The collection will feature 150 unreleased songs
By David Sands
March 3, 2017
It looks like Gene Simmons is getting ready to open the floodgates on his unreleased material.
If and when there will be another KISS studio album remain open questions, but the bassist and vocalist known for his demonic stage get-up is gearing up to release a mammoth box set for fans.
Simmons brought up the topic during a March 1 Q&A with the Canton Repository. Earlier in the interview, he downplayed the chances of a new KISS album any time soon.
“We’re so busy touring around the world…It’s just tough to find the time to sit down for six months and do nothing but a record,” he said. “I’m not inclined to go out there and work your a** 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.”
But Simmons also revealed he has something in the works for fans.
“Well, I can tell you I’m working on a box set that is gonna put together 150 songs that have never been released,” he said. “That news is gonna be released soon.”
The set will likely feature solo material created by Simmons. It’s a topic he’s brought up in the past; in 2009 responding to a fan’s inquiry on the official KISS website, Simmons shared that he was interested in releasing a solo box set, tentatively called Alter Ego, that would be made up of 150 unreleased songs from his archives.
KISS is slated to tour Europe this spring, with a sprinkling of dates in North America as well. Simmons will also be performing a limited number of solo shows tied to Wizard World Comic Con conventions in the U.S. this year.
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