Gene Simmons has apologized for his “big mouth” for making comments about Prince’s death, according to CNN. The KISS star said Prince’s death was “pathetic,” and received a great deal of criticism for his comments.
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) May 12, 2016
But it appears that Gene Simmons realized that his comments about Prince’s death were rather too harsh, as the singer took to Twitter to apologize, saying that he got “such sh*t” from his family for his big mouth.
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) May 11, 2016
“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.”
Gene Simmons made those infamous comments about Prince’s “pathetic” death during his interview with Newsweek. Simmons said Prince, who died on April 21 at the age of 57, left Michael Jackson in the dust, adding that the “Little Red Corvette” singer was “way beyond that.”
But then Gene Simmons argued that it was pathetic that Prince 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.”
It’s yet unclear whether opiates were used by Prince, but authorities are still investigating the cause of death. But Gene Simmons admitted himself that he was wrong when he made those comments about Prince’s death.
Gene Simmons clarified that while “angry critics” don’t bother him at all and while he is ready to stand up for his point and opinion, this time, he was wrong.
— Variety (@Variety) May 11, 2016
Those harsh comments about Prince’s death weren’t the only reason Gene Simmons made headlines over recent weeks. The Israeli-American musician also got himself entangled in a war of words with NWA’s two members, MC Ren and Ice Cube, according to Rolling Stone.
N.W.A's MC Ren on Kiss, Gene Simmons: 'Them Dudes Is a Joke' https://t.co/6aytRJSL4b pic.twitter.com/HGkkaEGMG1
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Gene Simmons recently said in his interview with Rolling Stone that he was “looking forward to the death of rap.” And naturally, the Kiss singer received a great deal of criticism. First, Ren told Simmons to get used to hip hop, as it will live forever.
And then Ice Cube explained to Simmons what rock and roll is, and that’s where Gene Simmons decided to enter the war of words with his tweet tagging the rapper. In the tweet, Simmons asked Cube to inform him if Jimi Hendrix ever gets into the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame.
But Cube wasn’t planning to give up, as he replied to Gene Simmons, asking “who stole the soul?”
“Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Chubby Checker help invent rock and roll. We invent it. Y’all reprint it.”
Cube then shared a pic of an excerpt from his induction speech that provided his definition of rock and roll. The rapper finished his tweet by saying that he writes it all “with a Kiss.” But Gene Simmons replied saying he will stand by his words. The KISS singer added that he respects NWA, but the only thing that will prompt him to agree with Cube is when Led Zeppelin gets into Rap Hall of Fame.
Rolling Stone also reported that, in his interview with Radio.com in 2014, Gene Simmons said he didn’t think it was a good idea to induce rap artists into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He also complained that only “a few people” were picking artists to induct.
“And the masses just scratch their heads. You’ve got Grandmaster Flash in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Run-D.M.C. in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? You’re killing me.”
Gene Simmons stood his ground by saying while those artists are not bad, they don’t play guitar, they “sample and they talk, not even sing.”
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