KISS Discuss Eddie Van Halen Wanting To Join The Group

KISS co-founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley discuss Eddie Van Halen wanting to join the group after Ace Frehley left the band in 1982 in a new interview in the April issue of Guitar World.

Leading source for Van Halen news and information, Van Halen News Desk have excerpted the parts of the interview where Stanley and Simmons discuss the long running rumor.

When asked about it, Stanley replied "I never heard that. Eddie did come down to the studio during Creatures, and he spoke to me on the phone during that period. There was real dissension in the band at that time, that much was clear. But as far as I'm wanting to join Kiss? No, not that I know about. Doesn't mean it didn't happen, but I never heard it. But you have two interviews here."

Simmons, who worked with Van Halen prior to them signing their major label deal with Warner Bros., tells a different story, "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."

However, VHND have a slightly different story about what happened. Read about that here.

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