Gene Simmons Is Ashamed Of His Words On David Lee Roth But The Real Question Remains Unanswered


Gene Simmons has apologized to David Lee Roth for his harsh criticism about the singer, but the reason Diamond Dave is not on the KISS tour remains a mystery.

As you may know, David Lee Roth was announced as the opening act of KISS’ End Of The Road tour for its North American leg back in 2020. Due to the pandemic, KISS rescheduled the farewell tour for 2021. The long-awaited show kicked off on August 18 in Mansfield, Massachusetts, but without DLR’s appearance. Although the fans were expecting to see Roth on the stage, they watched the performance painter David Garibaldi instead.

Following that, KISS bassist Gene Simmons announced that David Lee Roth will not be supporting the band for their End Of The Road tour. While sharing the news, he also talked about DLR’s recent musical performances. The bassist mentioned Roth’s previous shows and claimed something has happened to Diamond Dave. Simmons then went on to compare him to a ‘bloated naked Elvis on the bathroom floor.’

Simmons’ statements were considered pretty inappropriate and rude by the fans. Shortly after the bassist’s remarks, the Van Halen singer posted the same 18 photos of a young boy extending his middle finger on his Instagram, all of which read ‘Roth To Simmons.’ Apart from that, KISS’ Paul Stanley also revealed his thoughts about DLR and stated that he is still Diamond Dave.

After sparking a great controversy, Simmons recently apologized to David Lee Roth in an interview. Speaking to US Weekly, the bassist said that he is really sorry and ashamed that he hurt Roth’s feelings. Gene then said he didn’t intend to do so and was not talking about Roth when he gave the ‘bloated naked Elvis’ example. Moreover, Simmons added that it does not matter as he already hurt Dave’s feelings with his words.

Simmons told US Weekly that:

“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.

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 fuck’s the difference? You’ve been run over.”

Although Gene Simmons apologized to David Lee Roth, the real question has still not been answered. The fans and the music world are still curious about the reason why Roth is not on the KISS tour. No one knows the real reason, and there has not been an official announcement about it yet. As a result, the fans and several music figures keep asking the same question repeatedly on social media until they get a decent answer.

For instance, the podcaster Eddie Trunk posted a tweet in which he sought an explanation. Upon seeing Simmons’ apology, Trunk asked why the fans who paid to see DLR’s performance are getting a painter instead. He said that although Simmons apologized, there is no answer to the real question yet. Moreover, the musician Sebastian Bach also answered a follower who asked why DLR is not on on the KISS tour. He said nobody knows the real reason and claimed this is a mystery in the world of rock.

Eddie Trunk’s tweet read:

“In all of this, not one person is asking or getting an answer to the real question… Why is David Lee Roth not on the KISS tour anymore? Why are fans who paid to see DLR getting a painter instead? No answer to the real question!”

Apart from that, Sebastian Bach’s follower asked him that:

“Now Dave is not on the KISS tour, what happened?”

Bach then responded:

“Nobody knows. It’s a mystery in the world of rock.”

Below you can see the tweets by Eddie Trunk and Sebastian Bach and the interview where Simmons apologized to David Lee Roth.