Kiss vocalist and bassist hinted that he considered Van Halen singer ‘decadent’ after Kiss removed the artist from tour opening
Bullfights between rock stars are nothing new. Sometimes they even happen between musicians who are in the same band. However, few of them get confused after they get old – which makes the recent “strangeness” between Gene Simmonsvocalist and bassist of kissIt is David Lee Rothsinger of Van Halen.
Between 2019 and 2020, before the pandemic interrupted their current farewell tour, end of the road, kiss brought roth as the opening attraction of their shows. The singer resumed his activity on the road after some time away from the stage and even with some criticism of his performance, his presence made sense, considering the gathering of hard rock icons in the same night.
However, upon resuming their tour in 2021, the quartet formed by simmons, Paul Stanley (voice and guitar) Tommy Thayer (guitar) and Eric Singer (battery) no longer had diamond dave – not even for appointments that had previously been announced with him. At the show’s opening function, the musicians invited a performance painter named David Garibaldi.
Gene Simmons statement
The change was addressed by Gene Simmons in an interview also from 2021 to Rolling Stone USA – and the speech caught on so badly that the man himself David Lee Roth expressed its disapproval. When asked if the singer of the Van Halen would not open the concerts of the masked ones again, simmons replied: “no”. The term was italicized by the magazine edition to highlight the emphatic tone of the response. He then highlighted:
But it’s important to note that during Dave’s heyday, nobody did what he did. He was the ultimate frontman. Not (Robert) Plant, not Rod Stewart, nobody. He took on the frontman figure far beyond anything else. And then, I don’t know what happened to him… something happened. And then you have modern day Dave.
A curious comparison was made by Gene in sequence. O demonas he is known for the character adopted in the shows, began talking about Elvis Presley citing that he chooses to keep the memory of his idols before decay.
I prefer to remember Elvis Presley in his prime. Memphis days, you know, doing all that stuff. I don’t want to think about Elvis bloated and naked on the bathroom floor (edit note: in reference to the scene where the singer was found dead).
David Lee Roth’s Answer
Even though he is a sexagenarian artist (68 years old today), David Lee Roth did not hesitate when faced with the declaration of Gene Simmons. The answer came on Instagram in a curious way: the vocalist published 18 times the same image of a boy showing the middle finger, with the message: “From roth for simmons”.
See, below, one of the publications and a screenshot that shows, in the singer’s feed, all 18 posts.
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Paul Stanley puts warm cloths
Faced with the controversy, the leader of Gene Simmons at the kiss, Paul Stanley, decided to put a damper on the situation. With class, the singer and guitarist of the masked band declared via Twitter:
“Talking about David Lee Roth… I remember seeing him in the 1970s, with the Van Halenat the madison square garden, and think to myself, ‘there’s a new sheriff in town’. Simply amazing how it has evolved in just a few years. On stage, he is still diamond dave.”
Speaking of @DavidLeeRoth… I remember seeing him in the 70’s with Van Halen at MSG and thinking to myself “There’s a new sheriff in town” Just amazing what he had evolved into in a few short years. On stage he’s still Diamond Dave! pic.twitter.com/eHWWknzhp5
—Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) August 20, 2021
Gene Simmons and ‘diarrhea in the mouth’
The negative repercussions made Gene Simmons publicly apologize to David Lee Roth. The “linguarudo” bassist said he felt ashamed when analyzing what he had declared. In an interview with Us Weeklytranscribed by blabbermouthhe said:
“I am sorry and ashamed for hurting the feelings of david. I’m the guy who saw the Van Halen still in a nightclub, brought them to my music production company, took them to New York, produced their first demo and championed the band. we take david to open our current tour. In interviews, I have stream of consciousness. I don’t want to upset anyone, but sometimes I get diarrhea in my mouth.”
In fact, Gene Simmons He is cited as the “discoverer” of Van Halen. Still in 1976, he even produced a demo of the band in order to get a record deal for them. The musician ended up not getting it because he needed to resume his activities with the kiss before he could plan better.
As usual in such cases, simmons tried to blame the press by publishing his own speech. He doesn’t deny saying what was leaked, but hinted that the quote was taken out of context.
“I read the sentence and, somehow, the way they phrased it… I think I said something like: ‘nobody reached the level of david in its heyday – neither Robert Plantnor Mick Jagger, nobody… he was the king’. And then somehow there was a transition to Elvis Presley naked and bloated on the floor, and I don’t want to see that. I wasn’t talking about davidbut it doesn’t matter – what matters is that I upset david and that is more important than the intention. I sincerely apologize for that. I didn’t mean to hurt your feelings. It reminds me of the type of guy who gets out of a truck and says, ‘hey, sorry, didn’t mean to run you down.’ What’s the difference? You got run over.”
Finally, the bassist and singer of kiss said that his lines should not be taken seriously. Not even Roth.
“I don’t think anyone cares what I think. It is as it should be: treating everyone equally. This will also get me into trouble, but… even the pope c#ga every day. I am not better than you, nor are you better than me. And feelings – that includes the pope, who is a nice guy – are human. Anyone can piss you off. You can be the king, but if someone comes along and says you’re bad in front of everyone, you might get upset. So I’m sorry about that. Didn’t mean to upset him. But the way the words came out, I could understand. It was not my intention.”
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