News-Nikki Sixx blasts Gene Simmons for “moronic” comments on depression, suicide

NikkiSixx150Nikki Sixx blasts Gene Simmons for “moronic” comments on depression, suicide

“I like Gene. But in this situation, I don’t like Gene.”

Story by Jon Liebman | August 14, 2014

Gene Simmons has never been one to hold back what he’s thinking. In this case, though, he may have gone too far, at least according to Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx. In a recent interview with, the KISS bassist showed little – if any – empathy for drug addicts, alcoholics and people suffering from depression. Gene’s take on the subject? “For a putz 20-year-old kid to say, ‘I’m depressed. I live in Seattle.’ Fuck 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 fuck up, have some dignity and jump! You’ve got the crowd.”

Simmons’ comments hit a little too close to home for Sixx, a recovering addict himself. “It’s pretty moronic because he thinks everybody listens to him, that he is the god of thunder,” says Nikki. “He will tell you he is the greatest man on earth,” he continues, “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.’”

The Crüe bassist adds, “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, and I wrote it in The Heroin Diaries, you can get out of this.” Driving the point home, Nikki says, “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.”

Nikki Sixx, Gene Simmons

Nikki and Gene, during a friendlier moment

Nikki’s memoir, The Heroin Diaries is available here:

Nikki Sixx, The Heroin Diaries

The Heroin Diaries

Nikki Sixx, The Heroin Diaries

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