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Peter Criss was awoken by his wife Gigi at their New Jersey home Monday night after we called with the news that KISS is headed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He tells us, "It goes to show that KISS has the greatest fans. I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart and I want to thank the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the induction. It's a dream come true. I also want to congratulate my bandmates and the late great KISS manager Bill Aucoin. And last but not least, I want to thank the Lord."
Criss was the band's original drummer from their formation in 1973 through early 1980. He rejoined in 1996 for their reunion tour and stayed until 2000 and then came back in 2002 before leaving again in 2004.
Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons also issued statements on the honor.
Stanley said, "The spirit of rock and roll for me has always meant following the paths I choose regardless of what my critics or my peers think. For 40 years KISS has built an army that apologizes to no one and I'm honored to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame knowing we have remained true to ourselves and our fans."
Simmons said, "To the KISS Army, Ace, Peter, Eric Carr, Vinny, Mark, Bruce, Tommy and Eric Singer, Bill Aucoin, Doc McGhee and to my partner of 40 years, the ever youthful Paul Stanley... and all the members of the KISS Family. This honor is for you. 40 years of Rockin' and still going strong."