Gene Simmons reveals that one of Kiss’s albums is based on a movie that was never made. During an interview, Simmons stated that Kiss wanted the album to be The Beatles’ equivalent. Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Simmons also stated that Kiss made the album because he saw The Who as a threat and wanted to create something similar. minor soldier.
Gene Simmons takes ‘all the blame’ for this Kiss album
Concept albums have been around for many years; However, they seem to be most prominent during the 1970s. During that decade, The Who, David Bowie, Pink Floyd and Alice Cooper released some of the most famous concept albums of all time. In the early 1980s, Kiss came on the bandwagon with an album that Simmons didn’t like very much.
“I take all the blame,” Simmons told Rolling stone. “It was based on a treatment, a semi-script I wrote” called Big. I was staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel at the time and I wrote it on Beverly Hills Hotel stationery,” Simmons said.
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Simmons explains his idea to have an album thanks to Pink Floyd producer Bob Ezrin wall and Alice Cooper’s be wise. “And when Bob Ezrin came back into the fold, he said, ‘What did you find there?’” Simmons recalled. “I said, ‘I’m developing this movie. It’s called Big,’… a mythological fantasy to which I have always been attracted. And they said, ‘Okay, we’re going to record a concept and we’re going to write songs based on your different premises.’” The resulting album was called Music from “The Elder”.
In the end, Simmons had mixed feelings Music from “The Elder”. “And in the end, it was an interesting mistake,” he said. “We were all [thinking]’Who are the dangers, and they have minor soldier? why can’t we have Big! The Beatles had Sergeant Pepper. It will be ours.’ Well, it wasn’t.” It is unclear whether Simmons was referring to The Who’s album. minor soldier, its film adaptation, or both.
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How the world reacted to the music of Kiss’ ‘The Elder’
Music from “The Elder” Wasn’t a big hit. The album peaked at number 75. billboard 200, remained on the chart for 11 weeks. A single from the album, “A World Without Heroes,” peaked at number 56. billboard hot 100, remaining on the chart for nine weeks.
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Music from “The Elder” Didn’t do much better in the United Kingdom. official chart company It reached number 51 in the UK and lasted three weeks on the chart. “A World Without Heroes” peaked there at number 55 and remained on the chart for three weeks. While Simmons felt Music from “The Elder” Was a mistake, the album certainly has an interesting history.