Paul Stanley Clarifies If Eddie Van Halen Ever Considered Leaving His Band To Join KISS

In an interview with The Jeremy White Podcast, KISS’ Paul Stanley responded to a highly-wondered question about the relationship between late Van Halen legend Eddie Van Halen and KISS referring to the rumors that Eddie once thought about joining the band.

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.

In a recent conversation on The Jeremy White Podcast, KISS co-founder and lead singer Paul Stanley talked about his relationship with late guitar master Eddie Van Halen. Stanley also commented on the rumors that Eddie thought about leaving Van Halen and joining KISS almost 40 years ago. According to Paul’s statement, he has never heard about the possibility of Eddie joining KISS back in the ’70s.

Stanley also stated that he was actually on the phone with him around that time and talked about the tension they had in Van Halen. Paul mentioned that Eddie wanted to know why KISS members decided to do solo records as well since he felt a sort of fracturing within his band. Paul said that he can’t say no to the possibility of Eddie’s joining KISS, even though he hasn’t heard about it. He preferred to leave it to Gene Simmons to clarify the situation since he has more accurate information about what happened.

Here is what Paul Stanley stated about the rumors that Eddie Van Halen almost joined KISS:

“I have to say, I didn’t ever hear that. I was on the phone with him around that time. He was calling me, and I think there was tension in his band. He was asking me, for example, why we did solo albums, why we had to do that. I think he felt that fracturing within his band. But as far as anything beyond that, wanting to join us or anything like that, I can’t say no and I wouldn’t say no. I don’t know. I’ll leave that to Gene.”

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