Get a home visit from Gene Simmons!
For $50,000 he’ll hand-deliver his new box set to your door.
Gene Simmons celebrates 50 years in music with a limited-edition boxed set featuring 150 never-before-released tracks. What’s more, for a mere $50,000 (£37,000) the Kiss bassist/vocalist is offering to travel to your home, deliver the package and even hang around for a couple of hours to chat.
Why would anyone spend more than most people earn in a year for that? We’ll let Gene’s biggest fan – himself – answer that.
“The Vault is the largest box set of all time; it’s almost three feet tall and it weighs forty pounds, and it spans a lifetime, from my very first song, My Uncle Is A Raft, which was recorded in 1966, right up to 2016,” he tells us. “It has songs I wrote with Bob Dylan, and three more featuring Edward and Alex Van Halen; Joe Perry from Aerosmith is on there. All of the Kiss guys, too. This thing has taken eight years to collate.
“Let me be blunt. Thanks to my fans, I’m rich,” he continues, “and I’m so proud of The Vault that at my own personal cost I will fly around the world and hand-deliver it. I’ll even pet your dog, too.”
The Vault is available in various editions, so if the thought of a home visit from Gene is too terrifying there are also other ways of receiving it, details of which you can find at www.genesimmonsvault.com
After years of acrimony, Simmons recently renewed his friendship with former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley when the two of them sat down to write two songs together. Now it seems likely they will share a stage together, as part of a benefit concert in support of victims of Hurricane Harvey, held in St Paul, Minnesota on September 20.
“People have lost their homes and need a lot of help, and the show is already sold out,” says Simmons. “Don Felder, The Jayhawks and Cheap Trick will all perform, with the Gene Simmons Band as headliners. I suspect Ace will try to jump up on stage, and we will play together again.”
Now that Frehley’s demons are vanquished, is it possible he could re-join Kiss?
“We tried three times, that’s enough,” Simmons replies. “Ace will always be a member of the family, but it’s time to let it be.” DL
Gene Simmons with his new box
set, The Vault.