Gene Simmons told The Pulse Of Radio that amazingly, writing songs with his hero Bob Dylan was a relatively normal experience. Fans were shocked when Simmons‘s 2004 solo set “Asshole”, featured the Simmons/Dylan co-write “Waiting For The Morning Light”, which the pair wrote back in 1991. Simmons‘s recently released, massive collection “Gene Simmons – The Vault Experience: 1966-2016”, which celebrates the KISS co-founder’s 50 years in music, closes with a 15-minute snippet of his songwriting session with Dylan.
The Pulse Of Radio asked Simmons how he mustered up the courage to even attempt getting Bob Dylan to write with him. “Everybody buys lottery tickets,” he said. “What are their chances of winning? Not much. So what? There is a chance you can win, and I’m like that. So I called his manager: ‘Can I speak with Bob?’ ‘What do you wanna talk to him about?’ ‘I… I wanna write a song with Bob.’ [Laughs] And all of a sudden within two days, an unmarked van shows up at my house and Bob gets out with an acoustic guitar in his hand, and tells his driver, ‘I’ll see you at the end of the day,’ comes up and we start strumming. I mean it was just like that.”
Gene began personally delivering copies of “Gene Simmons – The Vault Experience: 1966-2016” last month.
“Gene Simmons – The Vault Experience: 1966-2016” is a comprehensive box set of Gene‘s solo material that comes packaged in a safe. The set includes 150 previously unreleased songs spread over 10 discs, a leather-bound photo book, a Gene Simmons action figure, an “In Gene We Trust” gold medallion and a “surprise item.”
Describing “The Vault” as “literally and physically the largest box set of all time,” Simmons told the “Hair Jordan” show that it stands “three feet tall” and “weighs 38 pounds. You need two arms to wrap around it and two arms to pick it up. It has metal hardware, metal wheels. I’m really proud of it.”
Simmons added the price is only $2000, and “there are only gonna be a few thousand made on Earth. After that, they will be gone and they will never be done again. It’s not available in stores — no nothing. And I’m gonna be going around the world and hand-delivering it to the fans who buy it.”
“Gene Simmons – The Vault Experience: 1966-2016” spans the rocker’s entire musical career and includes the first song he ever wrote at the tender age of 14. There arealso tracks co-written with Eddie and Alex Van Halen from VAN HALEN (a band he says he “discovered”), Joe Perry, and a slew of other luminaries.