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Gene Simmons to Release ‘On Power’ Book, Has One New ‘Anthemic’ KISS Song Written

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Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images

There’s no slowing down for Gene Simmons. Even on a relentless touring schedule with KISS in recent years, he’s found time to write a new book, On Power, which will be his first since 2014. He’s also been working on some new material for his legendary rock band.

The KISS icon made an appearance on 107.5FM’s Ride With JMV and clued fans in that On Power is about how “everybody can make more money and actually become relatively rich.” Simmons detailed, “There are certainly enough economists in the world who have broken through the glass ceiling and taken the message out there that we’ve always assumed that the top should only be the people that are the smartest and the richest and all that stuff, and that the masses — the great unwashed masses — can never attain the heights, and that is patently untrue.”

On Power will be released on Nov. 14 through Dey Street Books, an imprint of Harper Collins. The 128-page book can be pre-ordered now at the Harper Collins website and is available in hardcover, e-book and digital audiobook formats.

Simmons has been active on the other side of the writing coin, the musical one, as well. When pressed by Michael Cavacini about whether KISS were going to record a new album (Paul Stanley had said yes and Simmons had previously said no), the Demon responded, “There’s some writing going on. Not too long ago I wrote a song called ‘Your Wish Is My Command.’ It sounds anthemic, like something that might have come off Love Gun, maybe.”

He may need to be coaxed into putting out a proper album, however, as he mentioned, “But I’m not incentivized.” One again citing the new music industry climate as a problem, Simmons added, “The idea that you work your ass off and then someone with freckles on their face decides they want to download your music and file share — that’s not what I work for. How’d you like to be a plumber, come over somebody’s house and work all day to fix their plumbing and then when it’s time to get paid they say, ‘No, I just wanted to say thank you.’ No.”

These words about the new shape of the music industry echo Simmons’ previous sentiments about music streaming platforms. The bassist / vocalist discussed how much more difficult it is for bands to get off the ground and get to a situation where they can make money off their work, calling Radiohead‘s name-your-own-price release of In Rainbows “charity” when music should be “commerce.”

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