Mean Gene!!!

Well Gene Simmons of KISS has stepped in it again and let’s look at the crap-storm that it’s causing! Here’s what started it all…Gene’s comments about the tragic death of Prince. Gene said in a recent News Week interview,

“Bowie was the most tragic of all because it was real sickness, all the other ones were a choice.” in regards to Prince he said, “His drugs killed him. What do you think, he died from a cold?” Gene went on to say, “I think Prince was heads, hands and feet above all the rest of them. I thought he left Jackson in the dust. Prince was way beyond that. But how pathetic that he killed himself. Don’t kid yourself, that’s what he did. Slowly, I’ll grant you but that’s what drugs and alcohol is a slow death.”

Now granted, I understand, and to an extent, agree with what Gene says….mostly. However, how he said it and the timing was nothing less than bad! After public outcry, Gene did, as he sometimes does, post an apology on Twitter which stated,

“I just got such s**t from my family for my big mouth again. I apologize – I have a long history of getting very angry at what drugs do to the families/friends of the addicts. I get angry at drug users because of my experience being around them coming up in the rock scene. in my experience they’ve made my life and the lives of their loved ones difficult.” He went on to say, “Needless to say, I didn’t express myself properly here – I don’t shy away from controversy, and angry critics really don’t bother me at all. If I think I’m right, I’ll throw up a finger and dig my heels in and laugh. But this time, I was not. So, my apologies.”

Not the warmest of apologies but it’s Gene and I do believe he meant what he said. In walks KISS band mate Paul Stanley on Twitter, I believe before the Gene apology-palooza! Paul Tweeted,

“Embarrassed by cold clueless statements re Prince’s death. Without all the facts better to say nothing. My apologies”

Which drew the ire of Gene’s wife, the lovely Shannon Tweed-Simmons who responded with a Tweed Tweet,

“We ALL have our failings but true friends don’t point at them & throw you under the bus! Especially partners of 40 years!”

Paul sniped back,

“Partners of 40 years says it all. Don’t confuse walking under the bus with being thrown under. My apology was right.”

To which Shannon zinged him with,

@PaulStanleyLive you can’t apologize for someone else. It’s not up to you.He feels the way he feels. He would NEVER do that to you.NEVER”

Rock N Roll seems more like Peyton Place these day! Play nice kids and Gene, if you don’t have anything nice to say it’s best not to say anything at all! But the real moral of this story is….Hell hath no fury like the busty, blonde wife of Gene Simmons!!!