Gene Simmons Wants to Write Songs With ABBA Member
The Kiss star spoke of his admiration for the ‘70s pop group – which recently confirmed a reunion – while he was in Sweden delivering copies of his Vault set to those who’d paid top dollar for the deluxe version.
“There are a lot of dedicated Swedish musicians,” Simmons told Expressen (translated via Google). “Roxette and ABBA are two names that I’m thinking about. ABBA is phenomenal good. I thought so immediately. Their music is the most important music from Sweden. Everyone in the world likes ABBA – even Ozzy Osbourne.”
Simmons noted that Dylan was on his bucket list of collaborators. "I just called him, and a few days later we sat together and wrote songs together," he recalled. "He was amazing. After a little while it felt like we’d been friends for 20 years. I want to write songs with Benny Andersson from ABBA. I’m sure that, in a few hours at a hotel in Stockholm, we’d begin to shape something. You’d need an hour to find a feel for a song to begin with, me sitting with a guitar and Benny at a piano.”
Simmon’s bandmate Paul Stanley recently commented on Kiss' upcoming world tour, describing it as the “biggest” they’d ever done. Espressen called it a “likely farewell tour” but did not clarify whether Simmons confirmed the description. “It will be a three-year-long tour starting in January 2019," Stanley said. "It will be our most spectacular tour ever.”