Thursday, March 2, 2017
Gene Simmons Has No Desire to Make New Kiss Record
Kiss is a rock n' roll machine that over the four decades it's been around has never really slowed down at all regardless of the countless troubles that have come their way. To this day they are still one of the most popular and most recognizable bands in the entire world and make millions of dollars every year. However, bassist, vocalist, and co-founder Gene Simmons has said he has no desire to put out a new Kiss record.
In a recent interview with Canton Rep Simmons goes into detail on why he feels like making a follow-up to their 2012 release Monster would be a waste of time, saying:
“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.”
In all honesty, I get it. You can call him greedy and I know it doesn't really fit into the ideas of artistic integrity, but from a business perspective I completely understand why Simmons doesn't want to make another Kiss album. Why invest a lot of time, money, and effort into something that will lose you money? People might enjoy the music and will sing along at the concerts, but it would still be a money losing venture. Besides, when you tour as often as Kiss does you don't even need to have anything to promote. With how much of a legacy they have built up over the past few decades they can just continue to sell merch and concert tickets and make much more money and not need to put out another album. I disagree with them on an artistic level, but I also acknowledge that Kiss has always been more about the business side of things than being artists.