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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  • Dana on

    …every once in a while, diarrhea of the mouth comes out.

    No s–t! Sorry, I couldn’t resist. 😉

  • tallbear on

    If every once in a while is 9 times out of 10 every week then yes

    • Dana on


  • Real Paul Stanley on

    So now Gene is apologizing to DLR for hurting his feelings. Give me a fucking break. Gene would only apologize if he was in danger of losing millions of dollars. I’m telling ya Roth has dirt and proof that Paul is lip syncing and I’m sure these guys have each others phone numbers. So I’m sure Diamond Dave probably called Gene and threatened to let the cat outta the bag regarding syncin’ Stanley because he was on tour with them and seen it first hand. That’s why Paul immediately tweeted compliments towards Dave when Gene first made his remarks and now suddenly Gene is apologizing. Now I’m not perfect, I’ve sinned and I believe in God. I may be going to hell for all I know. But I damn sure hope Paul and Gene enjoy life on earth because they damn sure will be burning in hell for eternity for greed and lies. I am contemplating having my Kiss Army tattoo that I got years ago removed.

    • Mr. Rock And Roll on


  • Doug R. on

    Somebody give Dave a bottle of anything, and give Gene a bottle of Pepto Bismol, TO GO!!!!

    • Charles Clinchot on

      My doctor says I have to take a laxative-lol Nice one, Doug. Maybe, Gene needs to apologize for Stanley’s vocals, as well. In his heyday he was “Just a Gigolo” cause “he ain’t got nobody” because it’s “just like paradise” to be “crazy from the heat” which leads to “filthy little mouth.”

    • Dana on

      Yankee Rose, is my favorite video of all time. It is HYSTERICAL, and it would NEVER fly in today’s ultra sensitive, overly politically correct, world.

  • tom on

    How did he hurt his feeling? Did he say he was singing just as good as Vince neil?

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