In an interview you can see below, Kiss bassist Gene Simmons spoke about the legendary guitar player Eddie Van Halen, where he said:
“When Eddie came along, nobody played like that. And I’m not even talking about the quality of the songs, or Dave‘s completely taking the frontman to the nth level. I mean, at that time, Dave was the king. There was nobody. If Mick Jagger stood next to him, it would be like a sixth-grader. And he really took it all the way.
”The whole band — the musicianship, the songwriting. But 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 — your jaw drops. Clearly, no one since [Jimi] Hendrix had that kind of impact.
“The [Van Halen] brothers, Alex and Edward, many people don’t know actually started off playing on each other’s instrument. Originally, Alex was the guitar player; Edward was the drummer. And imagine the talent in that family that they switched and Edward actually was an accomplished keyboard player. The ‘Jump’ keyboards and stuff, that’s Edward.”