Gene Simmons saluted his old friend Eddie Van Halen during an appearance on The Jeremy White Podcast. Blabbermouth transcribed some of the Kiss bassist’s recollection of the guitarist who succumbed to cancer last October 6th.

Simmons recalled, “When Eddie came along, nobody played like that. And I’m not even talking about the quality of the songs, or Dave (Lee Roth) completely taking the frontman to the nth level. I mean, at that time, Dave was the king. There was nobody. If Mick Jagger stood next to him, it would be like a sixth-grader. And he really took it all the way. The whole band — the musicianship, the songwriting. But when Edward would get in front of that stage and start tapping and stuff — which I’d never seen before; apparently it had been done by jazz musicians and everything — your jaw drops. Clearly, no one since (Jimi) Hendrix had that kind of impact.”

FAST FACTS

  • Gene Simmons Love Gun-era demos featuring Eddie and Alex Van Halen finally saw the light of day on Simmons’ 2017 10-CD box set, The Vault.
  • The 1977 demos feature the brothers backing Simmons on his demos for his Kiss classics “Christine Sixteen,” “Got Love For Sale,” and “Tunnel Of Love.”

CHECK IT OUT: Gene Simmons with Alex & Eddie Van Halen’s 1977 demo of “Christine Sixteen”: