Gene-Simmons400 Annie Reuter of reports:

Gene Simmons of KISS has some heated words for drug addicts and people dealing with depression in a new interview with

When asked if he keeps in touch with the original players of KISS he answered with a resounding “no.”

Why’s that? Simple: they’re either drug addicts or just downers.

“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,” Simmons said. “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 f–k all about ‘the world as a harsh place.’ She gets up every day, smells the roses and loves life.

And for a putz, 20-year-old kid to say, ‘I’m depressed, I live in Seattle.’ F–k you, then kill yourself.”

He added “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 f–k up, have some dignity and jump! You’ve got the crowd.”

While Simmons said KISS has new songs ready, there are no plans to record anytime soon. But, there is one artist he’d love to record with in the future: Lady Gaga.

“I think Lady Gaga is the only new rock star, although she’s not a rocker,” he said. “I would like her to throw away all the disco stuff and get a band. Don’t use tapes, come out with a real live band and guitars. She’s a bona fide musical artist. She did a duet with Tony Bennett, real great pipes. She can sit at a piano all by herself. She’s a legitimate artist. A lot of the other pop divas who are really talented are not artists.”

Simmons said KISS and Gaga tried to collaborate on their last record but both were too busy.

“We got close. She got busy, we got busy. We would have done it.”

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  • James K. on

    Would he feel different about drug addicts and people with depression if they were nice to rich people?

  • Bob on

    Boy does this jerk off ever stop. He is ruining what pathetic career he has left. He will be in court being sued by some parents that promotes kids to kill themselves. What a loser. Learn to be a human being with compassion loser Gene.

    • JB on

      He’s about to turn 65 years old Bob and after 4 decades in the spotlight, I doubt at this point Gene is worried about his career or his financial situation. The fact is Gene sounds like a lot of senior citizens who’s view points harden with age.

    • Ennui on

      Finally, a man of reason.

    • JB on

      It’s a fun board Ennui…what kills me is a lot of this goes right over people’s head. There’s a reason Ed keeps putting up Kiss articles…look at the numbers it generates compared to other band articles. Love how people say ignore them, I’m done with them yada, yada, yada,…and yet another thread approaching 200 posts.

  • ziggy stardust on

    He really can’t play bass so I guess he really can talk shit

  • Lee on

    “Fear Eddie”…… I can hear Paul & Gene laughing. I’m sure they are holding back Ace tales that Gordon Gebert & Bob McAdams would love to put in print but ’15 looms in Vegas…right Doc?

    • Joe on

      Lee….you’re a meatball…..Joe in The Cuse

  • Dave Z on

    Dana, I agree with you. That’s the way I took it too, however, Gene needs to think before he speaks sometimes. Obviously, not everybody is going to take it like you and I did. Kiss is my all-time favorite band, but my God, lately it has been really hard to like them.

    • Dana on

      Agreed Dave,

      Either way you slice it, it was said in an irreverent manner, so that’s not cool.

      D 🙂

    • Eric Heaton on

      If genes comments are directed toward people seeking attention and not those actually diagnosed, then his comments may have been taken out of context…if so, this is lousy and unprofessional reporting…which in this day of social media, its not important to be accurate, just that ur the first to report it…

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