Nikki Sixx Called Out Gene Simmons for His “Moronic” Statements on Depression and Suicide

1502552_10152374183300336_1666093121573533540_nIn a recent interview with, KISS’ Gene Simmons was asked about former bandmates Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. Simmons replied, “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.” He continued:

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 fuck-all about ‘the world is a harsh place.’ She gets up every day, smells the roses and loves life. 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.

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 fuckin’ head off!’ He’ll go, ‘Please don’t!’ It’s true. He’s not that insane.

Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx (pictured above) talked about Simmons’ comments on his Sixx Sense radio show.

It’s pretty moronic, because he thinks everybody listens to him, that he is the god of thunder and 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.’

If I had killed myself, my four beautiful children would not be here today.

I wanted to talk about what I’ve done with my recovery and my depression and something I think Gene should use as a model.

I got off the drugs and alcohol and it was the hardest thing I ever did in my life. I didn’t think I could ever be off the heroin, to be honest with you. I got off the heroin and I couldn’t leave my house. I didn’t have any social skills, I didn’t know how to interact with people. I pretty much started to go deeper and deeper and deeper into a depression. So I went to a therapist. And it was the first time I had ever been to a therapist. And I said, ‘I just feel hopeless.’ Now, if I went to see Gene Simmons, he would have said, ‘Well, you know, Nikki, if you’re depressed, you should just kill yourself.’ But this therapist said, ‘Hey, there are ways out.’ And he gave me an experimental drug at the time called Prozac, and it got me on the right path. And then I got off of it. And I got out of my depression. And I then went to have these four beautiful children, I wrote the ‘Dr. Feelgood’ album, I’ve had a wonderful life. I did not take that way out.

And what I’m saying is: 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…

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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  • barry kukuk

    Nikki is right,what about the people born with a chemical imbalance, people do not have to be a former drug addict or alcoholic. maybe that 20yr. old from anywhere had a rough upbringing. and listened to KISS to get through tuff times.hear his idol say go ahead jump. “GET REAL SIMMONS”

    • Anon

      “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.”

      • Anon

        Not condoning the rest of what he said, but to take him out of context is silly. He didn’t say anything about people that ARENT former drug addicts or alcoholics — which no one seems to be discussing here.

        • Anon

          And for clarity on the rest of the things he said — Politically Uncorrect. Unfortunately, no one can say those things without someone else getting offended. It’s just one of those taboo things no one is allowed to talk about. Sort of sad really, it actually achieve more awareness for the event instead of “It was sad and to talk about it disgraces the people that went through it.”

  • Amber

    I was born with a condition called RBPD (Rapid Bipolar Disorder) and during an ‘episode’ I can go from joy to wanting to kill myself like a change in the wind! If i could say one thing to Gene Simmons, it would be don’t tar us all with same brush. Some of us really can’t help it. I’ve been told by a few different doctors that I’ll never get over this, no matter how hard I try and believe me, I’ve tried it all.

    • jamminfool

      Keep fighting Amber, and don’t even give no account assholes like Gene Simmons a second thought…wihout a doubt, I am sure there are many people in your life who love you, respect you, and would be horribly hurt if you were to not be here anymore. Hang onto the love and screw the negatives, they are useless anyway! Best of luck to you and Godspeed with your journey, as intensly tough as it may be…I can’t even imagine what you’re going through, but just know there are many souls around who not only sympathise, but truly care about you and what you’re experiencing!

    • Ron Luckenbach

      I think you said what you had to say Amber, and I hope that that insensitive lout somehow hears of this forum…hang in there darling, A lot of us had to, and still have to deal with various forms of depression…if it is any solace or consolation there are people who care for you and wish you health Jamminfool and me from this forum alone!

  • Rod Bain

    Nikki well said….and Gene moronic is a understatement

  • Jeffrey Clifton

    Moronic? How about a self-loving, insensitive, narcissistic asshole? I like that better. It rolls off the tongue.

  • Nawaf Albardooli

    here we go again the man with too much cash think that he know it all and uses the nazi as a way to show that his from the poor race who germans hate and cash in by selling cds after dissing the poor ppl who have issues

  • Ron Luckenbach

    Same old shit from that fat bald egotistical asshole who loves to pull the old ‘nazi card. Out when ever it’s suits him….Why in God’s name did Kiss shape the two S’s in ‘Kiss’ to look like the Nazi SS runes

  • whatheheck

    I am so sick of him pulling the Nazi card. Maybe the worse punishment the Nazis did was to let him mother survive so she could bring this idiot into this world.

  • Jarrod M

    Right now I would like to put a gun to Gene Simmons head and see what he would do. This may sound bad, but I’d force him to get a tattoo before I pull the trigger, just so that he couldn’t be burried in a Jewish cemetery. As for Nikki Sixx, I already had a great amount of respect for the man, and now that amount has skyrocketed! What a great example of a human being!

  • james jensen

    whattheheck, that is the most insensitive, ignorant thing I have read in a minute. The Nazis were despicable piece of shit to come in our lifetime. I don’t agree with what Gene has said, but I definitely am HAPPY that his mother survived the horror that she faced. Please keep his comments focused on him and not the poor souls that were lost during this genocide.

    • whattheheck

      Just like Genes comments were. He has millions of people who follow him, how many young man are depressed may read his statements and figure why not kill themselves cause of what he said??

  • Ron Luckenbach

    I’m glad his mother survived too…but I know the best part of Gene Simmons ran down his pops leg during conception

    • costogie

      The best part of Gene is still in his Rabbis mouth.

  • Chuck Rider

    Poor Gene, he’s still pissed he wasn’t in the Beatles and that Alice Cooper wore makeup first. Yeah his band keeps kicking out remixes of remixed non-hits and everyone waits for the next Kiss release….NOT. His comments are much like his hair, not to be taken seriously. While he loves being drug free and doesn’t drink either, I applaud him for that. The only thing he seems to be missing is a heart but then without a brain who has use for a heart. The only difference between a true asshole and Gene is Gene has money. This makes him a true asshole with money. It’s sad his band has suffered for so long lacking creativity. I guess the new guys aren’t allowed to contribute new music since they have to learn the old stuff to re-record as bonus tracks. That’s not a bonus, it’s a cover band named Kiss doing Kiss songs….badly. I hope this doesn’t depress Gene because if he ever felt like jumping off a building, I’d be the one saying go ahead jump. It’s me KARMA, BITCH.

  • jamminfool

    You tell him Nikki…Gene has proven what I have thought all along about him since I was a kid…big mouth, no accountability, and too much fucking money…and to think, he’s the fucking BASS PLAYER, not the leasd singer, not lead guitar, just a below average bass player who has a freakishly long tongue and is still playing dress up with his mom’s makeup kit to hide his deep wrinkly crevises crossing his entire droopy old man’s body! Gene thinks his huge bank account (built off the hard work and sweat of not his talent, but of the millions he’s been sucking off, his fan base…the hard working people he should be eternally grateful to, not telling them that when they feel down or a little hopeless they should just do him a favor and kill themselves), that all that MONEY makes him an authority on EVERYTHING, well here’s a slap in the face from reality, you greasy, aincient wig wearing bitch…your money only makes you a rich asshole instead of just an asshole. Hey Gene, where did you get your degree in psychology? How about your degree in public relations? What would you do, how would you feel if this shit-headed move you just made ends your career and you lost EVERYTHING…let’s see how you handle

    • costogie

      Well said . Without his money . Unfortunately this man has drained millions of dollars out of a lot of fools pockets . Hes arrogant for a reason . The stupid fucks that made him a millionaire . KISS had a few good albums in the beginning . The people that gave this car salesman his millions , thank God were going to breed them out .
      Real men catch their own food , build cities , sleep with women that love them (not their wallets). This guy will be the first to jump when the power goes out .
      Another irrelevant artist. Just blathering . My bad

    • Davidmk

      Kinda sounds like your Describing NIKKI as well , change Gene to Nikki & we can say the same thing ….

      • jamminfool

        There *is* one huge difference between them…while I agree, both are way overpaid and have removed themselves from the grind of everyday living that the rest of the populus is forced to deal with, Gene (in numerous interviews and articles that focus solely on him and his self perpetuating fame and fortune) claims to be some sort of authority on life in general and just about everything that goes along with it. Nikki, in his own personal self serving fame grabbing attempts, at least admits his human weaknesses and flaws, and advises those who are experienceing similar problems to seek professional help…not to just “just go for it” when they feel so desperate they see suicide as a viable option, like Gene so clearly “advised”. In that matter, Nikki is much closer to understanding what the average schmuck is going through, where Gene has isolated himself so completely he no longer knows what real people experience…nor does he even pretend to care.

        • Robert

          You’ve been buying there music for years. Don’t contribute to them getting rich and quit bitching about it

          • jamminfool

            I can honestly say that I have NEVER bought a KISS album, CD, or single…in fact, they grate on my last nerve! So your inference of me helping Gene become Gene is bullshit! I *have* bought Motley Crue music, but then, I’m not complaining about Nikki or his band, am I? Oh, and If you’re gonna bitch about me bitching, at least have the balls to let us all know who you are, GUEST!

  • Jim

    Unfortunately Simmons mother was strong enough to survive the Nazi concentration camp and his father didn’t jerk off in the sink the night he was conceived. There are celebrities that are educated and sometimes contribute very helpful advice and information to a national discussion. There are also celebrities who are idiots and only can be recognized by saying some of the most shocking and moronic bullshit that the media has to report it thus giving this person some recognition, even if it’s negative. That’s Gene Simmons. As someone pointed out. He’s a 2bit bass player that is only recognized because he is a band with guys that dress like circus clowns. Just to be clear. I’m not criticizing him as ‘2bit’ because his instrument is the bass. As far as I’m concerned James Jamerson and Jack Bruce& many other bass players are musical genius’s, just not Gene Simmons.

  • DiabOlusPLR

    With all the money Gene has he should buy something to cure his diarrhea of the mouth….

  • 13BURRN!!!

    Once again, a pub-whore like Sixx, inserting himself in something he has no business being in, calling out another pub-whore like Simmons, who only opens his mouth to get attention, much like Sixx, so this is just a vicious circle that needs to broken into a million little pieces, never to be put back together again.

    Both Sixx and Simmons need to just STFU and go away. Far, far away.

  • Whitney.w9_27_99

    Well im on nikki side. Im whitney im on my moms facebook page im 15 years old and i have severe depression and severe social anxiety. I was bullied for the last 8 years of my life. I tried committing suicide many of times. I have 4 therapist to help me stay strong. Im currently on prozac and i sorta feel better. I honestly love kiss and montly crew. I was just at the kiss and deff leopard concert july 22nd in west palm Florida. Now i honestly dont feel the same toward kiss now cause sadly if gene held a gun to my head and get down i would say ok but my way and i would jump. My body is riddled with scars. I get called a carver by many because i wrote the words worthless, whore, not good enough, slut, and many more words i was told. Ive been in te mental hospital enough times to call it home. Last year my dad left thats when shit hit the wall. I grew up with my dad always around. He was my coach he was my super hero now i feel alone i watch all my friends die around me of cancer, suicide, drugs, accidents, being at the wrong place at the wrong time. The funeral home and ccemeter are now like my home. If it wasnt fod my excellent brain which has already earned full scholarship to college and my younger brother and the beautiful music of vans warpted tour i wouldn’t be writting right now. Thank you nikki sixx foruunderstanding. Love you and i will keep listening to you on 98.7 the gator.

    • NIkki

      grow up. Catering to losers like you is just plain wrong. We all have problems. If we all took your road nothing would ever get done.

  • Cosmic Sea

    So what I got out of this (esp. the comments) is that Gene is infamous…

  • Del Parrish

    Both Nikki and Gene are stale, redundant pop metal bass players and should both kill themselves. How people with such little talent make it to millionaire status is beyond me. If you want to check out some real bass players, see John Campbell, Steve Harris, Les Claypool, Dick Lövgren, or Justin Chancellor.

    • Robert

      Nikki Sixx writes all of Motley Crue’s music and is a badd asss bass player. What the fuck have you done in your life but be a troll you piece of shit.

      You could never fill Gene’s shoes so shut the fuck up !

      • Del Parrish

        Sorry. Didn’t mean to hurt your cunt, you little piece of shit groupie. If it wasn’t for those guys lame theatrics, they wouldn’t be shit. Jackyl has a songwriter too. So what?

        • Robert

          Just jealous, I’m a musician and I know how hard it is to put the music together and make it sound right, they both do it quite well. I guess you’ll say Lamb of God sucks too! SMH

          • Del Parrish

            I don’t know what SMH is, but I’m as jealous of $immons and Sixx as I am jealous of Donald Trump and Liza Minelli. I played in a cover band in college, and we played Strutter and Looks That Kill because they were easy. LOG is the best band of the 21st Century. That’s why I listed John Campbell in the post above. If Campbell got sick or injured, I’m sure LOG would give either Nikki or Gene a chance. If you can pull them away from their Paris Hilton inspired talk radio or reality show. LMAO!

          • Robert

            They could never play for LOG, they are not that talented. LOG’s style is way too advanced for Sixx or Simmons. They would never be able to keep up whit Chris Adler’s beat, not trying to take away from these two as being good musicians, they are just not in that caliber.

            SMH acronym for shaking my head.

          • Del Parrish

            ‘Not in that caliber’. That’s a sweet way to put it. It’s like comparing two pea shooters with a 300 mm howitzer!

          • Robert

            Good one…………… lol

    • Robert

      You are right about one thing, Steve Harris is a really good bass player, so is Christopher Squire.

      • Del Parrish

        Never heard Chris Squire. I’ll check it out.

        • Robert

          Bass player for the band YES.

  • Del Parrish

    I liked Kiss in the 70s when I was 12. I actually bought Too Fast For Love in ’82 when I was a dumbass teenager too. Neither group, with all their tremendous resources, has written one of their ‘good’ pop songs in decades. I remember Circus magazine had polls for best bass player and Sixx always won! Going up against true musicians like Geddy Lee, Geezer Butler, and Cliff Burton. What a joke! You gotta love $immons axe bass and platform demon boots though, if you’re a retarded teenager.

    • stoplyin2217

      You don’t get it. Nikki has the gift of writing good melodies that stay in your head. 35 years later Crue is still selling out stadiums!!

      • Del Parrish

        Selling out! You nailed it. I assume you bought Theatre of Pain too.

        I assume they will play all 80s material since they haven’t produced a decent single in 25 years.

  • Joseph Kool

    They’re both assholes, too bad Ronnie Van Zant isn’t around to slap them both upside the head.

  • Joseph Kool

    Nikki Sixx (dumb name) cried like a bitch

  • stoplyin2217

    Nikki is right!