Get a home visit from Gene Sim­mons!

Classic Rock - - The Dirt -

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.

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