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.

14 Responses

  1. Hey, Gene, have you heard Paul’s voice lately? His vocals have been shot for almost 20 years! You really f–ked up this time, Gene, really, really f–ked up! In case you can’t comprehend Dave’s sign language, up yours!

  2. its so sad that when folks have their asses kissed for so many years that they act this way.gene really believes the things he says,it so sad indeed.talk about throwing stones in a glass house .uggghhhhhh

  3. Gene simmons should have learned to think before he speaks he’s in his 70s … he should have kept his idiot hole shut on roth – the sad truth about it is , roth at this point is vocally shot- not that he was ever great , paul of course can’t sing anymore and sadly croaks out a line or 2 before he goes to tracks anyone with 2 ears and a small amount of brain matter can hear the difference as it happens lol , he does this simply to try and fool their audience into thinking it’s live and not memorex – Gene needs to keep quiet and be grateful people still show up , his comments were disrespectful to roth on a personally and professionally ~

  4. This whole Gene said this “about” is and always has been his way of getting people to talk about him. He doesn’t care if it’s positive or negative in nature as long as people are talking about Gene. He’s always been like this and I’m surprised nobody else has seen him act, talk, point and say disrespectful things about other people.
    He’s probably laughing his ass off at the responses he’s gotten so far. Attention grabbing is his motto.

  5. Well if this is how gene ” is” … and how he gets attention it’s just plain idiotic not to mention hurtful and foolish , I guarantee nothing positive comes from handling your business this way.. alot of people have walked away from kiss in recent years because they like to talk out of both sides of their mouth , they claim to care deeply about their fans then rape them on everything they might want to purchase , put 2 other people in ace and pete’s make up , talk in circles explaining it, lie to them, run tracks and try and fool their audience …it’s really paul singing live- and like this post describes put their feet, both of them in their mouth seemingly every time they talk …

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