Names

Peter Criss, Kiss’s founding Catman, saying goodbye to stage

Drummer and vocalist Peter Criss rehearses in a New York City studio for his final US performance on Saturday.

Wayne Parry/AP

Drummer and vocalist Peter Criss rehearses in a New York City studio for his final US performance on Saturday.

NEW YORK — Goodbye Kitty: Peter Criss can finally come home.

No longer playing with the boys, the cofounder of the rock group Kiss and coauthor of its hit single, ‘‘Beth,’’ is retiring from the concert stage with a show to let him say goodbye on his own terms.

Advertisement

It’s his way to purge the bad taste left in his mouth by a series of unhappy endings with Kiss, including the band’s 2014 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where quarreling over which lineup would perform at the ceremony ended up with Kiss not playing at all.

On Saturday, Criss will play what he says is his last US concert at The Cutting Room, an intimate venue in Manhattan where he promises a mix of Kiss classics, his own solo material, and covers he always wanted to perform live but was told by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, ‘‘We don’t do that; it’s not Kiss.’’

Get The Weekender in your inbox:
The Globe's top picks for what to see and do each weekend, in Boston and beyond.
Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

‘‘I want to leave the stage happy,’’ Criss said. ‘‘I got onto the stage not thinking about making a buck. It was just pure: Play drums, have a good time, meet girls, travel and get out of Brooklyn.’’

Criss, 71, formed Kiss with Stanley and Simmons and guitarist Ace Frehley in 1973.

Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.
We hope you've enjoyed your free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to Globe.com for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com