Original KISS drummer Peter Criss was inducted this past Saturday night (January 14) as part of the latest Drum Legend class during the grand finals of Guitar Center‘s annual Drum-Offat Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California.
The Drum Legend induction honors icons in the drum world that have paved the way for today’s drummers. The award is given to those that have made significant contributions to the craft and have hugely influenced players by their style and illustrious musical career. Past inductees include John Bonham, Billy Cobham, Nicko McBrain, Steve Smith, Dave Garibaldi, Alan White, and Greg Errico.
A short video interview with Criss conducted by Artisan News prior to the drummer’s induction can be seen below.
Born Peter George Criscoula on December 20, 1945, in Brooklyn, New York, Criss got his start drumming after discovering legendary jazz drummer Gene Krupa and such ’60s rockers as THE ROLLING STONES.
“Finally, when I got into rock ‘n’ roll drumming, I liked Charlie Watts [of THE ROLLING STONES],” said Criss in a 1997 interview. He also cited CREAM‘s Ginger Baker, THE WHO‘s Keith Moon and LED ZEPPELIN‘s John Bonham as big influences on his playing.
Photo courtesy of PeterCriss.net