drummer Peter Criss
' memoir, "Makeup To Breakup: My Life In And Out Of Kiss"
, landed at position No. 7
on the New York Times
"Hardcover Nonfiction" best-sellers list. The book arrived on October 23 via the Simon & Schuster
An excerpt from "Makeup To Breakup: My Life In And Out Of Kiss"
, can be found at RollingStone.com
wrote the 320-page hardcover book with the help of Larry "Ratso" Sloman
In a recent interview with "The Opie & Anthony Show"
revealed that a power struggle, with Gene Simmons
and Paul Stanley
on one side, and Peter
and Ace Frehley
on the other, led to his departure from KISS
. "I could start feeling [Stanley
] wanting the power," he said. "The more we were going up the ladder of future and fame, the more it was kind of swaying to Mr. Simmons
and I were kind of not getting our musical [ideas] in. It's funny — I wrote the biggest hit the band [ever had] [the 1976 ballad 'Beth'
], and meanwhile, I was kind of always getting put down for this stuff. So it was always a battle."
According to Criss
, he and Frehley
were extremely close, which is why it was especially hurtful for the drummer to learn that Frehley
was making more money when the farewell tour ended in 2000. "[It] broke my heart when [Ace
] broke my heart," he said. "In the book, I tell the story, but towards the reunion, towards the end, I was devastated, man. I couldn't believe what went on. And it was again about the old M-O-N-E-Y. Money, money, money. Power, power, power. It never was enough for those guys."
As previously reported, Criss
will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline"
with host Bob Coburn
on Wednesday, December 19 at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with Criss
by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). The show will be streamed on the "Rockline"
web site for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast.
For more information, visit RocklineRadio.com