Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Kiss’ Gene Simmons working on box set

Gene Simmons is one active guy, even on Twitter.

The Kiss bassist posts frequently, keeping followers update on his plans, including a hefty, new music project.

On Monday, Simmons tweeted:
“Been working every day, on and off on my Box Set... unreleased songs from over 30 years!!! Lots of toons. Maybe 200. Soon.”

Gene does have a lot in the vaults; you can check out a lengthy list of his (and other Kiss demos) here.

At this point, it’s unclear if the box set will include Gene’s solo output, songs he wrote for Kiss that weren’t used, and/or maybe even Kiss stuff.

The holy grail, for me, would be the release of the three songs he recorded with Eddie and Alex Van Halen back in 1977, as he outlined in Kisstory, referenced here:
Later Gene Simmons would be recording his own demos for KISS' next studio album, which would become "Love Gun". While Gene often simply recorded his demos on his own he called on the Van Halen brothers to back him recalling, "I would usually go in and play all the instruments myself, but on this occasion I decided to call up the Van Halen brothers and ask them to come down and play.

So both Alex and Eddie came down and played on cut 'Christine Sixteen', 'Got Love For Sale' and 'Tunnel Of Love', which later wound up on my solo record. We cut it live as a trio and Eddie came up with some solos afterwards. I liked his solo for 'Christine Sixteen' so much that when the band recorded it for 'Love Gun', Ace pretty much copied Eddie's solo note-for-note"
Note: “Got Love For Sale” was originally entitled “Have Love Will Travel” when it was recorded with the Van Halen brothers.

Kiss – Christine Sixteen

Rock The Nation Live DVD
Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, Virginia. - July 24, 2004