Whitesnake Guitarist Slams Gene Simmons And Paul Stanley’s Egos

Adrian Vandenberg, the guitarist for Whitesnake, recently discussed the tour his band did with Kiss in an interview with Border City Rock Talk. During the conversation, he mentioned that Kiss members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were not pleased about opening for them during their performances in Canada. After recalling the band opening for Ozzy Osbourne, Vandenberg shared:

“With Whitesnake, we played Canada, and Kiss was supporting us. The egos of Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons…”

The interviewer’s shock at the rocker’s words reflected on the screen with him implying that the Kiss members were ‘humble.’ The rocker opposed and said the following:

“No, besides of Canada and some. They didn’t like it, they were programmed as, well, ‘support.’ But they didn’t like it, that they were programmed as special guest support or whatever. So they started screaming and shouting against the crowd, and they said, ‘Man, those guys from Whitesnake, they don’t want us to use our inflatable- our props.’ They call it [props], but they were inflatables, fakes.”

The guitarist clarified why they didn’t let the band put their props on the stage:

“Why not inflate anything? But there was no space on the stage, we couldn’t help it, I don’t care. They can inflate the grandma, I don’t care. But they couldn’t fit these things on stage, so they weren’t happy campers, so to speak.”

The economic problems of the bands were mentioned, and the interviewer suggested raising a fund for Kiss, which the Whitesnake guitarist approved and said:

“I think so, yeah. They’re running out of money, I think. But yeah, I think it would be a good cause, a GoFundMe. I’m pretty sure GS would find a way to make it work, too, you know the guy, Gene Simmons. I’m sure he would.”

Vandenberg shared his dissatisfaction about touring with Kiss earlier as well. A few months earlier, while the rocker was reflecting on the band’s first American tour with Osbourne, he stated that his tour with the Black Sabbath frontman was crazy, unlike the one he did with Kiss.

See the interview below.