Gene Simmons to release box set with 150 unreleased songs
KISS‘ founder and bassist Gene Simmons was recently interviewed by Canton Rep and asked whether there is any possibility of KISS following up 2012’s Monster studio album with new music in the future to which he replied: “We’re so busy touring around the world, and people in America might not know it, but we just came back from Japan, and we’re going to Europe in May. We start in Moscow May 1. It’s just tough to find the time to sit down for six months and do nothing but a record. I’m not inclined to go out there and work your ass off making something you’re proud of and then to have everybody steal it and download it and file share it. That’s not for me.”
When asked if he got any satisfaction at all in writing, recording and putting something out for himself, Simmons advised: “Well, I can tell you I’m working on a box set that is gonna put together 150 songs that have never been released. That news is gonna be released soon.”
Simmons is also embarking on some solo tour dates for the first time in his career to which he stated: “This is gonna be a first for me… Outside of Kiss, I’ve never done a solo tour. I never did anything like that. Every once in a while I’ll jump up on stage and do a song with somebody. Johnny Depp and I did a few songs together, a few other knuckleheads, but that’s about it. When Wizard World and I agreed to do five events together, the idea of jumping up onstage and gulping it on for an hour or so came up. And I got a great bunch of guys, real rocking guys who are gonna get up with me, and we’ll play all the hits and have ourselves a good old time.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Simmons at Canton Rep.