Acefrehley400 Ace Frehley believes Kiss bassist Gene Simmons has “alienated just about everybody on the planet” with his recent comments on depression, addiction and poverty. And the guitarist has predicted his former colleague could next turn on gay people – all because he doesn’t understand the human condition.

His comments stem from Simmons’ incendiary comments about depression, when he claimed his message to anyone preparing to take their own lives was, “Fuck you, then kill yourself.” He later apologized for his statements.

Now Frehley tells Artisan News Service, “First he attacks immigrants, then he belittles poor people by saying, ‘Be nice to the rich people because we’re the ones that give you jobs.’ Then he attacks people with depression, alcoholics, drug addicts. The only thing left for him to do is to attack the whole gay movement. I’ve heard him do that in private, so that’s probably still yet to come.”

The guitarist argues Simmons isn’t as clever as he likes to think. “I don’t think he makes any sense,” he reflects. “He prides himself on being such an intellectual, he brags about being able to speak seven languages, but when it comes to being knowledgeable about the human condition – depression is a very serious disease.

I’ve suffered from it, I know my daughter suffers from it. Alcoholism is a disease, so is drug addiction; it’s the disease of addiction. Many people are born that way – and Gene just seems ignorant of that whole fact. I think it’s time for Gene to go back to school and get educated in the health field.”

source: classicrockmagazine.com

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  1. I am losing more and more respect for Gene everytime he speaks and the way he is with women is ALSO an addiction. It’s called sex addiction and he has it. So for him to say all addicts are losers is just the pot calling the kettle black.

  2. Ace’s vocals “too good?”…..did you see him on TV this month? A studio can be different than live. I wonder if he’ll be at Disneyland instead of The Grove? Related to an old N.A.M.M. joke from Regan I heard years ago. Gene has an addiction to bad wigs.

    1. It really IS his best since ’78. I have had “inside the vortex” playing in my head all day. Funny thing is that The Joker and Gimme a Feelin (his first two singles) are not the best songs on the album. Change, Vortex, and Past the Milky Way are my favorite songs so far. The title track is good too but he doesn’t really sing it–he sort of shouts/talks rather than sings, but it works for that song. Really good album but there are maybe three songs I would skip at this point. I haven’t decided yet knowing it takes a while to get used to a new album. For that matter, the ’78 album had some high and low points–I never cared for “Im in need of love”, but rip it out, speedin back to my baby, and fractured mirror are some of the first songs that got me into rock music. Another funny thing–New York Groove was the hit off that album, but not (imo) one of the best songs from it.

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