31/01/2001 It is announced that Peter Criss is leaving KISS
Peter Criss Leaves Kiss
KISS / Peter Criss on quitting KISS
Goodbye Peter Criss
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Paul Stanley on Ace Freheley being an alcoholic
When Criss left the first time, back in 1980, it was as an equal partner. But by the time he returned for a long-hoped-for reunion in 1996, it wasn't as a full member, but as a paid sideman. That ultimately created a rift that he never overcame. Criss quit in 2001, returned and then quit again for good in 2004.