Monday, February 14, 2011

Richie Scarlet Talks Peter Criss' New Album recently interviewed Richie Scarlet. During the interview, Richie touched on original KISS drummer Peter Criss' forthcoming rock album. One project you worked on in 2010 was the [upcoming] Peter Criss [KISS] "rock" album. Could you tell us about that project and when we may be able to expect to see it released?

Richie: I did that record quite awhile back. I had a blast doing it with Peter. I love Peter Criss. We've been friends for a long, long time. I really wanted to play guitar on it, but all of the guitars were already done by his guitar player, Angel, who's been with him forever. So I ended up playing bass. I did 8 or 9 tracks on the record. This record is a rock and roll record, and it's not like his previously released one ("One For All"), which was a ballad/crooner kinda thing. This is back to bitchin' rock and roll. There's some really good tracks on this record, though I haven't heard it since I cut the tracks. It's due out sometime this year on Sony Records. I don't know when the (exact) release date is, as I'm actually surprised it hasn't been released yet. Many music fans/KISS fans remember you from all of the years you worked with Ace Frehley, so to hear you working with another member of KISS will undoubtedly make many people happy.

Richie: I went from one rebel of KISS, to another rebel of KISS. It was always "in the cards" with Peter Criss and I, because we've jammed many times before. When you play with someone and the vibe is right, you usually end up recording with them. And that's exactly what happened. I was very happy to do it, though I would have loved to play some guitar on it. I think it's going to be a really good record and I'm not just saying that because I played on it, and trying to make Peter look good. There's some actually well-written songs on it. And most people know, you're very straightforward with your opinions. You don't just blow smoke up people's asses.

Richie: If I didn't dig it, I would tell ya, "Yeah, it's OK," ya know? I even told Peter that I didn't think that, as far as KISS fans go, that most fans weren't really knocked out by his last album ("One For All"). But it was something that Peter just wanted to get out of his system.

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