Gene Simmons‘s long-promised box set of previously unreleased solo material, which has apparently had several different working titles over the years — including “Monster” (later used by KISS for the band’s most recent studio album), “Alter Ego” and “100” — has finally been made available.
Titled “The Vault”, the collection of one hundred and fifty “never-released-before songs written and performed by Simmons,” which features “notable rock ‘n’ roll artists, including member of KISS past and present,” is being sold exclusively online.
Fans who order “The Vault” have the option to have the box set delivered to them personally by Simmons in one of three ways.
* $2,000 will get you an invite to one of twenty-one “Vault Experience” events across the world, where you will pick up a copy the personalized and autographed box set — packaged in a massive 12″ x 12″ x 6″ leather-bound commemorative book featuring dozens of never-seen-before images of Simmons over his fifty-year career — and take part in a “songs-and-stories” playback and question-and-answer session. In addition, you will be granted one-on-one photo, autograph and video time with Simmons.
* $25,000 will get you an invite to one of eleven “Producer Experience” events, which include all the “Vault Exerience” items above plus “an intimate hour in a recording studio with Gene listening to tracks from ‘The Vault’” and an executive producer’s credit on the set itself.
* Fans who spend $50,000 will have Simmons deliver all the above-mentioned items right to their homes, where they and up to twenty-five of their friends can spend two hours with the KISS legend.
Among the songs expected to be featured on “The Vault” are Simmons‘s “Love Gun”-era demos featuring Eddie and Alex Van Halen.
“Any artist can release a boxed set, and never really thank the fans for their support,” said Simmons. “I want to celebrate my fiftieth anniversary in rock with the fans, and I have had a blast putting something really special together for them. ‘Gene Simmons: The Vault Experience’ gives fans something truly unique that they can keep forever, and it gives me a chance to personally thank them for all of their support over the years.”
“What Gene and Rhino have put together with ‘The Vault Experience’ is truly unprecedented. We have taken the idea of a boxed set to a completely different level,” said Mark Pinkus, president of Rhino Entertainment. “As a card-carrying member of the KISS Army from a young age, I’m honored to be working with Gene on such an exciting and innovative project. His fans are going to be absolutely blown away by ‘The Vault Experience’.”
For more information, visit www.genesimmonsvault.com.