Nikki Sixx: ‘It’s time to end the Gene Simmons bash-athon’

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.”