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Nikki Sixx Says Gene Simmons is ‘No Longer My Hero’

By Annie Reuter

Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx has some strong words for Gene Simmons following the KISS member’s remarks on Prince’s death.

In an interview with Newsweek, Simmons said, “I think Prince was heads, hands and feet above all the rest of them. I thought he left [Michael] Jackson in the dust. Prince was way beyond that. But how pathetic that he killed himself. Don’t kid yourself, that’s what he did. Slowly, I’ll grant you…but that’s what drugs and alcohol is: a slow death.”

Like most of the music industry, Nikki Sixx was taken aback by Simmons’ remarks. After tweeting his disapproval, Sixx took time out on his Sixx Sense radio show to explain why he won’t be accepting Simmons’ apology.

“Nothing that Gene Simmons says resonates with me. When you’re in Gene’s position, you should have a little bit more than a narrow-minded, bullying sense of what’s happening on the earth. And he said that if you’re depressed, kill yourself. He is pro Trump, he is pro a lot of things that I think are negative.

I think that he’s an overrated, lucky guy that dresses like a clown, wrote some good songs, hasn’t in a long time and loves to brag about himself. I like my heroes to be humble. I like my heroes to have compassion. And I like my heroes to be open to change. I don’t like my heroes to be egotistical a—holes.

Gene Simmons, you’re no longer my hero.”

Simmons has since apologized for his comments on Prince’s death, but as Sixx explains, some apologies can’t be accepted.


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