Gene Simmons wants to write a song with ABBA's Benny Andersson

GENE SIMMONS:  Wants to write a song with ABBA's Benny Andersson

Gene Simmons says he would love to write a song with ABBA's Benny Andersson.

While in Stockholm over the weekend with his solo band, he told the Swedish newspaper Expressen, "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... I want to write songs with Benny. 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.”

Simmons will be back in Europe in July for a handful of festival dates with KISS. And following up on Paul Stanley's recently comment that KISS will start as tour in January, Simmons says it will be a three-year world tour, with dates on "all continents."

Though they're not saying this will be it, chances are it will be. Simmons will be in his early 70s at the end of the tour, with Stanley nearing 70.

Gene Simmons recently commented on the possibility of retiring:

"Honestly, we haven't gone there yet because we don't see the end. We're having such a great time, because, trust me, you can't get this kind of a kick if you were the Pope. That thing on stage is the best drug there is. Electric church."


CHICAGO:  Composer of their hit "Look Away" accused of plagiarism

Songwriting ace Diane Warren faces a plagiarism claim on a number-one song she gave to Chicago.

TMZ reports that Brendan Greaves, an unknown British tunesmith, accuses Warren of pilfering his composition "Look Away" in 1988. He claims Warren copyrighted a song with an identical title and similar lyrics eight months after he entered his "Look Away" in a British competition for amateur writers. The contest was sponsored by EMI, the then-owner of Capitol Records.

Greaves believes EMI somehow gave Warren a look at his song. His song contains the line, "If you see me walking by with a tear in my eye, look away, baby look away." Warren's has a nearly identical phrase, "If you see me walking by and the tears are in my eyes, look away, baby, look away."

Warren has penned classics for dozens of stars since the '80s. Greaves remains a virtual unknown. And apparently one who doesn't listen to the radio. Chicago took Warren's "Look Away" to number-one in the fall of 1988 -- and Greaves was "blissfully unaware" of that mega-single until recently.

Greaves seeks $20 million in damages.

PRINCE:  'Canceled' album found in Canada

A super-rare copy of an album recorded by Prince -- and canceled just weeks before its release date -- has turned up in Canada.

The Black Album was to have gone on sale in December 1987 before Prince underwent a "spiritual epiphany" and ordered copies already pressed be destroyed.

But at last count, nine LPs have survived. Five turned up last year, with one selling for nearly $43,000. The latest was traced to Canada, where an employee of the country's Warner Brothers pressing plant held onto one, while the rest of production run was destroyed.

The anonymous collector contacted former Warner Music executive Jeff Gold, who had the disc evaluated. After determining that the unnamed collector had played it several times, experts valued the album at $27,500. (BBC)

B-52's:  Don't expect the band to record another album

The B-52's don't expect to record another album.

Founding member Fred Schneider tells Variety the music industry has changed too much since the days of "Love Shack" and "Rock Lobster." He says, "You can’t support yourself trying to sell records with people downloading things for free." 

Kate Pierson adds that since they create songs from improvisation instead of formal writing sessions, not living near each other also makes it hard to create new music. "We pretty much have always just jammed until we came up with something through that process. We would all have to be together in one room, and with [bandmate] Keith [Strickland], to do that."

Kate doesn't rule out crafting the occasional single. She says Strickland has been writing melodies and may be able to put together a track using digital software to assemble contributions from various band members.

The B-52s kicked off their 40th anniversary tour last Friday night in Philadelphia. For their tour schedule, head to

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