Nikki Sixx Slams Gene Simmons Over Suicide Remark
August 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM (PT)
Syndicated SIXX SENSE WITH NIKKI SIXX, national radio host and MOTLEY CRUE bassist NIKKI SIXX took KISS bassist GENE SIMMONS to task for comments he made on SongFacts.com, where he expressed no sympathy for people suffering from substance abuse and depression, and "counseled" depressed people to kill themselves.
A recovering addict who suffered a near fatal drug overdose more than 25 years ago, Sixx declared, "It’s pretty moronic because he thinks everybody listens to him, that he is the god of thunder. He will tell you he is the greatest man on earth, and to be honest with you, 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.’
"For people who are depressed, there is a way out," he continued: "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, and I wrote it in The Heroin Diaries, 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 depression, and don’t listen to people who don’ t know what they’re talking about.”
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