Conductor David Campbell said, “Kiss’s music lends itself to the orchestral treatment.” Imagine Peter’s thrill counting “One, two, three – hit it!” and having a symphony orchestra launch into Black Diamond with him...
Peter Criss says:
“Growing up on the streets of Brooklyn to being on stage with a 60-piece orchestra was like a permanent erection! For a split second I thought, ‘Man, I’m the only drummer up here and this entire orchestra is following my lead!’”
“The rehearsals were an absolute gas! One time, I was messing around with Benny Goodman’s ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’ and the orchestra just joined in. It was unbelievable. The only lowlights were that Ace wasn’t there and that Mr Simmons and Mr Stanley had arranged for me to perform Beth with a symphony ensemble, instead of the full orchestration I was given on Destroyer.”
“That still didn’t rain on my parade because I sang my heart out. I enjoyed myself because the crowd was having a ball and it was such a golden moment for me. I will never forget the symphony experience in Australia.”