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Kiss Suit Names Criss

August 20, 1997 12:00 AM ET

Someone please tell lawyers to leave Kiss alone. Apparently the band is being sued again. Now that Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have talked original drummer Peter Criss into playing with them again, Criss' former label, TNT Records, isn't happy.

TNT, which stands for Tony Nicole Tony, signed Criss to a solo contract in Nov. 1993. When Criss got back together with Kiss, he subsequently broke his contract with the small label. TNT filed suit last Friday in a Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming breach of contract.

The suit outlines the terms of Criss's contract, which says that he was to produce a minimum of 10 master recordings and that TNT would have three options to renew and extend the terms of their agreement. It also alleges that Simmons and Stanley "negligently talked to and negligently influenced" Criss about rejoining Kiss. TNT is seeking exemplary and punitive damages, interest at the legal rate from the date of injury, and reimbursement of legal costs, according to Billboard.

We think the most interesting aspect of this case is that neither Kiss' management, McGhee Entertainment, nor their lawyer's office is aware of the suit. Hmmm, makes ya think, doesn't it?

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