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March 8, 2004

NEW YORK (Billboard) – When Kiss begins a five-date Japanese tour May 27 in Tokyo, Peter Criss may not be sitting atop his familiar stool behind the drums.

In a posting on his official Web site (, Criss says his contract with Kiss has expired and that he has not yet been informed what, if any, his future status with the group is.

“No one, again no one has called me, or my attorney about an extension for future touring,” he says. “As a founding member I find this to be disrespectful to me, and to the fans that have made us one of the biggest bands in the world. You will always get the truth from me, I have no reason to lie to the people that gave me such a wonderful life. And that’s the God’s honest truth.”

On its lengthy recent tour with Aerosmith, Kiss performed without original guitarist Ace Frehley, who was replaced by former tour manager Tommy Thayer. A band spokesperson could not be reached for comment at deadline.

Here are Kiss’ tour dates:

May 27-29: Tokyo (Budokan)
May 31: Osaka, Japan (Castle Hall)
June 2: Nagoya, Japan (Rainbow Hall)

Courtesy of Billboard