Gene Simmons should have bitten his tongue on this one.
No stranger to putting his foot in his mouth, the Kiss frontman has done itagain. This time, it’s not cool by Nikki Sixx.
In an interview with Songfacts.com, Simmons went on a bold rant essentiallydismissing depression as a serious disorder. ”For a putz 20-year old kid to say ‘I’m depressed. I live in Seattle.’ F-ck you, then kill yourself,” Simmons said. ”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-ck up and at least have some dignity and jump! You’ve got the crowd.”
The Kiss frontman continued, “By the way, you walk up to the same guy on a ledge who threatens to jump and put a gun to his head, ‘I’m going to blow your f-ckin’ head off.’ He’ll go, ‘Please don’t.’ It’s true. He’s not that insane.”
In response, Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx called Simmons out on his “Sixx Sense” radio show. The bassist admitted to liking Simmons, but not in this situation. ”It’s pretty moronic because [Simmons] thinks everybody listens to him, that he is the god of thunder” Sixx said. He added, “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 bassist, who is also a recovering addict, went on to slash Simmons’ comments by reassuring his listeners who may suffer from depression. ”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, and I wrote it in ‘The Heroine Diaries,’ you can get out of this,” Sixx said. ”…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 depression, and don’t listen to people who don’t know what they’re talking about.”
A rockin’ response from the one and only Nikki Sixx. Check out Sixx’s full on-air response to Simmon’s comments here.
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