two of my friends and I took on the pretend personas of Ace, Paul, and you (I was you) and followed you guys' every move through the teen magazines and newspapers. We were intent on finding what you looked like without the makeup.

I kept the drumming going eventually transitioning to a real set and performing to get myself through college.

I wanted to let you know that you made a positive difference in my life despite the fact that you had no idea who I was or where I lived. Your music is still some of my favorite and I thank you for it—music critics be damned.

I wish you the best and thank you for the memories.

Dave K.

Subject: Fantastic Book - please read


I hope this email truly finds you. I want you to know I’m 43 and been a kiss fan all my life and was really drawn to the Love Gun album when I was 4 and ever since been a Kiss fanatic. I also a Catman fanatic! I’m an amateur drummer and love your charisma and feel. You, in my opinion were the heartbeat of Kiss and without you, that intangible was never replaced. I have read your book 3 times now and love your stories. I really can relate to you. As an Italian myself I can see your passion, your anger and hurt in all the circumstances that you discussed and let me tell you, you were never out of line with those feelings. You are a passionate human being whose soul is so pure and that’s why you get hurt easy. Much like myself. I’m also glad that you found your faith stronger. God does love you and your career/life has been an inspiration to many.  I just wanted to pass my thoughts on as even though I don’t know you, I feel like I know exactly who you are.

Keep rocking Peter and God bless



Subject: A Fan for Life

I just want to say thank you for the years of great music and enjoyment of watching your performances that I was so lucky to see several times. To me, there is not a better drummer in the rock world today that could even compare. I am just sorry that I never had the pleasure of meeting you in person. I share the memories and photos of how my bedroom walls and ceiling was covered with your pictures, posters, and every doll of you that could be purchased. Not to mention every album that you were on. My poor mother and father were so wonderful and very understanding with the music blaring and just would shake their heads. My kid loves the stories and I try to be just like my parents with his music selection. Again, Thank You, Thank You and many years of happy memories and wonderful times with your family.

A fan for life,

Robin R.

Subject: After all these years

Sent from my iPhone Just wanted to drop you an email to let you know I have always been a fan of your drumming. As a young kid in the 70’s KISS was my favorite band and watching you on the drums inspired me to begin playing. All the years I have played and even to this day, I have only played for myself, never in a band.

Thanks for all the years of enjoyment.

Shaun C.

Subject: Talent, success, and Kiss books


I never write anyone but after reading all the books by members of Kiss twice I feel like I wanted to say something to you.

You get pummeled in Pauls book over and over. At one point he said you didn’t know enough about song structure to know what to do if he said “start at the second verse”.

You played in the same way as Bill Ward or some other great rock drummers in the 70s. You play drums as if they were a melodic instrument putting rolls and accents behind parts to enhance them and even make hooks occur in some basic bland structures. It’s instinctual and the sign of true talent. Average drummers would just play it straight with no hooks or emotional additions. You made a song like Deuce a bit of a journey through the parts adding feel and raw connection with the listener.

If someone says “start at the second verse” it may not be obvious what to play immediately because the journey and evolution of parts took you there.

Duh, guess Paul does not understand that.

After reading all the books from Kiss members twice I feel like yours is the most accurate, in that I felt like I was reading an account of the band experience from someone normal with no agenda other than being honest. Ace was 2nd.

I used to play lead guitar in a band that was at one point on Casablanca before I was a member. The Godz from Columbus Ohio. I lived in Queens through the 80s and can relate to many of the stories in your book, other than success!

The era of all of this is gone, but what a wonderful thing it was !

Just wanted you to know there are people with ears out here that recognize your parts were brilliant, and not because Ezrin taught you !!!!

Best regards,

Eric M.

Subject: I was 6 Years Old

I was 6 years old when destroyer came out my favorite then and to this day was and is Peter Criss. Kiss was never the same after Peter was gone. When they reunited in the 2000s I went to spac in saratoga to see what would be my last time seeing the original line up ever perform. I will never forget that and will never forget what a great performer you were and are. Thanks Peter for the memories. Peace and god bless

Jeff M.

Subject: Happy Anniversary Peter and Gigi.

Dear Peter and Gigi.

I greet you from Ecuador. I want to send you a big hug and many blessings on your anniversary. May God bless you in your beautiful marriage.

Peter you are the best and I admire you very much.

Fhernando L.

Subject: Thank you


Just happened to come across your web page & wanted to say THANK YOU!!! You and KISS were a major part of my Childhood, ( I'm 56 today). I used to argue with my friends on who the best band was at the time. I put you guys up against Led Zeppelin & Black Sabbath and a host of others! Always felt bad when You Left, didn't purchase any more albums after that & hated hearing someone else sing your songs.

Hope Life Finds You Well!

Thanks Again for the Great memories!


Subject: Be Safe

Sup bud,

Hope your doing well! Fan since 4th grade.

I'm 53...

Michael K.

Be safe!!!

Subject: Such talent.

Hi Peter,

I listened to a lot of your audiobook recently, Think I’ve got one more chapter and hated it to end. You definitely were in my opinion, The most talented of group. I started to get weepy when you were talking about your mother, just knowing the fact she got a chance to see you at the Garden. I pissed myself almost when you talked about riding the back roads of some bum fuck city afraid of the locals might rape the band. I didn’t want to make this too long but hey man if you ever get upstate New York again I know a great coffee place.

Bill M. from Troy, NY

Subject: #1 Drummer

Dear Peter,

I have been a big fan since 1973. I saw the band play in the bar a friend took me.

You have such talent you been blessed with.

Keith M.

Subject: Thank you

You and Kiss are one of the reasons I focused on music.

Gin R.

Subject: Blessings


Good to see a recent photo. You look like you are doing great! Hope you are happy and healthy! You sure look it. Crossing my fingers that I can catch at an appearance out and about this year.

God Bless,


Subject: Thanks for the inspiration

Hello Mr. Criss,

My name is Matt and even though I'm a guitarist by trade now I started my musical journey as a drummer. And it's all because of you. I even did a cover of Mainline on my band Hüligan's first album as I loved the way you performed that song. So I wanted to try my best at copying your style. I would love to send you a copy and get your opinion on my cover of it. I just wanted to let you know how much of an influence you were to me. Thanks for all the music.


Matt F.

Subject: Reflections

Dear Mr. Criss,

I just wanted to send you a quick message and say that you are and will always be KISS to me. As reflect on my life, I can not tell you how much you mean to me and I want to thank you for all the wonderful memories that I have as a teenager growing up in the 70’s. I feel that I gravitated toward you more than any other member of kiss because you always were genuine. What you saw is what you got. And even though sometimes the edges are not that smooth they still are the most honest. I think back to your many interviews and I remember how blessed you felt at what you had achieved. You truly were the working class man of the group. I’d like to think that my work ethic was inspired by you. I don’t think you get enough credit for also being the only proud Catholic rockstar of the 70s. God bless you for always remembering the Lord and all the gifts that he gave you. Your faith has also been a connection that I feel still till this day. Don’t ever lament what could have been. Take pride in that we love you very much and you have reached so many people over the years through the gift of your music. God bless you and your family.

Russ L.

Subject: Merry Christmas, Thank You, and Appearance\Autograph Question


First, thank you for all of the joy you have given to so many, including my daughter, my brother, and myself. My daughter, Landry, is only 7, but is a rabid KISS fan. Her favorite KISS song is Beth, she begs me to play "Beth I hear you callin'" every time we get in the car and makes her mother and I laugh as she tries to emulate your voice and inflections while she is singing every word. I have been fortunate this year to meet Paul, Gene, and Ace at different events and have been able to tell them in person how much the past two years of memories that my daughter and I have shared surrounding our love for KISS has meant to me. Our crazy KISS obsession is the thing that has brought us closer these past couple of years and its something I hope we will always share. Anyway, I wanted to say thanks.

Also, I was wondering, if you were planning any new appearances this year. Hopefully, there will be one that is close enough for us to attend and get a photo with you as well. In fact, I spoke to the organizers of our local Comic Con Geek'd Con and expressed that having you would make it an EPIC event! In the meantime, I would love to be able to purchase an autographed drum head to go with my guitars from Paul, Gene, and Ace. As it stands, my KISS wall shrine is missing this very important item. I noticed that were sold out on the website and was wondering, if there would be more posted any time soon. I was also wondering, if you accepted item submissions for signature. I currently have two comics (one is the blood comic) and two albums (Destroyer and a sealed copy of ALIVE!) that won't be complete without your signature. If any of this is possible, please let me know the price and

In any event, THANK YOU again and MERRY KISSMAS to the Catman!

Chris (and Landry) B.

Subject: Thank you

You made my childhood great. Thank you.

Scott K.

Subject: Mi idolo

Hola Peter soy uno de tus seguidores yo te e admiro de hecho KISS a sido mi banda favorita de toda mi vida mi mayor sueño es conocerte. Cómo seguidor tuyo debo decir que fuiste y serás el mejor baterista que KISS a tenido en su historia mis temas favoritos es BLACK DIAMOND, DIRTY LIVING, BETH & BABY DRIVER. Eres una gran persona espero tu respuesta gran señor PÉTER CRISS de parte de tu fan MIKE CARR un gran abrazo y saludos desde PUEBLA - MÉXICO

atte MIKE C.

Subject: Thank You from Dr. M.


I just want to thank you for inspiring me as a young NYC boy to play drums. People had superheroes in the 70s, I I had you. In 6th grade,I was able to get my first pair of drumsticks, I went on to greater things in drumming, endorsements etc...after that, bad decisions led me to almost dying. nonetheless, today I am a pastor. I help hundreds of people weekly. Sometimes we don't stop in life to say thank you. I wanted to tell you Thank you for your influence on making me practice more and be more.

I don't expect to hear back from you, but I read your book and maybe one day I will meet you.

John 3:16-18

Thanks so much!

God is bigger!

Dr. Gary M.

Subject: Hero

Thank You for being the best drummer ever.

I’m forever thankful.

Ralph S.

Subject: Huge Fan

You were my first influence in music and today I am a music teacher. Thank you!


Gary W. S.
District Music Director

Subject: From a fan...


In 1976 I was given the album Destroyer for Christmas....I wore it out! Today, I'm 56 years old, and just wanted to reach out to thank you for years of enjoyment...I absolutely love(d) that record....and I still do. It really held up well over the years....well done.

And....I know it's been played to death, but I still put "Beth" in the top 5 rock ballads of all, make that the top 3!


Glenn C.

Subject: Hey Peter

Thanks for th memories man you inspired millions of drummers world wide and I will never forget what you said. “In or out of makeup I will always be the Cayman” you are!

Alex M.

Subject: Hi

First, let's get this out of the way....I am a HUGE fan!!!! Yup, my favorite Kiss man, and drummer all around!!! And one other thing....I am 2 years remission for stage 3 Breast cancer. I just saw the "rumor" that u and Ace were invited to join in on the last concert. I live in Pittsburgh, and I wanna see you here!!! My first rock concert was you guys..... just wanted to say that you are awesome, all around!!!!


Subject: What's up

Hi Peter,

My name is Doug an of course have always been a fan mostly of the true back bone of the greatest stage show of all time.

Anywho I was wondering if you were familiar with astrology at all because I have always felt drawn to your energy (no I'm not gay not that there's anything wrong with that ) an the drums.

My grandmother god rest her soul was a music teacher an we all had to play an instrument I chose drums which to a classically trained concert pianist might of been a bit much but she was the best.

So as I got older I regained interest in kiss when u made a return which re sparked my interest in u.

So come to find out we share the same birthday although my due date was supposed to be Paul Stanley birthday of Jan 20th.

So I had asked earlier if u were much into astrology because great things are beginning to happen for us since Jupiter has made his way back to sagittarius an since we are on the cusp so to speak thing should continue to be great in the coming year.

Now I don't assume to know who you are but if you are anything like me the last 3 years before this 1 have been rough. I won't go into detail because that is not what this is back to you.

Basically wanted to let you know that you not kiss played a role in my upbringing an I love an respect you for the gifts you have given the world. Cause let's face it without u the 1 true Musician In a prop band who knows what would of became of kiss.

Definitely not knocking anyone in the group...Group Genes first name should be Genius btw.

Also I think a sitcom of the beginning days of kiss would be crazy cool but Gene probably already trade marked it.

Thanks for your time bro peace out an rock on.


Subject: Treasured Memories

Dear Peter,

First let me thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope this message finds you well. I am working to share memories of my life with my children and grandson, many of which include you and KISS. I was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer in January 2018. Been a tough road, but I am in remission. The long term prognosis however is not great, which leads me to my current project of capturing memories of the things that had the most profound impact on my life so they may be shared with those I love and those who know me best.

My memories of KISS started in 1978 at the age of 8 when is saw you play in Phoenix, Arizona. I begged my father to take me for weeks, and despite all of his objections, he took me. The addiction had begun and remained my entire life. What stood out most to me was watching you and Ace play. You taking center stage to sing Beth, and Ace playing the guitar are memories which have remained the strongest throughout my life. I was so inspired by you, I dressed as Peter Criss and Ace for several years afterward in a wonderful costumes my mother spent weeks putting together.

Yes I have seen Kiss many times since, and without knocking those who came after you, there just was not the same impact.

I wanted to thank you for everything and let you know that you touched lives and created memories which will be shared. I have tried to meet you several times, but fate has always intervened. The conference in October will not be a trip I can make due to ongoing chemo sessions, but I do hope to make it to see you soon.

As a last thank you, I appreciate all you do for cancer awareness and fundraising. Please keep up the work, it is so important to those who understand the cost.

God Bless,

Doug C.

Subject: Read your book

I purchased and read your book. Thank you so much for opening up about your life.
I admire how you have always managed to weather the storms of life and come back stronger than before. I wish you the very best.


Subject: Thanks for the Hugs!

Hey Peter and Gigi…

Just wanted to give a whole hearted shout out to Peter Criss and Gigi for the treatment we received in Charlotte NC. It’s been a couple years back now…but I finally got around to messaging you guys about our experience.

We came to the “Mad Monster Party” in Charlotte, NC…specifically to meet Peter. I came to the event to get a Picture with Peter…which I did. I also came to the event to get my Peter Criss “Solo Album” signed”.

I came to the event with my wife and my younger son. We all waited in line for quite a while to get my album signed. When I finally got up and got my chance to have Peter sign my album…it was an experience that was quite unexpected. I figured it would just be me allowed in to get the album signed and meet Peter. Unexpectedly, Peter insisted that we ALL come in to the room. Peter greeted not only me but also my wife and my son.

Peter invited us all into the “autograph” room. Peter signed my album and then he got up, came around the table and insisted that he give us all a full on “Italian hug”….cause that what Italians do. It was completed unexpected. He gave me, then my wife and my son a full on Hug…and thanked us all.

My wife loved it (being Italian herself). And…my son has never forgotten it.

Thank you Peter for being such a straight up and awesome guy…and making memories for not only me (huge KISS fan) but also for my wife and son. We will never forget you.

With the most favored regards…

Dick B.

“Keep rockin’ and kickin’ brother”

Subject: The Best


You are the Best Drummer the Rock Band KISS ever! No one beats the Catman!

God Bless,

Eric M.

Subject: 0340am And Being Thankful for KISS and Peter

Hello Mr. Criss,

I have been a fan since 1977, not that that really matters--or maybe it does--and I know you have received praise from people all over the world, so I'm not gonna do that tonight.

I just wanted to say I am having a hard time sleeping tonight, and decided to watch some old videos of KISS on YouTube, and was deeply reminded of how glad I am to have this band in my life.

I have loved every incarnation of it, but nothing compares to the original guys. I have weathered the ups and downs with this band for about 42 years straight, and could not think of what my life would be without your music and your shows. The original 4 are still MAGIC to me, even though I forget that once in awhile.

Well, tonight (today now?) I remembered. So I just wanted give a real, heartfelt Thank You for the Happiness, Excitement, and sometimes even tears you have given me.

P.S. By tears, I mean in a good way. I Can't Stop the Rain still hits me deep every time I listen to it.

P.P.S. You and I have actually met one time (at Mark St.John's house in California), and I've always wanted to thank you properly for putting up with a star struck kid, answering my questions, and signing autographs. Sorry if that was awkward for you ( but I gotta admit it was pretty darned awesome for me).


And GOD bless, Sir

Douglas T.

Subject: Fan

Just to let you know you are one of the best drummers in the world!!! Rock on !!!

Kevin W.
Manchester, NH

Subject: Dustin L.


Mr. Criss I just wanted to tell you how much you really influence my life and I wouldn't be the dad son of man I am today without you I really hope you're doing well thank you for all you've done for all of us.


Subject: Short and Sweet

This is going to be short and sweet.

Peter....your true fans still love you !!!! You have been treated badly and you have been wronged. You are kiss and Ace is kiss. You are missed more than you will ever know. I'm 50 yes old and in my computer room I have your solo album poster still hanging with pride. Out of control is still played in my home. Keep on keeping on. My wife and kids are all fans. I also have a floor to ceiling size poster of the Destroyer album cover. We love brother, be safe.

Fan for life, thanks for the memories.

Shawn B.

Subject: Music


Just one word from a drummer who you inspired to pick up the sticks , and never put them down .......

Thanks !!!

Mike E.

Subject: Hey Pete

Hey Pete...

just wanted to say hello from NJ. I'm a big kiss fan,and your my favorite from the bunch...kiss just ain't the same with out the original catman. People say I look like you as well. ...I take that as a huge compliment.

peace and love,

Omar V.

Subject: Your solo lp helps my PTSD

Hello Sir,

My name is Kevin. I suffer from severe PTSD from my years of service in Fire/EMS. Throughout the phases I go through, when the "Demons" hit, I listen to your KISS solo Lp. It calms me down and helps ground me. Its beautiful, melodic tones have become my favorite LP. You are really amazing and I wanted to say thank you.

Kevin H.

Subject: Thanks

Hello Mr. Criss,

I am in the middle of reading your bio, and after reading all the other bios of your bandmates, I can still say with confidence that you are still my favorite member of Kiss.

I started playing music because of you, which not only led to a music school education and numerous bands, but also a career in the MI industry (I currently work for Sweetwater). I consider it a privilege to be able to make a good living with music in some fashion, and it all started with you and your bandmates.

And while I am eventually moved from drums to bass (I am a huge Geddy fan), I never forgot what Kiss and you meant to my formation as a musician. I am grateful for the experiences that Kiss set in motion in my life.

Thank you and bless you and your family!

Chris F.

Subject: CATMAN

Greetings Peter Criss!

Your feel on drums has been a huge influence for me. You gave Kiss music the classic glam party feel no one else could have. I've been really on a mission to listen to anything and everything Kiss related. The solo 1978 albums showed everyone's personalities and I thought yours was so crazy and cool! It had the best album cover art as well (I rock the shirt all the time). Then Cat #1 caught my attention, what a solid album! I'm 30 now and play every instrument I can think of, what I look for in music is ideas, and you have a ton of great ideas. You are a true icon, thanks for all the inspiration.

Sean P.

Subject: Mr Criss

I'm a young female drummer in the UK play with a all female heavy metal screamo death metal band . Your the first drummer I heard and for many young drummers male or female your a great influence on us be the drummer in any style .Kiss would never be the same without you Mr criss .To us your the one true catman .

Keep rocking Mr Criss.


Subject: Hello from Brazil!

Hello, Peter! My name is Daniel, I’m a 22 years old. At the moment, I’m living in Brazil and studying to be a doctor.

Catman, I’ve read your biography and you tell about your fight and activism against the male breast cancer. I really loved your courage and thinking to do a study in university about it.

That’s all, man. I love you and your art.

Dani P.

Subject: I Drum Because of You

Hello Peter. My name is Tyler i am 26 years old, live in New Jersey and I am a hardcore KISS Fan. Kiss is a huge part of my life, I’ve been to the shows, signings etc etc. I have always wanted to reach out to you personally and say thank you. Thank you for making me the drummer I am today. When I first heard the drums on Detroit Rock City when I was 7 years old I knew that day I wanted to be a drummer. You are my biggest influence when it comes to the drums. I want to say thank you again for being my biggest inspiration to play drums! Thanks Peter!

Tyler E.

Subject: Your A Kick Ass Drummer

Hey Peter!

I’m 14 years old and absolutely love rock, I play guitar and love KISS and any thing Rock N Roll. I just want to say thank you for such an impact you’ve had on my life. God Bless You Peter Criss. You’re Forever Catman!


Aidan K.

Subject: Drumming

Hello Peter, I’m sorry to bother you again but I just wanted to tell you that I finally got my own drum kit on Monday. It’s an electric kit and I’m so in love with it and I think I’m really progressing. I thought you’d like to know that I have worked out how to play Strutter, Rock and roll all night, Love Gun, I was made for loving you and I love it loud. I can also play some of your solo stuff, The Cat, Bad Attitude, Tears (my favourite of your solo songs) and most of the Out Of Control album. I’d like to thank you for being one of the greatest drummers ever, without you I never would have taken up drums or been a fan of KISS. Thank you Peter. God bless you.


Subject: Just reaching out

Dear Peter,

just wanted to say hello.miss you very much.your songs are very much a big part of my life.I listen to your stories how you helped build a band that once ruled the rock n roll world.I'm not sorry you are not part of this mockery they call kiss today.I just wish I could see you perform one more time .I'm just a die hard Peter criss fan .be safe stay strong.your number one fan since 1976.

Charles W.


Hi Pete,

I just want to thank you for making me want to be a drummer and now almost 40 years later I still love hearing you and seeing videos of your performances . You are now and will always be THE ONLY CAT-MAN ! ! I was just listening to You Matter To Me and remember hearing it for the first time and thinking how cool it was and still is . You will always be my favorite drummer and just wanted to let you know that even when I play now I have a picture of you taped on the top batter edge of my
green sparkle bass so you’re always keepin’ a cat’s-eye on me .

Thanks again, much love to you and yours,

Dave Y.

Subject: Hey Peter

Hey Peter,

I just wanted to say what an inspiration you are to so many. Including me. Back in the day, the first Kiss record I ever got was Love Gun. On 8 track, no less! I then bought Alive 2 and I remember opening the sleeve and gravitated right towards that huge black Pearl drum set with the gong, and said, I want to do that! Your drumming was the reason I picked up the sticks. I loved your book, and as a fellow cancer survivor and Saved Thru His Grace, I feel a kinship with you and so many others!

Shane G.

Subject: Happy birthday!!

Happy birthday Peter!!

We hope you have a great day!!

Love, Tristan Jack & Sara

Subject: Fan Letter

Hey Peter!!

My name is Kit H. I am 26 years old and have been a KISS fan my whole life. I play in a band called Pressed In Black. We tour around and write our own music. I play guitar and sing in the band. Your songs are some my favorites in KISS. I really love your solo records through the 80s and Blue Moon Over Brooklyn is fantastic! I hope you can make it to Indianapolis one of these days ! I never got the chance to see you play with KISS because my parents worried about me getting hurt at Market Square Arena in 1998. I was just a kid and had to stay at grandma's during that show. I was pretty sad. Oh well life goes on. Anyways I hope you are well and wish you nothing but the best!! Keep rocking


Subject: Thanks

Hello Peter,

Please keep doing your incredible meet and greet autograph signings in 2019! These events are so memorable and important to your countless fans who truly enjoy meeting you! Thank you for your priceless contributions to Kiss and I will definitely attend any meet and greet sessions you have in the future!

Joe J.
Louisville, KY

Subject: Thanks!

Hey Pete!

Just wanted to say thanks for the original KISS music! Just wanted to say that as a fan of the true KISS, I can’t stoop to paying money to see the current KISS line up do an “End of the Road” tour. I haven’t seen them since you and Ace were there and as far as I’m concerned, the Farewell Tour has already been done.

Again, thanks for the music!

Mike T.

Subject: An inspiration and blessing....

Sir…I was brought up in a musical family where my Mom played piano in church and I was blessed enough to hear her practice at home nightly. Music was and is in my blood. But it was the Paul Lynde Halloween Special that changed my life. Seeing KISS come down in that cage and ripping Detroit Rock City seriously blew me away. At the time my Mom was trying to find an instrument for me to play. She tried to teach me piano but I would have none of it. Same for guitar lessons…ain’t gonna happen. But when I saw you…everything changed. God smiled on me that night and my life has never been the same.

I was blessed to see you perform several times. Impressed does not even come close. You sir have been and continue to be an inspiration to me and drummers worldwide. I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for all your work, creativity, sacrifice, and inspiration. And on another note…not to speak ill of anyone, but the current KISS line up is a huge letdown. Eric Singer is a phenomenal drummer…but he’s not you. He’s wearing a mask in the form of your makeup. Tommy is a amazing guitarist…but he’s not Ace. And I am offended as a fan. And unless you are making an appearance on the farewell tour…I won’t be attending. However I do plan to meet you at a personal appearance in 2019.

God bless you Sir…congrats to beating cancer. It took my Mom but it didn’t get you. Thank you again for being my inspiration. And I keep you and your family in my prayers.

God bless…

Chris T

Subject: Hi Peter

Hi Peter,

Just felt the need to tell you how incredible your singing is. You have an amazing voice. Just listened to Hard Luck Woman and I'm just blown away...again! Wore the vinyl out on that album as a kid. Wish you'd have sang more in the band. Anyhoo, just sayi'. Thanks for sharing you music with me all these years.


Subject: Thank you Peter


I've been a loyal fan of yours since I was 11 years old. I'm now 50.

I want to thank you for inspiring me... giving me a sense of purpose and for being a rock hero.

My single biggest regret is never seeing you live and not meeting you in person.

You are quite literally amazing and a one off.

Rock on brother.

Thank you


Subject: Book - From a Cancer Survivor

Dear Catman,

I loved your book. It was honest, refreshing, humbling (yes, for this reader) and most importantly funny as fuck! You’ve got a way with words. You were definitely the soul of KISS.

The past year, the love of my life died, my dad died and I had open-heart surgery. I’m also a cancer survivor (testicular). Your book reminded me how important the man upstairs is in times of sorrow. Thank you.

God bless you and your family, Mr. Criss. Much respect.


Former KISS fan and always a fan of the ONLY Catman

Subject: Solo Album 1978


40 years ago today I was 11 years old and I bought your first solo album.

Your album was an honest Peter Criss album and it reflected who you are, your heart and style.

After all this time I still enjoy the music.

David J.

Subject: Kiss

Dear Mr.Criss,

I just want to say hello,and thank you so much for sharing your talent with the world.I wish you the best of health and happiness now and in the future, you will always be the Catman in my mind and heart,I dont care what Paul or Gene says.I only hope that someday they will admit to the errors that they made.Again,thank you,and God bless!


Richard M.

Subject: Peter Criss and Cancer

Dear Peter,

The very first concert I ever saw was the Kiss destroyer tour at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo New York. I am 55 years old after seeing that concert it ruined it for every band I was to see after that no one could come close to you guys.I played the kiss alive 100,000 years drum solo till I had it down beat for beat at 14 years of age and aspired to be as good as you. Something that needs to be said Peter you are and will always be one of the worlds finest drummers.I was recently diagnosed with stage four carcinoma cancer and currently attending roswell cancer institute for treatments. In case I don't make it I just wanted you to know if you don't already that you are loved the world over and I for one appreciate and have to say thank you for all those years of pouring your heart out on those records and concerts.

Holly G.

Subject: Hello Mr. Criss

Hello Mr. Criss

I hope this message finds you in good health and high spirits. I decided to reach out to today simply because I'm sitting home and watching old footage of various interviews from the 70s & 80s. As a kid, like most of the world, I was exposed to you and your music because of your involvement with KISS. But as so often happens in life, sometimes the things we love as a child fall to the wayside as we grow up. About four years ago, I rediscovered KISS music..not the current band, but the real band, and fell in love all over again.

At 45, I've begun the slow trip to realizing that there are more birthdays behind me than are likely to be ahead of me, and begun to look back. I've struggled with various addictions and health concerns.
I found your site because honestly you've always been my favorite member of the band, and honestly I knew very little about the man behind the cat. After reading about you here, I came to understand some of what you've endured and wanted to tell you that it inspired me. In many ways the Catman was a hero like any comic action star put out by Marvel..almost larger than life, and to read about the man himself and the trials and tribulations of his life made him, not the character more of a hero.
I was saddened to read you had retired and that seeing you perform was no longer an option, but I still hope to meet you in person one day.

In closing, I'd like to wish you well and to thank you for giving me some of the best memories of my childhood.

God bless you Mr. Criss.

Your fan,


Subject: My gratitude

Just wanted to say thank you for all the years of joy you've gave me with your music! Your drumming and vocals are absolutely one of a kind.

Much Love,

Bob R.

Subject: THANK YOU PETE !!!




Subject: Feelings on KISS and You

Hi Peter,

I grew up listening and watching kiss over the years ever since the late 70's. And I was listening to so.e of your interviews with Eddie Trunk. I have to agree with you that the original band was one of a kind. There cannot be another Catman or Another Space Ace. Yes they wear the Makeup but they are not u guys. They shouldn't in my mind be trying to impersonate you guys by wearing the makeup and playing your riffs and licks. Also as much as a fan as I am of KISS, I feel that the new music of the band lacks what it once had. There isn't anything as good as the original sound. I've heard Paul talking about you in the negative and I feel that is shallow of him to do. Clearly trying to push you guys out of the light so to speak. I think the wealth and the fame went to their heads and they forget how you all got there and what made it work. I hate the politics involved in the industry. You are great as well as Ace and they shouldn't be bashing u guys that way. The train is gonna end someday for them and hopefully they will see the light one day. Take care Peter and keep rocking.

Frank M.


Hi Peter,

It was a total blast to meet you last night in London. You surpassed my expectations with your kindness and patience in dealing with all the fans. I hope you remember me, haha. I was near the end. Your wife Gigi was extremely nice to me as well as all the other fans. Thanks for the pizza again! I had to drive back and be home the next day otherwise I would have seen you again throughout the weekend. Til next time…

James S.

Subject: NJ Horror Con/Thank You!

Dear Peter,

I just wanted to again thank you for taking time to travel and meet with your fans. As I told you during the meet and greet at NJ Horror Con, discovering the music of KISS was life-changing for me and had an incredible impact on inspiring me to become the musician I am today.

Though dominantly a guitar player throughout my career, I’ve always loved drums and played drums as well in several bands. When I started as a young teen, the first time I pieced together a kit I remember I HAD to have Zildjian cymbals because “that’s what Peter plays!”. I HAD to have a set of Pearls because (before DW), “that’s what Peter plays!”

Hell...I even had the Ahead signature Peter Criss sticks! If it was what the Catman played, it had to be the best and I wanted to be as rock and roll as you!

Anyway...I’m rambling. My point is it really was an incredible experience to finally shake hands with the one and only Catman and to be able to share that experience with my wife and kids as well. Thank you for taking time to speak with all of us and for encouraging the kids to take their education seriously...we all just really had such an incredible experience meeting you and it was a true pleasure!

Thanks for all the great music and for everything. God bless!

Brandon R.

Subject: Great to See you Sir !!


Your appearance at the NY Gene Vault experience proves you are simply a “Class Act” Sir. You told the fans what to expect, and did exactly that. Nothing but Love and Respect for that Sir. Hoping to meet you one day. When are you doing a book signing in Virginia Beach?

A Fan since 1974 (Only because that’s when my Parents let me buy that “creepy” album cover (LOL).

1 CAT MAN = Mr. Peter Criss!!!

Very Respectfully,

Tim T.

Subject: Thank you to Peter & Gigi

Hey Peter,

This is Eric Z…You probably don’t remember me, but I have played in many Kiss tribute bands impersonating Paul off and on over the years since 1995… Anyway, the reason why I am reaching out to you is because; some of my friends & I were at the Horror Con in NJ last week & we were so blown away by the hospitality that you and Gigi showed us.. I was so touched by Gigi’s kindness that I’m not even sure that I properly thanked her…So please, tell Gigi “Thank you” for me from the bottom of my heart…

I told my friends on the way home that the award for “Bitchen-est Kiss Wife” goes to Gigi Criss” – Ha! Ha!!

Your Gigi is a beautiful & amazing person…It’s easy for me to understand why you married her…I love you both so much!! …Kiss Rules!!...until I see you again…

Eric Z

Subject: Horror Con

Hello Peter and Gigi

I want to tell you that it was an amazing experience meeting you and  takling to the both of you a few weeks ago. You were very kind to me and I still find it amazing that you live so close to me. After meeting all members and being a fan for almost 40 years every time I see Peter I get treated like a friend.

The rest of the group treats you like your just a pocket full of cash and mean nothing to their life. Actions speak louder than words with me. You were always my favorite singer and musician in Kiss.  I told one of my friends how cool you guys were and he says well they live a half an hour away I should invite you guys over for a BBQ in the summer.  You both have an open invite for any BBQ I have.

I’d love to show you some of the Kiss Paintings Ive done over the years and give a tour of my museum. I know you are busy doing the expos and probably don’t have the time.
Just putting it out there.

Wishing you both continued good health, good fortune and all my love.

Steve Z

Subject: Greetings from North Carolina

Hi Peter and GiGi!

It was so nice to finally meet you guys in person! I've waited for more than 30 years and it was well worth the wait! You guys are so very kind and loving. Although I didn't to say what I really wanted to because I was so overwhelmed by your presence I completely forgot . I always wished to me Peter one day and prayed it would happen and it did! I hope to meet you again someday and talk to you about Peters career. Again thank you for all you do for the fans we love You!

Forever grateful

Anita M.

Subject: Hey Peter! Just a note of thanks from a fan...

Hey Peter!

I just wanted to take a minute to write to you in hopes that you would get the chance to read this. I met you this past weekend at New Jersey Horror Con, I was the one who brought those old polariod shots of you guys from the December 1977 show at the Garden (if you remember me!) that my dad took when he was a kid. I have been looking at those pictures since I was 5 years old when my dad first started getting me into Kiss, and to be able to share that with you and watch you look at them was surreal!

I just wanted to quickly thank you for everything you have contributed to the world of music, you have inspired me and so many others to pick up a pair of drum sticks and just play our hearts out. I grew up admiring you and I will always continue to do so!

I will be going to Gene's Vault event in NYC in a few months, and I heard through the grape vine that you were invited to join... I think I speak for myself and all of the other fans attending when I say that it would be a true honor to have you there!

Thank you for everything you have done, you are truly an inspiration in my life and the lives of so many others!


Matthew H.

Subject: HorrorCon

Hi Peter,

It was great seeing you yesterday at HorrorCon.

I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to talk w/ my son, Daniel and I. At the show. He was so excited to meet you!

You, along w/ the staff working the event were all very courteous and accommodating and really helped to make it a special day for us both.

For me, one of the joys of being a father is sharing some of my best memories w/ my son and watching him enjoy them as well. You, along w/ KISS are certainly a big part of that.

Thank you again for everything! We hope to see you again soon at future events.

All my best,

Chris C.

Subject: NJ Signing event


Who knows if you read these or if your people read these, but it was great to meet you, take a photo and have you sign my guitar alongside Ace. The few minutes were memorable, and I for one appreciate you being in such good spirits for all the fans who came to see you this weekend. Hope the time was as enjoyable for you; it has to be fulfilling to meet so many people who remain forever fans.


Jay L.

Subject: Thank you!

Thank you so much for signing my guitar today..thank you to both of you for being so was one of the best days of my life..being a fan for over 40 years,it was unbelievable to meet you..hope I can meet you again in the future...

Thanks again for everything...


Subject: Joe & Scott - NJ Horror Con

Hi Gigi,

So good to see you today...!...You guys are right "Everyday Above  Ground is a Good Day'  Your story about the other Father & Son friends/fans reminded us to
appreciate everyday.

And today was a great day.....Till we meet again...

God Bless
Joseph & Scott D.

Subject: Thank you!

Good evening Peter and Gigi,

Thank you both so very much for today...what an honor to see you both again!! Truly enjoyed talking with you both! So glad you liked the flowers and rosary!Gigi thank you for endless support for our family and daughter Kristin...thank you for always making sure Peter is well taken care of he is our hero!!Peter thank you for all your blessings, powerful Hail Mary's and prayers for our daughter by the grace of God and prayer she is healed just like you have been! We will continue to pray for you as well as Gigi!Our friend's daughter Brynne was delighted and honored to have met you today...she still had an ear to ear grin when we took her home a few moments ago!We cannot wait to hang our picture up as a reminder of how awesome God is to have blessed us with you!Thank you for everything!!

God bless and keep you!Love and
prayers,Kelli (and Scott too)

Subject: Fan looking forward to seeing you in Charlotte

Hi Peter,

It was an absolute pleasure to finally have the opportunity to meet you in Charlotte recently. You and Gigi were absolute sweethearts! Thanks for being willing to sign me. I have decided to make the drive with me teen daughters to see you in New Jersey this coming weekend. We will see you for a photo, not sure I can swing more autographs but I know they are so looking forward to meeting The Catman!

Thanks for doing another one of these events Peter, wished I could have made the NY Expo in June.

Eric A.

Subject: Thanks Peter & Gigi - Mad Monster

Hi Peter,

Thanks so much for an amazing experience meeting you again at Mad Monster Charlotte. SO cool to be able to meet you again and all the time you spent with me. Of all the celebs I’ve met, you are definitely one of the most sincere I’ve ever met. One of the highlights of our weekend was Gigi stopping by our table at the restaurant and sitting down and sharing stories. Just an amazing surreal time. Thank you both again for the music and for the wonderful souls that both of you are!

Chuck C.

Subject: Mad Monster 2018

Hi Peter

This is Joseph. I met you at Mad Monster Party in Charlotte. I just wanted to say thanks for having the chance to see you for the second time! You're my number one idol in the drumming world! Keep rocking out on the drums! I hope to see you again next time!

Thank you very much!

Joseph H.

Subject: Thank you Peter, for all the great jamz.

Sending love, best wishes, and thanks to Peter for all the great music/art he has shared with the world.

Kelly B

Subject: Thank you

Hey man,

I just want you to know how inspiring you are too me. As a 13 year old boy, not many people my age could agree that kiss is the greatest rock band on earth, and that you and john bonham are the greatest drummers to ever play. I drum myself and I want to you to know that sometimes I just listen to your music and try out the so many beats you somehow manage to master.

Thanks man, keep on rockin.

Grady A.

Subject:  Hello Peter! Can't wait to meet you

Hey Peter!

I was so delighted to hear that you were coming to Charlotte NC for the Mad Monster Party in February. Other than an email or two over the years, I've never had the opportunity to meet you. So, this is something I can't wait for!

It's been a dream of mine to meet you. You always struck me as the most personable, down to earth member of KISS and I've been a fan of not only your music over the years, but for your work as an advocate for Breast Cancer research, and how firmly you've always stood for your religion. I am a Christian, and a guitarist in a Praise and Worship band in my home church in Virginia, so seeing someone like you keep God first in your life always means a good deal to me.

Anyway, I am looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks. Just want to thank you for all the great music memories and I finally can't wait to say hello to you in person.

God Bless!

Your friend
Kameron D

Subject: A 52 year old who feels like it is back in the 70’s

Hi happy birthday.

Last month I heard Beth on a radio station and boy the memories it brought back. I was one of the unfortunate ones that never got to see kiss in concert when you and ace were in the band. I would not go now because without you guys it isn’t kiss. Hey the 70’s were a great time and yes I can understand how drugs, drinking ,girls all come into play. You were flying high on stardom and why shouldn’t you. I just read your book last month for the first time and everything that happened was there and you told the truth about the scene in the 70’s. But you also got help. I am so sick of watching u tube videos of Paul and gene putting you down and one time Paul made a video imitating you which was not funny. I have read a little of Paul’s book he talked about being teased and talked about his right ear. Then he should know it is not cool and stop. To me kiss would not be what it is if it weren’t for the four original members starting something. Boy I tell you how fast people forget who helped you get where you are and just drop you like nothing. Then to read Paul and gene made you out to be employees you and ace and not one of the 4 that made kiss what it is today. It makes me sick. I am so thankful for you. I love the saying forgive to live and since I read your book I take that saying to heart. I will not buy or watch anything from kiss that you are not in because to me it is just money for Paul and gene and not the fans. You have made a 52 year old teenager happy I will always be listening on the radio “Beth I hear you calling” and the right voice singing it. You did not sell out your makeup they sold you out. 

Lots of love and many more birthdays !!!!!

Jackie G.

Subject: My favorite

Everything you sang during your time with Kiss was the best. I was lucky enough to see you perform Beth in Detroit for the first show of the reunion tour. Definitely a highlight of my concert going experiences.

I seen you last in Grand Rapids for the Psycho Circus tour.

You are my favorite Kiss member. I love every song you sang and the solo album was incredible.

Thanks for sharing your voice and talent.

Jerry P.

Subject: Life outside KISS

Dear Peter,

As Jazz and soul lover myself, I hope that you will follow your routes and give your funs a taste of the music you really love and show your true skills by means of making new music/new album, which is honest and true to these routes and without any connection whatsoever to your KISS legacy.

Take Care,

J. Yoram

Subject: An absolute dream come true!

Hi Peter,

Growing up a millennial compared to the gen. X-ers, you wouldn’t expect me to be a mega KISS fan. I’ll never forget the time I was handed Alive! and Alive II; the covers and pictures instantly blew me away. I remember staring for hours at your endless drum kit, while listening to some gem such as Makin’ Love, and thinking, “this is what I want to do!” The way you approached the drums was second to none.

From that point forward my life became drums and KISS. I started begging my parents for as much KISS footage, memorabilia, and albums I could get my hands on. I was even dressed as the Catman for Halloween a few times. As I grew older, I started to learn more about you. I’ll never forget when I came home from school, and came home to a crappy drum kit. It was a three piece with awful hardware and stock cymbals, but to me it was a Ferrari. You couldn’t get me off of that thing.

The first songs I learned to play weren’t the hits, however they were the songs that seven year olds in 2004 don’t listen to. I was playing Hotter than Hell, Deuce, Rocket Ride (attempting that insane drum fill at the end), and mastering your flawless performance of God of Thunder and 100,000 years on both Alive! and Alive II. It is because of you Peter that I found joy in drums, jazz, and hard rock music.

In years to come I earned the privilege to meet Ace, Gene, and Paul, but there was a big hole in my heart... I never met you. Well, in June of 2017 in NYC that all changed. My mother and I drove an hour to NYC, and we both met you. You were everything opposite of the other guys. You took the time to answer everyone of my questions, and we could have sat there all night talking drums, KISS, Gene Krupa, and touring. You had some amazing stories, especially how you survived cancer. The one thing that stood out to me was when I handed you my Alive! Album (which was my dad’s from the ‘70s) signed by the rest of the guys, and I said “Peter, will you complete this album?” And you looked at me and said “I’d be honored.” For a 21 year old, diehard fan, that made my year.

Peter, I want to thank you and Gigi (who was also an angel) for everything. From the long time you spent with me, to the compliments you gave my mother and I, and for telling me stories I always wanted to hear directly from you. Peter, you are my Gene Krupa, and this picture means as much to me as yours with him. Congratulations on your retirement, it is much deserved!

Thanks Cat, for everything,

Stephen B.

Subject: Many thanks

Just wanted to let you know that I picked up sticks as a kid because of you. Thank you for all your years of enjoyment for myself and other fans.


David P.

Subject: The Sugar Papa Likes, Can't stop the Rain.

Hey Pete.

I'm a piano player. I have always been a huge fan. I've seen you in makeup, 96, Greensboro NC. Beth is the best track on all of Destroyer. Even as a hardcore rocker, as a muscician, Beth is am iconic achievement. I have performed Beth, Can't stop the Rain (great tune!) and The Sugar Papa likes. Just wanted to congratulate you on a great career, and for retiring from Kiss with class. My life has been better because of your music. I only ever painted my face like yours on Halloween. Your the best, the one and only, Catman.

Matthew F.

Subject:  Final shows

Didn't get to go to the Melbourne show as I live on the other side of the country but have seen the highlights on YouTube plus the cutting room show. You certainly went out in style. What a great way to end a live career and a lot a balls to put on a show with songs you have never played live before. You pulled it off big time & proved what a legend you are. Hope we haven't heard the last of you new music wise. Still waiting for the rock album you have talked about many times and in your book. I am also a cancer survivor & had a huge Kiss collection but sold it all to pay for treatment and bills because I couldn't work for five years. The only thing I kept was the MTV Unplugged poster with all six of you on stage & made it a goal to meet all six of you guys and get the poster signed. I have meet the other five and tryed hard to meet you on the reunion tour in Australia but wasn't meant to be I guess. Was thinking about posting the poster over for you to sign but too risky I think. Anyway God bless and thanks for the many years of enjoyment you have given me.

Terry :)

Subject: Thank you

I’d just like to say thank you for all you have contributed to the rock and roll world and the world of drumming. You were my inspiration for picking up the sticks and starting my path to learning drums. It was a day in the life of a 10 year old boy who had just finished a violin lesson, and while in the car with my mom driving home, I got up the nerve to say to her, “Mom, I don’t want to play the violin anymore. I want to play the drums like Peter Criss from Kiss.” After avoiding her trying to swat at me for delivering this news, my parents never once tried to persuade me from not following my passion. From that 10 year old boy and a Premier snare drum to present day playing in my own original rock band, I’ve had many influences and heros, but none will match my original inspiration for wanting to be onstage doing what I love to do, play and make people happy listening to music.

Thank you again for all that you do!

Much love and peace,

Alan H.

Subject: All-Time Favorite

Dear Peter,

I'm 18 years old and KISS is my all-time favorite band!! I wish that I grew up in the 70's so I could experience the original group in all its glory. Thissummer, I got the chance to meet Gene Simmons in Knoxville, TN, and I really would like to meet the rest of the members, including you and Ace. It was very sad at how the both of you were treated in your exiting of the band. Nothing can compare to the original lineup!!!

Weston H.

Subject: Thanks from Australia!

Hi Peter,

how are you? My name's Dan, musician from Melbourne. I was at your Melbourne farewell show and want to say thanks for the many years you've given to us fans, you've been a great musical inspiration in my life with your drumming and vocals. Like you, I've been into big band, jazz and all sorts of music for a long time. I feel like so many people are unaware of the all time greats, Sinatra, Bennet & Martin to name a few, especially in the rock world. It was great to see your show, looking forward to hearing the rock album that you've been planning & thanks again for all the years! To a happy retirement!

- Dan

Subject: Thank you

I learned to play drums and guitar because of you. I later went in to the Marines. I retired from the Corps and again play drums and guitar. You made my childhood perfect. Thank you.

Scott K.

Subject: Thank You Peter Criss

Dear Peter Criss,

You are an inspiration to many people around the world including me and I thank you for that! Thank you for all the wonderful songs you have given us all these years! You were our one and only Catman! Thank you! Thank you!

Thank you Peter Criss!

Angelo C.

Subject: 1975 Drumstick


I have been a huge fan since the beginning. Sad to see you ending your career. Wish you the best! I still have my 1975 drum stick from your live show in San Diego with Rush. You threw it out when it broke, and I was the lucky guy that got it. I sat in the front row right in front of Gene with my girl friend from high school, who is now my wife of 40 years! I also have Genes blood still on it and it is still bright red! Y'all brought me and my wife many years of happiness and great memories. The good old days .

Love you!

Art D.

PS would love to meet you some day. If your ever in Texas

Subject: Thank You

Dear Peter,

I came across your website and I felt compelled to reach out to express my gratitude and to say “thank you” for your inspiration.

I grew up in Cleveland (late 70’s) listening to Kiss records and particularly your drumming. My favourite record is the band’s debut album but I also really enjoy the drum track on “It’s not smoke” which I don’t think was officially released. You inspired me to pickup the drum sticks as a teenager and I still practice drums (I use Yamaha Maple Custom Absolutes and Paiste 2002s) today.

I live in Calgary these days and being that today is July 1st, I wanted to wish you and your family a Happy Canada Day.

Very best,

Tom J.

Subject: Loved Your Book

Hi Peter,

I wanted to say hello and I hope you are feeling well.

I just got done with your book and I have to say, I thought it was well written. I really enjoyed your stories and wished that it kept going.

I ran into an experience in the last month that left me with grief and disappointment and your last chapter where you discuss your take on religion really got to me in a positive way.

Thank you so much for all you did and for all you do.

May successes come one after the other for you and your family.

Thank you so much,

Michael D.

Subject: Cool Website, Peter!

Just chilling out this Sunday afternoon, being big time lazy and nostalgic. Been surfing and found your site and especially liked "The Cats Meow".... Very cool. Saw you in the late 70's play the old Chicago Stadium. I think I was 12. It was my first concert. Man I feel old sometimes! Dude, you were my favorite member and when you left, so did I. Anyway, you're looking good and sounding super positive. That's good inspiration.

Peace, and thanks for sharing.

Ken F.

Subject: Congratulations !!!

Good day Mr. Críss !

I am Omar Rosas, from Guadalajara, Jalisco México.

I just want to say, that you are for me the best artist on the world.

I am a 43 years old man, when I have 7 years old I hear your Peter Crisis Solo album, Special the Don't you let me down song, I now in that time, that you are a very Special man.

Thank you for made that álbum.

Best regards,

Omar R.

Subject: Thank you!


I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for finally performing some of your solo tunes. Seeing video of you singing Words and You Matter to Me makes me feel really good. Those are some of my favorite songs. Thank you!

God bless you,



Dear Peter Criss:

I am a huge fan of your song “BETH”. Every time I hear it I have to stop and listen to it. It makes me happyJ.

Keep on Rocking & Rolling!!!

Mary B

Subject: Hey

Just wanted to say I am 50yrs old and you have been my favorite drummer my whole life. Was a big KISS fan as a kid and all I wanted to do was meet you in person. Well a lot of time has passed and that never happened and just thought I would write you this email. Just want to thank you for being a great drummer and person and wish you the best.

Thanks Jeff

Subject: Fan Mail to Pete

Dear Peter,

I startet to listen to Kiss when I was 6 Years old. I was allone at home and found Destroyer on Vinyl at my Brothers Room. Loved this Cover and my Fantasie was out of Control! 4 Heroes standing on Rocks and the Intro of Detroit Rock City was Mindblowing!!! I realy listen only to the A Side for 2 Years because I was afraid that the B Side maybee is not that good. As i tournd the Vinyl over the first Time I thout , Yes thats the Best Band ever! So I became a Crazy Fan who collect every Snipped!!!

The First motion Pictures of Kiss was on a VHS. It was Phantom of the Park and I was kind of desapointed because you Guys where Humans lol. 2 Years later I buyed a real bad over and over Copy of the Concerts at Tokio 76 and then I feeled the Power again! Well no good start to see Heroes in Motion at Phantom of the Parl because the Film is Bad as Hell hehehe.
I didnt have that much Contact to People in my Age and no Friends so Kiss and specialy You and Ace became my imagin Friends and yes , kind of Familie. I allways listen to Kiss what ever i was doing and it was my erverything! On a Second Hand Store i was founding a Backpatch in the late 80s , first Time without Make up and I was shoked! I mean years and years as a Fan , you imagine what would the look without Makeup and then You see em and its not what You expect to see.I was born 74 and i was allways behind.When You live on a lost Place far from the City and you only got 3 Chanels on TV and Mom dont want You to read Musicpapers , you are far off.
So the Time without Makeup was allready but new to me.

I took a While to Check that this Guys on the Backpatch wasnt You or Ace because You left Years ago.
As I found that out , i was crying soooo bad and my World was destroyed. It was inpossible to find Pictures of You Both without Makeup but as I found em in the City at a Musikstore on the Wall , I thout:Yes , thats Ace and Pete! My Brothers , my Familie. I was happy because you both looked like I allways imagine. With that , the old Love to Kiss came back and I found out that Eric Carr was a good Guy too! Realy sad that He died so young...
Then later came the Unpugged Gig on MTV and again I was totaly in Tears because my Familie was back together. The best Moment in Live!!!
I saw every Gig in Germany at the Reunion Tour. A Great Time!

Sadfully Gene and Paul have only Money in there Heads and You and Ace gone again.
But this Time i was happy because Time was right. I am still disapointed ofer Gene and Pauls Acting and I never listen to one of my Albums again since you Both left. Kiss died for me but You and Ace are still im my Heart and you Both will allways be because I love You Guys more than everything!
Keep you Head up Pete , You are still my Heroe. Just wanted to tell you this little Story of a German Boy who was lonly till he found the best Record of all Times!
Sorry for my bad English.

Keep on rocking!!!!
Love , Robert

PS: You Soloalbum was the Best of those 4 ;-)

Subject: Drumming

Dear peter im a 46 year old fan and guitar player. I always loved your drumming you play with such melody and rhythm.alot of drummers just hit hard ,but you play with a lot of skill which Created that kiss sound.looking forward to seeing you at nyc kiss convention.

Your friend Jeff.

God bless.

Subject: Just a word

Mr. Criss,

Your music with Kiss was a huge influence in my life, and I have always loved the musicianship of the band. I came to Christ back in 1988 and was on fire for a few years. I fell away from Christ and eventually found my way back again. I have always been a fan, and someone was telling me about another band who had their original drummer, Steve Smith, on tour with them again. I said that it should be that way, like KISS playing without Peter Criss. It just isn't KISS. So that got me to looking you up. I came across your webpage and was blown away that your heart has turned to Christ too. It warms my heart that you and I will finally meet. Be it here on Earth, or in our Father's land in Heaven. I truly want to say God Bless you sir. You are an inspiration to me, from the early days when I heard Beth for the first time, to now where you profess the love of Christ on your personal webpage. It is awesome what you are doing now.

Have a wonderful day and I wish you all the success and love you can possibly receive.

In Christ,

Joe W.

I am a strong yet humble, compassionate and loving man of God, who walks side by side with his Lord.

Subject: Fan letter

Dear Peter,

My name is Liz and I just wanted to say how impressed I am with your work and contributions to KISS. I find it amazing how you and Ace who almost died from alcohol and drugs, have found your faith in God. Also wanted to say how much I LOVE your book. God bless you and happy Easter.


Subject: Ryan

Hi peter my name is Ryan O. I am 20 years old an I live in Winnipeg Manitoba.I just heard about your last ever live shows an as sad as I am I also want to thank you I am a huge kiss fan An also a drummer I have a long list of favourites but you are my number 1 if I Haden's herd your playing I never would have picked up drum sticks. I own your book an read it twice you are my hero An congratulations on being male Brest cancer free much love an respect from one of your biggest fans in Canada. Also if u you are doing a drum solo at one of your shows please put it up on YouTube or your website again love your playing much love an respect An most of all thank you mr Catman ❤

Rayn O.

Subject: Thank you Peter

Hello Mr Criss,

I just wanted to drop an email to you and thank you for being there when I was a child and are still here today. I'm grateful to have had your music to get me through the tough times. I sincerely appreciate all you.


Jacob F

Subject: Hi Peter...A greeting from Madrid - Spain..!!

Hi Peter,

You cannot imagine the emotion, pleasure and honor of being able to write to you and to show you my great respect & admiration as a person, a drummer and an artist ... in that order. I have been a drummer since I was a teenager, although today I have about half a century stepping the ground and more than 33 years beating and playing drums and cymbals (all listening Kiss and your works). You were one of the best inspirations as a drummer that I had in my youth (as well as Gene Krupa, Ian Page, Neil Peart, Louie Bellson Alan White, Eric Carr and many others) but you were very special for my musical training and study.

I would love to have the pleasure and honor to meet you inviting you to come to Spain (Madrid) where I have been living for 20 years. Although I was born in Venezuela, I lived in Seattle and New York I finally reside in Europe.

I know that you can remember have been coming to Spain on other occasions, however, my invitation is for you: a special person I´d always admired and I know that you would like to take advantage of your quiet time with Gigi, to know just a little more serenely about other lands without the bother or intervention of the paparazzi press or importunate press ... rather a time to relax and enjoy the Mediterranean diet.. ha ha

If you fancy, take it as a Anniversary supplement or suggestion for you and Gigi. Both deserve it.

Well Peter, it's a real pleasure for me to send you my sincere words, I hope it do not falls on a broken bag, maybe because of lot of emails you receive, I have a hope of get meet you and my little boy have a strong desire to get to know you too.

God bless you.


Antonio T

Subject: Peter

Peter you are an outstanding drummer, KISS would not be what they are without you... The four of you are my rock & roll heros... I have gone to the concerts since 1976, no band could touch the original four. Rock on brother !!!

Andrew E.

Subject: Best drummer on KISS

bonjour , i never forget you the catman. french Fan

Franck J.

Subject: Not the same

Hey, Pete.

Hope all is well with you. I was looking up old KISS footage on YouTube and came across some old concerts from the Destroyer era. Man, that stuff is gold.  I really miss you and Ace. Without you 2, KISS is a quasi tribute band at best. My opinion is if the current line up wants to continue, then Tommy and Eric need to come up with their own alter egos or just take off the makeup. It ain't the same and never will be. Thank you for a ton of great music and being the ONLY Catman that matters.

God Bless!


Subject: Welcome Home

As a young girl growing up in a Catholic household in Detroit, your music was everywhere, except in our home. My mother saw your band as an instrument of Satan that lead people away from Christ (she had good reason to hate rock - my brother was a talented musician, singer, songwriter who played rock music, got addicted to drugs and eventually it killed him). At 13 I saw your band as music to sneak and play.  Over the years I have enjoyed watching the videos and reminiscing over my rock conversations with my now deceased brother - he loved Detroit Rock City, and sang a beautiful rendition of Beth - and he had played with Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, and other Detroit rockers in the 60's and early 70's. He was my own rock history course. I could listen to my brother Donnie sing forever. His poetry was beautiful. He was a storyteller - like you.

I was reading about the original Kiss band member's lives and stumbled on your website. Your love of Christ was apparent and my heart swelled with joy. As a little sister who loved her rock and roll brother unconditionally, but always prayed for him to come back to Christ, I know your love of Christ has made many members of your own family happy. The peace in your heart is so evident in your posts. As your fan, I just wanted to let you know how happy I am that you have the blessing of a wonderful wife, beautiful children, and the love of your family. You will always be a part of my prayers for continued faith in Christ, continued health and a long, happy life. Because my rocker brother fought addiction his entire life, I've always been happy when I've read about rockers who have overcome addiction and resumed their relationship with God. Before my brother passed away, he had come home to Christ. My prayers and my mother's prayers were answered.

Your witness has not gone unnoticed. Have a blessed rest of your life. And I pray you will continue to be an amazing example to young rockers who don't know that it's the rock lifestyle that is harmful and against God's wish for a wonderful life for us - not the music.


Patricia L.
Donnie's Little Sister

Subject: Amazing drummer


I just wanted to let you know what an inspiration you are as a drummer and person. Your music has recently become some of my favorite. And reading your book was incredible. It's truly amazing to read about how someone can overcome so much.

Thanks your for your time.


Subject: LA Expo experience and big THANKS to Peter and Gigi!!

Hello Peter and Gigi!

I apologize that this message is being sent later than I wanted it to but had to recover from the exhilerating LA KISS Expo weekend and try to get back into some sort of work-mode!!
I just wanted to thank both of you for such an incredible experience the whole weekend as I took part in all 3 events- the VIP experience, another autograph meeting with Peter on Sat and the absolutely incredible Bus Tour on Sunday!!! I can't express my gratitude to Peter for making the whole weekend one of the best experiences ever of meeting one of my heroes! His genuine sincerity and kindness made the meet and greets so special, I can't thank him enough for making us fans feel so appreciated. And his stories about the events connected to the bus tour landmarks (among other tidbits) was so interesting to hear and heartfelt by Peter (plus his impersonation of a conversion between Ace and Gene was priceless!!). So again, I want to pass on to Peter my complete gratitude to him and Gigi (and all others that had an impact on the event) for creating one memorable weekend!

I have included three pictures, of course my prized picture with Peter but also two other pictures which include my two close friends who unfortunately couldn't make the trip but you two still affected so positively.I hope you will recall that a mentioned that I had a special needs friend who has loved KISS all his life and even with his disability was so influenced by Peter that he became a drummer at a young age. I told you two this and it was so nice that both of you were touched by his story. And an extra special hug and Kiss to Gigi for giving one of Peter's cool 8x10 pictures he had at the table and having Peter sign it to Dave in addition to the Dynasty tour book that I had brought for him-thanks again GIGI as that was so kind and generous of you! So I included a picture of my friend Dave Lavoie with both his signed items and of course a big grin on his face. (Definitely a FAN to the utmost degree!)

The other picture is of my KISS Brethren and co-pilot to so many things KISS related that I've lost count! His name is Mike Lavoie and yes that is Dave's older brother. He and I have been trying to bring Dave to as much KISS related events we can in the last 25 years we've known each other. And not sure if you remember but I had Peter sign the first KISS album saying "Happy 50th Birthday". I had this done as it seems it was fate that Mike and I met half our lifetime ago and we found out we were born on the exact same day (Feb. 11/1967)! Combine this with our fascination with KISS, similar likes in other music and TV shows/movies and both Boston Bruins hockey fans, it was just fitting that I had Peter provide us with such a great 50th birthday item and Mike was sure surprised when I showed him. So thanks again to Peter for doing that.

So I don't want to take up too much of your time but I just had to let you both know how incredible it was to meet you both and what a wonderful experience at the whole LA Expo weekend.(and maybe you are making use of the two "Kenny the Cat" Catnip T-Shirts that my friend made up in homage to Catman that I gave you?)

Yours truly,
Gary G.
Ontario, CANADA

PS. I talked to Gigi at the end of the Bus Tour (and gave her my "Comix Plus/Music Exchange" business card) and mentioned how I know Dave and Mike were so disappointed they could not make the LA expo but of course want to meet Peter and Gigi so I mentioned if there is any chance of arranging a similar event like "Peter Day" that had taken place in the past where fans go to lunch with Peter (and of course Gigi) and have a personal experience in that capacity, we would be interested in such an event. If a amicable time could be set up and a fee arranged for you two to take part in such an event, please let me know as that would be such a great thing to have Dave partake in and of course Mike and myself too! (and just to let you know Dave is a special needs person but is fairly high functioning and can do very well on his own so it wouldn't be difficult to have this "Peter Day" happen). I wish you both the best!

Subject: Respect

I just wanted you to know that I am praying for you I thank you for being such a great part of my life even though we have never met Please stay in the spot light it's ment to be it's your calling maybe God helps Uther people threw you and your music I thank you for being such a magical power simply thanks.

James R.

Subject: Just finish Make up to breakup.

My wife is completely elated I finished your book, it put me in a bit of a funk. I have read both Paul's and Gene's books I have watched all the documentary's and even Gene's reality show. All I can say is I never felt like I was getting the whole story, and I knew there had to be something more to it. I was absolutely floored with your honesty, and can honestly relate with being screwed over and mischaracterized. But the whole time reading the book I saw a lot of dots connecting in my own life and the history of kiss. Thanks for bearing your soul and totally kicking ass in Atlanta during the reunion and farewell tour!! If is ever meet Paul or Gene I will slap the the shit out of them for ya.

Grant L.

Subject: Heavenly influence

Hey Catman....

Rudy in Houston here....thanks for all my memories of you and guys really influenced my life....and to think, my mom thought I chose my confirmation name after St. PETER!!!!!!......

Rudy "Rudedog" G.

Subject: One of the most honest biographies

Hi to the 1 and only catman.

Like the millions of fans out there, I have just finished reading your book. A little late i know but better late than never right.

Just wanted to say thank you for being brutally honest in your book was a awesome read.

Lastly great job on spreading the word on male breast cancer

God bless


Subject: LA Peter Criss Expo

Thanks again to Peter for a great event. My smile says it all, and the memories I'll cherish!

Julian G.

Subject: Meeting Mr Peter Criss at the LA Kiss Expo in Hollywood

Dear Mr Criss,

Hi My name is George I wanted to personally tell you that I was so honored to meet you on Saturday January 28th 2017 at the LA Kiss Expo at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood at around 6:30pm. I also wanted to tell you that you are such a wonderful and caring human being your kindness was so amazing and what was even more amazing is that you are a World known Rock Super Star and you still was so humble to all of your fans, I have been a Kiss Fan since September 1975 the day that Kiss Alive album came out in the stores and you have always been my favorite, and when Halloween came around I would dress up in your costume and makeup and I even tought myself how to play drums with your inspiration I wanted to be just like you my SuperHero and now I am 53 years old and I finally got to met you, I had the privilege to meet Paul, Gene and Ace and now I finally met you, I made a decision when I was 12 years old that I would meet all of the original Kiss Members and it has been a life long goal to meet all of you before I am no longer here on earth so when I found out you were the Special Rock Super Star guest at the LA Kiss Expo I didn't care what I had to pay to get this once in a life time to meet my life long Super Hero Rock Star "You" Mr Peter Criss and when I meet you you were so incredible and that's why I wanted to send this email to you, I hope this email personally finds you. Thank you so much Mr Peter Criss for listening to my story. You are truly one of God's gift to the World.

PS: Just incase you dont remember me from so many of your fans that you have met at the LA KISS EXPO I am the person who has the big KISS TATTOO on my Back.

God Bless You and Your Family

Best Wishes

George H.

Subject: LA KISS Expo


I just wanted to say thank you for the time you spent with each of your guests at the expo. It wasn't a normal meet and greet, it was saying hi and having a few minutes with you. I appreciate your kindness and look forward to whatever you do in the future. Although I hope it's a new album.

Thanks again for KISS!!!


Subject: LA Experience

Thank you Peter, Thank you GiGi, for the wonderfull opportunity to enjoy your company, and hear Peter’s stories at the LA Kiss Expo events. You both went out of your way to make us feel welcome and engage in meaningful conversations. As I stated, personally I have really missed Peter. He is like a part of our “family”. Hearing his voice and seeing him is reuniting with a cherished relative you have not seen for awhile. God bless you both. I look forward to the next possibility to see you again. I need to bring my daughter with me next time.

Dan S.
San Diego, CA

Subject: Hero

Hi Peter,

im not a famous rock star but i play drum because of you, i Just wanna say thanks you for all, you didnt know me but you change my life. I saw you for sure with Kiss but two times on your solo tour And Montreal 1992 Will always be in my memory... What a show.... A Dreams come True. I would like to show you my tattoo of you cause you Will always rock my world...... Thanks you for all....

Your the Best

Eric M.

Subject: Your inspiring drums

I watched you every chance I got wished a thousand times I could play like that. But that's why there are bands and fans. Just think you are amazing on the drums.

Thanks for the music.

Robert B.

Subject: Thank You Peter & Gigi

Peter & Gigi: Thank You! today was a special day! we appreciate gigi's kindness & thoughtfulness to ask us to go on stage to talk about thomas' drumming & shows...we were shocked - but what a thrill!! so sorry if i took too long, but just hoped to put it into perspective, yet off the sure everyone saw first- hand that thomas is all heart.  thomas will be telling his grandkids someday about what happened today. when thomas is in his 70s, long after we are gone, thomas will pass on stories about how cool Peter Criss was....that's rock n roll!

Thank you! be safe,

Dan L.

Subject: Thank you

Just wanted to say thank you for all of the years of great music you've given everyone. You have always been, and always will be, the best of the best. I grew up listening to you, and now my kids have the pleasure of knowing you as the one and only Catman.  My 1st tattoo was of your 3, lightning bolt and drum that you have on your arm. And many more followed.

Rhik B.

Subject: Thank You!

Mr. Peter Criss,

I've been a KISS fan my whole life(I'm only 23 so I missed out on the early years). The music you guys made saved my life more times than I can count, and through middle school and high school you guys seemed to be the only ones who understood me. I figured it was time to thank you for that. I can't put into words everything I feel because words just can't describe it all. But know that you have a huge place in my heart and soul that I will never forget. My son was born in April of 2015 and I continue to push on the importance of you to him. Nothing gets him going more than your Alive! Drum Solo. I don't want to waste your time with a crazy long email, so I'll end it short.
Thank you for everything you've done for me. Everything you will do for my kid. And for making the music world a better place. You will never be forgotten.

Thank you Catman,

Vincent E.

Subject: Acknowledgement and Thank You


I have been a lifelong fan of KISS dating back to the beginning. I literally have all KISS Albums and CD's in my collection. My son and my daughter grew up listening to me play your music, and although they criticized me at the time, they are both big fans now.

I grew up poor in rural Alabama, but would always save my money to purchase the very next KISS album. My first concert to see KISS was the Dynasty tour that landed in Birmingham Alabama and my second was the reunion tour in the same venue.

Long story short, thank you and all the original members for all the years, memories, and great music you provided!

God bless you and your family!

Tom M.

Subject: Happy Birthday Peter!

Hi Peter, the one and ONLY Catman, and Gigi,

Just wanted to write and wish you a Happy Birthday!

Hope you had a good one!


Subject: Birthday

Dear Peter,

As a lifelong KISS fan, I want to wish you a very heartfelt Happy Birthday. Your music has brought much joy to my life, and has been a friend in rough times. I wish you happiness, luck, and health in 2017.


Jennifer S.
Mills, Wyoming

Subject: Happy birthday wishes from your November 2014 Fan Of The Month !!

Happy Birthday Peter !!

I wish you an absolutely wonderful day with your friends and family. Meeting you a couple of years ago is still very much a highlight in my life. You are the one and ONLY Catman and true gentleman.

God bless,

Gerry M.

Subject: Happy Birthday!

Mr. Criss,
Ordinarily, when I see it's a celebrity's birthday online, I make a mental "Hmmm... How about that?" and move to the next thing. However, when I saw that today was YOUR birthday (on Facebook, naturally), I wanted to say "Happy Birthday" and "Thanks".

I'm sure you hear it a lot (given your success), but my first album EVER was Love Gun. I can still remember the paper gun that came inside the album sleeve. Of course my parents were none to happy that I was listening to KISS which, by today's standards, was pretty tame.

Anyway, happy birthday, God Bless, and I hope you have many, many more birthdays.

Brent J.
Glenmoore, PA

Subject: Thank you

Hey Pete..

Hope you are doing well man.i just wanted to take a minute to wish you a very happy birthday. You are one of a kind man,grew up listening to your drumming and i have always had a ton of respect for you. I hope that you and your family have a great christmas,HAPPY birthday are one of the best.

All the best

Chris L.

Subject: Thank you

Hi Peter,

I just wanted to thank you for so many years of great music. I'm 16 years old, and I've been a KISS fan since I was 6.  You're the reason why I started playing drums, man! There will never be another one like you.

Greetings from Argentina.

Be safe!

Federico P.

Subject: Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Hi Peter.....

I've been following since 78'. Love all the kiss albums you were on and also the solo albums........ can you release another? Ha ha...... can't wait man..... much respect and take care!!!!!!!

Brad W.

Subject: Thank You

Hello Peter,

I’ve never tried to reach out to you before.

My daughter happened to send me a photo today of what she was doing for Halloween and her make-up was a Cat. Looked very similar to your face paint! She’s in 8th grade. It struck me that when I was in 8th grade (many years ago) I dressed up to look just like you for Halloween. I even borrowed my Mom’s platform shoes that had silver glitter all over them and I found a wig somewhere that looked just like your hair at the time. I had the whole get up. Looking back, we were pretty poor at the time living with a single mother and yet, I pulled together this awesome costume to look just like you. I started listening to you heavily when I was in 4th grade and yes had all the KISS posters all over my bedroom walls. You had such an influence on me. Your playing style, your stage presence, your overall image, you had it all. And I wanted to be just like you.

In any event, I went on to start playing in Hollywood clubs on the Sunset Strip when I was about 16 years old. Playing with guys in their mid 20s. They always snuck me in the back with roadies because I was too young to be in the clubs at the time. I played all the clubs in Hollywood while living in Orange County CA (Tustin). During this time I was also working to pay the bills and happened to work with guy who became a good friend of mine by the name of Dean Deleo who later became the guitarist for Stone Temple Pilots. I ended up getting a record deal with Enigma Records (Capitol) when I was about 21 years old and recorded my album at Sound City a couple of years later. I toured and our band did pretty well. My band was called Guardian. Oz Fox from the band Stryper produced the record. Interestingly enough, I met Gene and talked with him a while around the time I was touring in 1988 / 1989. He knew about us and had already heard the record. Said we had a lot of potential and he liked what we were doing. I spoke with many other guys in the Biz about life on the road and what that life would have to offer and decided I didn’t want to spend the next 20 years on the road living out of a suitcase. Looking back, I should have stuck it out for a few records at least. It was my passion. I was young and stupid though. But we can’t go back unfortunately. I never gave up drumming though as its part of me and always was since age of 4 when I got my first drum set. After I left Guardian, I eventually looked for some guys that played at my level that wanted to do it for fun “only” and NOT tour for a living. I was unable to do so. In any case, I wanted to thank you for the impact you’ve had on my life. You were the driving force for me as a young kid aspiring to be a rock star one day. I went on to achieve a small level of success in part because of you and your work in Kiss. I of course wanted to play Pearl drums as you did but ended up getting a deal with Tama so for me it was a nice custom set of extended toms and bass drums in bright red sparkle (or lipstick red as they called it). I can’t thank you enough Peter for your hard work and the positive impact it had on my life. I was a young boy living with a single Mom that had nothing but a dream to hold on to and that was to someday be a rock star. You ignited that dream in me. And to be honest, no matter how old you get, I think that dream still burns on in our hearts in some fashion… Thank you…

All the very best to you,


Subject: Hi

Just wanted to say, I was born in '73 and my sister connected me with KISS through "Columbia House Records" where you would supposedly pay "a penny" for a record which was total bullshit, but luckily it allowed me to acquire Detroit Rock City and Rock and Roll Over in '78. The Cat was where it was at. You made me want to be a drummer. I took my wife to see you when you guys reunited in the 2000's and what KISS is right now, isn't KISS. It makes me sad to see two others portray Space Ace and the Cat. I hope you are doing well. Black Diamond baby!



Subject: Just a fan

Just read your book and enjoyed it very much. Just saw kiss for the first time in September. Not going to lie it was a good time. But I wanted you to know that when they played Beth a majority of the crowd and myself included were yelling out Peter. I'm sure it was heard on stage. So please remember you are not forgotten by the kiss army.

From a forty year fan,


Subject: Greetings from the UK

Hi Peter.

Just wanted send you love and admiration from the UK. Over the years I've been a fan many different genres of music, but the one constant as been early KISS, ever since I bought a copy of alive 2 nearly 40 years ago. You're the original member who's always presented their side of the story with the most humility (& you were always the best singer in the band). So anyway, don't want to babble on too long but did just want to let you know how much you are loved over here. I hope you make it to our shores again one day soon.

Peace & happiness to you.

God bless catman.

X A.T.

Subject: Un fan de Argentina

Hola Peter !!!

Quiero pedirle que venga de nuevo a mi país Argentina.
Lo quiero mucho.

Cesar S.

Subject: Hello from NJTP exit 10!


I just wanted to thank you for being you! I have been a fan of both your bands, and more specifically YOU, since before my age hit double digits!

I have to admit, "Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park" scared the hell out of me as a kid - I woke up seeing Gene's face in the trees outside my bedroom haha! Before I appreciated rock & roll, I was enamored with the look of your band, and always loved you and Ace the most. Now, at age 45, I feel the same way. You inspired me to want to play the drums, and I'll always be grateful.

Even thought the world seems a little smaller as we get older, I'm still a teen who rocks out to Strange Ways, Tossing & Turning, Beth, Hooligan, Black Diamond, and Baby Driver! Your voice was so....classic rock!

Thanks for being a stand up guy, mistakes and all, wearing your Christianity on your sleeve along with your heart, and for giving me such great memories. It's a gift to be able to make others happy. For those special people who's gift inspires millions, and generations, it's also a legacy. Thank you!

I hope you get this, are that you and your family are well and enjoying every day on God's green earth!


Sean F.

Subject: Keeping the Fire Burning

Hi, Peter:

Its been a long time since I pulled out my old KISS records to give them a listen. I’m a 47 year-old lawyer by day who works to protect vulnerable children and adults from dangerous situations and get them someplace safe. At night I come home to my wife of nearly 15 years and our 6 kids. My 12 year-old son, David, and 8 year-old son, Austin, have discovered my old album collection and, of course, have gravitated to the KISS records. David is learning to play the bass, and Austin wants to be a drummer, he says, like you. We’ve had a blast listening to you and your old bandmates, and the music you made together has brought me even closer to my boys. I can’t thank you enough for that. I had the great privilege of seeing you in Milwaukee on the reunion tour in 1996. It was one of the greatest shows I’ve ever seen. Sadly, I fear, my boys won’t get the same chance. But be that as it may, we still have the music…and no matter what, nobody can take that away.

Take Care, Catman! You’re still the real deal…and one of the all time greats!

Brad S.

Subject: Thanks!

Hi Peter,

As a former member of Kiss Army, I want to say thank you for your influence and kick ass drumming. My first independent rebellious memory of being a kid was getting that makeup kit and putting on your trademark cat face and cruising around my neighborhood looking like the catman.

Be well Mr. Criss,

Scott B.

Subject: Greetings

Mr Criss,
I turned 50 two months ago and have been reevaluating my life. Recently, I have started playing in a Blues-Rock cover band because I realized I haven't played near as much as I wanted to. I haven't actually played the traps for a long time. When I was younger, I played in the pit for some musicals, sat in for some local bands here and there but mostly, I taught. I taught High School Marching bands, College drumlines, and Drum and Bugle Corps. I have spent most of my life influencing students ans creating musicians.....all because of the influence you had in my life. Thank you for all the great music you have given us through the years but mostly. Thank you for being my roll model.


Gary S.

Subject: Brooklyn's finest

I was a native Greenpoint boy. I go back to visit sometimes, and Brooklyn has changed so much. I know you grew up in Williamsburg, but your parents had an antique store in Greenpoint, no? I always thought you should've sang lead more frequently during your tenure with Kiss. Your voice was always that signature Brooklyn style of raspy meets rock, meets jazz, meets soul! I loved it!! I grew up on Hausman Street. It was a great neighborhood back in the 80's.

God bless you, Catman!!

Patrick M.

Subject: Congratulations

Hi Peter

I am a South African, 54 years young and grew up with Kiss music. Followed the Kiss band from 1976 to date. Your book is brilliantly written. You have told your story well "no holds barred" and this is respected.

I wish you nothing more than for the best in your life.

Your journey was hard bitter, sweet and never forgotten.

Peace and love.

Mark C.

Subject: Your Awesome

Dear Peter Criss

Peter Criss, you have inspired me for the last year, that is when I saw Kiss at Auckland, At first I liked Eric Singer, but then I saw the makeup thing,( I'm pretty sure it's not Eric's fault, because Paul and Gene control Kiss) and now I like you, your drumming is unique, and singing is amazing, Beth, Black Diamond, Nothin to lose and Hard Luck woman are my favourite songs, all mainly sang by you, if you had any tips for my drumming what would it be, and also, what was the most exciting and most disappointing moment in Kiss?

Dathan B.

Subject: Hi Peter

Hi Peter,

thank you for all the years of your music. I also thank you for the use of the words God bless. That in itself is very encouraging for Hope and life beyond this one. May God Bless you and your family greatly. That you will continue to share your music and Talent with us now and on the other side.

Best and God Bless...

Ernie James P.

Subject: Hey Peter

Hello Sir,

Just wanted to say hello and hope your doing well. You have been a great inspiration in my life and I wanted to say Thank You! You Rock!


Kevin G.

Subject: Thanks

Thanks for making great music for so many years! When I think of my younger years the music you helped create brings back a lot of great memories.

Mike J.

Subject: Hello Catman

Hello Peter, I am still a fan of yours, It all started by watching THE MIKE DOUGLAS SHOW, My parents were shocked by you guys as I watched KISS sing Firehouse!!! I was hooked and still am by THE 4 ORIGINAL MEMBERS!!! NOT the FAKE KISS TODAY!!



Subject: greatings from a big fan

Hi Peter,

I started to listen to Kiss at eage of 16 and now I'm 45 and still there each and every day. especially Alive!. I just want to thank you very very much for what you gave you guys for my entirely life. your music is the soundtrack of my life.


Roberto S.

Subject: The best

Dear Mr. Criss,

I wanted to let you know that you're an enormous inspiration in my life, I know you probably get this a lot, but hey I just wanted to thank you for everything, you've gotten me through tough times in my life and I really can't thank you enough!

-Evan K.

Subject: Post, don't post, this is up to you

Jesus, Peter, You drummed your ass off on Detroit Rock City, the 1998 version…that IS KISS!! For fuck’s sake, they didn’t think that was worthy of the record?

That’s what sets you apart, you can hear, in your studio takes, that you are going balls to the wall…fuck those precision drummers, they sound like they are on auto pilot most of the time…YOU ARE KISS!!

Shannon M.

Subject: Your vocals

I have been doing some reminiscing listening to the old Kiss songs from the 70's, you don't get the credit that you deserve. You sang a lot of songs in the 70's and your voice is great. Beth, Hard Luck Woman, Strange Ways, Mainline, Hooligan, Baby Driver, Nothing to lose and Black Diamond is so much better with you and that is a great song. My point is you really gave a lot to Kiss big time. Thank you Peter for all the memories, I miss seeing you play. I wish Kiss would play at least one more concert with the originals at Yankee Stadium and play the old songs and have the fans hear you sing Beth one more time, imagine the ovation. Anyway thanks Peter, your drumming is awesome but we fans always knew that. Marc from San Diego originally from Staten Island. Grazie!


Subject: Fans Speak Out


I wanted to tell you that you are the best. We miss you in kiss. I had the pleasure meeting you in NY at Guitar Center last year. The nicest guy I ever met it was a good time. I am one of your big fans I was the one that told you about my face book group Peter Criss Catmans Lair well it is now growing by the day. I do hope to meet you at the next event couldn't make it to Texas but I hope to make the next event my face book group shows how much you are an inspiration to me and your fans. I also have a surprise to tell you about it. Please come out with your new CD we all miss your singing and will support you on it. Glad you are well

We all love you

Louise M.

Subject: Peter

Hi Peter,

I'm a huge fan since I was 8 and your music may have saved my life through some hard
times when my family moved from Chatham NJ to Sydney.

I wanted to reach out and say hi. Keep up the good fight and glad you beat cancer.
I lost both parents to cancer and recently my mother in law.
Unfortunately, we have one life, not 9!
I read your book and would love a signed copy if possible.

Take care. Love and compassion always wins brother!

Scott R.

Subject: Hey Peter

Hey Pete you and Ace are my faves. Missed you and Ace at Zafod Beeblbrocks in Ottawa years ago.Still regret it. Saw you guys on the reunion tour 4 times. THE best....

Laurel M.

Subject: Love You Man

Hi Peter!

Just wanted to let you know that I love the way you played in kiss...I still find your fills to the point and not your timing too...I started playing when I was a bit older and always wanted to play like source of inspiration...

Love you man,


Subject: Hi Peter

Hi Peter

I read your book and I couldn't put it down. It was great.I loved it. I've been a KISS fan for 42 yrs now..I miss you! Take care and be safe the one and ONLY Catman.

Cindy. :-) Kissrulz

Subject: Robby Fr: Texas Frightmare--Hair Donation

Hi Peter

I had talked to you 2 about where to donate hair for cancer patients that wouldn't "charge" people like Locks Of Love does. I was told to contact through here and hope this gets to ya'll(haha--TheTEXAN in me!! :-) ) I have been wanting to donate it but want to find a place that will truly HELP the ones' in need for free.  I also want to let you know that meeting you was one of my Biggest Dreams Come True(Bucket List "check")!!! I have been a Catman Fan for 40 years now...since I was 6 when my mom bought Destroyer because of Beth!! So, Thank you for being such a Cool Cat too & taking time to talk to us all. I hope this might happen again one day and I can get a couple more personal items' signed to me & talk more!! :-)

Thanks Again,

God Bless & You Take Care Bud---Robby I.

Subject: Dallas- Frightmare Weekend

Dear Peter& Gigi,It waswonderful to meet you both in Dallas this past weekend. You are both such warm and kind people. The three of us met you Friday evening for pictures andautographs. Peter, you were always my favorite KISS member and meeting you inperson just cemented the reasons why. I especially wanted to thank you for the giant hug you gave our friend Kathy. She has been going through a rough timeover the last several months and I wasn’t sure she would even go on the tripeven though she is a true fan. Monday was her birthday (4/25) and meeting youwas the perfect ending to her “birthday week.” It is safe to say your hug madeher year and we really want to thank you for making her feel special.

May Godbless you both.

Love Joe & Diane D.

Subject: Tattoo

This past weekend in Dallas!


Subject: Fun Times at The Frightmare

Hey guys, Mike Parker here..words can not express the time myself and my friends had..HUGE hugs to GIGI and Peter for making this big kids dreams come true each and every time. :) Please see the pics attached, we hope to make the collage :)

love you guys,

Mike P.

Subject: Arm Signature Tattoo Dallas 4-30-16

Attached is a finished photo of my tattoo.

My wife Gena (another Jersey Girl) and I are heading back to Boston and we're thrilled to see you and Gigi again.

God Bless You and Yours..


Subject: Thanks!!

Peter & Gigi,

I just wanted to say Thank You!! It was awesome to meet both of you on Friday.  Thank you for taking the time to talk with us, listening to our stories, taking pictures, and signing all our stuff!! Peter, we are so grateful for the memories you have provided us and helped us create. You have helped many of us on this journey called life. I am glad you fought to still be here with us!! Thank you for your sacrifices and thank your family for sharing you with us. I attached a better picture of the signed cow bell picture I was talking with guys about. It is one of my favorite pieces. I always love the big silver cross you wore back in the day.

God Bless,

Eric & Michelle S.

Don't forget about us here in Texas!! We love seeing you.

Subject: Dallas Frightmare Weekend Convention


I had the pleasure of meeting you on Saturday, in Dallas. Out of all the concerts and conventions I have attended, you were the nicest, kindest and most sincere celebrity I have ever met. I have waited 40 years (and 6 hours in line) to tell you that you were my Gene Krupa and I meant every word. Now, I have shaken the hand of Peter Criss and Ringo. My drum circle is complete. Life is good.

Thank you and Gigi for coming to Dallas.

Thank you,
John G.

Subject: Love and thanks to Peter and Gigi

Hey Peter and Gigi! Its Josh Bennett, my girlfriend Crystal and I were the last people in line on Sunday at frightmare . We hope you got home safe and we want to thank you for being so cool and generous to us. That was truly a dream come true for us and a life changing event. We couldn't have had a better experience. We would love to see you guys again if you ever come out to California or to another convention. And if your ever looking for young cats to jam with hit me up man. But thanks again Peter and Gigi meeting you both was one of the best things to happen in our lives you're beautiful people with hearts of gold God bless you guys man.

Josh B.

Subject: Saying hello. To the cat and

Thanking you for many years of the best drumming!!!

You know life comes full circle when you grow up listening to the best drummer, and now my son appreciates the same music as I did at his age.


from Neil.

a loyal fan from day one!!!

Subject: Prince died today. I think about my heroes. Thanks...

Prince died today. I think about my heroes. Thanks for being an incredible person who never gave up. You inspire with my Mom!

Dan G.

Subject: Thank you


I just wanted to say thank you for helping create the most influential band in my lifetime. I will never forget being 5 years old and begging my mother to buy my first Kiss album. I was born in 75, so it was The Double Platinum album. WOW! I was obsessed from that point on and eventually obtained the entire collection. My family had some rough beginnings and Kiss gave me a fantasy world that no doubt helped me through some hard times. It inspired my brother and I to play music, which no doubt plays a big role in our current lives. My brother is a strings teacher and has an instrument repair shop. Music isn't my profession, but a big part of my life.  Also, I am so glad you are cancer free! Way to go!!  I just finished listening to Ace's new album, Origins Vol. 1 and it rocks! I was glad that Paul sang on Fire and Water. I hope that you are available for Origins 2 and that it happens soon! Of course, like all Kiss fans I hope that it could lead to one more reunion. I was too young to see you during the first run, but I was there for the reunion through the farewell. Either way, thanks for being the Catman and making such iconic music and performances.

God Bless,

Josh G.

Subject: Wishing you well


I have just about finished reading your book. Thanks for sharing your story. Parts of it have helped me through some recent rough patches. Anyway, hope life is finding you well - and congrats on your happiness with GiGI!

You're still the spoiler!

God bless,

Subject: I found love

Hello Mr Criss,

Followed you your whole career. You are the best! Just now getting in to older tracks like 'I found love'. Great stuff!! Thank you!!!

God Bless,

Bob O.

Subject: I love you Peter!

Hi Peter I'm a young drummer you are the best!! You are my Hero! I love you forever!

Flaming P.

Subject: Hi Peter

Hi peter greetings from dundee scotland.I was a fan of kiss not as this lineup is so and ripping there fans off.Plus there will be only one catman thats you.

Brian S.

Subject: My idol


As an aging fan of yours (just turned 58 on April fools) i would like to tell you that you are still the coolest rocker around. Your book is wonderful. The beauty of life is that my 18 year old son listens to classic rock and will be attending Monmouth university for music industry which will guide him through the rock/jazz world. Stay strong!!!


Neil Sandler.

A fan till the end!

Subject: Founding member of KISS/ My favorite!

I am now 50 years old and have listened to KISS since they started. I always listen to music and lyrics in depth and take it very seriously. I write lyrics myself and hear the music in my head, though I have never taken the time, or felt I had the time to learn to play anything for real. I did play a few songs on guitar when I was stationed in Germany before the wall came down. I know I have never been directly involved with KISS, nor do I personally know any of them; however, I have seen them in concert and have all of their albums and DVD sets! With this being said and probably not too earth shaking in itsself-- I have always liked Peter Criss the most, while Gene is cool, he just doesn't give me the soul touching feeling that I get from Peter! Secondary to this is Ace Frehley; once he left KISS, I still looked for and bought all of his albums! So Peter and Ace have always been my favorites much to the shock of Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons I'm sure! Many of my friends and aquaintances feel the same way! So here's to you Peter, and to Ace as I love ya'll the most...Rock on and know that everything in the music magazine isn't true!

Love a true fan!

SFC Casey B. D. (Ret.)

Subject: Hello from Sweden!

Hello Peter!

My name is Morgan and I live in Arlandastad in Sweden. I was born in oct 14 1971 and I have been loving the music which you did take part in creating together with KISS since around summer 1976. I just wanted to say thank you for making the world a better place to live in thanks to the wonderful rock 'n roll music played by you. I cannot thank you enough for all the joy and fun I have had, listening to and making me feel good when times where bad or harsh. Nothing brings my spirit up as easily as when listening to the music that you made.

Love and peace always!

Morgan K.

Frejgatan 28



Subject: Peter, just wanted to say God Bless...

As a lifelong KISS fan, I have recently begun listening to the Gene/Paul one sided attack fest towards you and Ace and I wanted to let you know that there are fans that have more respect for you and Ace, and the fact that you guys have never jumped the shark to make a buck. You will always be the True CATMAN!!!!!

God Bless You!

Jeff T.
Stow, OH

Subject: Thank You

Just wanted to thank you for inspiring me to be a drummer.

Subject:Thanks Peter


Just wanted to thank you for all the music over the years. I've been listening to Alive and love your solo and just wanted to tell you how much you appreciated.

Thanks Catman#1

Subect: From Panama , latin america

Hey Peter,

just want to say im a fan of Kiss, and fan of the original lineup. You guys had a unique chemistry, and your soulful style of drumming definitely made a difference in the Kiss sound. I just hope they gave you more songs to sing, since you have a great voice too!.

Good luck in your future!


Subject: Thank you letter for Peter

In my life there has only been a hand full of artists that music I had listened to over and over many of times. A huge favorite of mine your solo albums inspired many of my writings an my life. I've really enjoyed all that you have done my earliest memory was Halloween dressed as Cat man from KISS I was headed out for trick or treating when I heard you on T.V. Playing Beth. You inspired me to pick up the sticks and play drums a few years later. Your an amazing man an I would like to thank you for being such an amazing part of my life.

Thank you,

David W S



I have attached a picture of a business card from the hotel diplomat. I have been a fan of yours since the beginning. No one will EVER be you by wearing your makeup. I wish you and your family health and happiness. God Bless.


John M

Subject: Drummer

Hi Peter

I'm a really big fan and I'm also a girl drummer. I got into KISS only two years ago and I know pretty much every thing about you guys. But besides the point. I wanted to ask you when you were in Kiss how many times a day did you practice? I practice probably only 2 times a day.. Should I be practicing more if I want to be just like you? I started drumming when I was 5 but quit after I was 7 because I wouldn't practice enough, I picked it back up when I was 16 and I'm 18 now. By the way I love your solo albums ! There really good. I listen to them a lot my favorite song is probably "you Matter to me" . So anyway I hope you are having a really good day, and I would mean a lot to me if you could respond. Your one of my Idols ! You don't have to if you don't want to . keep up the DRUM-Tastic Work Peter !

~ Neon
(Ps. God Bless you and all that you have done for the world of Music cat man )

Subject: You

i know this is wierd but i love you all till i die

Subject: Hi Pete

Hi Pete. Just a fan from Winnipeg,Manitoba,Canada, wanting 2 text and tell you - THANK - YOU 4 - BABY DRIVER,HOOLIGAN, and all your fantastic vocal work on BLACK DIAMOND,NOTHIN' TO LOSE, and STRANGE WAYS. - Thank - You 4 being u and being a killer drummer.

Allan M

Subject: Tribute

Hello peter my name is fir I am from mexico city... I want to thank for your music you are an amazing drummer and singer.... I just want to inform you that im preparing a tribute for you here in mexico and ill be playing some of your songs at different places... the reason im doing this is to show ppl how talented the real catman is.... thanks peter God bless

Subject: Help needed ...

Hello Peter,

How are you doing today?

I would like to tell you how much I appreciate all of the happiness and joy that you have given me throughout the years.

You sir, are the one and only reason that I got into KISS ... and when you left, I stopped buying and listening (every time you left).

I brought my daughters to see YOU in 2003 when you played at Comerica Park in Detroit Michigan. They were absolutely thrilled to see you "in real life", because they grew up getting to know you very well! ;)

Also, your book was fabulous; you did a fantastic job Peter ... I loved it and will always treasure it, along with your CDs and photos. I have two beautiful, large hard-covered photo albums that I put actual photos of you in.

Thank you again Peter. You have made me very happy. I hope you do another CD ... I loved "One for All".


Very Sincerely,
Jody S.

Subject: Makeup To Breakup


I just spent the last month reading each of the four members of KISS' books. I have been a life-long KISS fan. I saw KISS in concert in '79 in Duluth, MINN. John Cougar and The Zones (Mellencamp) opened for you guys. I think I was 15, I'm 50 now. I was always a Gene Simmons fan, I think because he was the one in the press all the time. I am so glad I read these books, yours in particular, and I want to tell you why ...

We, as fans, are always given superficial information to base out opinions on...I honestly had no earthly idea drugs were such a part of daily life for you and Ace.  I did read Ace's book, but I never saw any remorse in his accounts...especially didn't seem to have true connections to people? Which is really very sad, if that's true. Maybe the substance abuse was a major factor in that. Ace is never malicious in his writing. I think he has true affection for you and his time in KISS. Gene is all hype and Paul Stanley just shocks me with his contempt for everyone and everything. You would think that he would have some gratitude for the life God gave him. I don't know, it was hard to read these books and see a side of people that I idolized being so narrow-minded and petty. I guess, as an adolescent from the Midwest, and a very small community, it just never crossed my mind. Also, I was shocked at the sex...and it was a revelation to read about Gene's behaviors and habits...ick. lol. Really...

Your book seems to be the most candid. You own the mistakes that you made. I also appreciate the sentiment you express regarding your family. I liked reading about your experience in rehab and I really like the way you share your faith. I think I really got to know a little bit about Peter Criss the man, instead of the public persona. I think I like you! I enjoyed reading about your childhood as much as reading about you after fame had hit. You were very vulnerable and personable in your retelling of your history and you allowed yourself to come through.

In closing, I just wanted to say I enjoyed your book very much and I wish you all the best going forward. I am very happy you have Gigi in your life. I will always remember my youth and the way I idolized Kiss. I will definitely remember Peter Criss' story, and how he turned out to be such a great guy!



Subject: Thank you


I have been a fan since the mid-70's. KISS Destroyer was my first concert. Have followed your career and have since introduced my sons to your music. Just wanted to say thank you for making your music and being a memorable part of my formative years and really inspiring me to want to play drums. I'm in my 50's now, but still love to listen to your stuff. It may have been 40 years, but it still feels like yesterday. It's been a helluva ride. Thank you.

Roger W

Subject: Thank you

Well Pete I have never written anything ..... But I am compelled to write this ... I've been a fan since the beginning ... I'm sure you heard this before. Growing up close to Nyc kiss was an amazing influence on me growing up ..but me and u have been through the good times and the great times.. There were no bad times ... As I got older and wiser your music was always there ... High school ... College got married had a kid ... Made her into big kiss fan so now as I share your music with my daughters generation she's 18 now and we cruise down ocean parkway jones beach with my classic mustang and my family and kiss thumping from its radio .... I'm just saying thanks Pete for the wonderful ride ..... Your an amazing talent and an touched my life and thousands of others ......

Thank you Pete ... With love and much respect ....

John L

Subject: Hello Pete

Just wanted to say hello huge kiss fan your a hell of a guy I love your drum style.

Dave from NJ

Subject: Mark

I get so pissed off when people say you are an average drummer! Especially Gene, and Paul. As far as I am concerned you are the only one who had any talent! The drummer is the backbeat for all music! You carried them! Your song, ”Beth”, was their biggest hit! They are so ungrateful, and unappreciative! Thanks for the memories buddy, you always were, and always will be my favorite!


P.s I loved the Criss The Cat lp!

Subject: Drums

Hi Peter.

Just wanted to say Thank you for all the great music and inspiring me to be a drummer. Saw KISS 11 times as original ( real ) lineup. I appreciate many drummers but without a doubt you have always been my favorite drummer of all time.

Again, Thank you.

Martin P.

Have a terrific day !

Subject: Beth


growing up I was and still am a huge kiss fan and in particular a Peter Criss fan. So much so that I named my daughter Beth. Well she turned 30 today and it made me think about how much your music has meant to me over the years. I just wanted to say thank you and God Bless.


Subject: Thank you Peter

Dear Peter

I would like to start by saying happy new year I hope this email finds you in the greatest of health and spirits.  I can still see myself as an 8 year old drummer in Graves end Brooklyn playing along to Beatles and Kiss songs with headphones .. Your groves Peter, made me want to live at my drum kit. Now, 44 years old and a working singer who still considers himself a drummer first .. I get to jam and share that magic with my children .. My 14 year old amazing drummer / musician son and my 12 year old singing daughter .. Thank you for the inspiration and for all the songs that you set the beat for ..  I just watched the Volkswagen commercial featuring "Beth" ... I pray that you are compensated for that commercial .. It made me smile and it made me want to say to you .. I'm a big fan of your drumming and you character ..

All the best cat man

John V.

Subject: Autograph From "THE MAN"

Hello! My name is Bryan Taylor and let me just say that if you are reading this I am humbled with that alone!

As you probably hear all the time, I am such a Kiss Fan and have been for many years, the REAL KISS, let me just say. I became a drummer when I was 14 because of you! You, in my eyes, were always the most amazing drummer/singer and you inspired me to be just that. From the first Kiss album to your last solo album I loved every minute of it! Unfortunately, at 21 had to start raising a family so I got away from playing, and now am 45, but never stopped being your fan and admirer! You will always be my super hero for your drumming and above and beyond your courageous fight and defeat of male breast cancer! You are the MAN.....the CAT MAN! Not some rip off they put on stage every night to try and fill your shoes. Not trying to be mean to the other drummers, because I do respect them, but they just imitate nightly a standard you set as an artist! Even as talented as they are...they will never be YOU!!!!

Anyway, do not want to continue to bore you. So, the question I have is, Ive been to your website and seen where you sell autograph materials. I was wondering if I sent an item would you be able to autograph it for me. I will be willing to pay whatever your asking price would be but just have never had the funds to attend one of the conventions you were at! If that is something that you cannot do I completely understand and I thank you for your time!

Always remember, you ARE the Cat Man and more than that a true, amazing musician in or out of the band Kiss! Thank you for being the wonderful hero to me and keeping me behind the drums and out of trouble! ;) God Bless you and your family!!!!

Yours truly,

Bryan K. T.

Subject: Hi


I just want to thank you for getting me into rock and roll.

much love giving thanks

Jay N.

Subject: Jeff, fan, and drummer

Thank you for being the main inspiration for me to pick up the drum sticks 38 years ago! Also, at the same time I was listening to my mother's Gene Krupa records as I was learning to play kiss music as well. I didn't find out too much later that you actually took lessons from the legend himself! I still enjoy playing to this day, mostly jazz and a few rock gigs now and then. I wish you the best for the new year.

God bless and a loyal fanalways,

Jeff W.

Subject: VW commercial


I just watched the VW commercial with your song "Beth". Awesome commercial!!

I hope you were part of this amazing commercial.

Congratulations. A song you wrote 40 years ago is being used in a commercial.

This puts you in the same category as John Lennon, "Timeless song writer/singer."



Subject: Hey Peter

Hey Peter just want you to know if it wasn't for you I never would have started playing drums you the best.


Subject: happy birthday peter

hello peter, the one and only cat man.

theres two drummers in the world i would love to thank one is peter criss hes the one that got me hooked on playing i have always loved peter and the next is the late eric carr which he took kiss to another level,they both was different drummers but with out these two guys i wouldn't been playing at all,but it was peter the one that got me to pick up the sticks...he was my idol.. i love u peter, and thank you..........

i dont even listen to kiss anymore if i do its classic kiss
i dont think its right how there doing you and ace its wrong and thats the
reason i dont listen to kiss today...and if you and ace wouldn't play with kiss i don't blame you. thank you for your time and god bless.


Subject: Anniversary

Hi Peter,

Just a note (of course wondering if you really read these) that growing up, kiss was my favorite band. Until this day, I enjoy vintage kiss and believe the original kiss is the best. was 38 years ago yesterday that I went to my first kiss concert at Madison square garden. I was 13 years old and still fond memories of that night and even the ticket stub as well!

Thanks for what you have created!

Mike S
Stamford, Ct.

Subject: Thank you

Hi Peter, I just wanted to thank you for all you have done. I'm a retired police officer from Holland,Ohio for almost a year now. ( 2 heart attacks in 2014) I have tried never tried to contact a BIG STAR until now. When the days were long and full of misery, I would put on my I pod and listen to your music. Somehow, that would make things better. Thanks again, and good luck!!!


Subject: Book

Just wanted to say loved the book you wrote.

Subject: Hello

Hey Peter just want to give you a hello you know you and ace were Kiss with you two
gone the band is dead only one cat man you rock long time fan.


Subject: My greatest inspiration

Dear peter,

I´ve been playing drums for over 25 years now, you have been,still are and always will be my greatest inspiration.thank you behond forever and thank you for who you are.


Subject: I`m gonna love you cover

Dear Peter. hope you are doing well

I have been a kiss fan since 1980, when i was five years old. I have  always loved Your drumming and singing :)

I play the drums because of you, and also the guitar because of Ace

My hobby is to make my own Versions off kiss tunes, and i have recorded  Your own " I`m gonna love you" from Your 78 solo album.

if you want to you can listen to it god bless, you and kiss have helped me thru some pretty rough times, i  will always remember that

Your Fan,

Bjarne Andre J.

Subject: Hey Peter

Hey Peter Criss,

I just wanted to let you know how much your music in and out of KISS means to me. I am a 14 year old drummer and since i started drumming i have loved you. You are probably my biggest influence i love jazz as well as rock and you do such an amazing job of blending the two almost seamless you are such a big influence and you inspired me to learn to play and sing you inspired me in many other ways and your music helped me smile again after fighting a pretty bad depression. it was you that helped me drum again and for that i am forever grateful. Because of you i learned to love Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich and all the great jazz drummers. I envy your hand speed and i just love you ghost notes and the way you do double stroke rolls your voice is also still wonderful and inspiring hearing you play and sing makes me very happy and i love playing and singing along with my headphones on. i modeled my 1984 11 piece pearl professional series kit after the kit you recorded alive with concert toms and all. I was just writing to see if THE Peter Criss would write me back. Thanks so much for you time.

-Maxwell J. of Fountainhead.

P.S you're the ONLY catman

Subject: You Rock

Your Awesome !! My kids love you ! the old kiss is all they want to hear in my
truck and loud too! lol

The Only Kiss was with you and Ace !! TRUTH BROTHER!!

Spidey's Painting

Subject: I'm a huge FAN!!!

Hey there MR. Peter Criss AKA my hero I just wanted to let you know that you and Ace Frehley inspired me to play the drums and guitar I'm very excited to actually write you I've been a fan of you since I was 7 I'm only 23 but my dad turned me on to kiss it was the first album i met my wife through the music of kiss we are expecting are first son April 12 2016 i am a huge fan I can't believe that I'm email you its such a honor to be able to do this I'm a hard working American in moses lake wa a small town that isn't much your music help me get through the bullies you helped me out a lot I know you here this a lot but its true I'm honestly a true friend and fan and I consider you my family
Take care Peter and beat the hell out of the drums.

Love always your fan Isaiah F.

Subject: Catman @ Monmouth Mall today !!

Hi Peter,

My name is Mike, I ran into you today (12/1) in the Monmouth Mall. I can't begin to tell you what a real pleasure it was to meet my drum hero, and the guy responsible for me picking up the sticks (yeah, I know, you've heard it a thousand times before, but it's true dude).

Thank you so much for stopping and taking the time to talk to me, it was a moment that I will never forget. Please forgive me if I squeezed your hand too hard while shaking it, I don't know my own strength.

Once again, thanks a million for the conversation ..... you are the best (and let me tell you, us old school, original KISS fans know you're the real deal, not that tribute act that's out there now).

Congrats on the R&R HOF, best wishes to you, and continued good health to you too.

Signed, a long time fan,

Mike B.
Eatontown, NJ

P.S. If you're interested in that KISS tribute CD I mentioned to you that I did a cover of "I Stole Your Love" on, I'd be glad to send you a copy. If you send me a contact address, I'll send it right away. If not, please ignore the ramblings of a starstruck fan who just wants to show you how much love there is for you & the original band ..... love ya Catman !!

Subject: Thanks a ton

Dear Peter,

Hi! My name is Brynn and I’m 14 years old, I hope this doesn’t sound extremely cheesy, but I wanted to thank you for being a huge inspiration to me, I’ve always been very, very shy and I started playing the drums around two years ago, in and out of my school band (and I also play the keyboard), just a few months ago my friend (also a huge fan of yours) and I put out a flier for a band, we got calls back within no time and we now have a “complete” band (drums, keyboard, guitar, bass) and I really do think, and hope, it’s going somewhere, still being the very shy person I am, I have doubts and am exceedingly anxious and nervous, but I’m also very excited and passionate about playing and I wanted to let you know that I wouldn’t have even debated on starting to play in front of people if I hadn’t heard Cat #1, Let Me Rock You, Out Of Control, your Kiss solo album, and your songs with Kiss, Mainline, Black Diamond, Beth, Strange Ways, Baby Driver… you get the gist, so once again thank you times a million! I hope you get a chance to read this and know how much I appreciate you and your music, sorry if this was horribly sappy, thank you for everything.

All of the best,


Subject: Peter Criss

Hello Peter Criss,

I ve seen Kiss on you tube.
The original Band with you on Drums is only the right band.
thank you for so many super times in my life. kiss Music is in my heart

Happy greats out of Germany


Subject: Aussie fans!

Dear Mr Criss

My name is Alex and I'm a huge fan of your work. I really hope you can make it to Australia some time for some appearances, I'm sure you know how happy that would make your Aussie fans!

I sincerely hope you are well and happy, I very much enjoyed your book.



Subject: Big fan

Hey mr criss I'm a huge fan of yours not just from your kiss days but your solo work as well I'm also a musician and I Listen to a ton of rock and blues and I have to say your catman "Peter criss" album you did under kiss is easily in my top 10 albums of all time I just wanted to contact to let you know you're on of my favorite musicians and thanks for your solo work and work with kiss.

Nicole C.

Subject: Greetings from Hungary

Hi, Peter!

I am a 46 years woman, I have 2 children.
I live in Budapest. My husband showed the KISS band to me in 1994.
So since time I am a big KISS fan.
Many years later I was 2 KISS concert (one of was in 1997 with you) in Budapest, another in 2010.
It was my biggest concert experience in my life!
And many years ago we bought KISS Solo CDs.
I listened so many times but yours was my favourite!
We love your songs so much!

Oh, Peter, you are so great! Your voice is so touched for me. Sorry, my English is so bad. I am Hungarian like Gene :D
So Thank you for your songs! Lately I am listening your all Solo CD-s, it is amazing!
In Hungary have a famous KISS Forever Band, I think you know it.
It is a tribute band. I have an autistic daughter, she is 13 years and loves KISS music so much! But now KISS is not in Hungary unfortunately so we went to KISS Forever Band concert. It was amazing, too.
They have a Catman drummer, who is not Hungarian. Amazing Cat, too!
He sings the song "BETH" perfect, too.
Peter, these 2 songs: I can't stop the rain and Beth touched me so much!

I think I am so proud of you, because I can listen Peter Criss. You are a new John Lennon for me! I can't stop the rain song is so Lennon song. It is good!

Thank you for your drumming, thank you all!

I know in December you will be 70th birthday. I know that day I will listen whole day songs from you!

Greetings and hugs to you!
You gave me so many nice hours!


Subject: People Love The Catman!

HEY Peter!

I painted my face up like you on a whim for Halloween and the reaction I got was AMAZING. I've always been a fan, and the reaction I got from other fans damn near had them and myself in tears - it meant that much to us. Drummers were walking up to me and telling me how much they liked you and were going right home to put your solo album on and listen to it. They were grinnin' from ear to ear! I'd never experienced the passion fans have for KISS and you, in particular. That night turned out nothing like I thought it would. So emotional! I just wanted to share that with you and. Oh - I got your book. Love it! Read it cover to cover. Write another plz. :)

Thanks for all you did and all you do. God bless,

Jp C.

ps: If this gets posted, don’t show my email. Gene or Paul might write something nasty to me.

Subject: Thanks for ALL Peter

Hi Peter!

Sorry but my english is not fantastic because i’m from Geneva and my language is frensh. First i want to tell you how many "Good times“ i had in my life to listen Kiss and your solos albums.  You was for me and John Bonham the best exemple of excellence on the drum. (i’m a drummer too.  i can’t remember how many times i have listening the 100’000 years drums solo on the amazing Kiss alive. The first time i was on the ass. i’m even now on the ass when i ear this song. the sound off the snare drum is amazing. Another good moments in my existenceare when i listening your solos albums. The songs, the sound, and the Voice, your voice. i really like it.

i read your book with attention. I think you have a great character to work with guys like Gene and Paul. At your place i don’t know if their will be in life again. To me you are and you’ll be the own drummer of Kiss at all. I ‘am happy to see you well in your life now. I know you have millions of fans thinking the same than me. Dear Peter. i really thank you again for the amazing moments you gave me this last forty five years and for the futur years. Life is well and i hope to have the chance to listen your next album.  God bless you Peter and many thanks for every GOOD TIMES you gave me. Thanks for your drums lessons (on Records)



Subject: Huge Fan from Brooklyn, NY

Hi Peter,

I wanted to take a moment to tell you how much your music and musical contributions to KISS have meant to me over the years. Your drumming and vocals are iconic and you more than deserve your rightful place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Thanks again for helping to bring joy to myself and millions of other people around the world.


Michael Z.

Subject: G'day Peter

Hope you are well.

A quick heart felt thank you for the enjoyment and inspiration that your music has given to me over many, many years.

God bless,

Nick D.

Subject: Hi

Hi Peter

I just want to say thanks for all the Great music you have put out after you left Kiss I was done with them I am now 50 and remember all 8 shows I went to my first concert was Kiss 1977 from that point on I was hooked on rock and roll


Number 1 fan

Jay N.

Subject: Sweden

Hi Peter

Please come back to sweden. We want to see you and hear you play.

Best wishes,

Jörgen H. a cat fan since 1976

Subject: Thank you.

I'm sure you get emails like this all the time but, I just finished your book and I wanted to say thank you. I have been a kiss can my while life. I'm 45 now and I never knew what you went through as a member of Kiss. As a fan I would like to say thank you. Words can not express my gratitude for going through everything you did for me as a fan.

I would also just like to tell you that even though Gene and Paul hired somebody to imitate you. You are the one and only Cat man in my book. Everybody else is must an imposter. A person riding on what somebody else accomplished. Without you that person wouldn't even have a job.  I know you will never be with Kiss again. After reading your book I wouldn't want you to go through that again. But to me and all of the real Kiss fans it's not Kiss without you and Ace. It's a cheap imitation of greatness. So thank you, and I hope you have a great life. You've more than earned it. I thank you and appreciate everything you did for me.


Ted R.

Subject: CATMAN DO




Have a good day CATMAN.

Subject: Ultimate fan

Dear Mr.Criss,

Well I'll start off by saying if you read this and respond it would make my life. You are the number one reason why I started playing drums and became a huge kiss fan! Although I unfortunately had to sell my beautiful petal export drum set which crushed me to have to do so, I still pretend my drum set is still in front of me listening to the kiss albums you played on. Kiss was the first band I ever saw in concert back in 2003 for the world domination tour in Hartford, CT and when you played Beth and on your drum solo seeing that crowd go crazy just made me want to be up on a stage an experience that one day hopefully I'll be able to get a drum set again and get back to playing everyday like I used to. But I just wanted to say how much of an inspiration you were to me when I was a little kid and still are today and how I wish one day you and the original 3 members of kiss would get together for one last tour, thank you for also showing me the way to a drumset.


Michael L.

Subject: solo 78

hello peter

fan from 1974 I’m 50 and i just listened to your first solo album!  Genius !!!!!!!!
get out there and tour that album you have tons of fans that don’t do the kiss shows anymore but a big club tour of that album . OMG would hit everyone like a brick! god bless and thank you for a great childhood…

Phil M.

Subject: Gratitude

Hello Peter,

I’m Eric Fawcett, a drummer since, well, when my parents finally allowed me to purchase Destroyer when I was 8 years old. The album, and your drumming, seized me. You alone inspired me to become a musician. And for that, THANK YOU.

After nearly becoming a professor after college, I instead pursued music. (Whew!) I’m very glad I did. I was Pharrell Williams’ drummer for a number of years. And my own band, Spymob, spent time on a few major labels, riding the the crazy roller coaster ride of the music industry. And more recently I traveled throughout China playing stadiums as the drummer for the Chinese pop star Wang Lee Hom. I’ve seen the WORLD, and all thanks to YOU.

One of my friends and more recent collaborators is Dee Snider of Twisted Sister. I was inspired to write to you tonight after watching Ace open for Twisted in Minnesota. I was too young to attend a KISS concert when you and Ace were in the band, and it was a thrill to watch him. Even so, I it was you who got me into this crazy business, as I know you’ve done for tens of thousands of other players.

All of which is to say, thanks, Peter. I hope all’s well with you.

In gratitude,

Eric F.



I just wanted to say, that you're one of the greatest Rock Drummers of all-time. Anyone, who would dare dispute that claim, needs to listen to the drumming on: God Of Thunder, for example. Granted, there are, a lot of proficient drummers, yet, few, actually bring such a sense of style and panache to percussion. You truly created a sense of epic grandeur, as well as a dance-able, rhythmic sensibility, that no other drummer, neither: Rich, Krupa, Bonham nor even Peart could capture.

Perhaps, it's in poor taste to bring this up, however; Eric Carr, God rest his sweet soul, (and it pains me to say this) his playing was limited, not by lack of ability, or skill mind you, but rather, by...lack of style. Furthermore; what today's drummers need to learn from the old-school, is that, merely keeping time, is generic, no matter how precisely it's executed. Yet, they just keep pounding away, like a child banging their spoon on a table, while occasionally, meandering into an out of place blast-beat, such is hitting, not drumming, per se.

Thank you, for sharing your gift with the world.

Feel free, to post this correspondence. However; please, don't reveal my e-mail address. Thank you so much.

Debbie S.

Subject: You are one of the best drummers ever!

Hello mr. criss, my name is dane. I have been a kiss fan since I have been 12 years old, I am 51 now and still get a chill when I hear kiss alive, I also play the drums, I started playing because of you, I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart, you are one of the best drummers ever!!!


dane h.

Subject: Rock and Roll

Dear Mr Criss,

I have been listening to the older Kiss songs, your drumming blew me away. In a theatrical group like Kiss, I never stopped to listen to your playing. You are amazing, I am going to get your solo work to listen to.

I am a kid from Brooklyn too (bensonhurst)!

An old and new fan,
Dary K

Subject: Music

Dear peter, i just wanted to say how great your drum solo is on alive,its top notch.ive been a major fan since a guitar player because of kiss.your music got me through the hard times.i also wanted to say how upsetting it is to hear paul and gene put you ,ace ,eric carr,vinnie,and mark down.its a shame how there putting down all the special things the band created by putting past members down.

It seems like all gene and paul cares about is opening resteraunts,owning football teams and the brand not the seems more important to them anymore to set off fireworks than to play more songs and have a differant set list.

God bless

Your friend jeff

Subject: ur the greatest drummer ever

I’d just like to say ,thanks for all ur hard work though-out the years for us fans ,I first heard of kiss when I was 9yrs old that was in 1979 t my older cousins home ,he had one of ur albuns ...I saw u with the others and I picked u for my hero ,and u did a great job..thank u...ur still myfavorite ..ur my friend peter ,,love the kiss=army....rock on brother,have a great year to come....ur friend berryman..................thx catman

Subject: KISS

Hi Peter!

Sorry but my english is not fantastic because i’m from Geneva and my language is frensh.

First i want to tell you how many "Good times“ i had in my life to listen Kiss and your solos albums.  You was for me and John Bonham the best exemple of excellence on the drum. (i’m a drummer too. i can’t remember how many times i have listening the 100’000 years drums solo on the amazing Kiss alive.

The first time i was on the ass. i’m even now on the ass when i ear this song. the sound off the snare drum is amazing. Another good moments in my existence are when i listening your solos albums. The songs, the sound, and the Voice, your voice. i really like it.  i read your book with attention. I think you have a great character to work with guys like Gene and Paul. At your place i don’t know if their will be in life again. To me you are and you’ll be the own drummer of Kiss at all.
I have happy to see you well in your life now. I know you have millions of fans thinking the same than me.

Dear Peter. i really thank you for the amazing moments you gave me this last forty five years and for the futur years. Life is well and i hope to have the chance to listen your next album.

God bless you Peter and many thanks for every GOOD TIMES you gave me.

Thanks for your drums lessons (on Records)

Love Gooby

Marc G

Subject: Just finished your book


Great read, hope all is well in your world. You were the reason I started to play drums.

Thx for the inspiration!


Subject: Out with the bad in with the good

Peter you are the only catman! Eric is an accomplished drummer but he is not the catman. Your legend is secure. I am sure there were some real tensions in dealing with Gene and Paul but regardless of contract or payment we the fans can't thank you enough for being up there.

I saw " the real kiss" three times with you on drums in the 1990's during the reunion and Psycho Circus. Loved the concerts you all sounded great. My sister gave me free tickets to this modern version in 2012 and 2013, walked out twice. Not the same energy when you are not behind the kit.

If you ever do a reunion or true farewell tour please do it for your fans no matter what the deal pays and know we the fans are always with you!

God Bless!

George L

Subject: Hi

Hey Peter long time fan (almost 40 years by this point). Just wanted to say hi and thanks for all the great times my friends & I have had thanks to you. Of course you inspired me to be a drummer & I used to don the make up after school every day! lol Nowadays I am a Special Ed teacher for mentally ill kids but I still like to rock out to KISS as it was back in the day. I don't care much for the imposters. Oddly, another thing we share in common was that I had a lump removed from my left chest a few years ago and my grandfather died of male breast cancer. So thank you for raising awareness there too. You'e the best!

Dave L.

Subject: book

i could not put it down . you truly have nine lives. thank you for the putting youre self through torture for us .


(KISS changed my life)


Subject: Hey peter,just want to let you know you were my favorite in the band

Hey peter,

just to let you know , you were my favorite in the band. And my sister got oil paint or whatever and did a great job of replicating your face paint. Also, i like the fact that you believe in God and the trinity and the number 3 tattoo.

Alex from brooklyn.

Subject: Thanks from New Mexico

Hi my name is Thomas. Im 28 years old and I live in Albuquerque New Mexico. I recently met you and your wife at the mad monster party in phoenix with my cousin Richard. I would like to tell you thank you so much for being so nice to us and that we I really appreciated the courteous gestures and wonderful attitudes you displayed! God bless you both and may the blood of Christ be on you!

Your friend,

Thomas S. JR

Subject: Upcoming Appearance


I'm not sure this reaches you,but I'm a lifelong kiss fan since 77. Through my life I have been fortunate to get photos with Ace, Gene, and Paul, but have yet to get to meet you. I visited the Chiller Expo in Parsippany New Jersey last October. It was an awesome event. Ace was there. You would be a huge draw. Wondering if you would be there this year? Or appearing anywhere this year where I could get a photo with you and meet one of my lifelong heros? Thanks for your time.

Ps- no one drummer has ever matched your solo and snare sound of 100,000 years on alive

Highest regards,
Bob J.

Subject: Hello Peter

Hi. I have been a Kiss fan for a long long time now. And I have just finished reading your book and I must say that it has been AWESOME.

Your story with all the ups and downs is really something that must inspire everybody. Even though life was really kicking your ass, you still have managed to live through it. And be a better man.

It has been enlighting to read what a bunch of A-holes Paul and Gene have been. There is no other KISS, than the 4 original members. Luckily I have seen the original 4 in Helsinki 2 times, 1997 and 1999. Especially hearing Beth singed by You, were the highlights in both gigs.

Without you and Ace, Kiss isn´t the Kiss I know. Hope you and Ace have made peace and get along nowadays.

Tomorrow show with Tom Snyder is so hilarious to watch when you and Ace take control :)

Hope everything is ok for you now, and why wouldn´t it be. You have beaten cancer and have found your soulmate, Gigi.

Your fan,

Jari K., Finland

Subject: You are the cats meow !

Greetings Catman!

Hope all well your end.
You totally rock my brotha!
Your book was off the planet !
Pissed my self laughin and it was like I was there
Great story told!
One of the best reads ever. I couldn't put it down !
Your my fav drummer from way back.
I grew up in TO a teenager in the 70s
And you had a great impact on me
As a drummer and performer
I've been a huge fan since then
I've been living in Melbourne OZ
For the last 30 odd years
The Kiss army was huge down here as you know
And still is !
Just wanna wish you and your family all the best

Keep on rockin Peter !

Cheers Andy :)

Subject: Your biography

Hi Peter,

I have just read your autobiography and wow really enjoyed it, it shed a new light on the truth of kiss. I knew there must be more to it than the Simmons/Stanley version as you were the only proper musician (ok ace was good too) in the band,and you have come out with at the least respect and adulation of the fans.

Many thanks for the great music Beth is one of my all time favourite tracks Always reminds me of a special time in life.

David B.
United Kingdom

Subject: Hello from long time fan


I know you get messages from fans all of the time. However, I some things I want to say to you.
I have been a fan of yours for over 35 years. Not just your career in KISS but your solo career as well. I have every album you have done. I have seen you perform live dozens of times. I'm even in a KISS Tribute Band called "Phantom Kiss".

I simply want to say thank you for being the soundtrack to my life. Your music has been there for the best of times and helped me through the worst.

So thank you Peter Criss and GOD bless you.

Trevor D.

Subject: Pete!

My name is Jason N. and I'm 45 and live in Northern California. You are my idol! I've played drums for 25 years and you inspired me to be the man I am today.

Jason N.

Subject: Greetings

Wow ..hay Cat l have followed you for 20 plus years.Just want to let you know you have always been the most talented member of Kiss and you inspired me to pick up my sticks all those years ago.

Eric S.

Subject: Take Care


I just wanna say I am a massive fan been listening to u for years , I loved your solo work I listen to the let me rock u album a lot , the best track is let it go, I just saw ace preform here in melbourne the other night and it got me thinking of u , if u toured Australia with afew kiss song and your solo stuff fans would be die to c u. u know down here we a massive kiss fans and when u guys individually perform the shows are greeted with lot of fans , I have seen kiss perform so many times since 2001 my first show , it's just not the same without u , the energy u showed in the kiss symphony was amazing black diamond almost brought down the Telstra dome , I just wanted to share my thoughts take care Catman

Your fan and friend

David S.
Melbourne Australia

Subject: Thank You!

Hi Peter. My name is Russell J. and i live in Augusta, GA. I am 44 years old and a drummer. You are the reason that i started playing the drums. I have been a Kiss fan since the day my father gave me Destroyer. I am now a father myself and cannot wait to introduce my son to Kiss. U are and will always be my FAVORITE drummer!! Thank you for all the great playing and music that you have given me and for inspiring me to play an instrument that i love so much. You are the BEST! Thank you for taking the time to read this. Take Care

Russell J.

Subject: Mad Monster Party

Hi Peter

This is Joseph. I met you at Mad Monster Party in Charlotte. I just wanted to say thanks again for having the chance to meet you! You're my number one idol in the drumming world! Keep rocking out on the drums! I hope to see you again next time!

Thank you very much!

Subject: Thank you Catman

Sent from my iPhone;..just want to take this opportunity to thank you for all the years of great music since I was 10 I listened to kiss and loved all the songs and that's been over 38 years and was fortunate to finally see you play in St. Paul Minnesota on the 1996 reunion tour it was amazing the greatest show to ever witness I live in Thunder Bay Ontario Canada and hope someday I can meet you in person take care Peter and again thank you for everything;

best regards

Mike P.

Subject: You're a Star!

Hi Peter,

I just wanted to brighten up your day and tell you from a fan that your legacy will live on and though they keep on with the tribute act every one knows when they see it whats missing; and it's you. I still think it's brilliant that you had their biggest hit, which was a solo showcase of your hugely underrated, inherent talent as a vocalist. You should also be proud of your solo work particularly your 78 and 94 efforts for following your musical tastes. An expert at soft (Solo) and hard music (Kiss) as you stated in your original ad in Rolling Stone back in 1972. Lets not forget you helped forge the image and vision of this great band and also I love your book it's honesty and the inspiring rags to riches tale of true dedication. The spirit of rock n roll will always be with you and look forward to hearing more solo work, keep sticking it to them Peter!

Take a bow,

London, UK

Subject: Peace brother, Love You

Hey Peter !

Im an old fan of you and Ace . Thanks to you ive started to play drums when i was 10 year old (1984). I want to thank you for dont given up and for all you have done for me .i was at all your shows 1996/97 when you were i stockholm and Göteborg . I was in heaven . Peter , Ace back in Kiss. This is the biggest moment for me. When i was 12 ive playd your drumsolo from alive like 12 ours every day. When ive herd that your inspiration was Gene Krupa i had to cheek up who he was.All i can say , i can hear your inspiration and now you inspired me to play like you in my Pro tools studio. I have just read your book. After the last page i had to put on "one for all" and i must say : you did great. Its a real good album . I did what you espekted and listning when i read the lyrics. It fu××ing great. Ok take care and be yourself. There is only one catman for me and hes name is Peter Criss . ( exept my cat her name is Criss and look like your makeup)

Peace brother , love you

Morgan from Sweden.

Subject: Thank you

Hi Peter,

I wanted to thank you and Gigi for your hospitality this past weekend at Mad Monster in Charlotte - it was such a pleasure to talk with you both. Finally meeting one of my heroes and getting a hug from the Catman himself will always be one of my most treasured memories. I hope you enjoyed the Love Gun stuff! To say you and the rest of KISS had an impact on me and my bandmates would truly be an understatement!  KISS has long said it has the greatest fans in the world and that's true only because you gave us the greatest band in the world for a fan to look up to! Again, my thanks for your kindness and generosity with your time - you made this lifelong fan very happy! Until next time, take care and God bless!

Pensacola, FL

Subject: All Things Rock

Hey Peter,

I have no idea if you will read this or not but I figured I would write anyway. I met you back in November in Philadelphia. I have worked with and met many big names in the music business and I have to say that meeting you was the best. You were so down to earth and so nice that I was absolutely blown away. The fact that you took time to chat with me really meant a lot to me. I have been a fan since probably 1977 and saw my first Kiss show in 1979 at the age of 9. I hope that I get the honor of meeting you again. There are so many things I would love to ask you about your

Take Care,


Subject: What it means...

I know many people are fans of the song Beth, but perhaps not to the depth I am. I was hooked on it before I could actually talk. But I think your biggest fan is my 11 year old son. Beth is a song that has always soothed me, so when I was pregnant and he was restless, I'd sing it and he'd calm right down. Even after he was born, it was his lullabye. He could sing along before he could speak sentences. He's too old for lullabies now, but sometimes he puts it on and comes over for a cuddle. That's an awesome time for me. Just 3 months after he was born, just before you left the band I got to see and hear Beth in person. It's a treasure I'll never forget, even if I WAS crying too hard to sing along! :) (post baby hormones!)

Thank you for joining first my mother and I, then my son and I with your music.

Much love.
~Kayley M.

Subject: I love you, Peter

I love you Peter. Thank you. Thank you for all.  Kiss without you is not Kiss.

Just one Catman PETER !!!!!

Christophe M.

Subject: A lifetime of thanks!!!!

I would like to thank you from the bottom Of my heart for being "the one" to make Me want to be a drummer. As a small boy, My brother and I bought the first Kiss Album. The rest is history. You will always Be the cat man but most importantly...... A true musician


Rick D.
Rotterdam, NY

Subject: Regards from Germany and keep going on your way

Dear Peter,

how are you doing ? This is more or less the pretty first time I drop a line that way, but after reading your book and listening to your ballad album " all for one" I would kindly express

my feelings. Thank you very much for letting me participate on the life and the attitude, feelings and emotionns of the catman. And there is just only ONE Catman on this planet.

I am pretty familiar with KISS since the end of the seventies and I followed KISS until "creatures of the night". Even I bought your first 2 solo albums. Then I lost KISS and cam back as the Reunion Tour started and we saw you playing at your birthday at the 20.12.1996 at the Schleyer-hall in Stuttgart - Germany. You all 4 have had been in great form and condition at this night. Great !

Coming back to your Music, I just noticed now..many years after the release.your solo album "all for one" and i have clearly to say, that this is a great album - with great songs and a fantastic voice.

Keep going on Peter..the one and only catman.

Best personal Regards


Subject: Thanks Peter (from Australia!)

Hi Peter

I just finished reading your amazing book. Thanks for taking the time to write it -- I have been a fan of yours for many years, and it was cool to read your life story (so far!) The book has made me want to get in touch more with my family -- as an adult I have become a little detached from them, but your words have brought things back to basics for me, especially the last few chapters.They were written from the soul. Thanks for inspiring kids (like I was in 1978) to want to grow up & become musicians. I teach guitar to junior school kids these days, and do gigs on the weekends.  All the best to you Peter - may you continue to lead a meaningful life.

Cheers from Down Under
Ken C.
Adelaide South Australia

Subject: Male Breast Cancer

Hello Mr. Criss,

I'm a fellow male breast cancer survivor. Thank you for helping spread the word. I was diagnosed in 2001. I'm still trying to get people to understand, men can get breast caner too. I advocate every where I go.

Ambrose K.

Subject: Dear Peter

Hey there. I am one of your biggest fans. I am a girl from Michigan with a love for the drums, Rock and Roll, and Kiss. Youre my biggest inspiration. Because of you i fell inlove with music and the drums. I want to just say thank you for everything. You do not know me but youre my idol.

Montana S.

1/28/2015 Hello
Subject: Hola

Hola peter sos un grande y quisiera algun dia poder conoserte ya q sos mi maximo
idolo del rock.

Jorgelina T.

Subject: Makeup To Breakup


Just now finished reading your book, it was great. I really enjoyed every bit. It's nice to actually get to know the man behind the makeup. I'm 48 now but still remember play acting Kiss when we were kids. Believe it or not I was always Peter Criss, oh yeah, The Cat Man. My mom's orange ottoman would be my drum and I would beat on it relentlessly. And when Kiss Alive II came out we wore it out listening to it everyday after school. Needless to say your book brought back a lot of great memories. I just wish I would of had the opportunity to see you play on stage. I saw Kiss play in Memphis Tennessee in 1986, the animalize tour, but I believe it was Eric Carr on drums. I read his book just before reading yours and you could feel a lot of the same frustrations he went through dealing with Ace and Paul and always being treated as an employee or hired hand and never really having a say in things. It hurt to read about how you were treated at the end. You were a founding member and Kiss will always be you, Ace, Paul and Gene. Great job again on the book and I am so happy that you were able to make it through all the shit you had to deal with and put up with and still come out on top. You are the Cat Man and you will live forever through the fans who love you!
Larry M.

P.S. Hard Luck Woman is still and always will my favorite song both behind the drums or just kicking it on a warm summer day.

Subject: Hi

You are great drummer. I'm a BIG and proud fan of you and Ace.

Michelle P.

Subject: Hi Peter!

My name is Jeremy B. and I'm from New Orleans, LA. I just wanted to let you know how big of a fan I am of yours and that KISS has impacted my life so much! I just got done reading your book 'Makeup To Breakup' and it was such a good read! Some great stories in there.. My favorite is the story you said about Ace becoming Godzilla! Hilarious haha. I just wanted to stop in and set hello! And that one day I'd like to meet you in person!

Thanks again Peter!


Subject: Hi

I just read your book Makeup to Breakup, and at first it was confusing because I read Paul’s book before, but I thought your book was better and I thought you were right to get mad at them. I want to be a guitarist when I grow up and I hope to be half as famous as you are.

Adam W.

Subject: Hello Peter

Hello Peter, I'm from Brazil and I just wanted to say that Kiss changed my life forever, since I was a little boy I love listening to that band.....YOU ROCK PETER! Thanks for the music and God bless you!


Ryck S.

Subject: We rode bikes in Redondo beach Hermosa on the strand

Hey catman,

I just watched the rock n roll hall of fame induction, praise God, thank you for inspiring me 2 play, I was in 5th grade 1976 when I bought kiss alive ,then went on 2 buy only pearl drums and paint my face as the cat. After years of practice I moved 2 LA to pursue Hollywood, at 19 a small town kid from billings mt. Armed with all my Peter criss tommy lee and Alex van Halen influence I did really well and had a lot of fun. It all started with you,thanks,. Then one faithful day god put me directly in your path at the horseshoe pier in Redondo. I was standing in line for ice cream you were 2,right in front of me ,I was blown away recognizing your tattoos. You were so cool we talked 4 a minute then I went off riding my bike only 2 meet up with you again on your bike we ride bikes 2 Manhattan pier on the strand, you were currently playing with a band and a actually played me a tape in your suv ,anyway it was 1990 maybe 89 and I remembered telling you kiss couldn't make it big again with out you and ace. I was right,you know the history, congrats on the induction. Well deserved for one of the most ground breaking drummers of all time,God bless you Peter sincerely ,Matt Nybo thanks for hanging out with me that day,you're the shit oh ya there probably wouldn't be a tommy lee without a Peter Criss you and Ace have a kick ass legacy.

Marc N.

Subject: Hey man

Hello Mr. Criss

Just a guy here from obscurity, wishing you continued success in health and life......I think I was about 13-14 when I picked up Kiss Alive 2...and was blessed with the sound of rock and roll...that you helped create......

Life time fan
Kevin B. age 47

Subject: One For All

Dear Peter,

My name is Daan, I'm from the Netherlands and I'm 20 years young, I just wanted to say that your record One For All helped me through a difficult time in my childhood when I was about 14/15.
Especially the songs Last Night and Hope are true classics to me, the record spins around my turntable very often.

Thank you for making One For All and all those other beautiful records, I'm looking forward to your next album!

Be well! kind regards,


Subject: Best

To me you were the best part of Kiss. I haven't listened to them since you left. Beth, Hard luck woman, Black Diamond are their best songs.

Donny W.

Subject: Happy BIrthday

Happy Birthday Peter,

I am 45 in a couple of weeks and am proud to say your are the reason I started
playing the drums back in 1978.

God bless Cat Man

Stephen S.

Subject: Happy Birthday from 'Kississippi'!

Hello Peter,

Just wanted to wish you a very Happy Birthday and many more! Me and some friends made a 3 hour drive to come meet you last year (Sept. 2013) in New Orleans, LA at the Mad Monster Party expo. It was a thrill to finally meet you and thanks for taking your time and being so kind and gracious to us! I've been a fan of you and your music for nearly 30 years now and hope to be able to hear some new music from you soon.

I've included a custom photo collage I made a while back with my photo taken with you in the middle.
Take care and again, Happy Birthday!!!

Robert K. - Pearl, MS.

Subject: Happy Birthday From Jeremy


Just wanted to wish you a happy birthday, I hope you have a good one!

God Bless!

Jeremy (fan of the month - November).

PS- my tattoo looks great!

Subject: Happy birthday Peter

Hi Peter

My name is Robert M., from Montreal, Québec, Canada.

I would like to tell you : happy birthday!

Because I'm a french Canadian, I wish you in french :

Bonne fête Peter!

Subject: 69 bday

Happy Birthday, Catman. No one will EVER take your place in this world. I was born June 4th 1975 and my older cousin swears my first words were "Peter Kitty" God bless you and your family and have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! You will Always be my hero and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!


Jason M. S.

Subject: Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Peter. I hope you have a great day. Thank you for all of your great

Ken N.

Subject: Happy Birthday Peter. Your friends from Rhode Island.

Happy birthday Peter. We met you at the Worcester DCU Center, upon the release of your book. You and Gigi invited us to walk with you for the Cancer Charity Walk held at Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. We drove down and had a great time being with the both and you. For those fans who don’t know, Peter and Gigi are a class act. They made us feel like we were important to them. My twin boys and I will always cherish the experience of being in the presence of the humble, and amazing ‘Peter Criss” and his wonderful lovely wife Gigi.

Thanks for everything,

Jack S. and sons (Nick & Jared)

Subject: Happy birthday Peter, from your November 2014 Fan Of The Month !!

Happy Birthday, Peter !!

I want to wish you an absolutely wonderful day and all the best in the future !!

God bless,

Gerry M.

Subject:  happy birthday from david romeo

peter have a happy birthday many more keep playing

love ya

david r.

Subject: Happy Birthday Catman

Peter ,Have a great Birthday, You have changed many peoples lives& made the world a
better place....James

Subject: Rock on Brother!

dude I am 50 years old now and have played the drums for a very long time now. I remember the first time I saw you as the cat and was immediately mesmerized. being a Leo I thought that was the coolest thing I ever saw. you were my biggest inspiration growing up and to this day I still idolize you. I still believe you are the greatest rock and roll drummer to this day. thank you so much for all the years of rocking. rock on brother!

Paul. D.

Subject: Happy birthday!!!

God bless you, peter.

Love and respect, Sal V.
bklyn ny

Subject: Long time fan

First of all, thank you for inspiring me to pick up the sticks 37 years ago. It has provided me many years of pleasure to be able to play music. It kept me off the streets and doing something creative. The funny thing is, that at the same time I was playing along to Alive and Alive 2, I was also jamming on my mother's Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich records trying to figure out how to play jazz! Then I found out that you took lessons from Gene, it explained your killer techniques! 100,000 Years was your Drum Boogie! It amused me about the parallels.

Second, as the holidays draw near , I want to wish you and yours the Merriest Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.

Thanks again and God bless,

Jeff W.

Subject: Wonderful book, thank you

Hi Peter!

I just finished your book book, and man, was there a lot of stuff I didn't know going on between you guys, both with KISS, your women, your soloband etc. But thank you so much for your honesty. I've read Aces', Paul's and Gene's, and I gotta say, these books does just not seem to be as honest as yours. The reunion-era; you tell us how you felt. Not like how the (todays) /brand/ wants to be seen.

But again, thank you for a wonderful book. You have an amazing and uniqe story. As a KISS fan and drummer myself your book really got to me like no other.

Hope to shake your hand one day, Cat.
Someone told me dreams come true.

All the best from Norway
Kim Alexander H.

Subject: the best


Just wanted to let you know you are still the best drummer ever, you and Ace made KISS.


Hawlzie from Canada

Subject: Thank You

Hi Peter,

I have to tell you, I’m not sure what life would have been like without Kiss in it. I don’t have a shocking revelation or anything. When I was younger I thought I must be the only one that feels this way, but there are millions. I’ve been a fan since birth. Been buying and enjoying the music since the mid 70’s saving my allowance from my parents to get the albums etc. I too am a musician because of you guys. Kiss was the first band ever to let the fan into the life you lived. Yeah the other two make shit up and cloud the truth but Kiss is a world of it’s own. Once you and Ace were gone I boycotted for years. Then night two MSG 1996 I though if I died when the show was over my life would be complete. It was (other than my kids being born) one of the most magical moments in my life. I’d like to thank you for that run. I know the money was great but I’m sure you had to swallow a ton of shit to make it go forward. I saw Kiss on the Revenge tour before that to a half capacity Hartford Civic Center. Yeah, they were successful without you guys lol.

I’m sorry for the way things turned out at the Hall Of Fame. I’m sorry because not only am I a fan, but I am human. Whatever the problems were you guys made magic and they don’t have that without the rest of the real team. As a fan I wanted to see you play, but not for me. For all you guys gave us in life I wanted to see you play for you. You finally made it there and it got taken away to a degree. It should have just been your time to shine.

To me you guys were always Hall Of Fame. Originals I mean. I just want to thank you for an entire lifetime of giving us fans something to celebrate when times were good and to get us through when they were or are bad. Know us personally or not, Kiss is the single only band in history to have touched so many in that way. Enjoy the celebrity and life you have my friend, you earned it. The real fans know.

Thank You For All You Have Done
Scott S.

Subject: Cancer Survivor Also


As I am watching my recorded 2014 episode of TMS you were on, I felt led to write this to you. I knew from the previous time you were on TMS that you are a cancer survivor. On this episode though you mentioned you were 6-1/2 years cancer free. That's what hit me.

I was diagnosed with prostate cancer on January 2007 at the age of 49. I had the prostate removed that March. I have been cancer free with 0.05 PSA's since the surgery. Your story of surviving hits me being a survivor myself. God has blessed us both to still be around and tell our story to our family and others .... GET CHECKED OUT!

Your story also hits me as I am a drummer in our church praise band and have been playing for 30+ yrs from the country bars then on to praise & worship. As a sine note, bought the first KISS LP when it came out and STILL play it to this day. Nothing like raw energy of a new band (back then) to get my mojo going on a Sunday morning!

Congratulations on the well deserved and long overdue R&R Hall of Fame induction! And thank you for taking the time to read this. May you live a long and enjoyable life cancer free!

God bless!

Ron R. Jr.
Maumee, Ohio

Subject: Hello Mr. Criss

I just wanted to offer my belated congratulations to you for making the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

It's an honor that is long over due but well deserved.

Your speech at the induction ceremony was excellent. The ceremony as a whole was also excellent (How great was Cat Stevens speech?) but by far the best moment was when KISS was inducted. I was very happy to see you, Gene, Paul and Ace on stage together to take your rightful place in the Hall of Fame. It was great to see you and your former band mates on friendly terms again. I certainly would have liked to see you perform but seeing the four of you together again and in such great spirits and being so very respectful to one another is infinitely better.

Finally I would like to say I read your memoir in October of 2012 and enjoyed it tremendously. I have read the memoirs of all four founding members. While none of them were bad, your was the one I enjoyed the most.

You mentioned in your Hall of Fame speech that you are breast cancer free. That is wonderful. I hope you are cancer free for the rest of your life. I wish you nothing but the best.

Mike C.

Subject: Thanks

Hi Peter,

Just a quick note to thank you for your positive attitude, inspiration and the gift of music that you have given us. I , like millions of others, grew up listening to KISS and have always admired your drumming. As I get older, 42, I realize that life is precious and how important it is to savior every day, every hour. Because of you, I will go and get myself “checked out” for early detection at my doctor. Thanks for that.. So cool , and so long overdue for the Rock n Roll HOF. May god be with you and god bless man!

Thank again!

Rick C.

Sunject: Hi Mr Criss! Answer please! (Fan mail for you website!!)

Hi Peter!

I've been a Kiss fan since the age of 4. I'm currently 14 years old and still a Kiss fan. I play guitar and other instruments and I write songs. I have a room full of Kiss posters and pictures! You're such an inspiration to me. I love your music and attitude upon life. I want to congratulate you for what you're doing to raise awareness for Breast Cancer for men. That is sincerely amazing. People should know that diseases can occur to anyone. I support you 100% in your project! My Nonno currently has cancer and this is a great outlook for what a great man like you is doing for awareness! I love you Peter!! I hope some day I could one day have the opportunity to meet you :)

-Katina St. O.

P.S I learnt Beth on Guitar :D it's one of my favorite songs!!

Subject: Hi Peter

You are exactly right. You,Ace,Gene, and Paul were Kiss. Noone else is. You were the heart and soul of that band and your book was my favorite. I hope you get back to singing writing and or drumming soon. FakeKiss is going around touring and raising money and awareness for their favorite charities. I hope they are helping with yours, but those lameos probably won't. Too much ego involved with that. They don't want to bring the fans together. I will never buy another album or see another show of theirs. Just you and Ace. You were the guys with the hearts and it was about Rock n roll to you. Thank you so much for your humor and your life and your heart. I don't want anything from you, just wanted to give this time.

I saw you at Charlotte on the farewell tour. Great memory.


Subject: A Canadian Thanks

Dear Peter,

Hey Cat, how are you doing? I hope life finds you and your family well. My name is Richard Bastarache, 25 years old, I live in Montreal, Canada, trying to make it to Hollywood as a director and I literally just finished your book about 5 minutes ago and figured I would drop you a line. First off, I want to tell you that I am new to the KISS universe; in high school I was all about Alice Cooper. Only recently did a close friend introduce me to KISS. His thing is if you’re going to listen to a band like that, you have to study it. Listen to every album in order and learn about the members and their history.

So now that I have heard every KISS record, I have just started doing the solo careers. I figured I would start with you, the Catman. I recently picked up your book at a local store and I finished it in record time, I just couldn’t put it down! So many times I literally burst out laughing, especially in the early chapters. I have listened to all of your solo records and they are all seriously fantastic, I would say that my favorite is Cat #1. I must admit I have walked down the street listening to “Bad Attitude” and playing air guitar a number of times.

I know you must get a lot of emails so I’ll wrap this up. I just want to say that your life is truly an inspiration; from your enormous success to your refusal to give up and to survive even at the worst of times is something to look up to.

As a new member of the KISS army and a fan of the true Catman I just want to say thanks for all the great songs and inspiration, and God bless. I hope to meet you someday and maybe even see you perform.

-Richard B.

P.S. All the Catman fans hope to someday hear that album you put on hold when you got cancer, I’m definitely hoping for it!

Subject: Alive '75

Hello Peter. You are my very first drumming influence and playing along to KISS albums as a kid has shaped the way I play to this day. I now have the opportunity to recreate the Alive album, in it's entirety and note for note, with a great tribute project called Alive '75.

If anyone asked me prior to rehearsals for this band I would have said I knew this album well. However when tasked with recreating your feel and style for these shows it has really opened my eyes. I am practicing these songs daily and never fail to pick up a new subtle nuance. It has been fun and challenging at the same time trying to emulate a playing style that is very unique.

From one Jersey guy to another I just want to say thanks for the good times, the memories and most importantly, the inspiration.

Joe G.

Subject: Thank You!!!

Hello Peter!!!

I just finished reading your book Makeup To Break up and it was phenomenal!! I loved all the stories about the days spent on the road with Kiss and Criss. But what I truly enjoyed was the way you kept coming back to your faith in God, and how, with a few exceptions, you kept praying to Him throughout your life. I also found inspiration in the victory you and your wife enjoyed over cancer. I have had 2 cancer scares myself, and while both tests were negative, from reading your story and the way you dealt with it, I feel that if indeed it does happen, I will still be able to go on and defeat the disease as well. Thank you for sharing those. My faith in God has gotten me thru some tough spots as well. Growing up in Detroit, my friends and I were all Kiss fans. Most of them chose Paul or Ace as their favorite but The Catman was always my favorite. Beth is STILL my all time favorite Kiss song(I have 7 different versions on my ipod including the version from Cat # 1), and By Myself from Out of Control has been like a personal theme song for me since the first time I heard it in the mid 80s. Is there a way to get the last album? Id never heard of it until I read the book and I would love to check it out. Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for all the amazing music, the memories that go with it, and for reminding me that no matter what kind of crazy bad stuff Ive done in my 52 years that God still wants to talk to me. Thanks Peter, for everything!!


Charles C. II

Subject: Thank you Peter Criss!!!

Thinking of you this month. Not many speak up on breast cancer in men, even in a pink month. Thank you for standing up for it. Thank the Lord that He allowed you to conquer it. Also, thank you for being the guy you are today. I have always admired you and you are the reason I play drums. Of course back in the days I was not aware of the issues of drugs and alcohol. Again, thank God you conquered that too.

Love ya and God bless


P.S. You are the one and only Catman.

Subject: I love you man. you changed my life.

I love you man. You changed my life.


Subject: I Just Want to Thank You

Dear Peter
I have listened to Kiss since I was a child my favorite song is Beth . I just want to thank you for your music and for being a good role model in my life

Sincerely yours
Dawn A.

Subject: Please read Mr.Criss!! I'm such a fan!!!

Hi Peter!

I've been a Kiss fan since the age of 4. I'm currently 14 years old and still a Kiss fan. I play guitar and other instruments and I write songs. I have a room full of Kiss posters and pictures! You're such an inspiration to me. I love your music and attitude upon life. I want to congratulate you for what you're doing to raise awareness for Breast Cancer for men. That is sincerely amazing. People should know that diseases can occur to anyone. I support you 100% in your project! My Nonno currently has cancer and this is a great outlook for what a great man like you is doing for awareness! I love you Peter!! I hope some day I could one day have the opportunity to meet you :)

-Katina St. O

P.S I just learnt Beth on guitar :D it's my favourite song!!!

Subject: Thanks for putting up with the BS on the Reunion Tour so I could see KISS one more time!

Hi Peter,

I hope you get this email to see how I feel about you. I wanted to thank you for putting up with all the bullshit on the Reunion Tour so that I was able to see the real KISS that I first saw in 1977 in Hollywood, Florida for one last show. Because of your giving spirit to KISS fans everywhere, we got to see you guys play together one last time and I will never forget it. I even cried as I was leaving the arena because I had a feeling that the original line-up couldn't last due to egos (not yours or Ace's which narrows it down.) As you said, it's a shame that you and Ace weren't "allowed" to play at the Hall of Fame induction and it pisses me off that Gene and Paul forgot about what the FANS wanted and put aside their pettiness for one fucking gig!.

Since seeing you guys in Denver in 1996, I haven't gone--nor will I ever--go to another KISS concert because I want the memory of my last concert to be with the guys who started the band, worked their asses off at 10 East 23rd to succeed and who helped me get through some very rough times in my life. KISS has always made the great times better and the bad times survivable and for that I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Take care of yourself Catman and thanks again for putting the fans first! If you do get this email I'd be grateful if you would forward it to Ace with my sincere thanks to him too.

With sincere thanks...Kevin L. S.
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Subject: One great night

I was in 7th grade and my favorite band KISS was coming to Norman OK. Three of my buddies and I went to the concert (my awesome mother drove us) on the Dynasty Tour.  It was awesome! You did a drum solo with your drums rising! I couldn't hear well for two days!

Thank you so much for that memory!

God Bless You!

Paul P.

Subject: G'day from Brisbane.

Happy days to you, Peter -

This is a lightning telegram to say an obese thank-you for being one of the great originals. After 32 years of playing the bass (beginning at 13), I still listen to your drumming. I am a great believer that bass players learn much from drummers & vice versa, so your playing is always rewarding because you play your personality; a wonderful style that reminds me of a cross between messrs. Watts & Starr.

On top of this is your singing; as magically unique as your drumming. I have only been able to see you play once (Auckland in Jan. '97) but that gig remains vividly remembered. Your singing, especially when harmonising in choruses, gives a richness to the other voices that is missing when you're not there. I love all the music, but particular highlights are Symphony, Rock & Roll Over, & Alive II.

I hope that this finds you happy & well. My very best to you & your family -

Geof L.

P.S. My wife, Robyn, & I thoroughly enjoyed your autobiography. Cheers a great deal
for sharing.

Subject: "Veteran" PC Fan...

Hello Peter,

My name is Zakk, I am a disabled veteran who served in the Iraq war. I live in Tampa Bay Florida. I just wanted to let you know that I am a drummer as well and was introduced to you and Kiss by my older brother in the 70's (I am 45 y/o) and your drumming has influenced me for as long as I can remember! These days I am going through difficult times with surgeries and all but listening to you play has got me through as well as your book.

I want to take this opportunity to say Thank you.

I spend a lot of my time watching your interviews on YouTube and performances, which helps me cope with my PTSD by keeping my mind focused on learning great tricks in the drum throne! Anyhow, thank you again and I am proud to tell anyone who asks me who my influence in drumming is,that it is the great PETER CRISS!!!

God Bless,

Zakk K.

Subject: Hero


Living in the UK in the early 1970's American rock bands seemed distant and mystical,I first heard your drumming on Kiss Alive! Which as a young lad blew my head off!!  Just wanted you to know all these years later you are still my favourite drummer, I was old enough to see kiss in 1980 on the unmasked tour, with EricCarr rip, but it wasn't you! I saw kiss on all the following tours.  I had to wait until 1996 at the Donington festival to see the real Kiss! Then again on the following UK reunion tour, magical!

My wife bought me a drum kit several years ago and although I am rubbish at playing I still imagine I am the great Peter Criss playing the La forum or Madison square garden, keep rocking Catman. 


Subject: Thanks!!

Thanks for the inspiration, Peter!! I recently purchased a copy of your 1978 solo album on vinyl!! It's a great listen!!! Coming from a 20 year old from Greenville, SC!!

I hope all is well and that you continue to play live!! Would love a chance to see and meet you!! Best wishes!!

-Blake W.

Subject: Thank you.

I wanted to tell that I read your book and I enjoyed it very much. I learned quite a bit. I also wanted to say thank you for being a major inspiration to me as a drummer. The Paul Lynde Halloween special In ‘76 was my Beatles on Ed Sullivan. You always were and still are “The Man”. Hope to someday meet you and talk drums. Rock on!

Dean W.

Subject: Thank you

Mr.Peter Criss,

As soon as I found out your email,I knew exactly what I had to do.I need to thank you for changing my life.KISS inspired me to do what I want to do and not let anyone critique me. You're a legendary drummer,musician,and human being to me and I couldn't thank you more for what you've done to me.God Bless You Peter! Hope to meet you someday.You are always the one and only Catman in my heart!

Ryan M.

Subject: Thanks

Thanks for the Magic you were a part of in the 70s with KISS. It meant a lot to me.  I appreciate what you did.  I got your book, and can see what a hell you went through.

I hope that you get the residuals from the early days. My first and Favorite album from KISS is ROCK AND ROLL OVER, one I cherish.

Thanks for all you did and have done and are doing.

Best Regards

Campbell M.

A Tasmanian living currently in Florida but I hope to move up to Oregon.

Subject: Thank you, Cat!


I just wanted to send this email, to say thank you!

I've been playing drums on and off since middle school. I also picked up the guitar for a while, and still play a little guitar for fun. I'm a drummer at heart tho, and thanks to your inspiration, am just beginning a career of playing.

I've always loved KISS, but about 2 years ago I read your book. It spoke to me, man!  I took that book, and all it's lessons and applied them to my own life. I can honestly say that you're prolly my #1 reason for trying as hard as I have over the last few years. I even decided, after years of playing, to go back and take lessons, starting from snare 1, to make me a better drummer. Recently, in the last week I have been hired on with a well known band in my area, where I just moved, and I have my first show with them next week. Just as you said in your book, I plan to go out there and play it like its the garden! One of the first songs I learned to play, and also did vocals for with my first garage/jam band was Hard Luck Woman and Black Diamond. I love those songs! The all time Fav is BETH!

I just really want to tell you thank you for being my inspiration, and also how proud I am to call myself a fan!

Rock On, Cat!

Nat "Captain" L.

Subject: Justin H.-Australia (Peter Criss fan)

Hi Peter,

I’m a huge fan of yours, and a Kiss fan since 1978,you are a legend, I was at the Kiss Symphony Concert in Australia, and one of the main reasons I attended that concert was to see you perform. I am so upset and disappointed with the way Gene and Paul have handled and treated yourself and Ace over the years, and more recently in regards to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame fiasco.

Kiss are embarrassing and now sad to watch. It’s just wrong and very hard to watch seeing Eric and Tommy in yours and Ace’s make up.

Gene and Paul have muddied the Kiss legacy by creating this Kiss cover band, and it’s just so disappointing as a real hard core Kiss fan.

You and Ace were the real true sound of Kiss, and you had by far the best voice in the band.

Good Luck in health and life, I am a Peter Criss fan forever.


Justin H. (Australian fan)

Subject: Hey Peter!

Hey Peter! I just wanted to thank you because you were the reason I picked up the sticks in the first place. I have been a Tama player (hyper drive) Starclassics. But a few years ago I bought a dbl. bass 9 drums total DW designer series kit and it was finished in a Bengal Tiger finish it was beautiful but funny enough I called it the Peter Criss kit. If you would like I have pics to see it. I saw you in Cleveland 79 , and five times in Florida. Thank you for the inspiratiom! Rikk Hammer Tampa Bay area.


Subject: Thank you

Dear Peter, my name is Angela and I am 17. As I read your book I noticed we have a few things in common. I just wanted to tell you that you inspired me to get off drugs, belive in myself, and never give up. I also would like to share that I too beat the battle of breast cancer. Thank you for your inspiration, love Angela

Subject: hey

Peter, you will always be The Catman. Nobody can ever take that from you. I have seen you play twice in concert and you are so solid, and one of the best drummers I have ever seen. Keep up the good work. Stay safe. Be The Cat.

Love Jason

Subject: Biography


Great book. The best rock bio written!


John T.

Subject: God bless you Peter

You have been through so much. I also had breast Cancer in 2008. I loved drums as a kid because of you!

God bless and good health for many years to come.

Jersey Girl

Cancer Survivor from Comic Con Chicago

Mr. Criss,

Thank you and thank Gigi for being so nice, gracious and welcoming at the Comic Con in Chicago. I am the guy that told you that I am a cancer survivor also and that I have three cats…..etc. My bucket list is complete now that I got to meet you. You have no idea how you have inspired me throughout my life. I really enjoyed talking to you and your very nice wife about cancer. I attached the picture just so you would know who I was at the show.

God Bless You both!!!

Doug B.

Subject: Sat comic con. Chicago

Not sure if Peter actually gets these emails, but he was so super sweet to my daughter Hannah sat I had to write.

She didnt have the money for an autograph, but he did take the time to talk to her, and gave her a big hug, and one to give to me!

Peter you are a world class drummer, and more importantly, human being!

Thanks for being my inspiration, and so great to my daughter!

all the best,

Jimmy C.

Congrats Peter

Hi Peter,

I do not know if you will read this, but I’m a huge KISS fan and my all time favorites musicians from KISS are Ace and you.

After reading your book I just want to say congratulations for your history and all you have done for us, the KISS fans all around the world.

You are an inspiration for every one out there.

Thanks for all the rock n roll you provide with truly passion.


Vinicius T.

Subject: Hi

I met your wife Gigi outside the hyatt hotel in chicago on saturday with my two cousins. I just wanted to say meeting her was the highlight of our weekend and we enjoyed talking and laughing with her. She is such a nice person and it will be a memory we will have for years to come.

Thanks for the Memories & Creating a New One!

Dear Peter & Gigi,

I had to drop a note and express what a great honor it was to meet you both at the Chicago Comic Con. I brought my son, Mac, who has been schooled in KISStory and is as big a vintage KISS fan as I am. Your respect, genuine and caring attitude towards the fans was great to see.

I selfishly admit that this was a huge deal for me. Been a fan since ’75 when I starting looking at my older brother’s albums. I saw and listened to the KISS records and I was hooked. And having the opportunity to meet you was a no brainer decision.

What sets this meeting apart from others is how you both treated us, particularly my kid. You both were kind, open and gracious. For me, it was great to ask how both of you are doing and hearing a positive update was fantastic. Trading brief stories back and forth was a treat for me. But what you (Peter) said to my kid was priceless. You words were candid and heartfelt and had a huge impact on him.

For me, seeing and watching that interaction was one of those moments a parent doesn’t forget. I thank you for being such a down to earth person who gives back to his fans of all ages!

On behalf of my son, we wish you both continued good health and happiness.

Tom M.

Subject: Greatest drummer ever!!!!

Hey peter just thought i say hello an see how life is treating u these days? I, v been a big fan of kiss since 1978 an i have to say i went to see kiss in july 2014 an it was disapointment to not see u an ace with them. The show suck so for the first time. Wish i could play drums as good as u do . I will never be able to hold a candle to. U an don henley r the reason i play drums. Just want to say how great u r. If u ever tour nashville tn again let me no an i come an see ur show.

Forever ctaman fan. Dean :-)

Subject: Hey


there aren't even words. You mean so much to us. Listen to KISS Alive 2 and tell me those drums are not incredible. Just listen. It is epic. I know Paul put you under the bus. But that's fine Because we all know the truth.

- Jason

Subject: God Bless You Peter!!

Hi dear Peter!!

I know you must have a lot of mails right now and maybe You don't have the whole time to read them. But,when you'll being reading mine I want you to know You're my hero and my idol. I love all things You've made in the Rock&Roll history and I see yours legacy continues till today. Actually I have 38 years old and now my son Jonathan is your fan too. When I show him all videos where you're performing he's was amazed and he's listening your music too. Jonathan want to be like You playing drums and I love that. That's all Peter and thanks for your attention. Greetings from Tijuana,Mexico. I hope You'll be here someday to meet You.

Yours...your fan number 1976....Gustavo.

P.S._ The only and forever original Catman!!!!

Subject: Makeup to Breakup

Hi, Peter,

I recently read your book and really enjoyed it. It's quite a life you've had. I've also read Ace's book and one of Gene's. I liked Ace's book, Gene's not so much. I won't be reading Paul's book.

It's too bad those two wouldn't perform with you and Ace at the rock hall induction. All of us fans wanted that so bad. The only other band I can think of where the fans Demand the original members and only the original members is the Beatles.

I saw you on the reunion tour in 1996 and it was awesome. One of the best concerts I've seen.

Anyway , thanks for all the great music and taking the time to read this.

All the best to you and your lovely wife. God bless you.

Much love, Liz U.

Subject: Makeup to Breakup

I finished your book in 2 days. You have lead a remarkable life! I don't mean it was always the stuff dreams are made of because some of it was a nightmare for you. Your honesty was what I hoped for and was not disappointed. Sometimes, being able to see the real person behind the hype is a letdown. This truly wasn't. I could see the pain you were going through looking back on footage from concerts and interviews. I have to say, the Tom Snyder interview will for ever be my favorite! Seeing you and Ace just being REAL people and the reactions of the others still makes me smile. Of all of the bad in your life, you are fortunate enough to have two-fold the good. You deserve all the happiness and love in your life that you have! It's a blessing you found Gigi at the point in your life when you could let someone like her in. I wish you both many years of good health and happiness and I also wish ( for you ) the ability to heal relationships from your past that still weigh on you. God bless you and thank you for being you. I know you're finished with the makeup, but you ARE the Catman and I'm so happy you're still with us.


Subject: Book


Just finished your book and have to say was amazing read. Happy to have seen you at Donington 96. Pity you never made it to Scotland!



Subject: Hey Catman

Hey Peter,

I just wanted to give you a quick note and say thanks for inspiring me to play drums. You were always my favorite and KISS is not the same without you. I remember seeing you on the Midnight Special and thinking how different and fresh that KISS was.

Also, congrats on being inducted to the RRHOF. Well...I don't want to take too much of your time, but God Bless to you and your family and thanks for being part of my soundtrack of Life.


Jerry T.

Makeup to Breakup Was Incredible

Dear Mr. Criss,

My name is Johnny Floegel. I'm an 18 year old kid from Jersey and a huge Kiss fan. I went to the Rock Hall induction because I wanted to be there for the final time the fantastic four would be on stage together. I just wanted to say that your book inspired me because of your honesty and your perseverance through all those rough years that gave kids like me music that transcends time. Just had to say that you and Ace are the heart of KISS and you guys are true rock and roll. Good luck in your future endeavors.

Black Diamond is the greatest KISS song ever. Your voice shits on Pauls.

Johnny F.

Springsteen KISS and Led Zeppelin forever

Subject: You are the best and will always be the best

I am not as a hard core fan as some but I of love kizz I always followed u through the years . We'll I have been really studying kizz lately and Eric Carr or Eric singer couldnt take your place you will always be the best drummer I've heard kizz will never be the same without you these guys can't hold a candle to you. As far as Paul goes I think hes and arrogant Ass who needs to grow up. Get over your problems because they stink without you .


Subject: Thanks for the inspiration

To the greatest drummer who ever lived. No one will ever replace the true Cat man.  My 7 year old son has been playing drums since he was 3. Thanks for the inspiration.

Subject: Dear Peter

Dear Peter Criss,

Hello you don't know me but I know you, your one of my favorite musicians and your story of breast cancer has helped me very much knowing someone whom I've looked up to through the years went through a difficult time and I'll tell you why January 2012 my wife had taken me to the emergency after watching me falling alone at home I don't remember much except waking up after brain surgery for the next year I felt alone and sad and turned to prescription drugs then I saw your story of what you went through and everyday after I'd put my KISS music on on do my yard work I'd work out stuff like that now today I am back at work no more brain troubles and feeling great...I'd like to thank you for your music and sharing your story or I'd probably never get to where I am. I am so happy you made it to the rock and roll Hall of Fame with my favorite band KISS thank you Peter love you and your music.

Bryan P.

Subject: Thanks For The Memories

I remember the first time I saw KISS on TV back in 1976. It was something I won't forget. The first record my cousin had was a 45 of 'Beth' and 'Hard Luck Woman', which is still my favorite KISS record to date. No one else but Peter could have sung those songs with such heartfelt sincerity.

The original lineup will always be the only KISS for millions of fans like myself . Thank you for giving me great musical memories that will last a lifetime.

Debby K.

Subject: Current kiss lineup

Sent from my iPad I just wanted to tell u I have been a kiss fan for 30 plus years.  U and Ace were the ones I looked up to. Without u guys there is no kiss! The two there now are impostors. I hope one day I can see another original kiss tour. Your one of the greatest drummers in rock and I have always been a big fan of yours

keep rockin!










Subject: Hello Cat man!


I have been a long time Kiss fan, until recent years, and a long time Peter and Ace fan, Ace is one of the reasons I started playing guitar and continue to do so no some 43 years later. Thank you for all the rock and roll over the years. You and Ace have made some great music and I have spent many wonderful evenings reliving concerts though video footage. I wish you well in all that you do. Keep the rock alive man!

Alex Chachula

Subject: Just saying Thanks...

The first time I heard of some band named KISS it was 1975 I was a 12 yr old living on a military base in N.C. Man let me tell ya I was hooked. I ran straight and bought KISS ALIVE 1and the rest is history...and yes I still have that album plus all the rest....I am now a 51 yr old Papaw who works underground in the coal mines that every night to get me ready for work I shove me a KISS C.D. in and go back to them days...I have been blessed with being able to take my wife to see you during the reunion tour and my son during the farewell tour and they became instant fans... I really wish I could take my Grand kids to see KISS but without you and Ace in the band well. .... its just not KISS...and its not gonna happen... But anyway I just wanted to say THANK YOU for the wonderful memories and congrats on your induction into the RRHOF. Damn was that 3 Peace

Rodney N.

Subject: hello PETER

Hello Peter

Greeting from MASS...I just was hoping that I would be able to write to you as I am SO enjoying your Bio .. can t laughing my ass off really!!! A very no holds barred life. You are quite a guy and as an Italian myself I can so relate. You and ACE were the real soul of KISS and I love how you pull no punches in calling out the other two on some many levels....Hollywood should be calling to do a movie of your life !!!

As a drummer and now an Electronica musician/composer, I will admit to not being much of a KISS fan through the years, though I had seen you guys open for SABBATH in Providence RI ( you blew them off the stage ) and headline the Orpheum in BOSTON in the 70's and I am so impressed you made it through the rock n roll circus as you did. You always did rock those drums in concert NO DOUBT !!!
Anyway, I hope you get this and again LOVE the book...maybe you just made a new fan as well.

Joseph H
Russian Winter Records

Subject: Huge Fan

Hi Peter!
I just read your book and I totally loved it and I became a huge fan of you. Hope you will visit in Finland soon! And thanks for making so amazing book!

Nea T.

Subject: Hey

From Paul's book "Bonham wouldn't have worked in KISS, Peter was the right man" Then "Peter is no Bonham" Do you see the madness? It's epic.

Jason R.


Hi peter, I have just finished reading your story, 'Makeup to Breakup' and I must tell you that I felt every bit of pain that you endured throughout your life. Like most other devoted fans of '' The Cat Man'', I could see why you stood out from the others, you were the underdog just like most of us and we your fans could see that was the way. You have so much courage an inspiration to thousands, to open up and tell the world of your life, your loves and your pain. Thankyou for sharing this with us, and thank God you have a beautiful wife who God must of sent you to help you through it.

With my KISS figurines, the Cat Man has always taken Pride of place at the front. I feel my life has had a lot of downs just like you and maybe why I found a spiritual connection to you from the start. We have to stop and be at peace with ourselves, smell the roses, admire those beautiful Mountain ranges and so on.

God Bless You Peter,


Subject: make up to break up

Mr. Peter Criss,

I would just like to express my gratitude to you for the openness in your book. I am and have been and will always be a true fan of you and Ace. you guys were my favorites. The true rock n rollers of the band. i can't even begin to explain the influence both of you had on me and my younger brother. The pictures I have of both of us in Kiss make up and the fact that we would bring all our kiss albums to school every day just so we could look at them. Just wish the chemistry of the original band could have lasted. Your book was great! i could not put it down and read through it in two days. You are a survivor and so are the fans of the Cat Man and Space Ace because in a crazy way we endured the Bullshit you both went through and pulled for you in the interest of the band Kiss. i guess we didn't pull hard enough for you or the mountain just couldn't be moved.  Survivor the absolute beat thing I took from your book. Ive been down my own road being a NY Italian as you have been and i just can't get that Survivor theme out of my head. Thanks Peter for more than you will know.

Loyal Member of the Kiss Army,

John C.

Subject: Paul Q's whether you can read

Paul Stanley interview on his book tour, at 31:04, he questions whether either of you (Ace and Peter) can actually read a book. The low blows can't get any lower. I feel bad for you guys and am sorry he cannot stop. What is WRONG with him? I dislike this guy the more the talks.

Richard N.

Subject: Thanks for the music

Just want to say thanks for all of the great music. I don't think musicians always understand how much their music impacts peoples lives. One song can change your whole outlook at a particular moment. I especially like "Blue Moon Over Brooklyn". Actually, That whole album is amazing. Thanks for killing it live, and making me scream my lungs out.


Subject: Hey Peter

Hello Mr. Criss,

I came across your website and figured that I would just send a message. I am a fan of KISS from the 1970's and the reunion with you and Ace was the second concert show that I attended. While I am not a musician and cannot speak of musical influence, I have read your book and genuinely think that you are a good guy who overcame your demons and are a very brave man. You seem to be incredibly appreciative to be living another day and to be an influence on countless drummers. If anything I wish that you could put out more jazz drumming material but I am not your business manager.

Congratulations on getting into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and may you continue to inspire others.

God Bless,


Subject: Mr. Criss: Wonderful Job, And CONGRATULATIONS!

Greetings, Mr. Criss.

I hope that you and your family are doing well.

Please forgive me for sending this so late, but I just wanted to congratulate you on your incredible honor of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It is one very richly deserved!

I have read, seen, and heard that there was a little bit of something happening “behind the scenes.” I’m sorry to hear about that. However, the bible does have something to say...

Psalm 59:10 (NIV): My God on whom I can rely. God will go before me and will let me gloat over those who slander me.

1 Peter 2:15 (NIV): It is God's will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you.

I would hate to call someone foolish, because I don’t know what causes people to do the things that they do or say the sort of things that they say. They may do it out of hurt, anger, or jealousy. I just don’t know. It makes me sad when this happens, but I know that I can walk proudly regardless of what is said about me, because I am a child of God. I can pray for those who speak ill against me, knowing that all will be OK. It is His sacrifice for which I am grateful, because I know that I have been forgiven through Him. I know from your words, that you know Christ as well. It is an experience like no other...

Thank you so very much, Mr. Criss, for all of the great and honorable works that you have done, one of the most recent being promoting breast cancer awareness among men! I think that men are less aware of their own health than they know. We need all the help we can get!

I hope that all goes well for you. I will definitely keep you and yours in prayer! God bless, and, again, GREAT JOB!


Subect: The book & the Hall


As a longtime fan of the original KISS , especially you and Ace. I picked up your book recently and just finished it yesterday. I loved it. Knowing most of the bands history and inner struggles anyways, I really enjoyed the parts on your upbringing and family life and your relationships through the years. I enjoyed your intro into drumming and music and your progression into bands etc. I truly felt this book was from the heart and showed how much you care for people and your dedication to the bands and certain friends & family over the years, along with your struggles you had. It also shed a lot of light on what we as fans already knew about the other 2 and how the mistreatment was so blatant. We can go on for a while about that and how wrong it is. I will never give a dime to the “KISS brand” as it is today. But would for the KISS band if it were to include you and Ace.

I found myself as I read sections of the book when releasing an album , I’d play those albums again for a couple days at a time and when I got to a new section of the book and a new album was coming out, I’d pull that from the collection and listen to it as well. Even when you got together for the Unplugged album. I’ve been listening to the last 4 songs on that as well. But nothing in between the years you were gone or after the unplugged as well.

Lastly I want to congratulate you on your introduction into the Hall of Fame, which was long overdue as we all know. It was somewhat of a bummer for me that you didn’t get to enjoy your night as it should be when an honor like this happens and we know who we can look to for this being taken from you. For me it would’ve been nice to see you sit behind that kit one more time to bang out those songs and also given you one more moment of Beth in front of the Hall of Fame audience. We all know that would’ve brought down the house there whether your band mates would’ve agreed or not, that’s a huge, huge part of your history. We all know it’s true. Would love to hear some new music with your voice in it.

Stay strong & stay you,


Subject: HOF


I wanted to send you an email to congratulate you on being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You are very deserving! Thank you for all the great memories that I have of you and Kiss. I hope to see you again sometime in the future - either performing or at some conventions. The fans love you so much!

Best regards,


Subject: Thank you!


I'm a swedish guy who have followed you ever since I got "rock and roll over" as a
christmas gift back in 1976.
To me you will always be the number one drummer in the world and I'm so happy that I
had the opportunity to see you live in Gothenburg twice during your reunion.

Best regards

Subject: Great book

Hey peter great book I just finished 2 weeks ago really like how you told your story!!! was a great read.. and glad to see you guys get into hall of fame and thank you for all the years of music you gave us..

god bless


Subject: Peter Criss

Dear Peter,

Just wanted to say I Love You!!! You are an AWESOME musician!! I am 40 years old, and you are the reason that I started playing drums. When I first heard your drum solo on 100,000 years off of ALIVE!, and the way you put your heart and soul in both playing and singing Black Diamond, It literally sends chills down my back every time I listen to it!!!

Just want you to know that you are and will always be my favorite member of KISS. I had the pleasure of seeing you during the reunion tour of 96' and I was in heaven! I lost my voice from screaming so loud!!! I'm so glad that you don't have cancer. I wish you the best in all that you do. You and Ace are KISS and what made KISS great!!! Keep Rockin' my brother, and much success in the future.



Subject: Thanks for being an inspiration

Cat Man,

As a young drummer in 1977, you instantly became a major inspiration and influence. Having played consisently for over 40 years, I can still hear your influence coming out in my playing. Your drum solo in 100,000 years remains my favorite solo to this day.

I just wanted to say thanks for the years of great drumming. Below are pieces of my original kit...inspired ny the color of your drums on Kiss Alive. I doubt I will get a response from you (perhaps your people instead), but, I've said my peace.

Thanks and God Bless,


P.S.: what you said in your RRHOF speach is will always be the Cat Man!!

Subject: Thanks, Cat!

Hey Pete,

As a life-long fan, I am so disappointed that the original (and only true) members of KISS will not be performing at the induction ceremony. Gene and Paul never cease to amaze...

I saw your interview on That Metal Show and was truly touched. You're an inspiration to so many of us, not simply because you're the one and only CATMAN, but also because of your kind, gracious sincerity and down-to-earth perspective on life. I have long admired your music and your passion, going back over 35 years now, and I am looking forward to some new music and perhaps getting to see you perform live again soon. Though I love the KISS thing, I've never enjoyed a show more than when I saw you (and Ace) on The Bad Boys Tour in Baton Rouge. What a rockin' show that was!

I know this is getting a bit long, so I will close. Luv ya Cat; here's wishing you the absolute very best, always.

Very truly yours,

Louis J. H

Subject: Rock n Roll HOF

I've been listening to your music for 40 yrs now. Loved the reunion tour in 96, felt like I was in a time capsule back in 76! Simmons n Stanley suck for not performing with you n Ace for RRHOF. You guys are TRUE rock n roll and if I recall wasn't Beth the biggest hit ever for Kiss?

Rock on Cat Man!

Subject: Thanks for all that you do!

Hi Peter, wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you, and you are the reason I started playing drums in 1976.

Thanks for all that you do!

Wade O.

Subject: Thanks For The Inspiration!

I've been a KISS fan since I was 9, and began playing drums at 12, solely because of Peter Criss. I'm now 47, still playing drums in local bands and love every minute of it. I just wanted say how much I appreciate your influence, and getting me to pick up a pair of sticks in the first place! And one more thank you for taking the time to talk to me at a show in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, and posing for a picture as well. It's rare you get to meet the person that started it all for you, and for that I'm grateful.

Thanks again!

Darren W

Subject: That Metal Show

I saw you on That Metal Show! I personally do not listen to Kiss anymore due to the fact that Gene and Paul gave you such a small percentage on the reunion tour. God bless the fans they are deceived! Your correct Peter you must forgive to live!

Michael J.

Subject: Great to see u

Dear Peter

It was so great to see you healthy and happy on That Metal Show. I just finished watching it second night in a row to see you. Thank you, Thank you for your talent and great joy you gave a 12 yr old girl back in the day discovering Kiss Alive. I went from Elton to Kiss in a blink of an eye and found real rock and roll. Thanks again. You look great and keep to the beat. Love from a 51 yr old big girl now. Lol


Subject: HOF

Congrats on the h.o.f. as well long over do but well deserved!

Subject: Thank You!

Hi Peter

I just saw you on That Metal Show and thoroughly enjoyed it. Kiss was my first main influence in music and while I don’t listen to them as much these days, I still have the utmost respect for what you guys were. It’s a little sad to see what it’s become now but there’s no denying their importance. I’m so happy for you to be inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame! You must be proud.

Peter I just want to say that I really respect you and wanted to have the chance to say thank you for being a major part of my childhood memories and sparking of a lifelong passion for music.

Much appreciated…

Matt G

Subject: Thank You!

Hey man,

I'm sure that you've heard this a million times over the years.....but I just wanted to take a moment to tell you thanks for everything. My first KISS show was in Memphis, Tn in '79 (I was 8 years old at the time) and I've clung to the music since the early 70's. Yeah, I've grown up and have three kids of my own now.....but hey, I have no problem turning on the mp3 player and air drumming to Deuce, 100,000 years, Black Diamond, etc....etc. Those songs and so many others still have the sound, the heart, the heavy hit that they had back then. Again, I just wanted to say thank you for the memories....and the kick ass music. Btw, congrats on the Rock and Roll HOF induction! Best of luck to ya Peter......rock on man (I'll be air drummin with ya!).

Tony R

Subject: Thank You

Peter Criss! Won't take alot of ur time jst wanted 2 thank u 4 being a huge part of my music life. U r truly a class act & always will b part of mine & millions of other lives. Again my deepest gratitude.

Have a gr8 day

Subject: R&R Hall of Fame

Congrats Catman!

You deserve it. too bad your bros have to b such a holes. u are the best! Been a fan since74,wish u all the best.

Rock on!

Frank A.

Subject: My First

I am not really sure why it has taken me so long to do this, but with all the news of the Hall Induction, it prompted me to think about my start on the drums and visit your site.

My very first concert was seeing you with Kiss and Cheap Trick at the Cow Palace in San Francisco in 1979, and I was hooked. I bought a five piece Black Pearl drumset and would lock myself in my room for hours playing along to my Kiss records. I put on the cat make up more than once for Halloween.

You were my first and strongest inspiration behind the drums and I am thankful for that as I still play today. I am currently playing in a local cover band that covers two Kiss songs and I cant help but think about those beginnings and how much I looked up to you and dreamed of being in your shoes one day, every time I hit my floor tom to start Rock n Roll All Night.

Thank you so much for all the great music. All my best to you.

Hows this for vintage. Me playing in my first band with my Kiss posters in the background. This would have been around 1980.

Dennis G.

Subject: The "C" Word

Hi Peter

Just saw you on That Metal Show and you look great. I didn't know about your battle with cancer and I was very happy to hear of your recovery. My Nonnie LOVED you before she passed from ovarian cancer in '76. She was 56 and she loved your picture from the revolution with the marching did my Mother. We all lived in the North End of Boston and the revolution was pretty big in that area...that pic was everywhere! I was the only italian kid with elders cool enough to be into Kiss...I was only 7 at the time.

Good to see you alive and well Peter. You survived years with Gene so your tough, never give up attitude got you through an even bigger piece of shit! Stay away from him...I don't want to hear about another hospital trip brother!

God Bless You and Your Family...the only Cats in my book!


Salvatore "Tory" S.

Subject: Appearances

I'm a long time Kiss fan since the beginning. I was wondering if you had any appearances in New Jersey anytime in the future. I live in Toms River and would love to meet you and get your autograph on your kiss solo album. Congratulations on the hall of Fame. It's a shame with all the drama that came with it. Sorry you and Ace won't be playing with Gene and Paul on that night. I loved you on that metal show. I agree totally with you about the Cat man make up and the others guys should have came up with there own like Eric and Vinnie. My first time seeing Kiss was on The Midnite Special. The next day my parents bought me Kiss alive and I have been a fan since then. You guys were rock Gods to me. I never saw you guys the first time around so when the reunion and farewell tour came i was in heaven. I finally got to see my childhood idols. You guys are my Beatles.

Thank you Peter for being a part of my life for so many years.


Joseph M

Subject: Great Book

Hey Peter,

I just got done reading your book. It was a great read and I learned a lot about you
and KISS that I didn't know before.

Congrats on the R & R Hall of Fame induction. Well deserved! Keep on rockin!

Mike K.

Subject: Quick Hi

Hey Peter,

Just watched "That Metal Show" online, just wanted to say as a life long KISS fan I'm disappointed that you guys aren't going to preform. I stopped seeing KISS "live" years ago, still love the music just a bit turned off how things are progressing with the current "BRAND".

Anyway just wanted to mention that you came off quite well and got your point across in a classy way.

Just keep in mind that you guys (original lineup) hold a special place with millions of fans all over the world. You are very much appreciated, please don't forget that.

Congratulations of your health, and being the one and only "Catman"

Respectfully yours,


Subject: Book


Just a note to let you know I was a Kiss fan from the first time I ever heard Kiss. Kiss however is not Kiss now. I don't recognize what is now as Kiss. You are a great drummer then and now. I took my son to see you and Ace about 1995 at 328 Performance Hall. What it was to see you up close beating those skins. Just finished your book and thoroughly loved the no bullshit run down. Man you and GiGi (my wife's name also) have a long and blessed life. I'll always be a fan Catman!


Subject: Florida


When can we see you in Florida? Followed your career since '74 and you were a huge influence on my drumming, would love to meet you someday.

Craig S

Subject: Thank you


A sincere "Thank you"' for the music that I have enjoyed all my life and still do.  Kiss fan since 1975.

All the best,
Steve P

Subject: Congratulations

Hello Peter,

Just wanted to say congratulations on being inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. Without you and Ace Kiss wouldn't be such an important part of Rock n Roll history.

All The Best,

Carl C.

Subject: If it wasn't for you guys.....

Dear Mr. Criss,

I have been a KISS fan since 1976 when a friend if mine gave me his copy of "Destroyer" because he didn't like it. Funny though, it was still sealed when he gave it to me. Anyway, been hooked ever since. KISS has always gotten me through the years. Good and Bad. KISS is so watered down that the taste of nectar has turned sour. In retrospect, I always seemed to be more critical of you and Ace as far as talent within the band. You guys were so much more in tune with the band than Paul & Gene. Although you guys were held back by these two, your lights have out shined theirs even today. The fact that you were denied (I don't care what excuse Gene and Paul have) your light in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Performance does not hide the fact that you and Ace ARE and ALWAYS WILL BE the candles that burn in the window of a dark, cold place created by Gene & Paul. I don't believe that it was about money, drugs, egos and all the other crap that Gene and Paul have reported over the years. I believe it is about power and the control of others that drives them to do the things they do.

I also believe the only reason KISS stays in the limelight at this time is because of the publicity Gene generates.

I will always be a KISS fan at heart, but my heart is saddened by the dark truths surrounding the band I once held so dear.

I want to personally congratulate you for your courage and strength during these trying times. You most definitely are the "HEART BEHIND THE HANDS".

God Bless,

Vicente R.

Subject: Your induction to the rock and roll hall of fame.

I just want to take a moment to reflect on how your music kept me going when the times were tough. I am really sad that Gene and Paul cannot see beyond their own ego's to understand that without you or Ace, they would probably flipping burgers. I wish you all the best, and I will keep you and Ace in my prayers. Hammers up.

Johnny L.

Subject: KISS

Dearest Peter,

It's my honor and priviledge to write to you and tell you how proud I am of you you and the boys for finaaly being inducted into the hall of fame. You are what got me started playing the drums man........I wish the best to you!

Again Congrats!!!

Caring fan,


Subject: I'm Done



Subject: Hall of Fame


Regardless of all of the negativity that Gene & Paul has directed to you & Ace, guess what, YOU ARE A ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAMER!!! Both you & Ace deserve this. You both deserve to have your moment in the spotlight & I sincerely hope you both show up, stand right next to Gene & Paul with the biggest smiles on your faces........why? Because Ace & yourself have shown & proven to Gene & Paul that you & Ace have something they will never have......Class, Dignity, Integrity & Heart!!! And if you are ever looking to talk to someone or looking for a friend, my name is Joe Fanizzi. A Italian from Syracuse, NY. Here. Is my number if you so ever would like to say hello, it would be a amazing gift & honor. ***-***-****.

Thank you for all of the amazing music & gifts you have given us!


Subject: Great Drummer

I have been a kiss fan since 1975, ( I,m 47) I always knew you were a great drummer but I just watched a concert from 75 with kiss playing SHE, the drumming is amazing. There is only one Catman.


Subject: R&R HOF

Hello Peter-

In my humble opinion, you and Ace should go to the induction ceremony. The heck with Gene & Paul, you both have every right to be there. Over the past 10-12 years they've been trying to convince everyone that it doesn't matter who wears the makeup. Well, it's obvious the only reason they're not performing is because they know it really DOES matter. And if you and Ave get a chance to perform Kiss songs there - no matter the format, even if in a tribute band - I say DO IT! You guys proved at Eddie Trunk's party that you still have it.

Hyde Park, NY

Subject: Pete

As a 30 plus year fan of KISS it truly seems disgusting that ego trumps fan respect yet again. Would the Beatles have accepted an award with two people playing the part of Ringo and George? Not only was it disrespectful to ignore the contributions of you and Ace ( who made the band successful to begin with ), it's been over a decade of disrespect just putting people into the makeup pretending they are you. It's no disrespect to TT, and ES, they are talented, but they are not The Catman and the Spaceman, never have been, never will be. It's a rouse.

We are ALL disappointed in Gene and Paul's decision making. For one time, put the crap aside and let's see the ORIGINAL 4 who made KISS what it is.

Beth, Hard Luck Woman, New York Groove....sorry we don't want replacements, we want the real deal.

Life is short, we shouldn't waste it on pettiness. We as fans continue to support Peter and Ace.

Wooster, Ohio

Subject: Disgraceful!


They just continue to disappoint fans. It is really sad and pathetic. I amglad that you and Ace were honest and told fans before we purchased ticketsto see a cover band perform! They are so selfish and have proven it over and over again. I am sincerely done withthem. They have completely made a mockery of anything that you have stood for. All they are doing is protecting their KISS novelty act. I bet in 5 years there will be a full Vegas act KISS band with pyro their bad wigs and all!! Embarrassing!!

God bless Peter. Can't wait for your next album.


Subject: KISS


As a long time KISS fan in my 50’s I was disappointed to hear you and the original members of KISS would not be performing at the RRHOF ceremony. You are KISS!

God Bless!


Subject: Hey Peter

Hey Peter,

my name is Jay. I first want to say thank you for all your contributions in the drumming world. You are what made me decide to be a drummer. When I was about 14 is when KISS was getting back together andputting the make-up back on. I was just starting to get into KISS, and boy was it a life changer. Seeing you on a riser, I knew right then that's what I wanted. Now 16 years later I honestly do not know what I would have done with myself if I wasn't a drummer. Congratulations on being inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame ( about time ) And as fan I am severly dissapointed at the fact you and Ace willnot be performing. I can understand people have had their disagreements thorugh the years. But if I recall, back when it all began, you all starved and struggled together to make KISS what it is today. The idea that for one night it can't all be brushed away irks me. But I digress, I always have the music, and they can't take away what you left for history. In any event stay well and keep up the great work!


Subject: Congrats

congrats on the upcoming induction to the rock n roll hall...your band deserves it...20 years after the fact, but us fans will take it...anyway..ive been a fan since the made me wanna be a rock never happened, but still to this day it was always something i wanted...i wont bash those 2 guys from your previous band, but it is a shame that they wont let this "reunion" happen..its the "original" KISS that made rock what it is and ace have always been 2 of my heroes and deserve the respect from the other sure you have read countless letters like this one so i'll sign off for now...take care and God Bless..when in Vegas, stop by and say hi....


Subject: Hall of Fame

hello peter ,

i hope this message gets to you , first i would like to say im joseph from sulphur,LA i have been a fan since i was 6 and now 42 i am very very upset right now not only for you and ace but myself and the fans who supported the band for all the yrs ..gene and paul and hall of fame have really pissed me off like never before.. i wanted to say to you that i'm sorry for this to be happening to you and us the fans but its important for you to know fans like myself got your back and still love you if you want give me a call ***-***-**** would be good to talk to you i seen you over ten times but never meet you...saw you with ace to back in tx 1995 with ace ...take care real cat man and good luck on you journey.


Subject: Thank you for everything.

Hi Peter,

Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know I just read your book and it was a great story.

You were always my favorite to the point that wen i was 16 years old I went out and bought my first set of drums and I used to play your solos really loud until I could play them note for note. I really couldn't play anything, but I could play the shit out of 100,000 Years

I am so glad that you are in a happy place in your life and you and Gigi are doing what you love to do.

All the best, Much respect and most importantly God Bless,


Subject: One for All


I'm not sure if Peter will read this directly but I felt compelled to write this little note. I recently read you're book and it inspired me to buy the one for all album. I have to tell you that it is one of the most beautiful set of songs I have ever heard!

You are a true talent Mr. Criss & you get better as time goes on!!!


A true Peter Criss fan


Subject: The Best... EVER!

Mr.Peter Criss,

I just wanted to write to say in this world there isn't another drummer that's as strong as you whole life I STUDIED your style I became pretty darn good, but, nothing close to the best..Mr.Peter Criss. Thank you for giving me a life time full of music.

God bless.


Subject: The Book

Just wanted to say I loved the book peter. You’re a true inspiration and the original catman.


Subject: Thanks


I have been a KISS fan all of my life and I know you probably hear this kind of thing a lot, but I just feel it necessary to say thank you. Thank you for being the one part of KISS that really is the genuine embodiment of what the KISS ARMY believes. Thank you for having integrity and a strong sense of family. All the other members of KISS have eventually made me and a lot of other fans feel lied to and had me questioning why I was even ever a fan to begin with. Thank you for all of your efforts and the heart ache and pain that you have endured while trying to both live your dreams and keep me and so many others entertained. Thank you for keeping me company when I was lonely and depressed at different stages of my life. Thank you for By Myself, thank you for Good Times, thank you for I Can't Stop the Rain, thank you for Blue Moon Over Brooklyn, and thank you for being so excited when you sang Beth on Unplugged. Thank you for the first six KISS studio albums which sound like they do because of the Jazz drummer who is playing rock 'n roll on them. Gene and Paul never got that sound again and probably still don't know why. Thank you for the 3 green guitar picks you threw me in Milwaukee in 2003. Thank you Peter for being a real person in a world of Aliens and Robots. I could continue to rattle on, but I doubt you will even see this e-mail or get this far into it if you do, so one more time I will say thank you for being an important part of my life.


Subject: Word of thanks!

Dear Peter,

I just finished reading 'Make up to break up' and wanted to drop a word of thanks for not only a great read, but for being such a large part of my childhood. 

God bless, Peter

Nashville,  TN

Subject: Your Book


My name is Mark & I live in Sydney Australia.

I have just finished your amazing book.It is by far the best Rock n Roll biography that I have ever read.In fact I’d go as far as to say it has now changed my life.Your stories about your marriages,divorce,cancer & being let down by your so called friends were all stories that I related to very closely.Your attidude at the end of the book & your love for your new wife has given me a bit of hope that I may do the same.

If you read this great,but I had to try & let you know how your book has changed me.



Subject: Your Book

Hi Peter,

Thank you for your honest and interesting book - I read it in three days and I usually take weeks or months. Of all the books written by and for KISS, this was by far the most honest and believable.

FYI, I ran a KISS fan club in the 80s and 90s and I've met and interviewed everyone ever in the band but you. Maybe someday.

I just wanted to pass along a note to say thanks for the incredible memories.



Subject: Loved the book

In my opinion kiss is like a good cooking recipe, each band member brought there own ingredient to the recipe of good music. Without Peter and Ace your getting the generic recipe just not as good, congratulations on hall of fame


Subject: What a wonder fulll book.

Hi Peter,

I don’t know if you will reply to or indeed even get this message of support, however:

My wife Angie bought me your book “ Make-up to Break-up” for Christmas, my having seen Kiss in it’s various incarnations, although alas never with you in your rightful position.

Your book and life story is quite inspirational with that never give up attitude of yours, and written in a way to appeal to the common man.

Well done on being man enough to get your story in print and out to the masses.

Best wishes from the bottom of the world here in New Zealand.


Subject: Appearances

Hi Peter (and Gigi),

I hope both of you are well, and Congratulations on your induction Peter into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It is an honor that is long overdue. For over 40 years you have inspired countless boys and girls, myself included, with your music and talents. You have left a legacy that will inspire generations to come. I was 3 1/2 years old the first time I saw KISS on the Mike Douglas Show in 1974. As soon as I saw you behind that drum kit I was a goner, and I have been your fan ever since.

I also want to tell you how much I admire your integrity and taking the high road after the repeated bashing you have received from Gene on his social media feeds and Lydia in her recent interviews. The fact that you have remained silent and not sunk to their level shows me that you are a decent honorable person, and you have no need to get into a mudslinging contest when you have the truth on your side.

I am hoping to see you in NYC in April and watch you accept the honor of being inducted into the Hall of Fame. I am curious if you are going to be making any more public appearances while you are there? I did not see anything new for this year on the website.

I cannot wait to hear the new album you are working on. And I hope that you and Ace can play some dates together this coming year in support of each other. Your performance at Eddie Trunk's party was magical, you and Ace were always the highlight of KISS to me, the spark that made it ignite.

Take care of yourself, God Bless you Catman (the REAL Catman). Big hugs and kisses always.


Subject: BLOWN AWAY by your book!

Hi Peter,

I have been a fan of yours since I purchased "Dressed to Kill" at the age of 12. I finally got around to purchasing your book for my NOOK and I have to say that I am sorry I waited as long as I did... What a FANTASTIC read! I literally could not put it down and devoured it in two days. It confirmed suspicions I have already had about the "other guys" and made me think about so many other aspect of life and the entertainment world...

Being a NJ born and bred Italian guy, I could truly relate to your childhood. And now that I am cracking 50 this March, find myself soul searching like you did... (I was in the entertainment business for 15 years myself).

But regardless, I felt the need to reach out to you and express what a great job you guys did on the book and I believe every word of it.

Your friend,


PS... I am now going to find and purchase your latest solo album... I already own the other three...

Subject: Thank You

Hi Peter:

I became a fan in 1977, and even at the young age of 8, I knew you were the real gentleman of Kiss. Don't ask me how, I just did. Maybe it was because you weren't afraid to smile. You just didn't see a lot of that from the other guys.

Also, you were dressed as a character, but unless you were forced to for some promo or photo shoot, I never got the impression that you were trying to be "in character." You weren't a cat; you were Peter from Brooklyn dressed in a cat costume, and it made it easier for us, as fans, to relate to you. The other guys were usually either putting on a show for the camera, or hiding from it because they didn't feel they owed it to the fans who made them stinking rich to be a little more accessible. It was impossible to get a glimpse of who they really were.

I read your book last year and wanted to say thank you for your openness, hard work, tremendous sacrifice, and for sharing your talents with us. Naturally, as it was with most kids then, the band's theatrics drew me in at first, but I quickly grew to love the pure, organic rock sound you guys put together. You just don't hear much like it these days. Everything is so heavily engineered. It's crap. (And who the hell invented the autotuner, anyway? Dude should be shot.)

Anyway, it was your mastery of your craft that held that Kiss sound together. You rock, Peter, both as a musician and as a human being. Thanks from the bottom of this fan's heart.

Portland, Oregon

Subject: FAN




Subject: Thank you for being you


I began playing drums when I was about eight years old and heard my brother playing his Kiss albums. When I heard you sing "Beth" and also play drums, I came to the conclusion that you were probably the only real musician in the band. When I started playing, I didn't have drums, but built a kit out of cinder blocks and hub caps I found around my neighborhood. I used my mom's wooden spoons as sticks and played Destroyer and the Alive albums, trying to keep the beat with you.

Later, of course, I marched in a marching band and began with the basics. Today, I'm 45 and I still play drums in my praise and worship band at church. I guess I say all that to say this: You changed my life for good. Your drumming skills, your voice, and your Christian identity made me, late in life, want to play drums, but to play them for Jesus.

To warm up, I still play a drum solo that you did--I guess on the Kiss Alive II album.

I just wanted to thank you for being a good, Christian drummer and sharing your talent with us. While I love Gene and Buddy, my first influence was you, Man. I appreciate it so much.

Grace and Peace,


Subject: Your Book


Huge fan of biographies and your has been one of the better ones!! Been a fan of Kiss since I was 8!! Babysitters albums! Good luck on the coming RRHOF celebration.  So deserving and I hope credit is given where credit is due! Thanks for such an  entertaining book.


Subject: book, career, fans

Dear Peter,

Just a note to let you know I have always been a big fan of Kiss. Still listen to the old tracks as well as my son, and grandson. We three are musicians. I must speak frankly that I admire you and Ace among all rock n roll figures with Keith Richards running a tight third. My son's 25th birthday was at 328 Performance Hall in Nashville as I surprised him with tickets for he and I to see Ace and Peter! Make no mistake seeing you two up close performing just about blew the three Kiss concerts I went to out of the water. What an electrifying show. I got your book as a Christmas gift from my son. What can I say you can't hardly put it down to go to bed. Whatever in life you do most, keep on doing it. You earned it Catman (the only real one). God Bless you and your family and thankyou for all the good tunes and entertainment you have provided for me over the years and the years to come.

Fan always,

Subject: Your Book

Hi Peter,

Just reading your book. Amazing read and life story. I can't put the book down.  Your an awesome drummer and your solo albums kick ass. I'm in to all styles of music.All the best to you and your family.
Fan forever.
(AKA Marky H)
Subject: Just finished your book

Dear Peter,

I just finished reading your book. Man, what a ride your life has been! What an eye opener to what really goes on behind the scenes. 

As an outcast child of the 70s, I was a big fan. But out here in Rural SW Kansas, there were few radio stations, and they were all country. I would always have to wait until night to pull in the distant radio stations. I don't remember how many times I heard 'Beth' play before I finally heard a Dj say who performed it. I was floored!

Anyway, you were playing the Farewell tour in Wichita Ks on my birthday in Aug 2000. My wife andson surprised me with tickets to the show. So we made the 150 mile trip to se you. We were standing against the front rail on Ace's side of the stage. The crowd surge was so bad that security had to pull my wife out to keep her from being crushed. But she surprised me later with an drumhead that said 'Farewell 2000' and has your autograph on it. Anyway, after reading your book, I hope it is really your autograph. Doesn't sound like you got your fair share of whatever she might have paid for it regardless, which should have been 100%! The drumhead has been proudly hanging on the wall in my office ever since. Best birthday present of my life, great show with Nugent and Skid Row and THE ORIGINAL KISS!

Thanks for the memories, the shows, the music and the book.

Forever a grateful fan,

Subject: really enjoyed your new book!

My daughter Alysha bought your book for me on christmas.  I was intrigued by what actually happened to the original kiss line up but wasn’t surprised. What really effected me was your battle with drugs. i actually was crying because I could feel your pain.  Reaching out for help and having a friend to help you get going and help give you hope back in your life.  I have had  things in my life that is similar. I also played in a band in the 80’s. Had alot of fun, did free gigs but couldn’t get guys serious enough to go for it. We over the years have split for reasons of alcohol abuse. two of the guys can’t work because they can’t stop drinking and one other guy drinks buy holds a steady job. He was my best friend growing up but has forgotten about the old days like when my Mom would sing him Old Mcdonald Had A Farm or when my Dad ( Big Jim ) would pick him up over his head and hold him against the ceiling. Now when I got ill he doesn’t return my calls. It took are old drummer over 2 years to tell his wife that he was going to see me and she would just have to get over it. I’m happy that he did. Him and I jam once a week and its great. A good friend, wife and family with God has helped me to to get out of the dark My life was great till I lost my self to Bipolar Disorder but I took the first steps to get the treatment that I needed. I lost most of my friends, almost lost my job where I have worked for the city parks department looking after swans and being an arborist. In short I just what to say that you have alot of courage for all your battles and in the end victories.

Thanks Peter Criss, God bless you to.


Subject: Hi from Ireland

Hi Peter from Ireland the home of the black stiff (Guinness) you inspired me to play drums in my opinion you are better than that other imposter drumming for kiss in respect for you and ace I cannot watch kiss play congrats on your injunction bout time you got in slainte from Dublin.


Subject: Great Book!!!

Hello Mr. Criss,

I want to write you to tell you what a great book you wrote. Thanks for sharing you life with us! Also thanks for sharing that you love God!

Thank you,


Subject: Loved Makeup to Breakup!

Mr. Criss,

As a lifelong die hard Peter Criss / KISS fan since I was 10 (I'm now 46) I truly want to thank you for writing your book Makeup to Breakup! I truly enjoyed reading it as it brought back tons of memories for me regarding you and KISS.....Wow what a life you have had sir!! I couldn't put the book down finished it lickety split.....funny thing is I'm not a huge reader my wife kept laughing at me! In my opinion you were the most creative and passionate force behind the band!  You were my favorite from the get go (love son is a bad ass one right now in his high school) SO should have sang lead on more KISS songs as I love the ones you do sing lead on as well as many of the other songs you sing that you have created through the years away from KISS.

I finished reading your book Wednesday night and then driving to work on Thursday morning I did an IPOD shuffle concerning all of my KISS songs (and I have a kazillion of them)....Funny thing is most of the songs I heard on my 40 minute drive to work were ones you sang lead on!  divine intervention after reading your book?!? :) One other thing every year my fantasy baseball team is named "Black Diamond".....guess who has won the most titles in our league?? Yep me... :)

Thanks again sir for writing your book.....may god bless you, your family, and friends....

Peace and love from Houston, Texas!

Subject: Thank You

Dear Peter,

Thank you for sharing your story. I have always been a fan. I was so sorry to hear everything you went through with the other members of Kiss. No matter what, it looks like you ultimately came out on top! Thank you for being the face and voice of breast cancer in men, I have no doubt that you have saved many lives. I normally don't write celebrities, but I really enjoyed reading your story. I'm glad you have found happiness and contentment in your life. You seem like someone that would be a great friend.



Subject: Jamming with you now

Hey Peter ,

I decided to see what you were up to and found your site with a contact link available. (Too cool)

I have always enjoyed your playing and just wanted to say thank you for everything.

From Tampa Fla.


Subject: Amazed

Dear Peter, As I write this, I have still yet to fall asleep. It's 4:21AM on a cold Seattle Tuesday, and I just finished reading my Christmas present that my girlfriend gave me: Your autobiography.

It's very honest, often times funny, some vulgar (hehehe), and very emotional. It took a lot of gusto and brass to write something so brutal, and I don't know the right words to describe it all. Some of it made me tear up. Boy, did I tear up.

A little bit about me: I'm about the same age as your daughter, so growing up in the 80s there would be these pictures in magazines of men in makeup that looked like they could summon Godzilla or Voltron. Who was I to know they were a rock n roll band? I was intrigued, and I wanted to learn more! Access to the music was kind of tricky, for my parents weren't much of fans (they were more RUSH, SRV, Eagles, Blues)

...but my uncle Dean was. As I got older, I got more curious about this spectacle known as KISS. Well, thanks to my uncle Dean (who is also a drummer) I had the joy of listening to all the LPs from the beginning to Dynasty, and I was hooked! But I have to tell you something: the pinnacle of my life was when my father got me tickets to see you guys play in 1997. What a rush! I got to see what I never thought I would; an era that I wasn't even born in magically shows up like from a time warp! You all were awesome. My dad was even thrilled with the tunes and the spectacle! We got to be in the seated area, and we were nearest to Ace, with a perfect view of you and the other guys. You and Ace were in perfect view, so it worked out for me! I still remember you doing your drum solo. If I had a time machine, I would re-live that experience (except for Sugar Ray. Ugh.)!

But that was the ONLY time I saw KISS. It was the original line-up, the hits, and honestly one of the greatest concerts ever! I'm sure you get this all the time, but thank you. Your music has got me through some rough times--Rock and roll can be very uplifting! I've been addicted since I heard that sound. :)

I'm a musician playing guitar in an industrial metal band called Mixed Messages. Although our sound is heavy and fast, I still credit KISS as a major influence, although I embarrass myself by trying to imitate Ace's swagger when I play. Hahaha My girlfriend also plays in the band as the bassist. Her name is Sharon and we've been together for almost 6 years. Our bond is heavy, and we connect with our music.

I realized I just rambled BIG TIME. Let's hear it for insomnia! Anyway Peter, thank you for sharing your life with me & everyone else who is a fan! Much love to you and Gigi, and I hope 2014 will be a successful year! Oh! Congrats on being inducted to the Hall of Fame. I hope you get to play one last time with the other 3 guyzos, and it that it will leave a happier note. You deserve that, at least. I'm happy for all that contributed over the years from beginning to current, but it's time to celebrate the 4 that started it all. Again, thanks. Oh! It was cool to see the footage of Eddie Trunk's party! You still got it, Cat-Man!!!



Subject: Makeup to Breakup

Loved your book ,learned about Jerry Nolan i always loved The Dolls music.As a huge fan of Kiss i learned  more, your honesty bleeds through pages.

Thank You,


Subject: Huge Fan

Hi Peter,

I am a huge fan of yours and a musician inspired by your work.  Congrats on your induction into the hall of fame, it is a long time coming.  God bless you for all that you've done for the world, you are a great inspiration.  Maybe one day fate will have our paths cross and I will get the chance to shake the hand of the man who helped shape who I am today.  God Bless.



Subject: Makeup to Breakup

Peter :

I just completed your bio in 5 days flat. It was such a great read. All of the standard "rock and roll clichés " aside, there was so much more to be found in the pages of your book that most rock stars might be fearful of sharing. Situations that many people can identify with and draw strength from which are too numerous to mention. The vulnerability, rejection and fear. Ego usually forces that type of narrative out for most. I was most moved by the "conversation with God" self dialogue you chronicled on page 360. I find myself doing the very same thing, the "replies" just come right at you as if from somewhere divine. I always walk out of a silent church feeling better. I wanted to congratulate you on your Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction that is long overdue. I was 9 years old when I stared getting KISS on vinyl, now its all on CD and in regular rotation. I hope to run into you in NYC some day. Oh and because there were so many references to Morrison and The Doors, indulge me in giving a listen to my cover of me singing Roadhouse Blues with my band RADIO DAYS ( see link below ). We've been together for 5 years and have drama as well, thankfully on a micro level. God bless you and the family, have a great 2014.


Subject: Thank You!!

Hey Peter,

My Name is Joe McGinness, I am 30 years old from Moriah NY,  and a huge fan of yours. Just wanted to Say thanks for changing my life for the better and influencing me As a musician and as a person. Im also very proud of you for what you're doing with spreading the word on Breast cancer. You've always been one of my favorite KISS Memebers as well! I read your book which I thought was Amazing!  The Best KISS book ever!!  It really made me realize that with all you have been through in your life , you seem so sweet and sincere , as well as most appreciative for what you have been given. As a Musician myself, even though I mainly sing country music I find myslef listening to your stuff an awful lot for inspiration. Once again thank you so much for everything you have done in your career that has helped me out. Also finally, Congrats on the Rock n' Roll hall Of Fame Induction!! You have deserved it for a long time and I'm sure your mother and father would be so proud if they were here to see it!!

God Bless ,

Joe McGinness

P.S. If you're ever in upstate NY Let me know . My Family would love to meet you!!
Subject: Thanks

Dear Mr. Criss

I just finished your book, I pretty much read it strait through in 10hrs or so.. Couldn't put it down. I have been a KISS fan since Alive, I was born in Terre Haute in 68' and grew up across the river in Illinois.

I have always been an Ace man, being a guitar player, but I'm a big admirer of you as well. I am glad you have came out of the other side of the meat grinder that has been your life. You are an inspiration to me.

I have had my own share of ups and downs in life as well, culminating with a shattered 5th vertebrae in my neck this last August due to diving head first into a 4' above ground pool. Long story short I should be paralyzed from the neck down, but I'm not. There were 2 other people in Indianapolis Methodist Hospital that week alone with the same injury and the same circumstance as me that week alone that will never use their arms or legs again.

I have struggled with myself since this accident occurred. I have not been able to return to work, I work in a telephone switch office for Frontier, formerly Verizon. I have put my wife and kids through hell as well as myself.

I guess what I'm getting at is I can relate to a lot of your experiences and feelings. I have spent a great deal of time feeling sorry for myself, questioning God, friends and family. It has been very difficult, but I should be thankful. I can walk, play my guitar, make love the whole nine yards.

I love all the sex, drugs and R&R stories that I have read in numerous books, like Slash, Duff, Anthony Kiedes, Sammy Hagar, Ace etc....but your book had a heavy message of faith that really inspires me to get off the mat and own my flaws and realize what a great life I have and another chance at life.

I didn't mean to ramble, I am just emotional right now, I teared up a couple times while reading about your life and how you are trying to root out the negativity and some of the bad experiences that you've had and it has affected me.

Thanks for the inspiration.


P.S. Congrats on the HOF, you are so deserving.

Subject: Happy New Year and Congratulations for the RnR Hall of Fame

Hallo Peter Criss,

I am 46 years old and a Fan of you ,and Kiss ,since 1978. Congratulations to You and KISS for the  induction into The RnR Hall of Fame. I wish you and your Family all the best for 2014.
Best wishes and Greetings from Thomas
Subject: Congrats

Hey brother.

Congrats on the Hall of Fame. Hope Gene and Paul do this right. Only Gene ,Paul, Ace, and Peter are KISS... We the fans will accept no substitutes for this honor... Keep your head up, its all good..


Subject: Induction Rock n Roll Hall of Fame

I can't really think of anything else to say but congrats and awesome finally you guys get some of the recognition that you deserve I think you're one of the greats that has actually done something good with your fame there's really no way that any of the  fans would understand what you guys havegone through addiction sickness eggcetera but you came through it all and lived to tell about it that's phenomenal in itself no words can describe how I feel about all 4 of you being on stage one more time in my lifetime nothing short of awesome no matter what's been said over all these years it took all four elements to bring you guys to greatness I feel you're one of the best drummers in my lifetime and it's just not kiss without you and ace it won't be right ifall four of you aren't there I hope you guys can work it out god bless congrats again it's well overdue and well deserved.

lots of love

lifetime fan

Subject: Hi peter I loved your drumming

You are a great drummer and singer special beth your the only one can sing that not a imposter


Subject: 43 yr old fan reading book :)

Dear peter,

I am 2 chapters in on reading ur book my wife gave me for x-mas. I'm tickled reading all ur drum idol's. Most I haven't heard of.. I'm 43 now & let me tell u at 7 yrs old MY idol was this guy from this band my older sis got me into. He had make up like a cat on & the band was called kiss!!! Yes You! I'm sure u've heard this a million times now. But I had never seen or heard anything like it! Now, I never made it in a big band, but still play drums as hobby to this day, & follow music like u wouldn't believe. Now teaching my 8 yr old son drums! U've inspired so many people! Thank you for what u have done in music & life of it!

Can't wait to finish book :)

Take care!


Subject: Thank You

Bless you peter for all the great music I been honored to listen over the years .

And finally , congratulations on the rock 'n roll Hall of Fame.

Fan for life Jim R.

Subject: Alive too

Hi Peter!

Just messing around with my new iPhone...downloaded Alive II... And thought wow! maybe I can email Peter Criss...thanks Peter, what you did on this album influenced me forever. Just awesome! Hope 2014 is the best ever!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!! God of Thunder just started playin' and I gotta run.


Kevin C.

Subject: Cat Man

Dear Peter,

I attended my first KISS concert at the age of 4 and have been a fan ever since. My Dad is a KISS fan and he introduced me to y'all. You are by far the most talented drummer that KISS has ever had and will have to me. And if I may say so, you are by far the most talented percussionist that I have ever heard.

Congratulations of being inducted to the Hall of Fame, it is long overdue for you guys. You are definitely a class act, humble, and talented man. You will always be The Cat Man. And to me it is a disgrace that Eric Singer is wearing your character and creation while performing with KISS. I just had to get that out of my system.

Thank you for sharing your talent with the world and Congratulations of your induction into the Hall of Fame. God Bless You Peter and YOU are the one and only Cat Man.

With Love,
Michelle L.

Subject: Congrats

Hi Peter,

Congratulations on your induction into the Rock and Roll hall of fame.

I am a drummer, have been for a long time and I learned a lot from your playing early on in my drumming days. I was a Peter Criss fan. Still am.

I hope the future brings you happiness and success in everything you do. Keep drumming and I'll do the same.

Thanks Peter!!
Dave G

Subject: HOF

Hi Peter,

Fan since the beginning.

Just wanted to say congratulations on your induction into the RnR HOF.

Have a great holiday season and hope to see you play with the guys again at the ceremony.

All the best.

Ed C.

Subject: Happy Belated Birthday and Congratulations!!

Hi Peter,

I just wanted to say Happy Birthday and Congratulations on being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!!!! I will be there in April. Your book is great and listening to your music always puts a smile on my face.

I have been a fan since I was 6 years old and am 42 now. You were my Beatles!

Take care and God Bless!

See you in April with the mighty KISS Army!!!!

Scott S.

Subject: Hey Catman...

Loved the book Peter... finished it in 6 days.  So happy that you've been able to exercise the "Demon" and "Starchild" from your life and thoughts... believe me... the fans know them all too well.  Your decency and soft yet big heartedness screamed from the pages. KISS was the first band I loved... I'm sure you've heard that a million times.  I play drums these... everyday... luv it to death.  Whatta feeling!  

Yer one of the True Good Guys Peter!

Congratulations on your truly deserving Hall Of Fame Induction.

Subject: Congrats and happy b-day

Happy birthday and congratulations on your induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Personally I think it should have happened years ago! I don't want to sound like a gushy kid but you truly have been an inspiration to me and one of my heroes since 1977 (I was 8 yrs old then).  I never got to see the real KISS show when I was a kid, but I got to share that experience with my kids when you guys did the first reunion tour. We saw what I believe was the second show of the tour in St. Louis. It was magical! Anyway keep rockin', as will I, and most importantly, keep the faith. God bless you and yours.

Shawn J.
Bernie, MO

Subject: Happy Birthday

Just wanted to say Happy Birthday dude!! and Congrats on a long over do induction into the Hall of fame!!!!

I would love to see you and Ace do a mini tour around the nation!! Please make Grand Rapids, MI a stop!!

Take Care

Larry H.

Subject: Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Peter!

You are such an amazing individual. We have had many opportunities to meet you and Gigi and your warmth is so unlike any other celebrity we've ever come across! You are also a true inspiration as a fellow breast cancer survivor! Thank you! Wishing you a truly wonderful birthday.


Robin and Jeff S.

Subject: Birthday Wishes!

Happy Birthday Peter and congratulations on getting into the Rock and Roll Hall Of

Love you always.

Forever a Catman Fan,


Subject: Peter, Happy Birthday!! From Russia With Love!

Dear Peter,

Happy Birthday!!
With all my heart I wish you many happiness. Let all your dreams, hopes and expectations will come true. I wish you always have cheerful mood, good health, strength to resist difficulties and patience, big success in all your dealings and great personal happiness!

Thank you for the bright light that you giving me and all fans!

God bless you, Peter!!
We are waiting for you in Russia!

With great respect,
Alex L. (webmaster KISSARMY.RU)

Subject: Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Peter!

Thank you for all that you have done for rock & roll and drumming!

Merry Christmas to you and your family and I look forward to seeing you at the Hall of Fame induction!


John B.

Subject: Birthday Wishes

Hi Peter,

Wanted to wish you a very Happy Birthday & congratulations on getting into the R&R Hall of Fame! Well deserved and LONG OVERDUE.

It was such a thrill to meet you at September's Mad Monster- you are so inspiring and have had such a life! You are truly a cat with nine lives.

I really hope you'll make it out west this year for more signings!

Thanks for a lifetime of great music, courage and inspiration!

Your fan of the month for January! ;)

Love and respect,


Subject: Happy Birthday

Hello Peter,

I wish you a happy bithday!
I am a fan of you from the beginning and you've inspired me fir years.
God bless you.

Regards from a huge fan.
Arno Ruigrok from Holland.

Subject: Dec. 20th!!

Happy Birthday Peter
The Original, One and Only Catman!!

Congratulations on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!!


Subject: Happy Birthday & Congratulations

Happy Birthday, Peter & CONGRATULATIONS on the long overdue hall of fame induction! I've been a fan- and you've been an inspiration since '76. Thank's been a great journey!

-Pete T.

Subject: 68


Happy Birthday! 

Gordeev A.

Subject: Happy birthday Peter !

From your biggest Mexican fan: Feliz cumpleaños !!!

Memo V.

Subject: Hello Peter

Congratulations on your induction to the Hall of Fame Peter, it’s about time. How ABBA got there first is beyond human comprehension, and it’s all the more reason why Deep Purple should form an Army.

Look after yourself, and many blessings to you and yours this holiday season.

David “Buddah Dave”

Subject: Hello Peter

Dear Peter,

Congratulations with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame thing. KISS wouldn't excist without you and Ace putting your heart and soul into the best rock band ever. Hopefully the fans will see a small reunion that evening with other legends like sir Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Nirvana members, Hall & Oates, Cat Stevens & Bruce Springsteen singing Rock and Roll All Nite at the end.

PS. Still waiting for your new album, hopefully a release somewhere in 2014?

God bless you,


The Netherlands

Subject: Congratulations Catman!

Hello Peter,

Just want to congratulate you and the other three founding members of Kiss on your recent nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Since 1974 Kiss has brought great music and absolute joy to their millions of fans worldwide and soon you will be getting the industry recognition that has sorely been lacking since the bands inception. This is truly an honor, Peter, and much more than the '45 gold record that you aspired to as a young man. You deserve this award, you worked your ass off for this award, you struggled and sacrificed for this award and all I can say is, "well deserved". I cannot be happier for you and Gigi and hope that your induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is everything that you desire for it to be!

God bless and congratulations!



Subject: Congratulations Peter

You've been the one and only since the beginning. It must feel so amazing to finally be acknowledged by the hall. Dont wanna take up your time, but I love you man and all the magic you brought to KISS. have a good day.

Zach B.

Subject: One Peter Criss

There was always one and only Peter Criss people can dress up like him, but nobody has the heart and soul he has. It does not matter if the band plays together for the Hall of Fame induction, from the night the drummer for Joey Greco broke his leg to the final pages of his book he has nothing to prove. I have been playing the drums for 30 years and sitting back at three in the morning after a show putting Pete"s music on dam There"s Nothing Better. Thank You Peter for picking up the sticks and I hope you never stop making great music.

Best wishes,

Happy Holidays and Happy Birthday

James F A.

Subject: Congrats

Dear Mr. Criss,

I am unsure that you yourself will ever actually lay eyes on this email, however when I found a way to contact you I just wanted to send a huge congrats to you. Although I do not nor probably will never know the true complications between you and the rest of the guys from KISS I am truly ecstatic that KISS has FINALLY made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I am a lifelong KISS fan, and while I always have been and always will be a fan of the music, I was extremely disappointed when you and Ace were no longer in the band. I know the band has moved on with “replacement players” but from a true die hard member of the KISS Army the REAL TRUE KISS will ALWAYS be Peter, Ace, Gene and Paul. It is my sincerest hope that when April 10, 2014 rolls around and the Hall of Fame induction happens for, in my opinion the greatest band ever, that the true members of the KISS Army get the honor of seeing the true members of KISS on that stage enjoying the fruits of their labor. As I said I may not now nor never will know what really happened between everyone in the band, but the best thing about being alive is there is always the chance to make things right and it’s never too late. I truly enjoy your music and song writing ability. Never the less you deserve as much credit as KISS going into the Hall of Fame as anyone else, so again big congratulations on this milestone achievement and thank you for making music that I personally enjoy still to this day.

Thank you for your time and god bless.


Subject: Congrats

Congratulations on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Much deserved and overdue. The induction date is on my birthday, I'm there!

Love ya,

San Francisco

Subject: Congratulations on the induction!


I've been a fan of KISS, and of yours since I was just a kid in the 1970s. My aunt/god-mother thought I'd get a kick out of the crazy guys wearing makeup! Well she was right, and much to my dad's chagrin, I joined KISS Army good and early! Hell, I was Catman for Halloween three straight years (my uncles were the other fellows). Cardboard/aluminum foil boots and all!

My one regret was never getting to see you live. I have seen KISS many times over the years but never had a chance to see the original lineup. Both you and Ace added a unique dynamic to the song writing that I think gets lost...

Anyway, I'm sure you're getting a ton of these but I just wanted to drop a note as a lifelong fan to say congratulations and it's about damn time!


Subject: Hall


First off, congratulations on your induction to the RR Hall of Fame. Must be an incredible feeling. I am very happy for you. If it were my decision, to do something a little different, I would have the original 4 dressed to the nines, like on the Dressed to Kill cover, and be introduced that way. That would be so cool. Anyway, what I am most proud about you (and Ace) is that neither of you have been getting in the mud with Paul and especially Gene, throwing out slighted remarks, barbs and worse - lies about continued drug use and alcohol. From where I am sitting, I cannot understand how someone could do this - and for what purpose? Spite? Insecurity? To Gene, I would say if you're so great and are so confident in yourself, why do you feel the need to tear somebody down to build yourself up or the current Kiss lineup? You (and Ace) have remained classy. You in particular have kept your humor. Ace, rightly so, has defended himself against Gene's inaccurate remarks.

So, I hope you just be yourself, the guy you are now and thoroughly enjoy every second of your induction in April. I hope Gene and Paul can keep their veiled sarcastic remarks to themselves during their acceptance speeches. I think they will, but be prepared to throw a zinger back at Gene if he can't help being himself on the podium. Put him in his place, if you have to, in a humorous but effective way.

I don't care about why you and Ace were in the 70's. I only care about who you guys are now. Paul and Gene can only live in the past. I see those guys actually getting worse as time moves on. I like who you and Ace are today.

Stay well, stay up and give yourself a huge pat on the back for this accomplishment - congratulations Peter. I hope there is still a rock album from you in the wings - would love to hear it.

Merry Christmas


Subject: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2014

My Congratulations Mr. Catman.

You are for me, and now for the rest of the world, an important piece of music history.

Thanks for your outrageous idea called KISS.

Luca (from Italy)

Subject: Congrats Peter on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


As a long time fan going all the way back to the 70's I wanted to extent a long over due congratulations on the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. It seems finally with fan impute some of the bands who are way over due may finally be getting their day. (Fingers crossed in future for Deep Purple). But for today....I am very happy that Kiss and you got in. I hope that I get to see my four "real" ;) hero's one more time on a stage at the ceremony. I also hope that in some way the members who were part of their own era are also recognized (Bruce, Vinnie) and the two who have left us (Eric Carr and Mark) as well as the late great Bill Aucoin.

So sir a giant Congrats to you and to Kiss. Thank you for sharing your music (first album I got was your 78 solo and it still gets rocked today :) later Blue Moon over Brooklyn (amazing beyond words) as well as always being the truest most down to earth, heart felt Rock God out there.



Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas

Subject: Congratulations

Hi Peter

Congratulations being inducted into the hall of fame

Best wishes


P.S friends with Peter H. here in Melbourne Australia.

Subject: Congratulations

Congratulations Peter!

So happy for you that the event is in Brooklyn!!

I spoke with Ace today and he was so excited.

Hope that you and Gigi are well.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Best, Keith

Subject: Congratulations

Congratulations on getting into the RRHOL it is well deserved and long overdue.

Enjoy and be proud of your success in making your dreams come true.

God Bless,


Subject: Congratulations!!!

We All are Very happy for you , Peter!! Well deserved and long overdue!! Enjoy the Honors at the RRHOF!!!

All the Best to you always.... God Bless!!
(just a lifelong fan...Jersey kid living the dream in DC)

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Subject: Hall of Fame

I have been a fan for over 30 years and I am so happy to see Kiss going in the hall. You have always been my favorite in the band . Your unique vocals always added more to the songs than any of the others. I am so proud to have been raised on Kiss music. Love you forever catman.



Subject: Congratulations Peter!

Hi Peter

I just wanted to drop a line and congratulate you for being inducted into the R&R hall of fame and wish you a happy early birthday as well!

I had the pleasure of meeting you this past September in New Orleans. I'm including a picture of you with myself and my father, Clarence, together at Mad Monster! That is a day I will never forget! My dad took me to see you and KISS at the Baton Rouge Centroplex in 1979!

I've loved the four of you guys since I was 9 (45 now), and still just as big as afan! I'm so proud for you and happy that you guys finally got in ! In my opinion,you guys have been there all this while, they just haven't recognized it yet! Thank you so much for being you and taking care of your fans like you accommodated my dad, girlfriend, and me! Never stop being yourself!

Congratulations again! Happy Birthday, too!

Here's wishing you and Gigi a very Merry Christmas as well!

Brian from New Orleans

Subject: Congratulations

Hello Peter,

My name is Luke and I am from Brisbane,Australia. I am a fan of 70's music including Kiss and I am writing to say congratulations for KISS' induction into the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame which you guys truly deserve it.

Best Wishes

From Luke

Subject: Rock N Roll HOF

Congrats Peter You Deserve It . I Will Be There With My Daughter On Her 11th Birthday.


Subject: Hello My Hero!

Hello Peter!

I'm Pablo, I'm from Brazil, and am a big fan of yours!

You sure it was the soul of KISS! Even I have the same cross you on my right arm, I call it the Cross of Peter Criss.

God bless you for all that you mean to me and all fans of KISS!

A big hug from someone who admires you!


Subject: Read the Book

Hello Peter!

I've just read your autobiogrphy. I'm 50 years old and needles to say a Kiss-fan since 1975. I enjoyed reading your book, which tells a different and I guess a more true and honest story than usually presented in media.

To me Kiss ended in 1978, the energy disappeared. And did you know that your solo-album got the best reviews in swedish press?

Just sant to say that you're a true inspiration and the only original member who can walk down the street with pride and your head held high (or whatever expressions you use in America, you know what I mean). Have a good life.

best regards and merry christmas all the way from Sweden


Subject: thank you

Just wanted to tell you I've always admired you as a drummer, but even more as a person. I met you in 1995 in Baltimore and you were so genuine. Thank you for all the great music and writing . The book is incredible.


Subject: Since the age of 10

Since the age of 10, I have been a Drummer,I am now 49,You inspired me right from the beginning,I have studied your every move since day 1. Played only Pearl Drums,You have mentored me in so many ways,I still play to this day at my CHurch with a great Praise and Worship Team,One thing I must tell you,my 3 year old Nephew is starting to play and who does he want to play to:KISS. Carrying on you legacy into another generation.Happy Birthday this month.

God Bless


Subject: Respect

Dear Peter,

My name is Hilbert Kuipers and I’m a 34 year old guitarist from the Netherlands.

I started playin’ when I was 5 years old, I learned my first chords from my dad and developed my own skills.

When I was 9 I got a LTD edition from the 1978 Peter Criss album. That day changed my whole perspective of music.
While all of my schoolbuddies we’re listening to housemusic and hiphop, I spend hours listening to your tracks and slowly got infected with the KISS virus.

I bought all of the records (vinyl) the original line up had made, with Unmasked being the last of them.

By the time I reached the age of 16 a had created a style of playing that was very similar to Ace’s style obviously and I was a frequently asked guitarists for many bands.

In 1996 my dream came true, the impossible suddenly became possible; on December 10th 1996, 7 years from the day I got infected with KISS, the original line up of KISS came to Ahoy Rotterdam.

I went to see you and it was one of the most special moments in my live but, strangely enough, from that day forward I started listening to a wider variety of music, mostly rock oriented.

Toto/Steve Lukather became my favorite guitarist but… you as well as Ace were my reason to pick up my guitar and actually learn to play modern day rock.

From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank you for that, it made me the man I’m today. I’m very grateful, although you never knew this.

A couple of week ago I read your biography and I really was impressed by your story.

Obviously it was fun to read about the early days, the jokes and the infinite anecdotes but most beautiful thing I discovered in your book was the fact I really could identify with your way of thinking. It felt like I’m not the only one with certain problems and I felt understood.

For instance; like you, I really find it hard to pay no attention to justice/ethics and that always got me in fights and arguments with other bandmembers because I don’t keep my mouth shut when something of someone is bothering me.

Also, I did a lot of partying with other women on the road while I’m married…just because I could. I never did drugs though.

It was fun to read and I would like to say that I respect you in every possible way, thats all. J

And no, I’m not gay, I’m just an emotional guy that speaks from his heart.

Maybe a really ambitious and direct question but…how can I create the opportunity to meet you in person and maybe play with you sometime?

It would be a real honor for me, it’s on my bucketlist.

If you’re curious about my playing, you can find out a couple of samples on youtube on which I play guitar:

- Cover Robbie Williams/Angels with me singing and soloing:

- Demonstration Line 6 pod / Musicman Luke guitar:

- Cover Bohemian Rhapsody Queen (during soundcheck):

Hope to hear from you but I don’t make myself illusions, I’m aware of what I’m asking….but at least I’ve tried! J

Kind regards,


Subject: G'Day

hi Peter...

I brought your book so quickly when it came out that it had burn marks on it lol..reading the book for the 2nd time now and just wanted to thank you for investing your time and effort into this book. I will forever be a Peter criss fan...

thank you

(one of your many fans from Sydney Australia)

Subject: Thank you

Hello Peter,

I'm 45 and feel a little strange sending you an e-mail but felt compelled to let you know that I started listening to KISS around 1974 or 1975 and still can't get enough of that sound to this day. It is strange how you and Ace are, in my opinion (and millions of other fans opinions) the two that made the sound that drove KISS to Superstardom, yet you two seem to be denied your just due from Gene and Paul. I want to thank you for nearly 40 years of never ending enjoyment from the music you make and the genuine love you show towards your family, friends, and fans. By the way, hands down, you had the best voice of the original four.

Thank you Peter,


Subject: Drummer from Argentina

Hello Peter.

My name is Martin. I'm Drummer and teacher in Argentina. Just wanted to thank you for being one of my biggest idols on drums. Your playing changed my life and I could make this my job.

I hope you are fine with good health. I will always be grateful!

A hug,


Subject: My inspiration is the Catman Peter Criss!

I've been a KISS Fan since I was 5 years old,I'm now 42 and still Love the original KISS! Not this watered down shit that Paul and Gene call KISS! My Wife,My Son and a friend of the Family got to see you guys at the Rosemont in 96 for the Reunion. It was the first KISS Concert I ever went to and it was the best concert I've ever been to! My Son is the biggest Ace Frehley fan now because of it! You,however are my Sole inspiration! Your Drumming is Unique and powerful! It Blows my Mind! I play also but just as a Hobby! My Son who is an Artist painted a picture of you in the style of the Rock N Roll Over and it Hangs on the wall of my "Mancave" directly across from my Drums! It gives me inspiration to play! You are the ultimate Drummer Catman!


Subject: Spooky Empire Event 2013

Peter and Family,

It was an amazing experience working for you at the Spooky Empire event on the 25th and 26th of October. When you meet someone who is a well known music icon and celebrity, many times the experience is not what you hyped it up in your head to be. To see how you interact with your fans and how much they mean to you was a blessing to observe. The care and respect you showed the fans who had their own battles with cancer was not only emotional  but inspirational to see. I believe if you look up the word "Class" in the Webster's dictionary, you will see a picture of Peter Criss there with his patented grin. God bless you and your amazing family! You are all such good people!

Take care and until our paths cross again! "3" 


Subject: Makeup to Breakup


I read your book this weekend I loved it! Hope you and Gigi are well.thanks for the great read.


Subject: My Take On It

I have followed the band Kiss since the mid 70s when I was in High School.Even played in a Kiss copy band. I loved the sound and the energy of it all.I will never forget that time and just how popular the band was. Of course over time things and people change and no one is perfect.What I mean is that things arent always as they seem.After I read your book as well as Aces my conclusion is that I thought your book is the most honest and upfront.Ace left a lot of gaps because of all his bad habits that caught up to him.That being said I have to give my opinion about the statements Gene and Paul make. I honestly dont care what sins people committed in the past but I really dont want to keep hearing about how bad Peter and Ace were.Quite honestly its disgusting.The band would never be where it is today if all of and yes I mean all 4 original members gave everything they had in the early years. I dont care who had too much to drink or smoke or whatever. What about Genes thousands of women and Pauls pills etc.I just dont see what purpose it serves to keep bringing up all the negatives I for one dont want to hear it anymore. Glad you licked cancer and find yourself at peace in your life.

God Bless You


Subject: Honor and Respect

Dear Peter
I took great inspiration from reading your book, I found it enjoyable and enlightening. The road you've travelled has been very interesting to say the least. I am so pleased that your life is now so fulfilling and rewarding. I greatly respect the work you are doing with the Cancer Society.

I wish you every success in the future.

God bless

Subject: Makeup to Breakup: WOW!!!

Hi Peter,

I picked up your book yesterday at my local bookstore and have gotten half way through it. It was very hard to put down! After a couple of hours I had to face the reality of getting up and going to work the next day and be able to function but I would have rather stayed up and finished. Some of the stories were shocking and made me grit my teeth (nuns...ugh) but there were quite a few times I found myself laughing out loud. I have read Gene’s and Ace’s books (and like an idiot I will probably read Paul's too) but yours is the only one to make me laugh out loud.

I know it wasn't always roses for you in or outside of KISS but I am glad you got through it all and I wanted you to know I am loving this book!

For me, KISS will always be you, Ace, Paul & Gene. I wish you all the best and thanks for the music and the stories!


PS: I also applaud your efforts in bringing attention to breast cancer awareness! With famous faces out there it brings attention and more importantly hope to victims and their families. If you are ever in Maine, the lobster is on me! ROCK ON!!!!

Subject: My Favorite Cat

To Peter Criss,
I just want to thank you for being life and getting me through high school in the late 70's and early 80's. Back then my friend Carmel and i would debate who was better her favorite Paul or my favorite Peter.

So many great memories Beth will always be my personal favorite.

I do hope all is well in your life post Kizz.

Thank you from Australia

Your fan,

Subject: Just a Thank You

Dear Mr.Criss,

I am 50 years old and have been a fan of yours since Alive came out. Although I wanted to play drums as a kid, my parents pushed me into playing guitar. So after 43 years I am a pretty good guitarist but still love the drums. You and Ace were my favorite members of KISS. After reading your book and his I have to say instead of a tie for favorite musicians you shot to the top. I recently saw your appearance on TMS and thought it was awesome. OH, if you ever need a rhythm guitarist I would be honored to help. I personally thought your solo album of the four was the best. I still listen to it damn near every day.

GOD BLESS and keep rockin'!!



Subject: Gene Krupa


I am turning 44 this November 30th. I was a Kiss Fan until seventh grade when Kiss changed and you left. I am still a fan of that period. I have read Ace's book and am reading your's now. (I won't read Paul's or Gene's because I do not believe they would be authentic.)

My three kids are now Kiss fans. (I only play the albums up to Unmasked so that is all they will ever know.)I chose the name Peter as my confirmation name after you and my oldest daughter Dara's middle name is Beth. Guess why.

I also started playing the drums in grammar school because of you. In the sixth grade, Gene Krupa came to our school in Franklin Square Long Island to give a demonstration for the entire school in the auditorium. All the kids thought he was just some old man. I would have too had I not studied every word off the back of every album. On each album you would thank him so I knew who he was. When he arrived, all the kids just wanted to play his drums. I yelled above the crowd that I played the drums because of you and that you played the drums because of him and that because of that I should play! He agreed and I played for the school. A real nice memory I have.

Thank you and I am glad to see you are doing well.


Subject: Peter...


No doubt you get a lot of mail and there is a good chance you are not going to read this. But I won’t know unless I send.

I’ve been a fan since a Monday I stayed home from school sick and I happened watched the Mike Douglas show. 15 years old and trying to explain what I saw on TV the next day in school was nearly impossible. I was a huge fan from 73 to 79. I’ve been a fan still but my real listening years were 73-79.

I just finished your book. Having read Gene’s and just feeling that his book was an all about ME book...he never really got too far into his demons and it’s obvious a lot was there. Not much in apologies from him. I just wanted to say how much I appreciated your book and the truthfulness in it. Believe me...I believed a lot of the crap that was schpeeled out in the past but your book opened up my eyes and I was able to see a lot more when I read Gene’s book again and also Nothin’ To Lose. I purchased your book thinking I was not going to be very interested in it... only to be completely taken with it. I couldn’t put it down. You did what I did not told the painful truth.

Being a KISS fan for so many years...I was glad I purchased your book to at least contribute a little back to you that was taken from you. Me as a fan...I got caught up in the hype. I never really thought any of you all as “real” humans. It was all fantasy. But your book Peter...put it right out there. You ARE human, you make mistakes...but most importantly, you are truthful to yourself and you own up. I can’t tell you how much I respect you for this book. I appreciate you letting me into your personal life. I wish nothing but the best for you Catman. Ya know...anyone can put on the makeup but it doesn’t make you the Catman. There is only one. You!

I hope this email finds you and your family well.

Thanks again for everything Peter. You are now included in my prayers.


Subject: Hi

Hi Peter,

Thanks to God that you are in this world. You are the inspiration for many people in this world like my brother...see ya.

-- Juan

Subject: Read Your Book


I just finished reading your book. Very hard times and a wild early life to get through. I'm near 50 now and I can appreciate taking stock of things and slowing down. All your decisions in life can't be right ones, but that's what life is all about. I saw you play in Harrisburg, PA years ago with Tall Man and Angel as well as with Kiss 2X. You are an awesome drummer and I wish I could see you somewhere again. It would be a treat. Baby Driver, Nothin' To Lose and of course Beth and Hard Luck Woman are among my favorites!

God Bless and Rock on!!


Subject: A Fan of Peter's for 37 Years


Don't exactly know if it will be you reading this, or if it will ever get read, but you were the foundation of Kiss. You've been the drummer closest to my heart all of these years, and probably will be until the end of me. Your drum style has always been the high water mark I have judged other drummers by. I walked 12 miles round trip back in '78 to buy my Solo albums, and yours is still the one in my car I listen to with any regularity. It was different than the other guy's, but it was quite well done. You haven't deserved the things thrown at you by others. You will forever be my favorite Kiss member. Thanks for the music Pete. Hope your health is well.

Much much love and respect.


Subject: Hello from Billy

Hi Peter:

First I want to say, THANK YOU FOR ALL THE GREAT MUSIC AND LIVE PERFORMANCES YOU HAVE GIVEN US FANS. The ONLY KISS I KNOW AND ALWAYS WILL KNOW IS: Paul. Gene. Ace and Peter!!! NOT TOMMY AND ERIC!!! After you and Ace left the band, I REFUSE to spend MY HARD EARN MONEY on a COPY BAND!!! Today, KISS is a TRIBUTE BAND!!!!! Gene and Paul ruined the KISS LEGACY!!!! It's sad to see FANS of today buying into the bullshit!!! The last time I did see you play is when you opened for Aerosmith. At first, I was against it because Ace wasn't there and second, KISS wound up being an OPENING ACT!! Also, the show was LESS THAN THE AVERAGE KISS SHOW. And to top it off, ALOT OF THE GREAT KISS SONGS WERE NOT PLAYED on that tour, Calling Dr. Love, Christine Sixteen, Strutter, etc. Anyway, I had to write this to you. It's sad to see this happen and THIS IS WHAT MONEY DOES TO PEOPLE, Gene and Paul are treating this like you said, a brand NOT a band!!!!

Take care Peter and hope to see you make MUSIC AGAIN!!!!


Subject: Greetings from China

Dear Mr. Criss,

Greetings from Shanghai, China. I am a Finnish guy living here with my family, always (well, since the age of 6 at least, starting 1976) been a big fan of KISS, meaning the period when you were in drums. My son (Daniel, now 7) also made his version of the cat mask when they had a party at school last year. This week I finally got a copy of your book here in Shanghai, and now in 2 days I have already finished it and I must say it is the most entertaining book I have read in a long long time. The only regret is that I did not get a signed version, but you cannot have it all, right? Very inspirational story also, the real chance to see what a beautiful person there is behind the beautiful mask! I just had to finish it almost non-stop, had to get up in the middle of the night to continue the story, what a trip it was! I want to wish all the best for you and your family, after all that you have been through.

Much love & respect with kindest regards,


Subject: This is a letter I wrote to Gene.

I find it odd that Gene & Paul continue to bad mouth Ace & Peter, but have no problem singing their songs and using the old photos/footage when promoting pretty much everything and anything.

If it weren't fro Ace and Peter KISS would be NOTHING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Last Concert I have Seen was The Last OF THE FOUR ORIGINAL MEMBERS OCT. 08. 2000 Charleston SC IT Should of ENDED THERE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KISS FAN FROM 1973 to 1983-1996-2000 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


P.S. We all know the Ace and Peter were screw ups. That's what made them fun !!!!!!!!!!!!! STOP LIVING OFF THE OLD IMAGE OF KISS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOUR WIFE ALMOST LEFT YOU BECAUSE ALL YOU CARED ABOUT WAS MONEY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WISE UP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Subject: Hello


Long time fan, Just wanted to say it's not the same without you and Ace. Never will be.Anyways I went to see the reunion tour in 96 and you guys were so fresh and kick ass, tons of energy and great show. Just went to see the Monster tour (Hard Rock Hollywood, Fl) and what a disappointment. Sounded horrible, everyone looked bored on stage, Didn't even sell out. Songs were played flat and it wasn't Peter Criss on the drum's... At least I have great memories of the 96 reunion tour. Read your book. Great work very inspirational.

Good luck. A life long fan,


Subject: Thanks a Million!!

Hello Peter,

I just want to express what a sheer pleasure it was to meet ya'll at the Mad Monster Party Gras convention in New Orleans this weekend. My friends and I has such a wonderful experience and the two of you could not have been more gracious or accommodating. Thanks a million for the memories of meeting our childhood hero.

I am sure that both of you have an expert understanding of the lifelong devotion of Kiss/Peter Criss fans but please just allow me this small indulgence. I have been extremely blessed in my lifetime. I had the most magical childhood full of love and friends that I still have to this day. My mother and father were amazing parents, they live three doors down from me now and celebrated 52 years of marriage this year. GOD is good. I would be remiss, however, to not give some credit for this wonderful childhood to my childhood heroes, the members of Kiss. As a fourth grader in 1976 I vividly remember my childhood crush and teacher, Ms. Cumbo, saying, "If I see another picture of Kiss I'm gonna scream". You see, the members of Kiss were real life superheroes to me, my brother and my best friend and we simply could not wait for the next Kiss album, the next magazine with Kiss on the cover, the next Kiss appearance on television, or the next Kiss tour. The magic of Kiss that we experienced as children we STILL experience today. That's what is truly amazing. Kiss, for me, is a lot more than just the music (although I LOVE every song Kiss made up until the Elder album). They are a part of my history and a way for me to get in touch with that youthful enthusiasm and wonderment that I had as a child. Classic Kiss is still my number one hobby today, almost forty years after I first heard Alive on vinyl. I have amassed a huge collection of Kiss merchandise, one item at a time, and when I enter my Kiss room I still feel like a ten year old little boy, full of wonderment and awe. THIS is what Peter and the rest of Kiss have given to their legions of fans for the past forty years. That's why Kiss fans are the best fans in the world in my opinion, bar none.

In the profession that I have chosen to work in I deal with real life issues every day that can be very taxing. I believe that all individual should have a hobby that brings them escape, excitement, and pleasure and classic Kiss has been my lifelong hobby. Immersing myself in all things Kiss, Kiss trivia, Kiss news, new classic Kiss items, brings me the same joy that it did almost forty years ago and it keeps me in touch with my childhood. It is usually the kid in the adult that I find the most appealing and interesting. Knowing that my childhood hero still loves brownies and ice cold milk before bedtime is so extremely cool to me. I hope that the two of you enjoyed the few little treats I was able to bring you this weekend as much as I enjoy them. (I have also been a chocolate milk and brownie fan since childhood as well.) Once again, you have no idea how much your hospitality and graciousness meant to me and my three buddies who attended on Friday and Saturday. I will truly be a Peter Criss fan for life! I am also so very thrilled that my childhood hero has someone in his life who is sober, loves the Lord, is a helpmate, and who has his best interests at heart. I certainly hope that in the future circumstances will allow the two of you to, once again, find yourselves in my little corner of America. If that becomes an eventuality, the brownies and chocolate milk will once again be on me! Take care and GOD bless.

Sincerely, Mac

Subject: You Were the Best Drummer

The first time kiss toured western Canada, I saw you and the band in 77, During the alive tour. Man you were the best one and always the best!! Keep on rocking,Peter, And congrats to you and your wife on a long happy marriage!!

Your no one fan,

Martin from Alberta,Canada.

Subject: Just a Thank You

Hi Peter;

I finished reading your book not too long ago, and I wanted to thank you for writing it and for your honesty and bravery about what you've gone through. I've been a fan of KISS for a number of years, but honestly, I'm just a bigger fan of music in general - in whatever genre or form it takes. I love the fact that when I see videos of you, I can see the same love in your smile. So just a thank you, from my heart, for contributing to the soundtrack of my life in so many ways.

Play on :)

Lori, aka Loripop326

Subject: Letters to Catman from a Brazillian Drummer

Hey man,

my name is Daniel Camarao, I'm from Belém, Brazil. I'm 20 yo, I'm a drummer too. I'm your fan. I want to congratulate your book: ''Makeup to Breakup"...I loved all those words that you wrote. I felt happy with you, I also felt sad with you. You book encouraged me to keep on doing music and find my way, with happy and God.

Thanks Catman.!!!

Subject: Thank You

Hi Peter,

I wanted to take a moment and thank you for being the inspiration for me to get involved in music. When I first began following kiss I remember listening to the songs you were on and trying to play like I was right next to you. I never had the chance to see you perform and I refuse to pay to see kiss without you as well as ace. In fact I only bought symphony because you are the one behind the kit. I got to read your book and enjoyed it. Thank you for the inspiration.

Sincerely, Chris

Subject: Your Book

Mr Criss

Just finished your book tonight and it brought up so many feelings of my own life and so many of the stories my father told of his past. I can remember the Christmas morning I unwrapped my Kiss Alive II album and my new drum set. I was already a huge fan but Alive II was very special to me. I've been playing now for over 38 years and have lived a similar life of rock n roll craziness. Woman, alcohol and drugs had been a daily ritual for me. Now coming up on six years clean (this weekend) It's funny how sobriety enables you to remember so much more of your past, and continues to alleviate your prideful self. I want to thank you for ending this book in a place that inspires my faith in God and regains my faith in Peter Criss as a giver. I wish you great happiness.


The Louisville Crashers

Subject: Loved Your Book


I just got your book 2 days ago & just finished it tonight. I have to say, I thought it was great. I was in Junior High when you guys were hitting it big, and Love Gun was my first album. I never got to see you on tour, though, until the reunion tour. It gave me chills to see my favorite childhood band...took me right back to that young kid, listening to that album, on a small, portable record player. You know the kind...had a hinged lid that latched shut & 1 As a fellow cancer (kidney) survivor, I'm happy both you & your wife beat this terrible disease. Keep up your good work for this cause!

Best Wishes to you & Gigi,



Subject: Makeup to Breakup.  Superb.

Hi Peter,

Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know how much I've enjoyed your book.

Funny as hell yet deeply moving. A remarkable life to be sure.

I first got into KISS as a seven year old when I was living in Sydney, Australia and you guys changed everything for me. "Thanks" somehow just doesn't seem sufficient!

I am now a 43 year old writer/performer with my own theatrical troupe called The Laudanum Project and even though we are not a band and seem to be more guided by the likes of Charles Dickens and Edgar Allan Poe rather than rock music I think there are some influences that are unmistakable.

Cheers to you Peter for being a survivor and sharing so much with us.

You will always rock.

Melbourne, Australia
Subject: Drums

Peter Criss,

You r the reason I play the drums!


Subject: 9 Years Old, First KISS Concert

Hi Peter,

My name is Sean Swan. Im sure youve gotten tons of letters and comments over the years about how they are the biggest fans etcc, but I just wanted to thank you for inspiring me to play drums. Music has brought me so much joy and happiness and I cant even fathom what life would have been without it. I am in my early 40s now, kids, job, etcc, and stay home to be with my children so I dont miss out on they're lives. I still play a couple nights a week locally and still enjoy it more than ever. I moved to nashville and played 10 plus years on the road with several artist, but moved back home as I say to be with my kids.

When I was about 9 years old, a 16 year old, long haired,Kiss army member, was my hero. He had a black, double bass set identical to what you played in the 70's, a 68 camaro, and a beautiful blonde girlfriend. Ha! As far as I knew this guy had it all! I convinced my parents to the let him babysit me while they would go on date nights. It worked out great. He would bring his girlfriend and swim in our inground pool, ( Prob among other things)! while his mom and dad let me play his drum set at his house down the block. His room, as was mine, was covered with posters from one wall to the other. One night he had planned to go see you guys at the Memphis Tn Coliseum. He got tickets, made arrangements but forgot he was supposed to baby sit me! With no one to watch me, he took me with them. I remembered every detail! That was one of the best nights of my life. I finally got to see me hero play drums.

I dont mean to waste your time man, reading a boring story, but as I said I just wanted you to know that even though Ive never met you, youve made a positive impact on my life, and inspired me to be a better player. Over the years Ive come to respect and admire many other players and drumming brothers as I do you. Some are famous , some are not. Larrie Londin, or Ralph gallant was also one of my biggest influences. I sadly never got to meet him before he passed away, but got to know Sean , his son, when I lived in Nashville Tn. I actually have one of his pedals that I bought from Sean. Seems like Sean said something about you guys being friends? Anyways, Thanks again man for introducing me to drums and music. I hope peace and happiness finds you the rest of your days Brother!

Rock on and God Bless!!

Subject: Makeup to Breakup

Great book, Peter !

I read it twice and still wanted more. Yours and Ace's contributions to Kiss should never be minimized. Without you and Ace, there is no Beth, Parasite, Hooligan, Baby Driver, Cold Gin, Dirty Livin, Strange Ways, Shock Me, not to mention the soul you brought to Hard Luck Woman and Nothin' to Lose. These are all great Kiss songs. I refuse to see the current Kiss cover band; you and Ace are the best, always will be. Keep rockin !


Subject: Thanks for the Book

Finally read your book. Was great to get your perspective of the great & not so great years. Credit for not leaving out lots of detail like Ace did or talk shit like Gene.

Stay healthy Cat.

Peter, a lifelong fan.

Subject: I Love Your Book

Hi Peter,

My name is Victor Filonovich and I'm the Director of Product Management for Latin Percussion and Toca Percussion. I'm currently on a business trip in Thailand and I've enjoyed reading your book. I love your book, it speaks so much from your heart. You such be so proud for writing it.

Growing up a KISS fan and starting drums at an early age, I was always fascinated by your drumming. You are truly one of the best drummers in the world. Thank you.

As I mentioned, I'm currently in Bangkok working on some new percussion products for 2014. I will be flying back to NJ in a few days.

Once again, great book and all the best to you.


Subject: Makeup to Breakup

Hi Peter,

After I have read the book, wiped all my tears I found myself completely empty!

For me Peter, you have always been largest character in the band Kiss and there´s nothing in the world Gene, Paul and Ace can do to change that.

They have ripped you off, fucked you really hard during all those years – but it´s you Peter, who´s the true heart and soul of Kiss! Without Peter Criss – Kiss is just a brand – not a band.

I´m a 48 year old rock drummer myself and believe me, you are my true hero.

You have been through hell so many times and I can guarantee that God has reserved a sweet spot on his throne for you.

Keep working on your forgiveness since you are the strong one with your faith, Gene and Paul has already their reserved seats next to the dark one with their greed so you can easily forgive them in order to get YOUR peace.

I would love to see play your music next time I go to US

Best regards and God bless you

Your greatest fan in Sweden


Subject: Thank You

Hey Pete!

I have been a die hard KISS fan since I was 12 years old in 1977. KISSmania is very contagious. I became a fan because of a really cute guy said I needed to hear Alive! I am still a KISS fan and have no idea what happened to the cute guy. I was a fan, then my nephews and nieces became fans, my friends became fans. Now my great-nephews and nieces are fans. It's amazing.

When you and Ace left the group I stayed a fan begrudgingly. I also followed you and Ace on your solo careers. You guys were KISS. The group with just Gene and Paul was "Gene, Paul and 2 other guys."

I wasn't old enough to get to a KISS concert before you guys left the band. So can you imagine my euphoria when I saw KISS Unplugged??? I think my head exploded! My niece, nephew and I were one of the lucky 45,000 fans who bought tickets in 47 minutes to see you guys at Tiger Stadium. The sits were shitty but the experience was heaven! My band was back! We saw you guys everytime you came through Detroit.

I achieved a 'bucket list' item of mine in 2003 when I was able to meet you and Gene and Paul backstage at Comerica Park. I asked you to sign my tuxedo jacket. It is a prized possession and it's in my will to be left to my nephew. I even got a hug! Thanks so much!

I have just finished reading your book. It was so great! I have a great amount of respect for you. It also solidified my opinion of Gene and Paul. They were all about the money. I knew this when it was published in 1998 that you and Ace were being paid a pittance in comparison to the other 2. A DJ was on the radio of one of our local rock stations talking about it and I couldn't stand it. I called in and was ranting about how you were a founding member and had the one and only cross over hit with "Beth" and you had ever right to receive equal pay. The band wouldn't have been what it became without you! I will not go to another KISS concert with the imposters standing in for you and Ace. They need to take off the make up. It has run it's course. I actually pity them.

Your book was so heartwarming, too. My heart broke with you when you described losing your mom, then your dad. My dad passed in 1992 and I've been lovingly taking care of my mom, who is 87, ever since. She has dementia now and is in assisted living. I hate it because I wanted her to stay in her home but I couldn't take care of her 24 hours a day anymore. She is my best friend in the whole world and I still talk to her 6 times a day and see her often. I just wish she could be home. I also loved reading of your love for your daughter. There is nothing as special as "Daddy's love" and I know she knows that. Congratulations in your anniversary with Gigi. I am so grateful to God you found each other. You have had enough misery and heartbreak. Praise God in the highest that you have found your soul mate and true love.

I just had to let you know how much I enjoyed your book. I read it primarily to get to know my childhood idol a little better. I came away with a renewed respect for the Catman!

Take care and love always!

Rock on! Go Pete Go!!!


Subject: Thank You

Hey Peter,

my name is chris im from ontario canada just wanted say you are my one and only idol, the reason i started playing drums at the age of 12 i am now 28 so thank you and god bless....p.s your biography was a great book i could not put it down your an all around great guy thank you once again.


Subject: The Book

Hi Peter,

I just finished your book: I just wanted to say well done, it was one of (if not the) best rock memoirs I've read. It was honest, insightful, entertaining, inspiring, powerful and emotional. I've long been into KISS, but I always loved your work. The drums on all your albums, One For All. I'd like to say what Beth has meant to my mother. She heard it when Destroyer first came out, and to date it remains her all time favourite song. I love it too. It's a great, heartfelt song. Just a reminder your fans still care about you: the one and only Catman! Thanks for all the great work Peter, can't wait to see what's next!

All the best,
Subject: Your book.....Makup to....

Hello !

I live in Switzerland, and I've just finished reading your book.. I would just make a BIG THANK YOU for having open your heart as you did ! Your book is just great, and it's very interesting to hear the KISS story by the Catman ! I love KISS, I love the actual line-up..but : the CATMAN is still YOU and it will ever be !!!

Thanks again, and I wisch all the best for the future !

Udo Switzerland

Subject: Hey Catman!

Good Morning Peter,

just read your book and it was GREAT!! I am a huge KISS fan, I remember watching you on the Mike Douglas Show and that was it!! KISS fan for LIFE and a PETER CRISS fan for ever.

Thank You and GOD BLESS!!!! Chris.

Subject: Long Road

Hi Peter,

my name is jeff I'm 41 and just started to playing the drums. I had a career ending injury with my back. I had many surgeries and I was determined to learn. After learning about your battle with breast cancer and your willingness to beat it, it inspired me. I was always a fan of yours and I think you are gentleman and one hell of a role model for anyone. You deserve all the success in life. Keep rocking because what you do sets examples for and happiness my friend...


Subject: Hello from Brazil

Hello Peter,

Love´s you!

Janna From Brazil

Subject: Dear Peter, Thank You Very Much

Dear Peter,

i'm your biggest fan from Russia! i just wanna thank you for all your work! you're amazing songwriter and musician! i so miss you in Kiss, but whatever happen - all for the best! i'm glad that you found your way and happy now! you're always was my favorite Kiss member! first time when i heard your drum solo at Alive! i was like: "Damn, how he does that?!" i really was hypnotized by your play! and your 1978 album is my favorite one of those four! it was so fresh and original to the usual Kiss sound! i was really excited to listen to it and i still enjoy it to present day! your taste and music view has a big influence on my work! because of you i've loved to do ballads! :) besides i admire your overcoming of disease! you should have an iron spirit to go through all these things, and you did it! so i wish you a health, success and happiness! be always honest and strong, and you'll always be first! Cat#1!

P.S: the special thanks for this site, because i can say a few words to my idol! )) good luck, sir! thank you for all kind emotions you gave to me and you'll give more!


Igor :)

Subject: Memory Lane

Hi Peter.

I am a long time fan and received your book for Christmas. I just finished reading it and loved it. Reading your book brings back fond memories of my youth and the first album I ever bought, Kiss Destroyer. I was 13 at the time and had saved enough money to be able to purchase it. It was a unusually hot summer in Ottawa that year and I had taken the bus to the local mall about 4 miles from my house to buy the record. When I got to the counter at the record store with my money and the album in tow I realized I failed to calculate the taxes and would have just enough money to buy the record but I would not have enough for bus fare home. It was an easy decision I bought that album and walked my ass home in the hot sun, in the process warping the record. It was so warped Peter the needle moved up and down and inch from one side of the album to the other, but it did not stop me. Me, my friends, neighbors and cousins played the hell out of that record. I even took it to Spain on a family holiday and got some Spanish kids hooked on Kiss. 

I am almost 50 now and that album is framed and hangs in My basement.

Thanks for the great read     

Tony S.

Subject: Hello Catman

Hi Mr Peter

how are you ?? i'm fine

I'm a brazilian drummer and a great fan of you

I read your book in three days and was very emotional with your history.

I meet the KISS maybe in 1996 when my uncle give me a gift The Acustic MTV and lathe rmy father


Lather i'm buy all the cd's the I found...

Well I would like to thank you for all the words, phrases and moments in which you opened your heart and wrote the book.

I tried to imagine how much it hurt in the Lord and tried to transfer myself

since I started playing drums you was my great inspiration both technically and singing

I hope this email reaches you and you, please do not stop their efforts because they may represent very many people just like me.

God Bless you and your family and never forget
You is  PETER CATMAN CRISS !!!!!!!!!!!!
Subject: A Fan from Brazil

Hello Peter

My name is Rogerio, and I'm a Kiss fan from Brazil.

I just finished reading your book and I'd like to tell you how much I liked it. Your book is one of the best biographies I've ever read, so much that I finished it in just a few days. I've read other Kiss books also, including Ace's, but yours is clearly the best.

I remember back in 1999 when I saw you singing Beth live in Sao Paulo during the Kiss reunion tour, and although I know now that you were far from happy with the way the things were going, I remember you did your best and it was great! Congratulations, you're a hell of an artist!

Subject: 70's Magic

Hi Peter,

Thanks for being a member of Kiss. Kiss would have been less (if at all) without your spark & rock & roll attitude & voice. In the 70's there was a certain magic about it all. I play guitar now but, back then I wanted to be a drummer because of you.

Thanks for kicking ass. (and keep well)


Subject: Your Book

Mr Criss,

Your book was fantastic. Honest and from the heart..thanks for sharing.


Subject: American Cancer Society Award


Congrats on the Humanitarian award. I just found it on the web. I have been a fan of yours since 1975, in and out of kiss. That award means something very special to me and my wife, of 20 years. We have both been involved in the Relay For Life for some time. Then recently,  my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her surgery went well, but now the chemotherapy is  not so good. But it will get better. Then comes radiation, but is all for the best and she will come through. I am thankful for the American Cancer Society for all the help and understanding they have given us. Our prayers are for them and people like you who help them accomplish their goals. I thank GOD every day for my wife and my children and every day with them is a blessing. I guess the Relay will take a new meaning from now on . Thank You again for everything you do against cancer.

A loving fan & GOD BLESS You and your Family.

Ron G.

Subject: From one of your fans in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Hey Peter,

just wanted to let you know that i've read your book and without a doubt it has to be the BEST book i've ever read (and i'm a HUGE reader...i get that from my aunt who used to be a teacher and she instilled in me the love of reading)

wow...what can i say. all of the shit you've been through and yet you're still on this lovely planet of ours. the Good Lord is certainly looking after you. i'm going through some shit as well. 12 years ago my parents passed away and EVERY day that God sends me, i'm always thinking of them. I have one brother as well but he apparently doesn't give a rat's ass about me and he made damn sure that he wasn't going to be there for me in my parents' illnesses and their deaths. but you know what? i'm still here! god knows how i've managed to make it through the past 12 years because i am NOT a strong person, believe me!!!! i'm not a die hard churchgoer BUT i absolutely LOVE our heavenly father and every night before i go to sleep i always ask Him to look over my mom and dad and keep them safe and happy. my heart broke when i read about all the shit YOU went through so i'd just like to say, before i send this email, that i'm sending you all of my love, thoughts, and prayers for NOW and FOREVER!
may god bless you and your family,
kim           xoxoxoxox
"Turn your face towards the sun and the shadows will fall behind you"
Subject: Peter G.O.G.

Hello Peter how are you cat man??

I started listening a KISS in 1978 because of his incredible performance on drums…to me you are a G.O.G.

You  know what is G.O.G??  G.O.G = GIFT OF GOD….

Every time I'm stressed or distressed, BETH  listen, because his voice THROUGH SOME MAGIC POWER RELEASED MY SOUL . Just because you have composed the music BETH since its passage was valid for this world. Thank you Peter

I pray every day to God for you and your whole family.

I live in Foz do Iguacu, Parana Brazil, and I feel proud and accomplished, if you were dining in my home.

I promise I'll take you to meet the Iguassu Falls ..

Sorry for my english, God Bless you cat man….FOREVER AND FOREVER….

Italo Elias V.

Subject: Thank You


as a life long KISS fan and drummer I want to thank you for inspiring and entertaining me through the years. My first vinyl album was from KISS at the age of 6 given to me by a good family friend. From then on I was hooked and your style and beats possessed me pick up sticks and be a drummer. This year I will be 40 and I am still a huge fan of yours and wish you the best! My daughter Kenadi has become a fan as well as you can see from the picture who her favorite KISS member is!! I just finished your book and it was a great read and very informative into my favorite band over the years, the ups, the downs, its all history!

Thank you again and I wish you all the best Peter!


Subject: I Miss You

I miss you with KISS kiss isn't kiss without you! Outta all the members you are my favorite I even have the movie kiss meets the phantom of the park! Congrats on the awards and the great things you are doing!

Linda from Florida

Subject: Makeup to Breakup

Hi Peter,

I just finished reading your book last night. I just want to let you know that I found it a fantastic and inspirational biography.

I loved/love the early Kiss albums. You inspired me to learn the drums when I was a kid in the 70s. It started me on the road of loving music in its many forms. These days I enjoy gift of music, playing in my band, teaching my kids, having fun.

When Kiss came out to Australia in 1980 without you, it was hollow, you were my favourite. I still went to the concert in Adelaide(Australia) & saw the rest of the band play. They were ok ... but really..., I lost interest in the band after that.

Hopefully, I will get to see you play live someday somewhere. I'm guessing it wont be with Kiss (LOL), but whatever it is, I know you'll be giving 100%

Once again, thanks for all the inspiration man! And you should be very proud of the book. A real eye opener for a lot of us old fans.



Subject: Thank You!!

Hi Peter--

Just wanted to pass on a message of thanks to you. As I am sure many people have told you through the years, but Kiss was and continues to be such a huge part of my life. I can't tell you how many dirty looks, eye brow raises, etc., I have received when people have found out I am a Kiss fan. I live in St. Louis and am a physical therapist and own seven clinics here in the city. Being a medical professional, I might not be the prototypical Kiss fan, but again can't begin to thank you for all of the memories and great music through the years. Continued health and happiness. Would love to see you on that stage for one last show and one last, great memory.

BTW, loved the book.

God Bless!

St. Louis, MO

Subject: New Rock Album

Mr. Peter Criss,

I read your book. You've experienced a lot with Kiss. For me you're still the best drummer and singer. I'm still Kiss fan, but always imagine that you are still playing in the Band. When your Rock Album comes on the market? Please do your fans that joy.

Love your loyal fan,



Subject: Met You in Charlotte

Thanks for all the fun with KISS!

S.A.Tisdale III G-DADDY *-)~

Subject: Your Book

Hi Peter.

I've just finnished reading your book and I was so moved by your story. All the hard times you gone throuh and all the depressions. I'm bipolar my self and I know how hard it is to be deppressed. You and Ace have always been my favorites in Kiss every seans I first heard the first Kiss album when I was 6. Your book is one of the most inspiering books I've ever read. It have given me the power to belive in my self and realy focus on my own Music. I love your voice, you have always been my favorit vocalist in Kiss. And while reading your book I've been listenig to every song you sung in Kiss.

I know that you must get this kind of emails every day, but I realy hope that you read every one of them. You are a true inspiration to me. And I wish that I just could talk to you over the phone just to hear your voice live once in my life, then I know that i could die happy. You been my idol every seans I was a little boy. It's because of you that I picked up an instrument in the first place.

And I'm going in the studio in Two weeks to record my second album with one of my bands, Koffertgubbarna. If you have time and have a spotify acount you can listen to our first album Uppsala Blues. It's also on ITunes and amazone. I'm the guy who sings like tom waits, so my fans told me. I hope that you continue to have calm and nice life with your family. (Sorry if my english isn't that good, but I hope you understand me)

Best wishes Markus from Uppsala Sweden

Subject: Drums

Just wanted to pass a note along, though I was always drawn to music as a child, mostly vocal, but I started playing when I was 9 after having been exposed to Kiss by a friends older brother. I am 44 now, I continued through elem, jr high and HS and into college as a music education major. I quit college but continued to teach HS drumlines play musicals, jazz, pop..... Though I have found many inspirations over the past 35 yrs in just about ever genera I attribute my interest in drums/percussion to you.

Thanks for your art.


Subject: Number One Fan

Dear Mr. Criss

I have been a fan of you sense I was a little girl I'm 17 years old and Ive seen kiss twice once in 09 and last year in Raleigh NC. I'm a drummer too and I've been trying to play black diamond and hard luck women. I really don't like how Eric singer is playing black diamond, I think that should be left for you to play. Next year I am going to get the same tattoo you have and do a tribute piece to kiss with the original members. Ied really like to see you one day and meet you. ever sense I was a little kid I would always call you my kitty, I have a whole bunch of collectibles for kiss. Well I hope you have a nice day

Love your number one fan

Subject: Book


I just finished your book.  I was absolutely amazed by it!  The first KISS album I heard was Alive II when I was 8 years old and I've been a fan ever since.  It was refreshing to finally get your side of the story.  You are the ultimate survivor and I was greatly encouraged.  It is truly by God'sgrace that you lived to tell your story.  Thank you for pouring your heart out.  My God keep you and your family safe and healthy.


Subject: Breast Exam

My wife encouraged me about having a breast exam. I was hesitant but my doctor who is a pretty female did the exam. It seems ironic to be examined in such a way by a woman. My wife an adamant CAT fan told me about what happened to you. That was the reason I had the examination. I believe that you helping in the fight against breast cancer is great and thank you for doing something to to help. Maybe you and your supporters may have prevented someone like me from not doing the exam. That has changed.

Thank you Peter.



Subject: Mad Monster Party


I just finished your book and I couldn't put it down.

I volunteered at the Mad Monster Party in Charlotte earlier this year, and on Saturday I was scheduled to work with you and Gigi signing autographs. I'll be honest, I was never a fan of KISS growing up and honestly didn't know about the members of the Gene (that reality show of his and the film Detroit Rock City). In all honesty I feel embarrassed that I didn't really know who you were. I saw kids in that room that were literally crying because of how amazed they were at meeting you, and here I was helping you guys and I couldn't even tell you the names of the four members of KISS. I felt a little guilty that I was helping you, because I know that any of those fans standing in line for hours would have given good money to just help you out. And perhaps that when my shift was finished sometime around 4 that afternoon, I would have gone about the rest of my life not really caring about KISS. But what I witnessed in that room made an impression on me. You and Gigi were absolutely amazing to the fans. You didn't sign autographs and take pictures like you were just going through the motions. You took the time to talk to them and listen to them. And, while some of them may have pushed your buttons, you were never fazed by it. You guys seemed truly genuine. And amidst everything you have been through that is truly amazing. So once my work was finished at the convention, I went straight out and bought your book. Up to that point I had probably listened to just one or two songs by KISS, but as soon as I started the book I put you guys on. The entire time I read your book I had my earbuds in listening to KISS albums on Spotify.

So, since the few hours I spent helping you guys out with autographs; I've read your book, become a fan of KISS, and a fan of yours. I wish you and Gigi all the best.

God Bless,

Jonathan - Charlotte, NC

Subject: Book

I am currently reading your book . I have also read both Gene's and Ace's. I believe both you and Ace are the musicians that made Kiss rock. Great read.


Subject: Hi Peter!

Dear Peter:    

In 1980, when I was five, my elder brother bougth your solo album. We lived in Argentina and in those days there was not much information about you and who was the man behind of that make-up. However, since that day I´ve listened your songs once, twice and again and again and again till today. All my life i dreamed of meeting you, playing drums like you, or just speak with you, (finally i learned to play drums but... I suck...ja). Now I´m 38 and thanks to technology and internet I thimk I have the chance to make my dream come true. I thimk that you are an awesome composer and singer and I can´t believe my ears, even today, when I listen your rock & roll songs. What a rock songs, man!! you are amazing!! my child, who was two, can´t stop dancing!! Perhaps you never read or answer this e-mail, but.. man...if you read this ...if you can take only two minutes to read dream, after so many years, will come true...  

Good bless you Peter. You will always be in my heart.  


Subject: Thank You

Hi Peter,

Just want to say thankyou for all the years you inspired me with your music, you will always be a legend, an idle to millions of people and one of the best drummers of all time. Always remember that.



Subject: Just a Note

Hey Peter,

I know you must get a boatload of emails and I don't normally write  "celebrities" but I was just browsing your website and had the "urge".

I want to say thank you for all the great memories. In the 70's I  grew up in a country-music household and wasn't allowed to listen to  rock and roll. I remember going to the skate rink with my buddies when I  was 12 and hearing Strutter. I asked my friend, "Who is that! It's  awesome!" I haven't stopped listening to Kiss since.

I remained a loyal Kiss-freak all my life. Through the ups and  downs, personnel changes, etc. I had never gotten a chance to see the  original Kiss until the Farewell Tour when you guys played Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI. It was a dream come true! I had seen Kiss several times during the non-makeup years but was always regretful of not seeing the originals. I was in my 30's and I was crying like the girls on Ed Sullivan when the Beatles were on...LOL.

When I say I was a loyal Kiss-freak, that includes all aspects of Kiss, You, Ace and Eric Carr. (I was never a Vinnie fan). I thought that  Bruce was a great guitar player as well and he earned his stripes along the way. However, this new line-up just doesn't do it for me. They seem like a Kiss tribute band. They keep touting that the new albums are of the same vein as Destroyer but they aren't. I cannot understand the whole deal about the character makeup though. If I got remarried, I wouldn't dress my new wife up in my ex wife's old clothes and parade her around as someone she's not. Granted, Eric Singer may be an ok drummer technically, but he doesn't hold a candle to someone who plays with his heart and soul like you.

I didn't write this email to bash Kiss. I actually wrote this email to say how much I admire you for all your accomplishments throughout the years. You've been an inspiration to me. Not only in music but in my general life as well. The way you beat cancer was awesome man. And not reluctant to share your story with the world about it. I just think you're great man.

I love how you express your faith in God as well. I am a Christian as well and I appreciate your not being shy about it. You make God smile man.

Again, I just wanted to let you know how I felt about you and that I'm always on the lookout for anything "Peter Criss". Can't wait to see you in person again!

Eric Hays

Subject: Hi

I'm so glad I got backstage while you we're in Houston in 2003 because you are in my picture. I got to stand there with you while you signed autographs with my pen. You looked really happy in my picture and the others did not. You looked like you were genuinely having fun with everyone. I was sort of hesitant to meet everyone because I was afraid I would be disappointed after being in the Kiss Army since the 70's, but I wasn't. Thank you for keeping my dream alive.

I am 51 now, and it seems kind of silly writing, but Kiss is such a big part of my history. I am a nurse in Houston, but I have the picture from 2003 hanging in my office. I hope you are well and happy.

Thanks again.


Subject: The Book

Dear Mr. Criss,

I just finished your book "Makeup to Breakup" and for the last 24hrs just had to let all you wrote soak in.  Just let me say that the book was so well written. I loved the brutal honesty , it was like you were sitting there just telling me this incredible journey you have been on. Wow!

There is so much more would say but Wow I think covers it all. I am sure a lot of your fans wanted to hear your story so thank you so much for sharing!

God Bless!

Yours truly,


Subject: Touring

Hi Peter

I just finished reading your book enjoyed it immensely very scary the life of a rock star your roller coaster ride was both upsetting at times and inspiring.  Thank You. 

Would love to see you come to the UK some day soon to play.

Best Wishes and Take Care


Subject: Long Time Fan!!


Words simply can not express how much I adore you. I grew up in the 70's, born in 1972. I had 2 older brothers who listened to KISS nonstop so I also listened nonstop. My very first teddy bear was a cat, I named it Peter Criss. To this very day, I only listen to the albums you were the drummer on. I have 4 boys of my own now, all were raised on KISS. All of them raised that the only KISS is the KISS that includes Ace Frehley and yourself.

I hope that you read this and realize what a huge impact you have had on this little girl from Pennsylvania. I wish you the best Peter !!

Sending all my love to my favorite Cat Man !!!!!



Subject: Makeup to Breakup

Just wanted to let you know That I just finished reading your book and I Just want to say thanks. I have spent many of my waking hours for the last 3 days with my nose in this book. I have been a KISS fan since Rock and Roll over came out when I was 9. I am a drummer myself and have had some close calls with success. But nothing on your scale. Anyway I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed this book and your brutal honesty about the things you have been through. This book was a birthday present from my beautiful loving wife. Who has supported my music for many years now. I hope someday I can have you sign my copy. Thanks for all the wonderful music over the years. I have a friend who also worked with Gene Simmons. His name is Wes Beech. He played guitar for the Plasmatics from New York. He also wrote and played on Wendy O' Williams solo stuff that Gene was producing. I think he shares your opinion of him. Next time we talk I'm going to get him to tell me some stories. He is now living the quiet life here in Michigan. Anyway Glad your doing Cancer awareness. Glad you fought your demons and won!! Thanks very much Your book is some thing to be proud of.


North Branch Mi. (born in Detroit, rock city)
PS I hate it when Paul makes out with himself. Blaahh
Subject: Hi Catman!

Hi Catman!!

I am reading your book and it just blows me away when it comes clear to me how u lived ur life..

Came in contact with Kiss when i was a small boy at 9 years via a cousin of mine who had all the records.  It for me as for so many others was true love at first site.

I don´t have to dig any deeper in what u guys have meant to me musically and personally, i believe u heard that a 1000 times.

So about 250 paiges into the book i,am stunned by the honesty and sensibility u give me, i cried during some chapters beacuse u really made me feel like u,re telling the truth i can feel it right in my heart.

My son who is soon to be 4 years old loves u and loves the songs u written and sings, especially Beth and Black Diamond ( I know Paul Wrote that one but it,s down into the bones your song) and he has his drumsticks and counts in one, two, tree hit it.

I just want u to know that u past on the legacy and that "the Catman" will never die!!!

God bless/Linus

Subject: Your Book

Dear Peter,

I just finished your book and completed it in three sittings...........I just could not put it down. I'm a lifelong fan and was very upset by the way you have been treated by your old pals in Kiss. But I do appreciate the integrity you have walked away with when it is all said and done. I also love the fact that you openly profess God as being such a big hitter in your life. God bless you and your family Peter Criss.


Subject: Thank You for Your Book

Dear Mr. Criss,

Thank you for your autobiography. My wife bought it for me for Christmas and I really enjoyed reading it. I have read the two other KISS biographies and I think that yours was the best because it seemed to be the most honest and down-to-earth. I especially enjoyed reading about your faith in God and how that has played into your life and work. Even in your darkest days you maintained faith in God. That is a great testimony to the power and grace of God. You are a phenomenal drummer and great artist. One of your best songs with KISS is "Hooligan." I love it! Great fills, great singing, and great playing by everyone in the band. I wish you all the best.

Sincerely, J. Gordon Anderson

Subject: Hola señor PETER CRISS

Que tal, Pete, mi nombre es Fernando Maravillas, y soy un gran fan de KISS, pero sobre todo de Ace Frehley y de usted, de hecho siempre he usado su estilo en mi forma de vestrir, si bien es cierto que no toco la batería, he puesto mucho empeño en tocar mi guitarra y sobre todo canciones que han marcado mi vida como, I CAN´T STOP THE RAIN, DON´T YOU LET ME DOWN y HARD LUCK WOMAN…

Solo quiero darle las gracias por haber tocado la vida de mucha gente como yo que lo admiramos, (con y sin KISS)…

Saludos desde la CIUDAD de MEXICO…

Espero algún día pueda visitarnos, aquí se le quiere y admira…

Facilitando la agricultura,


Subject: KISS Forever !! Followed the band since 71

Hey Peter !

Hope you are well. My name is Gus Cacciotti. Longtime KISS fan. I'm 50 years old now and when I listen to KISS songs especially going back to the heydays of Destroyer, Hotter Than Hell and KISS Alive ( best all-time live rock album).

Me and my buddies first saw KISS live in Sudbury, Ontario Canada way back in 1974. The concert was awesome. Cheap Trick was the opener too.

It was an awesome fuckin concert and we were all wired. The booze was flowing freely, pot smoke clouding the air and girls were getting felt up was a blast and loud ! ...the roof almost caught on fire in the arena.

The concert venue in an arena made to sit 6,500 was packed more than capacity and it made for a great intimate experience with the hottest band in the world ...KISS !! ...never forget that night.

Since then I seen the band 3 other of those times was to see the KISS reunion tour in Toronto so I can see all 4 original members again.

I have to admit, KISS is not the same without Ace and the one and only Catman on the drums. You guys made the band click and the distinct lead guitar sound from Ace Frehley is obviously missed. Hardcore KISS fans like myself can hear the difference without you and Ace in the band...the distinct KISS sound just isn't there even though the riffs and melody is there the sound just doesn't come out the same...not 100% anyway.

I remember me and my buddies were riding our bikes around the arena in Sudbury in 1974 and we saw the KISS caravan parked along the street and we started singing ' I wanna Rock n Roll all night...." and a window slid open near the back of the bus and a voice said ' Hey..thats not bad man..' and we can swear it was your voice or maybe Ace's voice. By the time we turned around the window had closed already.

That was my closest encounter with KISS in of those famous moments in Rock n Roll

I have a son who is in his 20's now. I brought him to his first KISS concert when he was 14 years old. It was great to see me and all the old rockers like me standing and singing to every KISS song during the concert and
my son standing by me singing all the songs too. Priceless.

Thanks for the memories Catman.


Subject: Your Book

As a long time KISS fan I just want to thank you for finally putting the truth out there. Much respect for you.

Regards to you and yours,


Subject: Your Book

Dear Peter,

I have just read your book for the second time. Man oh man what a ride. I laugh, I cried, I got angry. I did not expect to feel so many emotions,but then again I was reading the life story of a man and a band I have loved since I got my first kiss album in 1976. One of the happiest night if my life was when you, Ace,Paul-and Gene played in Sydney in 97 I site that I thought I would never see. The four originals in full war paint. Thank you so much for making one if my dreams come true.

I was so sad to read that you put a gun in your mouth. I just wanted to reach into the pages and give you a big hug. What away to start your book!

Thank you for writing your book and thank you for the enjoyment you have given me over the years with your music. You have been my hero since I was 6 years old.

You may not have the millions in the bank that Paul and Gene have, but you have got something that they will never have, and that is CLASS and you will always be able to hold your head up high and be so proud of what you have achieved in your career, and know you are loved and respected all over the world. ( even all the way down here in Australia ).

I wish you and your family all the happiness in the world , and I hope one day that I will be able to meet you and say G'day.



Subject: Your Book

Just finished his book,let him know he was right,it was the most honest book ive read,he did it with class but still made his point,i like the fact that he was so open about himself both good and bad,doc and the rest of the band of idiots are trying to put a spin on it,but its just rediculos when you here them,its obvious that peter hit them right behind the eyes,good for him,i wish ace would have done the same instead of putting the piece of junk out.


Subject: Your Book


Kyle Davis here in Columbus, Ohio. I met you in '96 in Las Vegas when I was living out there & worked for the MGM Grand...I know Ed...anyway, I recently finished reading your book & loved the way it read!! I had no idea you went thru such heartache in the band. So sorry. You are the sole reason I play drums to this very day!!! I'm now 46 yrs. & I bought Alive! when I was just 9 yrs. & that is still my fave album, which I still have...booklet included. I'm so glad you've come thru the other side with the love & light you portrayed in the writings of the book. God has definitely blessed you & that gives others a hopeful outlook in their lives, mine I'm speaking of actually!!!

Thank you for being who you are, more than a inspirational person that truly seems to give a damn.

God bless you & yours, Peter.



Subject:Peter Criss... My favorite KISS member, my inspiration for playing the drums

Hi Peter,

I'm not sure what the odds of you reading this are, but I thought I'd spill my guts, especially after reading your book and identifying with you. I've read Ace and Gene's books. Gene's was garbage, but I always considered Ace my favorite member. After reading you book and revisiting your solo stuff, I've got to say that your memoir struck me as the most real. I felt what you were writing, the same way I always felt what you were singing and playing. It's a fucking shame that Gene, Paul (and surprisingly, Ace) treated you the way that they did, but please take pride knowing that you inspired a 26 year-old to pick up the drums after seeing you guys reunite in 96'. You're a survivor, and I'll always respect you for how you lighted up my dark days. I hope to meet you one day just to have the chance to tell you this face to face. You're my hero, and the footage of you breaking down during Beth at Tiger Stadium will stay with me forever.

God bless you Peter,
Montreal, QC

Subject: Best Wishes

Hi Peter,

I want to let you know that you made me play the drums, at age 6.  When Destroyer came out I was a little Dutch boy and that album made me go nuts.   For years I begged my parents for a drumkit. But I only had the KISS records and an imaginary air-drumkit, but I could play all the songs.

Now I’m 42 and I’m reading your book, still play the drums (real ones) and my three kids are die hard KISS fans also ( the Peter and Ace era that is).

I want to thank you for all you did and still are, you rock!

Stay healthy and much love from the Netherlands.

Best wishes,


Subject: I'm grateful and thankful this season


On the eve of this Thanksgiving 2012, I am grateful for many things – good friends, great family, decent health, a good job, and all of my basic needs being met.

I am also especially grateful for having the privilege of meeting you and your lovely wife, Gigi, in Chicago this past weekend. Being able to spend a few moments speaking with you and have a few items signed was something I will always cherish. To my surprise, this was only just a prelude to the great weekend. The Q&A session, sitting at a table and being able to ask you additional questions and listen to your stories, as well as hearing you sing a surreal and memorable rendition of “Hard Luck Woman” was as priceless as it gets.

John Lennon stated that you should “never aspire to meet your heroes, they will always let you down.” I will have to respectfully disagree, because you lived up to every expectation I could have imagined and were more gracious than I could have conceived. You are a true rockstar and gentleman and the only “Catman” that will ever be.

Thankful and grateful,


Subject: Your Book

Just got done reading your book....I couldn't put it down. Now I know why you were my favorite member of KISS when I was growing up. God Bless!


Subject: Thank You Peter!

Dear Peter

I wanted to thank you for everything you have done, I am an Italian boy of 20 years old and I play drums looking at you, you made me come to this passion, you are my inspiration, thank you Peter, i love you, you are forever in my heart, God bless you!


Subject: Thank You!

Just dropping in to say hi!...I love u peter!...u changed my life!!u saved my life!!#thank you!


Subject: Peter's Book


I just finished your book and was really touched by your last chapter. Just keep your faith in God and all things will work out for His glory. Just remember that all things are done in His time frame not ours. Forgiveness will come,just keep strong and fight the good fight.

Keep up the great music and don't let anyone keep you from the music that comes from your heart.


Subject: Your Book

Hi Peter-
I just finished your book, and wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for writing it for those of us who always wanted to know more about you.

I have read Gene's, Ace's, C.K. Lendt's (my previous favorite) and others. I enjoyed them all, but yours feels the most honest and open to me. Thank you so much again for telling it like you see it, honestly and with real heart.

My best regards-

PS. Ha Ha, 1978, I was 9 years old dressed as you on Halloween!

Subject: U Saved My Life!

Just dropping in to say hi!...I love u peter!...u changed my life!! u saved my life!!

Thank you!


Subject: Thank You Peter!

Dear Peter I wanted to thank you for everything you have done, I am an Italian boy of 20 years old and I play drums looking at you, you made me come to this passion, you are my inspiration, thank you Peter, i love you, you are forever in my heart, God bless you!


Subject: Your Book

Just got done reading your book....I couldn't put it down. Now I know why you were my favorite member of KISS when I was growing up. God Bless!


Subject: Finished Reading Your Book

Hi Pete,

This is the first time i've done this with someone famous but here I go.

I've just finished reading your book and I had to tell you how moved I was. I have read Gene's and Ace's books but in no way do they detail so much behind the scenes goings on that you do.

I mean to say that I cant believe how badly they treated you and Ace. I've never been a huge fan of Paul and Gene from the get go, and I've been a KISS fan since the late seventies, but I've always loved the music. I've watched alot of KISS videos and doco's and such and I've seen how often Paul and Gene change their stories about certain moments in "KISSTORY" and how they're always the one's to tell the story, but anyway, to cut a long story short, I think you are the greatest drummer on earth and I'am so thankful that you have survived and risen above the bullshit of rock and roll to tell us of your journey through life. God bless you Peter Criss and may the rest of your life be filled with love and happiness.

Your Friend


Subject: Congratulations!


I want to congratulate you on a a fantastic and honest book, Make Up To Break Up. It was absolutely fantastic!!!!

I received your book as a Christmas gift and could not put it down and could totally relate to many of the challenges, trials and tribulations you had to overcome and experience.

I am a long time fan of Kiss as the first album I ever owned was the first Kiss LP which I paid $3.99 for and wore it out on my Phillips Sterophonic.

I saw you play 3 times in Toronto, twice in the 70's at Maple Leaf Gardens and Varsity Stadium and once at the Sky Dome during the Reunion Tour.

I have such respect for you telling your story with no fluff just the straight truth. It is not easy having to go back and open wounds from the past in order to tell your story. I have great respect for your strength in writing this book. At times it must have been very challenging and emotional.

I wish you and your family good health, happiness and future success.

Your biggest fan in Toronto!


Subject: A fan

I saw kiss the 1St time in 1979 when I was 12. You have been and still are the reason I love music and percussion . My 15 yr old daughter plays drums for Hollywood hills high school just outside of ft. Lauderdale due to her love for drumming due to her being exposed to guys like you, Neil Peart, and John Bonham, who I got her to listen to when she was just able to talk and walk. It's amazing that today it's possible to contact someone who I idolized 30 some off yes ago. Thanks man, you are a part of millions of us and our life memories. Thanks.

Dave Houston

Subject: Loved your Book!!

Got your book for Christmas !! Thanks for revealing the everyday antics of your crazy life. It's the little details that make all the difference.

Patrick (KISS fan since 1977)

Subject: the book is excellent!

Hi Peter,

I got the book for Christmas and have been in it now for a couple days and have to say bravo and thank you for sharing your story with us - hilarious, compelling, enthralling, exciting, eloquent even. Most excellent read.

Thanks "Catman"!!!!!!!


Subject: Just a word

Just wanted to thank you for years of entertainment , kiss was and is my favorite type of music . I know you hear this all the time but there is no kiss like the four original members , you guys are great together , and you were my favorite ( just saying ) thanks again and let's have some new music from you , ok ?

Just a fan named Dave!

Subject: Love your book

Hey Peter

Thanks for writing your makeup to break up book. I'm a major fan from back in 76. I'm 51 now and remember blasting your music and my parents getting so pissed off at me. They thought I must be fucked listening to these guys all in makeup. What makes me enjoy this book so much is getting to know you and the shit you went through. I read gene's book and that PRICK said that he gave you some credit for Beth because he wanted Kiss fans to think everyone contributed to the bands songs. He is such an asshole for that. Once again thanks for your honesty and may GOD bless you and your family.

Much Love Ralph

Subject: Thank you for the book

Dear Peter,

Thank you for writing such a great book. I was a KISS fan from the time I could put one of those tattoo’s on my arm. However, over the years, it became apparent that both Gene and Paul were not really very good people. I mean, every time you hear Gene open his mouth, all he talks about is money. I don’t see Paul as being any better. I’m glad you put into a book, what so many of us have thought for years.

Putting that aside, thank you for talking about men’s breast cancer. As a hospice patient liaison, I think it was such a great thing for you to do. Not too many men are willing to admit it, much less speak about it. I’m glad everything worked out well for you. I know hearing the word “cancer” made you really appreciate the small things in life, so much more.

I’m glad you are doing well. You were always my favorite member of KISS. I remember being allowed to stay up late enough to see you on Don Kirschners’ Rock Concert and a few years later, seeing you on the Phil Donohue show, when everyone thought you were homeless, and being relieved to know you were alive and well.

I hope that you are living your best life, and loving every step of your journey. I wish you and your family a very happy holiday season and a beautiful. Healthy New Year.

Kindness & Peace,


Subject: Wow!

I just finished reading your auto biography. I am so glad that you released this book. I am an original fan and I am not happy with this new lineup. Maybe if they didn't wear you and Ace's makeup. I mean for god's sake they even do Shock Me and Beth. Enough of the disco lol . Glad you kicked cancer's ass and are enjoying your life. Nice seeing someone in their 60's still learning about life. You are an inspiration. Long Live the REAL CATMAN !!!!!!!!!!


Subject: Thank you

Just would like to say thank you for all the good years you have dedicated and all the excellent music contributed by you over the decades. You are such a inspiration with your battle with cancer and the awareness for the disease. I saw you in concert in 96 reunion tour in St. Paul Minnesota the first time I seen Kiss live wow is all I can say I hope to meet you in person some day thanks again Peter and god bless you and yours this holiday season.


Subject: Happy New Year and your book is interesting

Hello Peter, the one and only Catman. I am just reading your new book, I must say you have been kind of straight and honest with your talkings.  The book has many interesting stories, do you remember anything about Finland`s gigs? You played here twice in 1997 and in 1999.  Your fans here in Finland would like to see you here as soon as possible, maybe somekind of club gig or meeting with fans would be so great in the future:).

I wanna wish you all the best and Merry Christmas to you and your family, and of course Happy New Year, hopefully it is successful and gives a lot of joy to you and your closest ones.


Hyvinkää city, Finland

Subject: THE Book

Got it in the mail late friday. Couldn't put it down. Finished it Saturday.

Thanx for writing it. I enjoyed a lot!!!


Subject: Thank You!

Hi Peter,

I don't know if you will ever really get this but I just read your book and I wanted to say thank you. I am about to turn 45 and I grew up loving KISS. I hope that one day I will be able to relate how awesome it was to bring home my first KISS record and listen to it on my little record player back in the late 70s. Your book brought back a lot of great memories from that era.



Subject: Ragarding Your Book

Hey Peter,

Before I go on, just to introduce myself, I'm 23 from Long Island NY (a practicing catholic like yourself) I play bass in a rap/rock band that I put together, I love doing what I do with the guys and we're working hard to get our music out for people to enjoy. I also am in nursing school and I work a full time job. I'm a busy guy but somehow after picking up your book, I was able to finish it in about 3 days. Your honesty throughout your book and your road stories made your work the best thing any Kiss fan could ask for. After all the watered down crap kiss has released over the years, your book was a breath of fresh air. It's funny to hear Gene and Paul apologists bash your book because while reading it, all I could think was "wow this makes so much sense"...on top of all that, you never tried to make yourself look innocent, you were straight to the point in your words and you never beat around the bush. I'd love to go on but I have to go eat early dinner and rush over to the hospital for class tonight. I just wanted to say thanks for being you Peter Criss and when you're in NY, I would be honored to buy you a beer. God bless.

-Patrick Quinn

Subject: Your Book

Hi Peter-

I just finished your book, and wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for writing it for those of us who always wanted to know more about you.

I have read Gene's, Ace's, C.K. Lendt's (my previous favorite) and others. I enjoyed them all, but yours feels the most honest and open to me. Thank you so much again for telling it like you see it, honestly and with real heart.

My best regards-

PS. Ha Ha, 1978, I was 9 years old dressed as you on Halloween!

Subject: Finished Your Book


I just finished your book and was really touched by your last chapter. Just keep your faith in God and all things will work out for His glory. Just remember that all things are done in His time frame not ours. Forgiveness will come,just keep strong and fight the good fight.

Keep up the great music and don't let anyone keep you from the music that comes from your heart.


Subject: NY book signing


it was so nice to meet you yesterday. You are the catman! I'm enjoying your book, and from what I've read so far you've had quite a journey. The world is a much better place with guys like you. Hope to see you tour again, maybe with Ace?? :)

Take Care Peter!


Subject: Greetings!

Dear Peter,

I can't believe that I am writing you at my age. First off, I have been a fan of yours and Ace since day one. I have met you and Ace twice back in the 70's in Pittsburgh, Pa which had a great impact on me. But one thing that I have to say to you I mean from the heart. Back in the 70's when the solo albums came out, yours and Ace actually saved my life. Let me explain. I was in the hospital actually knocking on death's door in an oxygen tent. My parents knew how much of fan I was. They asked the doctor if they could bring in a record player. My parents brought your solo album, they would always play I Can't Stop The Rain over and over again. That has always been my favorite song of yours. If it wasn't for you and Ace I would have passed away.

I thank you and God Bless.


Subject: Los Angeles book signing

Greetings from Los Angeles, Long time fan here Peter!

I was in fact lucky enough to have not one but two opportunities to meet you in the past when you were living in the south bay. We sat and talked at Poncho and Wong's and also at Tony Romas. You were so very nice to me both times and I have to say thank you all these years down the line. At Tony Romas I told you that I was close friends with Pat Lucero and you greeted me with open arms, offered me drinks and dinner, thank you so much!!! I was out on the second date with my now wife and I had left the table to go to the restroom and saw you on the way, we started chating and I was gone so long she came looking for me and finds me sitting with Peter Criss, I still remember the look on her face.

Thank you for your time and kindness Peter!

But this time I would like to ask if you are planning a Los Angeles book signing? Lastly I would like to thank you from one drummer to another for the many, many years of inspiration, thank you kind sir!

With Best Regards,


Subject: The greatest drummer kiss ever had

No holds bar and no doubt, you are the best drummer kiss ever had. You paid your dues and made the original band what it is and was. The other drummers are good, but do not have what you got which made KISS. Hang Tuff.


Subject: BIG fan

Peter I just finished reading your book and I have to say after reading Ace's (which I don't believe because he has no memory of the past 30 minutes no less the past 30 years), Gene's (which is according to his vision and world of make believe). I finally have read the true story of KiSS and I greatly appreciate that. I love the original band more than anything, and I do appreciate the current line up that carries on what the original four started. I am glad you are in a good place in life and have found happiness. You will always be the one and only catman in my eyes. I always thought your voice and songwriting was fantastic. I still listen to all of your solo albums frequently and always will. I think now that you have put your book out the fans know the real/true story and look at Gene and Paul in a very different light. You are a true gentleman, god bless.

By the way when your cd "all for one came out" I was the FDNY firefighter that gave you a baseball hat of my company and you took a picture of us wearing my helmet.

Thanks Forever a Fan of the Catman


Subject: Book

I just finished reading your book and I absolutely loved every page of it. Thanks for being so honest about everything. The way the book was worded, it’s like I could hear your voice reading me the words. You’ve lived a fantastic life.

Congratulations Peter!


Subject: Thank you!

Hi Peter!

I will keep this brief. I just want to say THANK YOU for so many years of great music and memories. I am 41 years old and Alive II was my first record.

I have had the good fortune of seeing you in concert solo and with KISS. I met you twice in the early 90s and you were so nice and signed autographs for me. I will never forget it. I still have signed framed pictures of you on my wall in my house. Your book is fantastic and I know it will be a smash hit!

I wish you and Gigi many many years of good health and happiness. You and your music has always put a smile on my face and you always sing from the heart. Your band was my Beatles. You were my Ringo Starr.

Take care and God Bless!


A Peter Criss fan for life!

Subject: hi peter!

Hi Peter

you are the person who told me hey play drums and i thank you for that.You were my original influence aside from John Bonham and Keith Moon.My dad just bougt me your book,one day I hope we could meet

Your follower,


Subject: Make up to break up


Thank you! May GOD bless you!!!

Big O

Subject: book-WOW-what a ride

Pre-ordered your book off Amazon, got it Tues, finished Thurs., thanks so much for getting it all down in print. I read Gene's book, I read Ace's, so I knew what was coming but still got plenty of shocks. Thanks for being so honest and letting it fly. When I have time I'll put a review of it in Amazon. Another book someday? I'd love to hear more details on all the recordings --including your own. Anyway, I know it must have been hard to decide what to leave in and what to leave out--I think you did a very good job of covering all eras of your life without lingering too long or skipping too fast over any one particular era. A great book.

Thanks again,

St Paul, MN STILL working on Shock Me

Subject: From a fan since '76

Dear Peter,     

I just finished your book about a couple of hours ago, and I had to slow it down or I'd have read it all in a single day!!!   I can remember your talking about writing it back in the late eighties, and have been waiting for it ever since, so it was great to see it become a reality. More importantly, it is a great book that is overflowing with honesty.  I loved it.  It was the best one (including Ace’s) because it needed to be said, and I needed to hear it, too.  It is what was behind Kiss that made the fans’ bond to the band so strong. Your remarks about the fans nearly brought me to tears.  The real fans love you Peter, and not just as a drummer, but as a person.           

I loved your “here’s the irony” remark to Gene!  You have always been the most sincere member with the fans (of the originals).  I’m an Ace fanatic, but he’s really stand-offish.  Ace was the perfect guitarist for Kiss, but you were also an irreplaceable drummer.  Here’s the irony now; you get to live your life as a normal person while Gene and Paul still have to be “members of Kiss,” (what a joke) and also meanwhile, deal with each other.  I’m sorry to hear about you and Ace, but I totally understand you. 

I hope you guys work it out. Everybody in my neighborhood thought that you and Ace were the coolest members of Kiss in 1977, by the way, not Gene and Paul.  

Thank you, Peter.  You’re the best.

“I was there!”


Subject: Book

Hello Peter Criss

I wanted to say that I have read your book and I thought it was really good. It has to be one of my favorite autobiographies I have read this year! It would be really great if I could meet you or get my book signed by you.

Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for putting out a book and making it such a great read!!


Subject: Book

Hello Peter Criss

I wanted to say that I have read your book and I thought it was really good. It has to be one of my favorite autobiographies I have read this year! It would be really great if I could meet you or get my book signed by you.

Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for putting out a book and making it such a great read!!


Subject: CAT MAN

Wow...think that's a dream come true, typing you while 32 years ago I was buying my first LP of KISS, Unmasked Although I'm a big KISS fan, the magic and the feelings of the early days just passed away The guys are nowardays doing right but nothing compares to those days I remember plugging my guitar at the end of the 70's trying to catch the vibe. Peter, you are the best drummer I've ever seen in my life Thanks for so much. Keep rocking !

I love you.

Carlos from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Subject: Book Signing

Hi Peter:

I've been a long time fan, in my early 40's. Played the drums for the last 20 plus years because of you. I missed your book signing in NYC wanted to know if you were planning to do any signings on Long Island? Just finished reading your book on my tablet, but would purchase again if you were signing. Great book, been waiting a long time to hear the truth from my idol.

All the best, Charlie

Subject: signing


Do you have any plans to do a signing In Grand Rapids, MI? It would be a honor to be able to meet you and have you sign your book! I’m sure its been brought up before, but any chance you and Ace Frehley could do a midwest tour???? That would be awsome! Most of us die hard Kiss fans would love to see you and Ace tour together again. Please give it some thought..

God Bless YOU and THANK YOU for being a key part of creating the greatest band in history!

Larry Hansen

Subject: Awesome!

So great to see the website back up and running - it looks great!

I hope there will be a "store" section sometime in the future where we fans can pickup some autographed items without worrying about authenticity. Again, it's great to have the website back!

JP PS I just ordered the book today!

Subject: the book is wonderful!

Hi Peter and Gigi

Just wanted to say it was wonderful to see Peter again in NY at the book signing, and that the book is really wonderful and whats best about it is that its honest and spoken in Peter's style, its not like something that someone else wrote in his own language.

Thanks again for all the great meeting experiences, terrific music and terrific book!


Subject: Great time in Ridgewood! Thank you!

Hi Peter,

Just wanted to tell you that I had a great time this past Wednesday at Book-Ends in Ridgewood, NJ... while standing in line I met alot of great Kiss fans! I've been a fan since I was 11 (in 1976).. and haven't stopped liking Kiss... I still love the original line-up and never will be anything like it again!

You were so friendly and personable ... I was the guy who asked advise on a 9-year old (my son Carter) learning drums... you told me to have him play the harmonica or trumpet... We just got his percussion kit .. so, we'll see how it goes... Hope to see you playing somewhere in the near future.

You are one of my favorite drummers!!!

thank you,

Rob - Bethlehem, PA

Subject: Fantastic book


Thanks for this book. Those Ace stories are crazy. I'm glad things are well for you now. I've known for a long time that Gene is a dick. You opened my eyes about Paul. I never realized all the crap and treatment you endured by him as well. The fact that they sabotaged your first 2 albums about made my jaw drop. How low can one go? I have even less respect for both of those guys now. The fact that you can still say thanks to them in your acknowledgments says great things about you as a person. My Kiss died for me back in 2000. I will never support their current version of imposter peter and fake ace. God love ya Pete. Looking forward to your next CD. Here's an idea. How about you and Ace do a real rockin album and call the band Kiss This?

With much appreciation,

Jason - Always a fan

Subject: The most BEAUTIFUL Book ever...and thats saying something

Howdy from Texas Peter,

I just read the most BEAUTIFUL book ever...and it's YOURS;you made me laugh so hard,and I'm still crying as I'm writing this after reading the last chapter you must have an amazing guarding angel with you.It's so beautiful the way you talk about God...I talk to God like that too.I LOVE all your albums, One For All is one of my favorites  I listen to it before I go to sleep at night I love all the songs and Whisper is one of my favorite songs.YOU are a beautiful man...very soon I'll be moving to New Jersey and I hope to meet You, would you  maybe do another meet and may freak out when you see who I am. Thanks for the laughter and the beautiful tears and I'm so sorry that you had to endure that much pain.But I believe all of that,just made you so much stronger.Thanks for everything CATMAN I can't imagine this world without you in it!

Will Always Love You,


Subject: Book

Hey Pete , Just wanted to tell you the book Is awesome !!!!!!!!!!!


Subject: Great Book


Just finished your book and went thru it in 2 days. Great story and thank you for sharing all your great times and bad times with me!!!! Because that's what it felt like; you writing to me as a fan!

To give you some perspective, I'm a 51 year old male fan who thought you guys where the greatest in my teen years. My wife and I have been married for 26 yrs and have a 25 yro son who is ok with KISS and loves the Detroit Rock City movie but gets a bigger kick out of watching "That 70's Show" to get a feel of what his parents were like growing up!!!!! I have never read any of your band mates books, and never will after reading your life story. I totally see the truth in the book. As a German/ Irish catholic I loved your epilogue and have many of the same feelings. Hope all goes well with you & Gigi's health & happiness. God bless and thanks for once again making me feel great & happy!!!!!!!

You are still touching people's lives.


Subject: Fan Apprecieation Thanks

i just want to say i met Peter Criss and his wife at rock n shock over the weekend and i was blown away,it was so great to walk in and be greeted by peter witha hug he not only signed my items but he also took the time to have a conversation with me and my brother like we were the only ones there that matter.he really does treat his fans great ,and his wife was unbeliveably nice as she snap photos for us and also had nice words to say thanks so much peter i hope to meet you again but this will be a memory that will last forever.


Subject: Meeting You

Meeting you at rock and shock on friday was the BEST experience of my life!!!! Thank you so much for the wonderful experience!!!


Subject: Thank you!


I recently took my sons (Matt, 14 and Dan, 15) to the Rock and Shock event in Worcester, Massachusetts. We attended with my brother, Dan, and all of us are really big fans of your work with Kiss and your solo material.  

I wanted to personally thank you for your kindness and generosity. It was thoughtful of you to sign my son's vinyl "Destroyer" album free of charge, and to take several photos with us. To have my teenage children both comment about what a "nice guy" you are was refreshing. Too often people take for granted the kindness of others, and I would be remiss if I did not write to you to express my appreciation.  

For each of us, Friday night was a chance to meet someone that has provided us with years of musical enjoyment. Your respect for those who admire your work made this a great memory. 

Thanks again.   Jamie

Subject: Glad to see your site back up!

No matter who puts on your makeup, you are irreplaceable and missed! The original line up may have had issues , but it's the only lineup that is truly KISS. Stay healthy!


Subject: The Reason

Hi Peter

I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that in 1977 when I was given Love Gun , you made a 11 year old kid from the Bronx want to play drums . Because of you I am still playing all these years later. Thank you for being a Class act when I met you years ago and thank you for Loving us, the fans as much as we love you. See you at the book signing on 5 th ave in Oct.

Thanks for Everything you have done...............John

Subject: Regards

Hello, greetings from Colombia Peter.

We are the Kiss fan club in Colombia, are our idol and inspiration, thanks for many years of rock and roll for all of us.

God Bless You.

Jasson - Kiss Army Colombia

Subject: October is Breast Cancer Awareness month!

Hello, Peter:

I am sure you get a zillion emails a day, and having grown up (graduated high school 1970) real music seems to have disappeared nowadays (in my opinion). I just wanted to thank you for telling the world about your experience with male breast cancer because it gives me a way to 'break the ice' with men who I talk to at the various health fairs here in lovely Portland, Oregon! YOU have made it easy to have conversation with them. THANK YOU!!!!!

I not only volunteer for Komen, but I also am (ten year survivor as of 10/6/12) an Outreach Volunteer for the Providence Medical system here in the Portland Oregon area. I also serve on the local (and original) Row For The Cure Committee (The Row For The Cure was started here in Portland, Oregon - and next year is our 20th ANNIVERSARY!!!! Just in case you aren't doing anything next year and want to be our official honorary chair person? Doesn't hurt to ask!). I am looking forward to getting your book when it is released.

Thank you again for helping me help others!!!!!!


Subject: Peter

Hey Mr. Criss,

My name is Bryant. I kind of feel like I grew up with you and your work. My mom now 50 grew up a fan and as a kid from 3 I was hooked and eventually I realized how music was my passion and release and now at 27 I’m a working solo artist. You bring that big band sound when you play man I’ve always wanted to tell you that, and your vocals are an inspiration from your work on songs like “Strange ways” to “Blue Moon Over Brooklyn”. I saw that you had a new web site and I really like it, and it gives me a chance to say thank you for the way that you have affected my life. I’d like to invite you to visit my new website as well at

Stay well, healthy and blessed.

My mom told me that she made you a pillow and a scarf around 79 I believe. She wanted me to pass that message along. Can’t wait to read the book.

Subject: Breast Cancer


Firstly, love the new site.

I really admire you the way you approached breast cancer and your support for breast cancer awareness.

An old school friend, actually my first girlfriend has just been diagnosed with breast cancer, she's only 39. Hopefully she will pull through.

Anyway, have fun! Still love your work with Kiss- especially Strangways . I love that song!

Regards, Chris

Subject: Hello from Amsterdam

Hi Peter,

My name is Lars, I'm a German guitarist living in Amsterdam. I am e-mailing you to tell you how big of a fan I am of the 'old' KISS with you and Ace! Ace was the reason for me to start playing guitar.

When I became a KISS fan (around 1985) the days of the original line-up were already over, but when I heard about the reunion tour in 96/97 I was so happy to get the chance to see my favorite rock band with its original line-up and I saw you guys perform in Frankfurt, Germany. That sure was one of the best concerts I ever saw.  Then I also saw you guys on the Psycho Circus tour when you played a  show in Utrecht, the Netherlands (then I already had moved to the Netherlands to study jazz guitar at the conservatory in Amsterdam).

Just this summer I got some KISS-books, and autobiographies (Ace's and Gene's) , etc and found out more about how the band worked internally and how things went down with the reunion tour, etc. and I have to tell you that I don't like the fact that KISS are now still performing with the original make-up and original show but with two guys that were not part of the original line-up.Nothing against Eric Singer or Tommy Thayer, but to me as a real KISS fan it's just wrong to have them wear your and Ace's make-up. When that went down KISS was over for me, I would not care to see them live in this line-up.

I listened to your Eddie-Trunk interview from 2004 and I am totally with you.  In that interview you struck me as one of the most down to earth and humble human beings and that really impressed me so much! I could really tell that you were speaking form the heart.

I can tell you that to me a guy's personality means at least as much as his playing, and you are top notch in both departments, this means a lot to me and I want to thank you for being the great guy that you are, and for having created what you have created, it changed my life!

I will definitely buy your book when it comes out, can't wait !

Peter, I wish you and your family all the best and once again want to thank you for all the inspiration!!!!


Subject: KISS Drummer

You are and always will be the only drummer in Kiss, To me Eric may put on the make-up but he will never be you...You are the real CATMAN......


Subject: Ace and Peter

Hello Peter,

My name is jeff. I just wanted to say I love and respect your music. You and Ace have really helped me discover how money hungry Gene and Paul are. I saw KISS in 2010 and was just glad to see them. But what kills me is that I am only 20 and would have never been fortunate to see the original lineup. My only hope is to read your book when it comes out, I've read aces and its amazing. Maybe I will be lucky to see you guys live someday and experience the real talent!

Subject: Hi!!!!!

Hi Peter,

I heard this interview you did recently about the current state of Kiss I just wanted to say that I totally agree with ya bro!!!! I think Gene&Paul are nothing more than money grubbers cashing in on what you and Ace helped to create I just wanted to let you know that I was a Fan back in the 70's and I loved you guys to pieces when I saw the Reunion Tour that was my Dream come true thanks for doing that!! I saw the Reunion tour three times each time I want I always felt great for a few days after to me kiss is no longer kiss I see kiss as Peter,Ace,Paul, Gene I feel bad for the people who go see them now they are getting ripped off!!!!

Thanks for speaking up for us I will never see kiss again unless you and ace are involved!!!!!!

Your Fan

Art Fralin

Subject: True KISS Fan

Hi Peter,

I 1st wanted to tell you that I have been a fan of your's since I 1st saw my 1st KISS concert in 1977. I know KISS always said that they are all about the fans...but it seems to me that you are the only one that stands behind that.

I wanted to thank you for all the years of music & memories....


Subject: The old stuff

Hi Peter,

I really respect your love for the music. I like the old stuff. I grew up in R.I. where I started listening to your early stuff. It was my introduction to rock music. The only thing I remember before that is my mom listening to Elvis. I still listen to Elvis. Love the Beatles. I was wondering if you ever met John Lennon or was that a little before your success? Couldn't think of anything cooler than to have a friend like you. I like the way you stand for what you believe in and didn't like the idea of selling out. You are a stand up guy from what I can see.

Jim Welsh

Subject: I want you little giant !

Hi Peter

I hope you´ll be fine when you recieve this e-mail.I´m 42 and I grow up with your music in KISS,only wanna tell you thanks for all these years,I play guitar and compose some songs. . . but,It´s realy difficult to dedicate 24 hours to the music.I´ve a family and my wife gets insane,she was detected cancer at the esttomago (sorry,I dónt know how said in english) and I made a promess. . you know what? I let the musicgo. . . and she´s recovering at all. . . I believe in God and I realy dónt know if was my promess or medicine. . . but She is very well rigth now.Peter. . . thanks to you and you got to know that you make me cry with lirycs like BLUE MOON OVER BROOKLIN. . . I dónt know what else to said.Just thank and if you recieve this mail . . . let me know that. Kisses to you and all the people you love.From Argentina. . . one more fan.


Subject: Hello

Who would have ever thought back in 1977 that I would be sitting here today writing to you. The ripe ole age of 12 and my 1st tryout for kickline was to a KISS song!!! Loved you all back then and still do at 43!!!! Thanks for the music. It got me through some dark times.


Subject: Hello

Hi Peter,

I've been a life long KISS fan and I'm still a huge fan of yours. I'm looking forward to your new CD and we need to see you in Canada! I have All for one and I love it, so keep up the great work. You're the original, the best. Your drumming style on all of the classic KISS songs is evident and makes those songs stand the test of time to this day. I also wanted to say I really enjoyed the article in 40/74. You look amazing, at peace and are a true rock star.

Take care and I can't wait for the new CD.


Subject: hi peter!!

Over the summer I discovered KISS, and over the summer, I have become obsessed with KISS. My opinion is you are one of the greatest drummers who ever lived, and although I think you were one of the only truly talented members of KISS ( the others being Ace and Paul, Gene is more of just a showoff) I've come to learn about and love all of you, and I can't judge any of the replacements because my mother has always told me, don't judge who you don't know, which is true, as much as I'd prefer you and Ace, I can't judge Tommy nor Eric because I don't know them and have never seen them in concert. However, that does not change the fact that you are amazing, KISS has inspired me to embrace my creativity and be unique, you guys have showed me that it's ok to follow my dreams and be myself, and for that you have my thanks. I love listening to your music, it helps me work harder and faster to achieve my goals and inspires me for various drawings. My mom thinks your a musical genius too, and she's not much of a KISS fan, in fact, I discovered KISS on my own, with the help of the internet. Neither of my parents like nor listen to KISS or you, no one in my school does either, at least not as much as I do, thats for sure. I even have a KISS backpack!! Well, while I'm typing, I might as well mention that we have the same birthday, I think thats really cool. On December 20th I'm going to turn 13.

Oh and by the way!! in my middle school we have a project called Worlds Fair and Im hoping I will get History of Rock and Roll for my project, I want to pay tribute to the REAL rock bands, no, not Panic! at the Disco and not MCR, I'm talkin' about The Beatles, KISS, Alice Cooper, Twisted Sister, Franki Valli etc. ( I was raised on oldies music and continue to love it) during my project Im gonna try and get together an Ace Frehley Dynasty costume for my outfit for that evening ('cause I think that costume is really prettiful :D ) and if I can, I'll try and get my friend to put on your makeup, 'cause you and Ace are totally awesome, dude!!!! Well god bless you and I wish you a great life!! Bye bye now!!!

Subject: "Peter Criss on the drums!"

How I long to hear those words again! I truly wish G&P would come to their senses and bring back You and "Ace Frehley - lead guitar!"

As far as I'm concerned, they're DONE!

I hope this finds you doing well and I hope to see you doing some appearances SOON!

Yes, there's only ONE Catman!

And there's only ONE Space Ace!

God Bless You and Your Family!


Subject: Fan from way back


I remember the first time that I saw you guys. It was on (I think) a Paul Lynde halloween special; and you sang "Beth". At that moment I was hooked and bought the single, every birthday a KISS album was the present I wanted (Dressed to Kill was my first). I'm 45 now and still love the "old" KISS. After you and Ace were gone I stopped listening to the "new" stuff.

Gene is a pompus ass who's strictly interested in money. YOU were in love with the dream. I wonder what's next for them... franchising KISS? Asian KISS! Mexican KISS. Kind of like "The Wiggles" franchising a Manderin version of themselves. At the current rate I imagine that they just put ads in the paper saying, "Drummer needed. Must fit into costume". KISS has abondaned being a band and instead is a brandname. Who the hell wants a KISS toothbrush? It cheapens the entire story of how you came to be. It died for me a long time ago, but I still have the albums that you were on with Ace. Nice memories. Thank you for them.

Liam McKay
West Palm Beach, FL











Hey Peter,

My name is Justin and I'm 14 and i've benn playing drums for less than two years. I've been a KISS fan since I heard about KISS. But I'm also a Peter Criss fan. When I started listening to your jazz, you inspired me, so me being in the school band, I auditioned for the school jazz band... and made it! I beat my friend whos been playing for 9 years. I like rock n' roll better than jazz but not by much. Keep playin your heart out and I'll play mine!

From a huge fan,

P.S.: You used to be good frinds with my uncle from back in the day.

Subject: Wazup Catman

Hey Peter

you are an awesome drummer i always admired your drumming Hey catman what if you and Ace Frehley make a band i mean you guys are the best it will make people really happy to see you guys play.


Subject: hi

hi peter,

my name is ken and im 41 years old and have been a diehard fan since i was 12, i have heard in interviews where fans have said your music changed their lives, well i have to agree, when i was 12 i saw some guys at school dressed up like you guys and i bugged my cousin till he gave me a 45 that had detroit rock city on it and i played it over and over until i decided to flip it over and there was beth and i was hooked, i believe up until that time my favorite band was the bay city rollers so i can definately say you guys changed my life lol. i know beth is most fans favorite song but alltime favorites was hard-luck woman and also by myself off your solo album. i loved your last album and still hope to catch you on tour or at an appearance cause ill never give up on my dream on meeting you guys in person and to shake your hand and thank you for rocking nearly 30 years of my life so far.

keep on rocking



hi peter

first of all there will be no grammar in this message. my name is cory faraci iam from winnipeg manitoba canada i m 40 yrs old and a drummer and italiano.i play in the busiest and most popular cover band in my city(whoppee) just kidding its alot of fun except i also hate my bass player haha. i have met quite a few famous drummers in my time but 100000 years is what made me want to play live i had wanted to be a famous drummer as well and am and had the talent but s**t happens and became a father instead  which i do not regret so now i still get my kicks playing for 3 400 people and play every weekend i am not a starstruck person but i found your website and bought your interveiw video and besides me not being famous we have a lot in common i dont want anything from you because although not a famous drummer i do very well in my other career and i just wanted to say that KISS would not have been what is is if peter crisscola was not behind the drums and also your personal song writing it was the thing that took KISS to the top besides all of the glam i mean what was the biggest hit hmm could it have been beth but really black diamond hard luck strange days and on are some of the most powerful songs kiss ever had and although eric was a good drummer he could have never brought what you did to the band .....ah gene.....ahem.....i know your a busy person but i would relly like to correspond with you personally.

best regards your pison


Subject: The Day Has Come

I knew that one day I would have a chance to communicate with a founding member of KISS, and who better than Master Drummer Peter Criss!!! I love it that you are so into your fans. You Mr. Criss are AWESOME!!! My brother Nick and I have been a KISS fan since 1977 at the age of seven when I discovered KISS. Peter, your music is the best of the four and you (and we and many, many fans) know it.

In awe of your many talents,

Ray Curtsinger

Subject: Greetings Neighbor!

Hey Peter,

I live in Bergen County and even though you're a fairly long distance from me, it's still cool to know that the (REAL) Catman and my all time favorite member of KISS is my neighbor! I won't bother getting into everything that happened with Gene and Paul because I can't possibly add anything that hasn't already been said. I just want to say that I'm glad you're doing well and that you're still writing music. Maybe one day, you'll see fit to collaborate with Ace on an album. That would be phenominal!

Anyway, maybe our paths will cross one of these days which would totally make my day! In the meantime I just want to say, God Bless You and Gigi and keep rockin', Peter. You're the greatest!

Justin J. Rivera
Fairview, New Jersey

Subject: Peter Criss


i want to tell you, kiss music kept me going. As a young man i was told i have a bone disease that will eventurly keep me in a chair. that was 30+ years ago.. i says thanks to you because i loved the big sound of your drums, my parents bought me a set CB700 5 peace.. well 30+ years later and a few bands later I'm still standing and giving it to the old lady..she says thank you..hehe.. thank you thank you..

i dig the old stuff from kiss and will hope that the EGOs of the demon and star child see the light. God bless you Peter and thank you for giving me a reason to get up in the morning. you are my Hero..
Denver Colorado..

Subject: The Truth


This is my first time writing. I have been a fan of Kiss having listened to the music since the very first album was released in 1973. For the record, I believe there is always going to be bad blood and disagreement, even between the best of friends. The fact of the matter is Peter, Paul, Ace and Gene are Kiss. There is no substitute. I stopped seeing Kiss when you and Ace left both times. I have the utmost respect for all four of you and will always remember Kiss as the four original members. That is where the magic came from and still remains.

Thank you, take care, and God Bless.

Loyal member of the Kiss Army till the end.

Respectfully, Jim From Muncy, PA

Subject: Saluti from Sicily,Italy to Mr. Peter Criss.

Hello Mr. Criss,

I'm writing to you from Palermo,Italy. Thank you for being a part in my life. I was born and raised in California, but was forced to follow my parents back to Sicily at the age of 13. I am now 41 but still attached to my past, to the USA and especially to you and to the Kiss group.
Very honored to make your acquaintance one day, please accept my kindest regards.
Grazie, Angelo Militello.



peter I just want to remind you that always be the only cat who knows how to play drums in the world and despite that the dream I know you do not comply will always be my favorite drummer in kiss.


Subject: Congrats


Just read the interview in 40°70°. All I gotta say is deserve every bit of the wonderfulness that is your life.

~ Frank

Subject: Fan1

Hi Peter,

im 12 years old i have been a fan for a while and you are the reason i have started playing the drums i still pretty new at them but im working hard and hoping someday ill be as good as a drumemr as you are!

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