It seems that the drama surrounding KISS and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction has all been a gigantic farce. The long documented bad blood between current original members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley and a slew of ex-members has all been a part of a long con. Turns out that the current lineup of Simmons, Stanley, drummer Eric Singer, and guitarist Tommy Thayer have been secretly fueling the fire so as to create a wildly surprising announcement to back up their 40th anniversary tour: a new studio album is in the works and it will feature every member, both past and present!
In a move that is reminiscent of King Crimson, each member will have their own part on each song, not a guest appearance. That means two drummers (Singer and Peter Criss) and FIVE lead guitarists (Thayer, Ace Frehley, Vinnie Vincent, Mark St. John, and Bruce Kulick) all performing on each track alongside Simmons and Stanley. As for drummer Eric Carr, his skeleton will be used for additional percussion. Simmons has stated that while this might be seen as ghoulish, “…it’s what he would’ve wanted.”
The album will be produced by Bob Rock and will be released April 1st, 2015.