Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has put his Simmons Records imprint back into operation and is now seeking talent in a variety of genres. "I'm proud to say I have a new joint venture partner," says

Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has put his Simmons Records imprint back into operation and is now seeking talent in a variety of genres. "I'm proud to say I have a new joint venture partner," says Simmons. "If you know of local talent in your area and want me to hear it, send [it to] me." Partnership details are forthcoming.

"We released a few bands and did okay," writes Simmons of the label's previous incarnation on his official web site. Simmons Records was last active in the late 1980s and previously distributed through RCA/BMG. The Kiss bassist's company released records by hard rock acts like House Of Lords, Silent Rage, and Gypsy Rose with moderate success.

In the pop genre, Simmons says "I'm looking for talent in their teens or early twenties. You don't have to write songs, but you better have the talent. It can be almost anything." As for rock, Simmons advises, "You should be able to write songs. If you're the coolest local band in your area, but you think you've got something different, send me your stuff.

Simmons also admits he's open to rap, provided it's something different. "Don't send me the 'MC Criminal' routine," he warns. And as for country, the Kiss bassist admits that he isn't looking for straight country, but adds, "If you're Shania [Twain] in her teens, send me your stuff."

"I know there is talent out there that can't be put into a genre," Simmons acknowledges. "[But] if you're the next Moby or Prince, send me your stuff." Submissions can be sent to Simmons Records, P.O. Box 15097, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210

And finally, Simmons cautions, "Do not call and ask what I thought of your stuff. Do not call and ask when you can get your stuff back -- you won't. Do not call and ask for my opinions and advice. Just look at it the way a farmer plants his seed. If the fruit grows and ripens, you'll win. If I want you, you can be sure we will be all over you."

As previously reported, Kiss is eyeing a summer North American tour with Aerosmith. Beforehand, the group will join the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for a one-off Feb. 28 concert at the city's 48,000-capacity Telestra Dome. Kiss has also scheduled a March 11-13 stand at Tokyo's Budokan Hall.

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