Gene Simmons’ solo box set to be released before the end of the year
KISS co-founder, bassist and singer Gene Simmons was recently interviewed by Doug Podell of Detroit’s 94.7 WCSX radio station who asked if there was an incentive for KISS to make new records considering the significant diminished direct music sales compared to a couple of decades ago.
Simmons replied (as indicated by Metal Wani): “The business is dead. Not for us — we can continue to tour, and The [Rolling] Stones can continue to play the songs everybody loves and so can Paul McCartney and stuff. But for a new band, it’s dead. You have to give away your music for free, because generations of fans have been trained — shamefully — not to pay for music. Download, fileshare, view — I don’t care what you call it — the truth is new bands don’t have a chance.”
Simmons went on to state: “In terms of writing, sure, I write all the time. In fact, a few weeks ago, [original KISS guitarist] Ace [Frehley] and I sat down and we wrote two things for his next record, which is gonna be coming out whenever he says. So writing happens all the time, and in my box set, which is gonna come out — oh, I don’t know — before the end of the year, there are gonna be hundreds of songs. But the actual business of it? No, it’s dead. It’s dead. Because the fans won’t pay for music.”
Simmons had previously stated earlier this year that his solo box set would have 150 unreleased songs.
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