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GENE SIMMONS Says DAVID LEE ROTH Was The ‘Ultimate Frontman’ But Doesn’t Know What Happened To Him

Gene Simmons confirms that David Lee Roth is no longer opening for KISS.

KISS bassist/singer Gene Simmons recently sat down with Rolling Stone where he confirmed that crooner David Lee Roth is no longer the support act for the remainder of KISS’s farewell tour.

The VAN HALEN frontman opened for KISS on their February/March 2020 North American leg of “End Of The Road” tour, however he will not be returning to finish off the run of dates which kick off on August 18 in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

Simmons tells Rolling Stone: “It bears noting that during Dave’s heyday, nobody did what he did. He was the ultimate frontman. Not [Robert] Plant, not Rod Stewart, nobody. He took being a frontman way beyond anything. And then, I don’t know what happened to him… something. And you get modern-day Dave. I prefer to remember Elvis Presley in his prime. Sneering lips, back in Memphis, you know, doing all that. I don’t want to think of bloated naked Elvis on the bathroom floor.”

In March 2020, David Lee Roth postponed the final six shows of his Las Vegas residency due to the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, KISS have just announced their second Las Vegas residency.  KISS will perform at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood starting in December.