Gene Simmons Apologizes For Comparing David Lee Roth To Fat Elvis

Gene Simmons: LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – JULY 04: Gene Simmons of KISS performs on stage during a one-off show in support of Help For Heroes at HMV Forum on July 4, 2012 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Neil Lupin/Redferns via Getty Images) 

David Lee Roth: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 04: David Lee Roth performs onstage at Staples Center on March 04, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for ABA).

Gene Simmons would like a do-over on his recent comments about David Lee Roth. The KISS co-founder went viral last week after comparing ‘modern-day Dave’ to “bloated, naked Elvis on the bathroom floor”.

But in an interview with US Weekly, Simmons said he’s “so sorry and ashamed, actually, that I hurt David’s feelings”. He said “You hear me talking, I just sort of stream of consciousness, I don’t mean to hurt people’s feelings, and every once in a while, diarrhea of the mouth comes out.

Roth was opening for KISS on their ‘End Of The Road’ farewell tour before it was disrupted by the pandemic last year – but KISS resumed the tour this summer without him.

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