Kiss's oft repeated mantra of "you wanted the best, you got the best" seems more apt than ever today, with the announcement that original drummer Peter Criss is to be inducted as a Drum Legend by Guitar Center.
According to Ultimate Classic Rock, the former Kiss legend will receive the accolade after judging the grand finals Guitar Center's annual Drum-Off competition at Club Nokia on Saturday night. The award is presented to drummers for both their playing and achievements more generally.
As Ultimate Classic Rock notes, Criss'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. Bonham is one of the previous Guitar Center Drum Legend inductees along with Steve Smith from Journey and Alan White of Yes.
Meanwhile, Criss's former band, Kiss, have recently completed work on their upcoming album which is entitled Monster. Paul Stanley offered the following statement on the record via Kiss's official website:
"Friday [January 6] we officially completed work on the new album. Listening to the tracks back to back is like sensory overload. Everyone who has heard any of it is completely blown away. Powerful, heavy, melodic and epic. It makes us very proud. You all will be, too. Mixing starts next week."
Criss's induction may come as a surprise to some, as the drummer's uncomplicated playing has sometimes drawn Ringo Starr-like comparisons. In a Kiss themed Family Guy episode for example, Peter Griffin infamously announces to his wife, Lois, that "no one wants to be Peter Criss, not even Peter Criss." Clearly though, the former Catman's influence has bypassed such criticisms.
Whether you think that Peter Criss is up there with Bonham and Moon or want to suggest alternative recipients for the drum legend award, let us know in the comments section.