DAVID LEE ROTH RESPONDS TO GENE SIMMONS’ SNIDE COMMENT ABOUT HIM
As previously reported, in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, KISS frontman Gene Simmons, explained why Van Halen frontman, David Lee Roth, is not opening for KISS’ recently announced new Las Vegas residency dates.
Simmons said, “…it bears noting that during Dave’s heyday, nobody did what he did. He was the ultimate frontman. Not Plant, not Rod Stewart, nobody. He took being a frontman way beyond anything. And then, I don’t know what happened to him… something. And you get modern-day Dave. I prefer to remember Elvis Presley in his prime. Sneering lips, back in Memphis, you know, doing all that. I don’t want to think of bloated naked Elvis on the bathroom floor.”
Earlier today (August 20th), Roth posted his response to Simmons on his Facebook page, via picture (see below).
Simmons has repeatedly taken credit for “discovering” Van Halen and flying the band to New York to record a 15-song demo at Electric Lady Studios, with him as producer. But, he ended up not working with the band after his KISS bandmates and manager, Bill Aucoin, expressed little interest in his demos. “I gave the demo back to the band, told them I had a tour to go on and afterward I would try to get them a record deal, but until then, I tore up our contract and set them free,” he said. “It didn’t take them long to get on Warner Bros.“