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We all know that you discovered Van Halen. I heard the rumor the reason you could not get them a deal with Casablanca, was because of David Lee Roth. They didn't like his voice and were actually thinking of getting Sammy Hagar back then.

Is this true? Me personally I love David Lee Roth. He will always be Van Halen. The only thing with Dave is I never understand what he is talking about. Do you have the same problem understanding Dave when you talk to each other? Is he really as whacky as seems in public or is it just an act?


Response from Gene:

Dear Rob,
Yes. I found Van Halen. The reason I could not get them a deal is that the rest of the guys in KISS and the band's manager, Bill Aucoin didn't buy it.