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Peter Criss, Kiss' founding Catman, saying goodbye to stage

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/16/2017 By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press
In this June 15, 2017 photo, drummer and vocalist Peter Criss rehearses in a New York City studio for his final U.S. performance on Saturday, June 17. The co-founding member of Kiss best known for the hit single "Beth" says he wants to leave the stage on his own terms after a series of unhappy endings with Kiss, and to say goodbye to his fans. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry) © The Associated Press In this June 15, 2017 photo, drummer and vocalist Peter Criss rehearses in a New York City studio for his final U.S. performance on Saturday, June 17. The co-founding member of Kiss best known for the hit single "Beth" says he wants to leave the stage on his own terms after a series of unhappy endings with Kiss, and to say goodbye to his fans. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Criss, the original Catman drummer and vocalist from the rock group Kiss, is retiring from the concert stage.

The raspy-voiced Brooklynite best known for the hit single "Beth" is playing his final U.S. show Saturday in New York.

It's his way to purge the bad taste left in his mouth by a series of unhappy endings with Kiss, including the band's 2014 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where quarreling over which lineup would perform at the ceremony ended up with Kiss not playing at all.

He says he wants to leave the stage happy, and retire to his home at the New Jersey shore to finish some recording projects, a children's' book, and a comedy screenplay he hopes will interest actor Ben Stiller.

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