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.
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.’’
‘‘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.