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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Rush mention in new Peter Criss autobiography Makeup to Breakup
4:24PM EST | comments (43) |

UPDATE - 11/28@4:42PM: Here's a photo of Peter Criss with Rush taken from the book. Thanks to Ethan G for the scan and RushFanForever for the heads up.

Former KISS drummer Peter Criss recently released his new autobiography Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss and tells a funny story involving Rush on pages 330-31:

... When we first started headlining, we toured with Rush. Gene and Paul were more standoffish, but Ace and I really became good friends with them. They were good old Canadian boys who liked to smoke pot and drink scotch, really down-to-earth guys. And they came up with a character that they called the Bag. One of them would put a large brown paper bag over his head. Then they drew a face on the bag and they cut out eye holes so that, if whoever was under the bag was smoking a cigarette, smoke would come out one of the eyes. It looked very creepy. The Bag was very rude and nasty to women. So we'd invite him to the party just to cause chaos and anarchy. He'd come in and start insulting the women who were there, calling them whores and sluts. ...

Ace Frehley also mentions The Bag in his autobiography No Regrets that was released last year. Peter Criss's version gives a lot more detail, but in Ace's version he attributes The Bag idea exclusively to Alex Lifeson. You can read Ace's version of the story in this post and order Peter's book on Amazon here. Thanks to Twon for the heads up.

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#43 - Posted 12/1/12 @2:37PM by broughttoyoubytheletterj [contact]

Nah...just about anybody but those 3 chord clowns...
#42 - Posted 12/1/12 @1:15AM by What-A-Rush

Agreed #41, but that tour of 1974-75 would have been the ULTIMATE concert pairing of all time to have witnessed! What I would give to have been 15 years old at that time! Whoever was lucky enough to have seen it, YOU SHOULD FEEL HONORED! Great comments everybody! Thanks RIAB.
#41 - Posted 11/30/12 @9:39PM by broughttoyoubytheletterj [contact]

Wow ! RUSH & Kiss ???
Talk about complete contrast when it comes to musical prowess !
#40 - Posted 11/30/12 @9:27PM by broughttoyoubytheletterj [contact]

Alex needs to have a couple weeks of nightmares about not being able to get that bag off of his head while he's yelling at groupies to stop being ho's...Then to exercise those (Fear) part IV demons, he needs to write La Villa Strangiato part II.
#39 - Posted 11/29/12 @5:09PM by grauw013

@19 @38 Both Kiss and Rush play the Sweden Rock Festival www.swedenrock.com although most likely not on the same day.. The upper part of the poster looks very retro though..
#38 - Posted 11/29/12 @2:01PM by What-A-Rush

The thing to remember here is, just as #37 stated, it's a "story". As a longtime Kiss fan, the guys have always had a knack for telling, and exaggerating, many things in Kisstory. Having said that, both bands were in their early 20's,(funny enough, except Peter) paying their dues, touring, and apparently partying together as well! Frankly, this doesn't seem any worse than the the stories we'd hear about the Stones, Zep, and virtually every other rock band of that era. For me, the most disappointing part of Peter's story is the fact that ALL FOUR ORIGINAL MEMBERS still carry a lot of resentment towards one another, something that has never been put to rest. Sure, some is justified, some is just flat-out petty. I have to agree with #19 when he says "Kiss and Rush in 2013", that would be THE TOUR TO END ALL TOURS! Although if it ever happens, I would think it would take place in 2014 to celebrate both bands' 40th anniversary of their respective debut records. However, it should be the ORIGINAL Kiss ONLY! That way, both could properly co-headline and alternate nights closing the show! Let's face it, if the money and timing are right, Gene and Paul would JUMP ON IT! So would Ace and Peter! Hell, I think Rush would agree to it to if all the planets alligned! Well, in any event, I'm allowed to dream if I want to! Anyway, looking forward to Peter's book signing in Tempe,AZ. on 12-6-12. It's always cool meeting fans of BOTH Kiss and Rush. Great comments everybody, thanks RIAB!
#37 - Posted 11/28/12 @10:05PM by MalignantNarcissism444 [contact]

Seems pretty clear how Alex felt about "Groupies" in his youth. I doubt he's changed his opinion with age.

Great story!
#36 - Posted 11/28/12 @8:34PM by moving my pictures [contact]

I like cheerleaders but not Gene Simmons.
#35 - Posted 11/28/12 @8:33PM by moving my pictures [contact]

whats wrong with porn ?
#34 - Posted 11/28/12 @4:22PM by kjbird [contact]

The story is funny.... And if the "women that were there" were the girlfriends or wives of the band (not) then yeah, that's insulting. But I have a feeling they weren't there to discuss the thought process behind the creative songwriting and musical stylings of the show that night. So, calling a spade a spade? I'd say affirmative.

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