Rocker Nikki Sixx has urged his fans and radio listeners to end the "Gene Simmons bash-athon", which he started by slamming the Kiss star for ill-advised remarks he made about people suffering from depression. The outspoken bassist became a target recently when he fired off about addicts and depressives in an online interview, suggesting those contemplating suicide should just kill themselves.
Simmons said, "I'm the guy who says 'Jump' when there's a guy on top of a building who says, 'That's it, I can't take it any more - I'm going to jump'. Shut the f**k up, have some dignity and jump."
The KISS star was responding to a question about his ongoing relations with former bandmate Ace Frehley, who has battled addiction issues.
Among those taking aim at Simmons for his insensitive remarks was Motley Crue star Sixx, who stirred up the controversy on his satellite radio show by calling his one-time tourmate "moronic". Bosses at a leading Australian radio station pulled KISS tracks from the airwaves to protest Simmons' comments.
The KISS star has since apologised stating, "My intentions in speaking very directly, and perhaps politically incorrectly, about drug use and alcoholics have been misconstrued as vile commentary on depression. Unkind statements about depression was certainly never my intention."
And that seems to have satisfied Sixx, who is keen to end his feud with Simmons.
He says, "This has turned into a bit of an anti-Gene Simmons bash-athon, and I don't condone that. Nor do I support radio stations who are banning Kiss - the guys in the band didn't do anything. Gene said something that has been addressed. Maybe in a moment of bravado he was just being cocksure and pompous? Out of everything in my life that's gone awry, I try to learn a lesson. There is good in everything."
But as Sixx attempts to distance himself from the ongoing drama over Simmons' remarks, British rocker Ginger Wildheart has dived in, demanding filmmakers remove him from an upcoming KISS fan documentary.
The Wildheart star admits he was appalled by what his one-time hero had to say about addicts, depression and suicide and he doesn't want to be associated with him: "I'm truly embarrassed that I was ever a Kiss fan. I'm honestly really happy that everyone hates Gene Simmons. Clueless old f**king w**ker."
Kiss rocker Gene Simmons has apologised after suggesting sufferers of depression should kill themselves in a recent interview. The rock veteran lost his cool when he was asked about his relationship with former KISS members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss during a chat with SongFacts.com.
He replied, "I don't get along with anybody who's a drug addict and has a dark cloud over the head and sees themselves as a victim. For a putz 20-year-old kid to say, 'I'm depressed. I live in Seattle'. F**k you, then kill yourself."
The comment sparked controversy and attracted criticism from Motley Crue star Nikki Sixx, and led to bosses at a top radio network in Australia banning Kiss music from the airwaves.
Simmons has since posted an explanation for his comments on Facebook.com, and now an apology statement has been sent to Rolling Stone.
The rocker writes, "To the extent my comments reported by the media speak of depression, I was wrong and in the spur of the moment made remarks that in hindsight were made without regard for those who truly suffer the struggles of depression...
"I sincerely apologize to those who were offended by my comments. I recognize that depression is very serious and very sad when it happens to anyone, especially loved ones. I deeply support and am empathetic to anyone suffering from any disease, especially depression."
Bosses at an Australian radio station have banned Kiss music from the airwaves as a protest against comments bassist Gene Simmons recently made about people battling depression. The rocker upset a lot of people when he suggested people with depression and addiction issues should kill themselves in a recent interview when he was asked about relations between himself and former Kiss bandmates Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.
Simmons told SongFacts.com, "I don't get along with anybody who's a drug addict and has a dark cloud over their head and sees themselves as a victim. Drug addicts and alcoholics are always: 'The world is a harsh place'.
"My mother was in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. I don't want to hear f**k-all about 'the world is a harsh place'. She gets up every day, smells the roses and loves life. And for a putz, 20-year-old kid to say, 'I'm depressed, I live in Seattle'. F**k you, then kill yourself.
"I never understand, because I always call them on their bluff. I'm the guy who says 'Jump!' when there's a guy on top of a building who says, 'That's it, I can't take it anymore, I'm going to jump'. Are you kidding? Why are you announcing it? Shut the f**k up, have some dignity and jump! You've got the crowd."
Motley Crue star Nikki Sixx attacked Simmons over his remarks on his satellite radio show earlier this week (beg11Aug14), and now bosses at Triple M have pulled all Kiss tracks from playlists nationwide following the bassist's "misguided and insensitive" comments about depression and suicide.
Network head Mike Fitzpatrick says, "Depression and suicide are not topics he should be using to further his notoriety or sell records. His desperation to use mental health issues to find relevancy in a modern age is sickening. I can only put it down to a brain fade on his part.
"The Triple M network can't and won't be playing or supporting this d**khead's music. I put the challenge out to other stations across Australia and North America to also drop any of this nudnik's songs until such time as he reconsiders his thoughtless and insensitive position."
Simmons has released a statement on Facebook.com in an attempt to clarify his remarks. It reads: "Depression is very serious and very sad when it happens to anyone, especially loved ones. I have not commented on various allegations made in the media, but I want to make this statement for the record and to clarify. I deeply support and am empathetic to anyone suffering from any disease, especially depression.
"I have never sugarcoated my feelings regarding drug use and alcoholics. Somewhere along the line, my intentions in speaking very directly and perhaps politically-incorrectly about drug use and alcoholics have been misconstrued as vile commentary on depression. Unkind statements about depression was certainly never my intention. And I do not intend to defend myself here and now by listing the myriad charities and self-help organizations I am involved with."
He adds, "My heart goes out to anyone suffering from depression."
Motley Crue star Nikki Sixx has blasted Gene Simmons for ill-advised comments the rocker made recently about people battling depression. The outspoken KISS bass player upset many people when he implied that those fighting depression should simply kill themselves rather than complain about their lives, and Sixx, a recovering addict, was one of them.
During his Sixx Sense radio show on Wednesday (13Aug14), the new dad said, "I like Gene but in this situation, I don't like Gene. I don't like Gene's words, because... there is a 20-year-old kid out there who is a Kiss fan and reads this and goes, 'You know what? He's right. I should just kill myself'."
The Motley Crue star added, "For people who are depressed, there is a way out. There are many, many ways out. And I don't want people to listen to an interview from a rock star, who's telling you the only way out is out, when I'm telling you... you can get out of this.
"One in 10 Americans are affected by depression at one point in their life, so this is another thing to think about. At one point in your life, meaning it will come and it will go... They say all bad things must pass, all bad things will pass, so keep that in the back of your mind if you're feeling (the onset of) depression, and don't listen to people who don't know what they're talking about."
Simmons' comments came during a recent interview when he was asked about his relationship with the original members of Kiss, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.
He said, "I don't get along with anybody who's a drug addict and has a dark cloud over the head and sees themselves as a victim. For a putz 20-year-old kid to say, 'I'm depressed. I live in Seattle'. F**k you, then kill yourself."
August: a month for last-minute vacations, frantic back to school shopping and the biggest television event of the year. No, not the Super Bowl or the season premiere of Game of Thrones; we're referring to the Emmy Awards, the one night when the best performances and shows of the past year are honored with awards and a host that will inevitably be compared to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. With just two weeks to go until the ceremony, people are already predicting whether they think Matthew McConaughey will manage to unseat Bryan Cranston's reign of terror or if this will finally be the year that someone besides Jim Parsons get a win, but we're not interested in who will take home the trophies. We'd much rather shed the spotlight on who we think should win, highlighting the actors and shows that have entertained, thrilled and kept us glued to our TV sets all year long. First up in our series — and likely in the show itself — we take a look our picks for the Best Supporting Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series. And the nominees are...
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominees:Fred Armisen, Portlandia Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Ty Burrell, Modern Family Adam Driver, Girls Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family Tony Hale, Veep
Who Should Win?Andre Braugher, as the majestic deadpan police captain Ray Holt on Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Though it took Brooklyn Nine-Nine a little while to settle into the hilarious ensemble comedy that it’s become, they’ve always had an ace up their sleeve in the form of Braugher’s Captain Ray Holt. Thanks to his pitch-perfect deadpan delivery that somehow manages to convey everything from condescension to amusement to excitement to devastation, and his ability to lend some gravitas to even the most ridiculous of situations, Braugher quickly emerged as one of the show’s funniest performers. Nine-Nine played off of his reputation for intensely serious characters, but also allowed him moments of weirdness – like the episode where he carried two puppies around for no reason, or the sweet afro and moustache that he gets to rock in flashbacks – to create a character that’s full of surprises and is always hard to read. Despite being a supporting actor, Braugher has handily carried several episodes of the first season, and his skill at playing off of everyone else in the cast in hilarious, unexpected ways has helped the writers find the right way to balance all of the strong personalities.
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominees:Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory Julie Bowen, Modern Family Anna Chlumsky, VeepAllison Janney, MomKate McKinnon, Saturday Night LiveKate Mulgrew, Orange is the New Black
Who Should Win?Anna Chlumsky, as the vice president's just-barely-hanging-on Chief of Staff Amy Brookheimer on Veep.
This is a tough category, and there are several actresses (Janney, McKinnon, and Mulgrew) that we’d be thrilled to see take home the trophy on Emmy night. Still, it’s Chlumsky’s workaholic, foul-mouthed, Hendrix-texting chief of staff Amy Brookheimer who really stands out, thanks to a season in which she competed for, lost out on, and then earned back the role of managing Selina’s presidential campaign. Though her ability to deliver a well-timed insult or profanity-laden one-liner gets most of the attention, Chlumsky’s also brilliant at playing the quieter moments, when stress, anxiety, disgust or boredom are clear on Amy’s face. Season 3 also gave her the ability to play off of some new characters, and her high-strung frustration is the perfect counterpoint to both Dan’s hyper-competitive nature and Gary’s awkward passiveness. Every time she’s onscreen, Chulmsky seems to be functioning at 120 percent and her performance is intense, exhausting and hilarious, week after week.
Toronto Raptors brand ambassador Drake has landed the basketball team's bosses a $25,000 (£14,706) fine after breaking league rules by publicly inviting sports ace Kevin Durant to play in his Canadian hometown. The hip-hop star was onstage at his annual OVO Fest in the city earlier this month (Aug14), when he spotted Durant in the crowd and suggested the Oklahoma City Thunder forward make the move to fellow National Basketball Association (NBA) team the Raptors once he becomes a free agent in the summer of 2016.
He told the crowd, "Before we leave, I just want to show one of my brothers something. You know, my brother Kevin Durant was kind enough to come to the show tonight and watch us. I just want him to see what would happen if he came to play in Toronto. Let him know what would happen."
His comments prompted the audience to launch into a "KD" chant, but the incident has landed Drake in trouble with NBA officials, who have ruled the invite was the equivalent of an open attempt to recruit the player, which violates anti-tampering rules.
Drake was appointed the global ambassador of the Raptors last September (13).
Retired tennis ace and one-time Wimbledon runner-up Zina Garrison, three-time Olympic softball gold medallist Lori Harrigan-Mack, and former American football stars Scott Mitchell and Damien Woody will compete on the next season of hit U.S. weightloss show The Biggest Loser.
Former Kiss star Ace Frehley is to join The Roots for a night when he sits in as lead guitarist for comedian Jimmy Fallon's house band on The Tonight Show on Tuesday (12Aug14). The appearance will come just five days before the release of Frehley's new album Space Invader.
Rocker Ian Gillan is planning to pull a Kiss if Deep Purple ever get inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - because he refuses to hit the stage with former guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. KISS founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons pulled out of a Hall of Fame set in April (14) after they were informed that current bandmates Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer would not be honoured alongside the pair and former colleagues Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, and singer Gillan insists he'll follow their example if Blackmore's replacement, Steve Morse, isn't included in what many fans think is a long overdue induction.
Gillan says, "It would be unconscionable to think about bringing Ritchie in.
"I don’t have an issue with Ritchie, nor does anyone. I’ve been in touch with Ritchie recently and everything’s cool, so there’s no bitter, personal problem. We’re too old for that and everything’s in the past, but no. That would be out of the question.
"This is the longest that any lineup has ever been together in this band."
Blackmore left Deep Purple in 1993 and Morse has been the band's guitarist ever since.
Katy Perry entertained guests at a dinner at The White House in Washington, D.C. on Thursday (31Jul14) to celebrate the 46th anniversary of the Special Olympics. The Dark Horse hitmaker performed several of her songs in front of members of the sports organisation, which trains children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Ahead of her set, U.S. President Barack Obama said, "I love Katy Perry. She is just a wonderful person... I've just met her mom and now I know why she is such a wonderful person, but I just want everybody to know she is on tour right now and so, for her to take time out to do this, is really special and we really want to say thank you to her for doing this."
Perry shared her excitement on Instagram.com, writing, "What an incredibly beautiful evening being invited to sing at the White House... tonight to celebrate these incredibly inspiring men & women. I see them beyond their obstacles. I hope you can join me."
Stevie Wonder and tennis ace Andy Roddick and his actress wife Brooklyn Decker also attended the gala.