Gene Simmons apologises for his comments on David Lee Roth

Author Samuel Järvinen - 26.8.2021

KISS” Gene Simmons has been in the headlines again recently for his comments. This time it was David Lee Roth, who is known as the former lead singer of Van Halen.

According to Simmons, Roth has already seen his best days as a singer, essentially comparing him to a fat bloated Elvis.

Roth responded with a barrage of middle finger posts – 18 in total – dedicated to Simmons. But now Simmons has taken back his comments in an interview with US Weekly.

“I am so sorry and ashamed, actually, that I hurt David’s feelings. ‘m the guy, actually, that saw Van Halen at a club, 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 End of The Roud 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.”

 “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. “