Kiss Drummer Misses Show Due To "Sore Muscles"

April 8 [10:00 EST] -- Fans in Columbus, Georgia hoping to bask in the costumed glory of the four original members of Kiss in concert got three-quarters of what they bargained for Saturday night.

The band's original drummer, Peter Criss, missed the show at the Columbus Civic Center due to "sore muscles." Criss' drum technician Ed Cannon filled in with hastily-applied cat makeup.

Criss is back behind the drum kit now, and all four members play Evansville, Indiana on Tuesday.

The group also turns up in record stores across the country on Tuesday, as Kiss' 29th album, a digitally re-mastered hits compilation called "Greatest Kiss," arrives in record racks.

All the highlights from the Kiss canon are featured on the album, including "Rock & Roll All Night," "Strutter," and "Cold Gin." This album, however, is a prelude to a larger undertaking: this summer's release of re-mastered versions of the group's first 17 albums.

Fans should also keep an eye

out for guitarist Ace Frehley's new solo album, "12 Picks," which is due any day now.

If you want to see Kiss, with all four members present and accounted for, here's where you catch them:

  • 4/8 - Evansville, IN @ Roberts Stadium
  • 4/9 - Fort Wayne, IN @ Allen Co. Mem. Coliseum
  • 4/10 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
  • 4/12 - Toledo, OH @ John F. Savage Hall
  • 4/13 - Peoria, IL @ Civic Center Arena
  • 4/15 - St. Louis, MO @ Kiel Center
  • 4/16 - Topeka, KS @ Kansas Expocentre
  • 4/18 - Sioux Falls, SD @ Sioux Falls Arena
  • 4/19 - Ames, IA @ Hilton Coliseum
  • 4/20 - Cedar Rapids, IA @ Five Seasons Center
  • 4/22 - St. Paul, MN @ Saint Paul Civic Ctr.
  • 4/23 - Madison, WI @ Dane Co. Expo Ctr. Col.
  • 4/25 - Mankato, MN @ Mankato Civic Center
  • 4/26 - Fargo, ND @ Fargodome
  • 4/27 - Bismarck, ND @ Bismarck Civic Ctr.
  • 4/29 - Winnipeg, MAN @ Winnipeg Arena
  • 5/1 - Saskatoon, SAS @ Saskatchewan Place
  • 5/2 - Edmonton, ALB @ Edmonton Coliseum

  • 5/3 - Calgary, ALB @ Saddledome
  • 5/5 - Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place
  • 5/7 - Yakima, WA @ Yakima Valley SunDome
  • 5/9 - Reno, NV @ Lawlor Events Center
  • 5/10 - San Francisco, CA @ Cow Palace