Gene Simmons revealed that in addition to packing it in on the road– Kiss is done as a recording entity. The band’s last album was 2012’s Top Three Monster collection.
Simmons was pressed by Classic Rock magazine as to whether he saw Kiss ever recording a followup to its 20th studio set. Simmons said, “I do not. Not to say we don’t enjoy the creative process, but Kiss is not a charity. Working your ass off to have somebody download or stream your music for free is not my idea of how things should be. When you don’t put a value on music, it doesn’t have value.”
When asked about his emotions regarding Kiss winding down its touring career, Simmons admitted: “Quite honestly, I don’t really think about it much, because we really are having the best time ever. And we’re playing better than ever. But I know that at some point there’s going to be that last song that Kiss will ever play on stage, and I know I’ll be crying like a baby and won’t be able to hold back the emotions, because what an amazing journey this has been.”
Simmons spoke about his 2006 to 2012 A&E reality show, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, and his decision at the time to expose his family and private life to fans: “I looked at it as a family video album. Also, it was a chance to teach commerce to my kids Nick and Sophie. I never gave them an allowance, so that was when they got their first paychecks.”
Kiss performs tonight (April 26th) in Porto Alegre, Brazil at Arena do Gremio.
The band kicks off its North American dates on May 11th at Milwaukee’s American Family Insurance Amphitheater.
- Coming on June 10th is the latest release in Kiss‘ official live bootleg series, “Off The Soundboard,” Live At Donington 1996, recorded during the Monsters Of Rock Festival at Donington Park in England on August 17th, 1996 and featuring the then-recently reunited original lineup of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss.
- The set will be available to stream and download, with a triple-LP standard black vinyl set, a double-CD set, and a limited edition triple-LP set pressed on 180g red vinyl available exclusively through the official Kiss online store.
CHECK IT OUT: Kiss in 2012 performing “Hell Or Hallelujah” live on CBS’ The Late Show with David Letterman: