KISS bassist Gene Simmons opened up about recently deceased Van Halen frontman Eddie Van Halen and revealed a fact about him that’s never heard before, apparently, Eddie Van Halen did not like being called Eddie, he preferred Edward.
As you may know, his son Wolfgang Van Halen shared a statement on his official Twitter page over two months ago announcing the passing of Van Halen frontman Eddie Van Halen after his long battle with throat cancer. Since he was an icon according to many, musicians and fans are still in grief up to this day.
During a recent interview with Jeremy White Podcast, Gene Simmons opened up about the loss of Eddie Van Halen and stated that when Eddie took the stage it was something that nobody, including Simmons, has seen before since the legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix.
In addition to praising Van Halen, Simmons also revealed that Eddie Van Halen was actually not a fan of being called ‘Eddie,’ he much preferred going by his full name and being called Edward.
Here is what Simmons said:
“Edward – he never liked ‘Eddie,’ for some reason – when Eddie came along, nobody played like that. 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, but… Your jaw drops. Clearly, no one since Hendrix had that kind of impact.”
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