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Gene Simmons remembers discovering - and mentoring - Van Halen

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Gene Simmons played a formative role in the early career of Van Halen. He recently spoke to Yahoo Entertainment about when he first heard the band in the late 70s at a place called the Starwood.

"I heard this kind of flurry of stuff in between classical melodies and sometimes in harmony," Simmons said. "And you know, the sense I got was, wow, there's a few guitar players up onstage playing harmony and ... I ran to the front of the fence or whatever on the top floor, so I could see everybody underneath us. And there were only four guys on stage."

Of guitarist Eddie Van Halen's finger-tapping technique, he said, "he was playing not only fast and furious, but sometimes it's an harmony on tapping. I was so astonished."