Gene Simmons advises KISS have done some writing for new album and ‘KISSology 4’ is ready
KISS bassist and co-founder Gene Simmons was recently interviewed by Michael Cavacini.
Simmons stated the following about a possible new KISS studio album: “There’s some writing going on. Not too long ago I wrote a song called “Your Wish Is My Command.” It sounds anthemic, like something that might have come off Love Gun, maybe. But I’m not incentivized. The idea that you work your ass off and then someone with freckles on their face decides they
want to download your music and file share – that’s not what I work for. How’d you like to be a plumber, come over somebody’s house and work all day to fix their plumbing and then when it’s time to get paid they say, “No, I just wanted to say thank you.” No. You do work and you get paid for that work, right?’
In terms of when the long anticipated KISSology 4 will be done and released, Simmons advised: “It’s been done for a while, and we’re trying to do a release of KISSology 4 and a box set of one, two, three, and four. We own all of them. It takes a long time. In the early days, before Napster and all that, there was a real business model. You had video companies and record companies and they’d pay you money and you could pinpoint which month something was coming out. Again, the incentive for us is we’re going to put stuff together but we’re not going to give it away for free. There’s a difference between commerce and charity. KISS is not a charity. What I do privately is, yes, I give money to charity. Yes, I do. But I’m not interested in KISS becoming a charity. We work, we get paid. You don’t pay us, you don’t get something. We’re trying to figure out that model, which is to say as soon as an entity steps up and pays for it, they can put it out. It’s always funny to me when people say, “All you ever think about is money.” I say, “Oh, because you work for free, right?” (laughs)”
With respect to playing deeper KISS songs such as “Charisma” and “Got Love For Sale” with his new solo band, Simmons stated: “When the masses show up at our concerts, they’re the diehards who’ve been with me since day one. If you’re five-years-old, fifteen-years-old or even twenty-years-old, you still don’t scratch the surface because we’ve been around for forty-three years. If KISS played what they used to call in the music industry a b-side of an album, some of the more obscure stuff, most of the people wouldn’t know it. If you go to the Stones and they play something obscure, everybody sits down because they don’t know it. They know “Satisfaction,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and a few others. Doing these smaller concert halls, which hold 1,000 to 3,000 people, means they get filled up by real diehard fans. They don’t want to hear the same-old, same-old. They want to hear nuggets, as they say. It’s a hoot for me because I’ve never really had a chance to do this stuff live. It’s been a lot of fun. There’s nothing like playing “Charisma” and seeing a few thousand fans mouth every single word. Lot of fun.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Gene Simmons at Michael Cavacini‘s website.
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