Gene Simmons is set to release his solo box set The Vault which will feature three long-lost KISS demo tracks featuring Eddie & Alex Van Halen. The songs they recorded together are “Christine Sixteen”, “Got Love For Sale” (both from Love Gun), and “Tunnel of Love” (from Simmon’s self-titled solo album).
WATCH: “Christine Sixteen”
Speaking with Rolling Stone last year, Gene laid out how the recording session had come about. “I discovered the band,” he explained. “I saw them and signed them. I produced their demo – 15 songs – which I still own, but the band just doesn’t want it to come out. They did me a favor. I was in Los Angeles, and I called Alex and Ed. ‘Listen, I got three songs. I’m going in at 2AM. Do you want to help me?’ Usually I put down all the parts, but I wanted to do three songs instead of one. So we did ‘Christine Sixteen’, and I put the keyboards on, everything else. Ed did the solo to the rhythm guitar, bass, and Alex was on drums.'”
Despite both groups being legends in their own right, the recordings failed to generate much interest and everyone went their separate ways. “I gave the demo back to the band,” Simmons told BraveWords. “I told them I had a tour to go on and afterward I would try to get them a record deal. But until then, I tore up our contract and set them free. It didn’t take them long to get on Warner Bros.”
WATCH: “Got Love For Sale”
Simmons’ box set is scheduled to be released on September 12. You can find more info (and likely purchase the set after release) from the Gene Simmons Vault website. “The Vault is 150-plus never-before-released songs I’ve written, going all the way back to when I was 14 years old, to some of the songs that became KISS classics,” he announced earlier in the year. In addition to the 10 CDs of music, Simmons has also mentioned plans to include “an exclusive Gene Simmons action figure, an ‘In Gene We Trust’ medallion, a book packed with photos from my personal archives and a VERY special surprise item from me to you. You’re not going to believe the things we found.”
WATCH: “Tunnel of Love”
*note, all videos above are from KISS’s final studio albums and do NOT feature Van Halen, you’ll need to purchase The Vault in order to hear those. 🙂