Gene-Simmons400 KISS bassist Gene Simmons who recently made some controversial comments about depression and suicide, has posted the following message on his Facebook page:

“I want to make this statement about my views on depression for the record and to clarify my prior remarks.

To the extent my comments reported by the media speak of depression, I was wrong and in the spur of the moment made remarks that in hindsight were made without regard for those who truly suffer the struggles of depression. I sincerely apologize to those who were offended by my comments. I recognize that depression is very serious and very sad when it happens to anyone, especially loved ones. I deeply support and am empathetic to anyone suffering from any disease, especially depression.

I have never sugarcoated my feelings regarding drug use and alcoholics. Somewhere along the line, my intention of speaking in very directly and perhaps politically incorrectly about drug use and alcoholics has been misconstrued as vile commentary on depression. Unkind statements about depression was certainly never my intention. Fully, you will know that and I do not intend to defend myself here and now, by listing the myriad charities and self-help organizations I am involved with. Rather, I simply want to be clear that my heart goes out to anyone suffering from depression and I deeply regret any offhand remarks in the heat of an interview that might have suggested otherwise.”

Simmons has received criticism for his comments from Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, who described the KISS frontman’s statements as “moronic”.

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  • staten island clown on

    To prove theoretically that Gene cannot possibly make someone kill themselves, please note the following hypothetical syllogism:

    GK>PK //PD>PK….
    As is now plainly evident from the conclusion, it is logically impossible for Gene to make anyone kill themselves.

    • Richman on

      Actually I disagree big time. Have you heard his solo work? The one with FIRESTARTER and the KISS one with the Disney song and 90% of THE ELDER. Talk about depressing! Sorry CLOWN. I know you’re making serious points but you walked into that.

    • staten island clown on

      I like The Elder Richman, but I get what you mean, but it’s not like listening to R.E.M. or anything.

  • spike on

    Since when does anybody care what this pig with a wig has to say??? And if radio stations ban their music, then I am happy not to hear Beth or Rock n Roll All Nite ever again. Everybody wins!

    • Ivan on

      … pig with a wig …. best line of the rant!

  • kiss fan on

    Ace has a new album out. Gene is just trying to distract people from that. It’s Spite!

  • Mark Weichold on

    ? for all of you, is this the Eddie Trunk website or the where I go to do nothing but constantly post KISS shit?

    I am amazed at you folks, every dang “music news” theme ends up KISS let it rest folks!!!!

    Dana and Eddie, sorry but I am not going to follow this crap on your great site any longer

    Mark Weichold. gimme some Chickenfoot and UFO news!!

  • Don J on

    In other news…ACE FREHLEY i has just released easily his finest solo work yet with the glorious “SPACE INVADER”.It can be classified as the best KISS album in recent times that KISS didn’t make.Truly a remarkable piece of work and hopefully this would shut Gene and Paul .Ok Gene were a total douche but you apologized…….apology accepted.Now apologize to your former band mates and share the wealth you didn’t earn all on your own.

    • DR on

      Holy crap, now I’m depressed

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