Gene Simmons says he would love to write a song with ABBA’s Benny Andersson. Ever the politician, he said this in Sweden. 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 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.”

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