Friday, January 7, 2011

KISS: new music update from Gene Simmons

KISS are planning to record a new album this year, a follow-up to 2009’s “Sonic Boom.”

Gene Simmons has posted an Twitter update on the project:

“Writing new songs... Got 8 new ones I'm excited about. One's a kick in the nuts.”

This will be the second new KISS album since Gene’s comments in 2008: "There's no new Kiss material because there's no record industry. Any band who tries to do new material is trying to climb a slippery mountain. Every day record companies are folding. It'd be nice to have new Kiss songs, but what's the business model? Do you just put songs on the Internet for free? Then what?"

At the time, Simmons went on further to explain that his band were refusing to record new material until illegal downloading ceases, calling the act of downloading "uncivilized."

"The record industry is dead," the Daily Star reported the KISS bassist saying in 2008. "It's six feet underground and unfortunately the fans have done this.

"They've decided to download and file-share. There is no record industry around so we're going to wait until everybody settles down and becomes civilized. As soon as the record industry pops its head up we'll record new material."

Simmons is also working on a box set of his solo material; for someone who claimed they weren’t interested in making new records, Gene seems to have his hands full making new records, don'tcha think?

Lisa Lampanelli roasts Gene Simmons
A&E Gene Simmons Roast (2008)

See also:

KISS - Backstage tour of Sonic Boom Over Europe
Kiss: Paul Stanley jams with Chris Isaak (2002)
Kiss: Gene Simmons joins daughter on stage in Whistler
Gene Simmons claims he’s shared his family jewels with 5,000 women