Gene Simmons Says Nobody Sounded Like Eddie Van Halen As He Shares Opinions On The Late Icon’s Personality
In an interview with Guitar World, KISS icon Gene Simmons talked about the late guitar legend Eddie Van Halen and mentioned what a unique personality he had besides his legendary talent as a musician.
As you may recall, the co-founder and renowned guitarist of Van Halen, Eddie sadly passed away at the age of 65 after a long and vicious battle with cancer. His son and the current bassist of Van Halen, Wolfgang shared the tragic news of his dad’s death with a statement on social media.
Recently, KISS co-founder and bassist Gene Simmons joined an interview with Guitar World and shared what he thought about the late icon Eddie Van Halen when they spent some time together working on some music. During the conversation, Simmons stated that ‘genius’ was the most appropriate word to define Eddie, however, he was different than most of the genius people he knew who are full of themselves.
Gene suggested that many people probably didn’t meet a nicer person than Edward, who hated to be called Eddie according to Simmons. The KISS icon also mentioned that Van Halen actually started his career playing drums and piano, both of which he played splendidly, however, later he and his brother Alex decided to switch the instruments.
Moreover, Simmons stated that when he first heard that Eddie Van Halen passed away, he thought about the way he always smiled. Gene also implied that Eddie was among the most humble people he has ever met as he recalled how he had never shown off his guitar playing.
Here is what Gene Simmons stated about Eddie Van Halen:
“You would have been surprised. Of course, genius is the right word, but when you think ‘geniuses’ you also think of big personalities and people that are perhaps full of themselves.
You couldn’t have met a nicer person than Edward. He didn’t like Eddie. A lot of people don’t know that he started off on drums and that he was an accomplished pianist and it actually his brother Alex who was the guitar player.
They decided to switch quite early on. Imagine the musical talent in that family? When I heard he had passed, the image that immediately came into my mind after the shock, was him smiling. He always smiled. He smiled on stage when they did videos. He was just enjoying life.
He’d do these astonishing things with his guitar and look up at you as if to say, ‘Aren’t we having fun?’ as opposed to ‘See what I just did there?!’ There was never any of that ‘I know I’m great’ side to his personality.”
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