As Hennemusic reports, original KISS drummer Peter Criss has responded to negative comments about the group by Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.
"KISS is a comic-book rock band," said Tyler in a recent interview with 102.5 The Bone in Tampa Bay, Florida. "They've got a couple of hits, but they're more, they're comic book - you see them in their spackled faces."
Currently promoting his new memoir, "Makeup To Breakup: My Life In And Out Of KISS", Criss appeared on the "Jim Kerr Rock & Roll Morning Show" on WAXQ-FM / Q104.3 radio in New York City on Tuesday, where the drummer was asked for his reaction to Tyler's comments.
"In my book, I really talk about our tour - the last tour we did with [Aerosmith]," replied Criss. "I found those guys to be sweethearts. I felt honored to be on stage with Aersomith. I think they're one of the greatest rock and roll bands in the world."
"I could see how Steven loves Steven and he always wants the spotlight over him - he's always, 'Look at me. Look at me.' And that's OK, 'cause I had one of those in my band," Criss continued.
"The other two - [bassist] Tom Hamilton and [guitarist] Brad Whitford - treated my wife like a million bucks. Joe Perry was a jerk. I say it in my book. He had a thing about the whole... he just didn't like us, he called us clowns and he didn't really like playing with us. So now I hear even Steven jumped on the bandwagon. And it kind of hurts my feelings, 'cause I really like the guys. I think they are one of the greatest bands ever to hit the stage - and still are - and it's kind of strange that he said that, because he didn't give me that impression when we toured together."
KISS frontman Paul Stanley responded to Tyler's comments last week on Rockline, telling: "When [the new Aerosmith] album comes out, let's put [it side by side with ours and] let the music do the talking. Steven may have been overenthused and needs a reality check."