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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  1. There is no cure for depression. As you all know Robin Willams had it all: fame, money, family and friends. Hell, he just completed 4 movies, slated to do Mrs Doubtfire 2. When you are not happy nothing matters. Not money, fame, sex, owning a 100,000,000 homes and cars, even friends can’t help because in your mind you’re alone. There is no pill, no drink and no f-ing cure for it. If there was, Robin would be alive and happy. Gene, like always, is misinformed and that is sad. Ace and Peter have not taken drugs for a long time. Yet, Gene keeps bringing it up, just to put them down, because he knows without them, there would be no Kiss. No cold gin, no beth, no parasite, no money. Gene should be happy because without ace and Peter he’d be broke .. lol

  2. Why the public even gives this guy a voice is beyond me. The dude is a 65 year old has been. Do not confuse this elderly man with a font of homegrown wisdom. He’s your hateful dementia-ridden grandfather sitting at the Thanksgiving table cursing about the problems of the world in between filling his Depends.

  3. Let me try to put this in proper context: Anybody ever see the movie “Lean On Me” featuring Morgan Freeman? In the movie, Joe Clark (played by Freeman), confronts a drug adled teenager who is trying to plead his case to get back into the school after Joe Clark kicked out all the drug users and sellers in the school in an effort to clean it up. He takes the kid to the roof of the building (this is based on a true story) and says if he wants to kill himself he should jump off the building. The kid starts to cry saying he doesn’t want to kill himself. Joe Clark asks if he does drugs. Kid says yes. Joe Clark says if you do drugs you’re killing yourself. He says if you want to kill yourself ‘don’t fuck around with it, do it expeditiously!’ and again tells the kid to jump, and again the kid refuses. Eventually he concedes to let the kid back in the school and the kid does really well. Bottom line Joe Clark didn’t really want the kid to jump off the building, but was showing him that by taking drugs he was killing himself, and the only difference is he’s doing it slow with drugs rather than ‘expeditiously’ by jumping. GREAT movie. But that was the point Gene was trying to make. Love you, Gene. God bless.

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