John 5 Details His Experience Of Working With KISS’ Peter Criss
John 5 recently joined an interview with KNAC and reflected on working with KISS’ Peter Criss. The guitarist stated that it was a magical experience, and they did a perfect job together.
John 5 released his latest solo studio album, titled ‘Sinner,’ with his band, The Creatures, in 2021. The follow-up to 2019’s ‘Invasion,’ ‘Sinner’ featured ten tracks, most of which are instrumental. The record involved a mixture of various musical genres, from heavy metal to thrash, jazz, and country. The album was praised for its diverse arrangements and John 5’s unique approach to guitar.
‘Sinner’ featured guest appearances from Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, Butcher Babies’ Carla Harvey, and former KISS drummer Peter Criss. Criss played drums on the song, ‘Georgia on My Mind,’ which was the record’s last song. John 5, an avid KISS fan and collector, reflected on how he felt about working with the drummer in his recent interview.
The guitarist revealed that he has a very close friendship with Peter Criss, and he frequently talks to him. During the lockdown period of the pandemic, John 5 asked if he could play ‘Georgia on My Mind’ in his upcoming album. Criss accepted the offer with great excitement. The recording was complete just in two takes when they entered the studio. The guitarist thinks Peter Criss had the feel that allowed him to play the drums for the song effortlessly. Collaborating with Criss was an awesome experience for John 5.
John 5 speaking on how he felt about working with Peter Criss:
“Well, I’m super close with Peter. He’s like my brother. I talk to Peter all the time. When we were in lockdown, I was like, ‘Hey, dude, can you play on ‘Georgia on My Mind?’ And he was like, ‘I’d love to.’ And so we had the producer fly out there, and he just nailed it. It was literally two takes. And it was perfect. And that feel… Because he has that feel. And it was really magical. I mean, I’m so happy I’m I just love Kiss just like everybody else in the world. And it was just a magical thing, a magical time.”
You can listen to the full interview below.