KISS' Gene Simmons to hand-deliver box set of 150 unreleased songs to fans
Some lucky fans will also get a concert in their living room for 25 of their friends.
When Gene Simmons does something, he likes to go all out. The KISS frontman just announced that he will release a box set of 150 previously unreleased songs called "The Vault." But that's not all. He will be hand-delivering them to fans. "I'm going to go to Moscow and Finland and all over the world, and I want to thank the fans for making my life possible," he said.
The Israel-born Simmons is going to need extra luggage to make those deliveries. The box set, which is shaped like an actual vault, weighs 40 pounds. But wait, there's more: Simmons is also offering a concert in your home for up to 25 people. He will also sign autographs, pose for pictures with your friends and family, and hang out for a couple hours in your living room.
The box set comes at three price levels: $2,000 for the basic hand-delivery from Gene; $25,000 to spend an hour with Gene in the studio listening to the tracks; and $50,000 for the VIP home concert.
"As an obsessive music fan and collector myself, I’ve packed The Vault with exclusive mementos ... a new Gene action figure, an 'In Gene We Trust' oversized commemorative coin, a deluxe book containing over 50,000 words and 160 pages of unseen photos from my personal collection," Simmons said. "As well as a track-by-track commentary on every song. And I’ve hand-selected a personal gift from me to you direct from my very own archive."
The box set spans his 50-year career so far, from 1966 (when he wrote his first song) to 2016. It features songs he wrote with the Van Halen brothers as well as with Bob Dylan. "This is something that I waited for all my life and am so proud of," Simmons said.
"It's the magic of America," the normally bombastic 68-year-old explained through tears on the "Today" show this week. Simmons – who spent his childhood in the coastal Mediterranean town of Haifa, Israel – added: "Where else can an immigrant boy like me grow up and climb Mt. Olympus?"
Simmons will be making more music history this month as well. He and his former KISS bandmate, Ace Frehley, will perform together onstage for the first time in more than 16 years. And it's all for a good cause – The Children Matter benefit concert to support the victims of recent hurricanes. The nonprofit works in partnership with on-the-ground organizations to source and ship needed items such as meal kits, and sanitation and contamination-prevention supplies to those impacted by hurricanes. The concert will take place on Sept. 20 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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