Former KISS drummer Peter Criss has slammed KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons over his allegations that Criss' drug and alcohol abuse is the reason Criss is no longer a touring member of the group.
Writing to his official web site, PeterCriss.net, Criss said: "Some people love hearing themselves talk, Gene Simmons is one of them. I read online what he said to the Iowa and German press. Now let me tell you what's really important. I have never been so happy in my whole life. I can finally be free to be an artist again.
"I surround myself with people who love me and respect me. My endearing and supporting wife Gigi, true friends, and a loving family, and always God. If not for him there would be nothing. These are things that make me a rich man, Mr. Simmons.
"I sang and drummed my heart out on the AEROSMITH tour, FACT. The really fans know that, END OF STORY. And I also missed Ace on the tour.
"I am in excellent health, wealthy and working on being wiser. I just wanted you fans to know that. I won't even comment on what Mr. Simmons had to say, because it's NOT TRUE, and I don't need to justify his lies.
"The original band is over. And as a founding member I am not shocked at Gene and Paul turning a legendary band into a cover act for just plain profit, How very sad.
"But the crazy thing is? The fans will still follow because they are the real heart of KISS. I was proud to be a part of something that was once great.
"God Bless and good-bye to that part of my life."