Instead of releasing an umpteenth “Best Of” or another “Alive” album, the makeup and high heel wearing rockers will release an album of original new songs.
KISS’s self-titled debut album was released in 1974.
The name? Buy This Album!
“We thought it was fitting, considering our drive for longevity and our desire to attract more fans into the KISS Army,” said co-founder and bassist Gene Simmons. We’ve been disappointed by the sales of some of our albums over the years, and our recent solo albums didn’t do as well as we’d like.”
Their last studio album was 1998’s Psycho Circus.
The result, added co-founder and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley, is a new album reminding KISS’s fans the band is alive and well.
The lineup is different with the departure of original lead guitarist Ace Frehley and original drummer Peter Criss. They have long since been replaced by Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, respectively.
“Many of our fans are very hard core and, no doubt, are upset that Ace and Pete aren’t around anymore,” Simmons said. “But, what can I say? Ace wouldn’t return phone calls asking him to tour with us again, and Pete has developed this habit of referring to myself and the band as a whole in the past tense.”
Buy This Album! Will serve as a title track. Other songs said to be on the album include “Filthy Rich”, “Dangerous Demons” and “Black Death”.
Stanley is 57 while Simmons will turn 60 in August. Will this be their last studio album?
“As long as our fans will spend their money to buy our music, and as long as they’ll go to our concerts, we’ll keep making music,” said Stanley.
Buy This Album! is tentatively scheduled for release later this year.