MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx has slammed Gene Simmons for the KISS co-founder’s comments on the death of Prince.
Simmons came under fire Tuesday when he called Prince’s death “pathetic” in an interview with Newsweek. Late that night, he apologized in a note posted to Twitter.
In response to Simmons’s remarks, Sixx shared his own disheartened opinion on Twitter. He wrote: “[Gene Simmons‘s] recent heartless and uneducated remarks about Prince’s death shows why he’s not my hero anymore or anybody’s.” He added the hashtag “#FromHeroToZero”.
Prince died on April 21 at his home in Minnesota, but no cause of death has been identified just yet. A law enforcement official told the Associated Press that his death was being investigated as a possible drug overdose.
Over the years, Simmons has never hidden his feelings about drug use, even when his bandmates were involved. He told The Pulse Of Radio that drugs are the number one reason for bands failing to live up to their potential. “I have no sympathy at all for anybody that doesn’t have enough self-respect for themselves and for their bandmates, because when one guy decides that his dalliances with crazy things is more important that the welfare of his band, that guy doesn’t deserve any success,” he said. “Because a team is a team, and every guy’s gotta carry the weight. You’re only as good as your teammates.”
KISS kicks off its 37-date summer tour on July 7 at Boise, Idaho’s Taco Bell Arena.
MÖTLEY CRÜE and KISS co-headlined a North American tour in the summer of 2012.
— ❌ Nikki Sixx ❌ (@NikkiSixx) May 11, 2016