George Peter John Criscuola aka Peter Criss is a famed American Musician and actor, who is best known as a drummer of the hard rock band named kiss. In this band, Criss was known as the name of “The Catman”. Apart from being a drummer, he had worked as a songwriter, producer, and author. He was specialised in Hard rock, heavy metal and jazz music genres. Besides “kiss” band, he was also the part of bands like “The Barracudas” and “Chelsea”. Criss had appeared in several movies and television series. Now let’s have a close look on Peter Criss’s net worth in 2018.
Peter Criss was born on December 20, 1945, in Brooklyn, New York. He is the son of Loretta and Joseph Criscuola. He has four younger siblings. The famous drummer Jerry Nolan was also his childhood friend. Criss was very passionate about music from a very young age. He was a huge fan of Gene Krupa and his exceptional style of drumming. Criss was a passionate art student and was also used to play with the bandleader Joey Greco. Later, he got the chance of learning from his mentor Gene Krupa at the Metropole Club. After that, he started his musical journey by playing jazz and rock with several bands of New York and New Jersey.
Peter Criss was married to his first wife Lydia Di Leonardo in 1970 and got divorced in 1979. He was dating Playboy magazine’s fame model Debra Jensen, while he was still married to his first wife. In 1979, Criss married to his second wife Debra Jensen and she gave birth to a daughter Jenilee in 1981. In 1994, Criss got divorced to Debra and married to his third wife Gigi Criss in 1998. In 2008, he was detected with breast cancer, which was later successfully surgically removed my doctors.
In his early stage of career, he worked with many different bands. At the very same time, he joined Chelsea band, who later released their first self-titled album in 1971. After the downfall of Chelsea also known as Lips, he met with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons who were looking for a new band member. In 1973, Criss formed a rock band named “Kiss” with the help of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley. The band immediately rose to fame with their energetic music, painted faces with unique costumes. They released their first self-titled album in 1974, in which Criss was the lead singer of several hit songs like “Beth”, “Black Diamond” and “Hard Luck Woman”. His song “Beth” was the highest charting song till the date in the US and gathered the seventh position on Billboard’s Hot100. His song was also ranked at #3 positions in the VH1’s 25 Greatest Power Ballads. He also released his solo albums, but that didn’t prove to be a good idea. He also tried his luck in acting and has appeared in films like “Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park” and “Detroit Rock City”. Criss also got the chance in television series like “Oz”, “Frame of Mind” and “Millennium”.
Awards & Achievements
Peter Criss has won many nominations and awards in different categories for his tremendous work. His blockbuster hit song “Beth” had won People’s Choice Awards in 1977. His solo album “Peter Criss” was awarded gold certification by Music Canada, where RIAA certified his album with platinum certification. In 2014, he was also introduced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the other members of Kiss.
Net Worth of Peter Criss
Peter Criss net worth is estimated to be $2.5 millions. His major source of income is earning from his rock band, discography, live tours and his solo albums. The band’s first album “Kiss” earned them great success with the sales of around 5k copies in US and this earned them near about $750,000. His four albums, Peter Criss, Dynasty, Double Platinum and Love Gun grossed income were estimated to be $1,500,000. His other blockbuster hit album “Alive II”sold more than 2 million copies in US and its grossed income was around $3 million.
Peter Criss is considered to be one of the legendary musicians in the music world. With his talent and dedication for music, he became one of the most successful musicians in a short span of time. He also had seen worst in his life, when he was diagnosed with cancer. But with his share will power and support from his closed one, he overcame this diseased.