Gene Simmons claimed he once had to talk Eddie out of leaving Van Halen
Gene Simmons has claimed in several interviews that around the time of 1982’s ‘Creatures Of The Night’ album, he had to talk Eddie out of leaving Van Halen and teaming up with KISS.
When asked about the rumour, Simmons told Guitar World: “That is true. And he was very serious. He was so unhappy about how he and [David Lee] Roth were — or weren’t — getting along. He couldn’t stand him. And drugs were rampant.
“And so he took me to lunch, to a diner right across the street from the Record Plant. Vinnie Vincent, who was not yet in KISS, tagged along, too. Sneaky guy. And Eddie said, ‘I want to join KISS. I don’t want to fight anymore with Roth. I’m sick and tired of it.’ But I told him, ‘Eddie, there’s not enough room. You need to be in a band where you can direct the music. You’re not going to be happy in KISS.’ I talked him out of it. It didn’t fit.”
Now Stanley has denied any truth to the claim. During this year’s Kiss Kruise (via Blabbermouth), Stanley said: “Eddie Van Halen did not almost join KISS. Eddie [came down to] the studio. I think there was some strife within the band [VAN HALEN] at that point, for him, and Eddie came down just to see what was going on.
“And I remember he was really blown away by the solo in [the song] ‘Creatures [Of The Night]’. He said, ‘Get that guy.’ That guy who played the solo in ‘Creatures’ was a guy named Steve Farris, who was in a band called MISTER MISTER, who had a bunch of hits. But the guitar player was great.
“And at that point, Eddie was getting into keyboards. And I remember he brought some tapes of some of the songs he was working on. And it was, like, this guy is this unbelievable guitar player. [I thought], ‘Eddie, what are you doing on keyboards?’ But that was the start of ‘Jump’ and all that other stuff that came afterwards. But Eddie was never going to join KISS and was never almost in KISS.”
Last week (October 29), KISS announced details of the UK leg of their final ever tour. The glam-rock icons are set to call at Birmingham, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow.