Ep 116: Interview with Lydia Criss


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In this week's episode, we chat with Lydia Criss, author of the book, Sealed with a Kiss. Lydia is the first wife of Peter Criss of KISS, ever heard of them?

We had a great time chatting with Lydia about meeting Peter when he was Peter Criscuola, how their young love blossomed and being a part of the phenomenon that would become KISS. Lydia was there at the very beginning, supporting Peter while he pursued his dreams of rock and roll stardom.

Lydia tells us about how Peter created the cat man character which was inspired by their pet cat which they shared together. Lydia’s memoir is also like a wonderful scrapbook, documenting home photos of their life, relationship as well as the band’s evolving look. What was it like hanging around with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley? It's all here!

We also discuss the part she played in the creation of the song “Beth”, what it was like to witness KISS become one of the biggest bands in the world, travel the world, rub shoulders with celebrities, lose herself in that relationship, and find herself once again. This is a story of young love, whirlwind romance, excess, rock and roll and a woman finding her own place in the world.

This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.

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