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.”

Roth responded to Simmons’ comment with a simple meme, that can be seen here.

Now, via Us Weekly, Simmons has apologized for his initial statement stating (as per, “I am so sorry and ashamed, actually, that I hurt David‘s feelings. I’m the guy, actually, that saw [Van Halen] at a club [in the 1970s], signed them to my production company, flew them to New York, produced their first 24-track 15-song demo and championed the band. And, actually, we took David out as our opening act on the [KISS’ End Of The Road] tour. And in the course of an interview… You hear me talking — I just sort of stream of consciousness… I don’t mean to hurt people’s feelings, and every once in a while, diarrhea of the mouth comes out.”

He continued, “I read that quote, and somehow the way they put it together… I think I said something like, ‘Nobody touched David in his prime — not Robert Plant, not Jagger, not anybody… He was the king.’ And then somehow there was a segue to Elvis bloated on the ground and fat and naked and I don’t wanna see that. I wasn’t talking about David, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is I hurt David’s feelings, and that’s more important than the intent. So, I sincerely apologize for that. I didn’t mean to hurt his feelings. It reminds me of the guy that gets out of a truck and says, ‘Hey, I’m sorry, buddy. I didn’t mean to run you over.’ Well, what the f–k’s the difference? You’ve been run over.”

Asked if he thinks the reason [the charismatic frontman] felt so slighted is because he respects him and values his opinion, Simmons responded, “I don’t know. Nah. I don’t think anybody gives two s–ts about what I think, and that’s the way it should be — treat everybody sort of on an equal plane. This is gonna get me in trouble too — even the Pope poops every day. You know, this kind of the humanity of it all. I’m not better than you; you’re not better than me. And feelings — that includes the Pope, who’s a good guy and everything — feelings are human. And anybody can hurt your feelings. I mean, you can be the king of anything, and a kid can come over and say, ‘Eh, you stink,’ in front of everybody else, and it can hurt your feeelings. So, for that I’m really sorry about. I never meant to hurt his feelings. But in the way the words came out, yeah, I could see where that was the impression. Not my intention.”

KISS recently announced dates for a second Las Vegas residency. For more details about this event, please go here.

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  • Rattlehead on

    Gene Simmons, who turned 72 years old yesterday, either had a “Senior Moment” or he’s proof that one does not get wiser with age……

    • Dana on


      As Priest has always told us “you don’t have to be old to be wise.” 😉

      Maybe, this the result of years of Simmons sniffing wig glue? Just a thought…LOL!

  • Ted Codon on

    DLR is still DLR
    He never was Frank Sinatra, he ROCKS!

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