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Kiss' Gene Simmons: Crack Open His Vault For How Much?
Gene Simmons wants to share something with KISS fans that he's been working on his entire life. But it will come at a hefty price.
The tongue-wagging GRAMMY-nominated bassist has announced The Vault, a mammoth 10-CD box set of more than 150 songs spanning his recording output from 1966 to 2016. The track listing will reportedly include various Simmons demos and rarities, as well as work-in-progress collaborations with his Kiss bandmates, Van Halen, Bob Dylan (yes, that Bob Dylan) and Aerosmith's Joe Perry, among others.
Appropriately, Simmons — the voice of hits like "Rock And Roll All Nite" and "Calling Dr. Love" and the mastermind behind Kiss paraphernalia such as the Kiss Kasket — has set three huge price points befitting the gargantuan set.
For $50,000, Simmons will safely hand-deliver The Vault (which comes in a 38-pound safe) to a fan's home and spend an "intimate" two hours of quality time with them and 25 of their closest friends.
For $25,000, the "Producer Experience" will feature one-on-one exclusive studio time with Simmons during which he'll discuss the nuggets featured within The Vault. Plus, the purchaser will receive an executive producer shout-out in the set's credits.
For more thrifty Kiss fans, there's the $2,000 "Vault Experience," which entails a special event in various markets during which Simmons will host a Q&A, take photos and chat it up with attendees. Locales planned for the Vault Experience include Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas, as well as Brazil, Sweden and London.
Purchasers of The Vault will also get an array of goodies, including a leather-bound photo book with track-by-track commentary, a Simmons action figure, an "In Gene We Trust" oversized medallion, and a special surprise item. After all, it's Kiss.
Simmons has partnered with Rhino Entertainment for The Vault. There is no word as to whether there will be a more modest retail version or a release planned for streaming services.
In the meantime, those fans on the fence can get their Simmons fix with his new book release, On Power, due in November. And just in case you thought we were kidding, check out the 2004 studio recording of Simmons' collaboration with Bob Dylan, "Waiting For The Morning Light."