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Peter Criss announces details for last-ever U.S. performance

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Founding KISS drummer Peter Criss has announced the details of his last live show in the U.S.

Backed by the Sisters Doll, he'll play his finale on June 17th at the Cutting Room in his hometown of New York.

This show follows his appearance at the New York KISS Expo on June 9th, 10th and 11th. And before that, he'll turn in his final performance in Australia at the Australian KISS Convention on May 12th, 13th and 14th in Brunswick.

But before all of that, he'll sing “Beth” at the Beauty Foundation for Cancer Care Beauty Ball on April 29th at the Asbury Hotel in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Criss is a breast cancer survivor.

Criss tells The Rockpit he is "moving on to do other things. I'm 71 and in the best health I've been in for a while, and I thought if I'm gonna do it, I've gotta do it now. I had male breast cancer and I beat it, and that's really changed my life, and my wife also beat cancer too, so I went out, I signed autographs, I wrote a book. When I connected [with the fans] again, I got to hear their stories and they'd ask me if I'd play again or sing again; there was so much love. And when I looked around, everyone was slowing down or retiring, like Eric Clapton, and I wondered what I have left."

After the shows he plans to complete an album he started nine years ago.


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