About Peter Criss The soon to be inducted drummer was born as George Peter John Criscuola in 1945.
Peter's first passion for drumming came from jazz music, when he was inspired by Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. His rock influences include Charlie Watts, Ginger Baker, Keith Moon and John Bonham.
He joined Kiss in 1973 and soon after established the 'Catman' character for his Kiss persona.
Kiss released their self-titled debut in February 1974. Throughout his Kiss career, Peter was lead vocalist on several notable songs including Black Diamond, Hard Luck Woman, and their breakthrough hit Beth.
Peter Criss and Kiss officially parted ways on May 18, 1980. Eric Carr (real name: Paul Caravello) replaced Peter just prior to the sessions for the band's 1981 album 'Music from the Elder'.
About the Drum Legend awards The Guitar Center Drum Legend award is presented to drummers for both their playing and achievements more generally.
Previous Drum Legend inductees include Led Zeppelin's John Bonham, Steve Smith from Journey and Alan White of Yes.