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Gene Simmons, front man of the iconic band Kiss, has once again found himself in hot water. A magnet for controversy, Simmons has received a flurry of backlash for doing what he does best: speaking his mind and not apologizing for it. Simmons recently found himself at the center of a firestorm when remarks he made regarding Princes death during an interview with Newsweek, specifically where he called his death “pathetic”, were released. Speaking about the tragedy of David Bowies death earlier this year, Simmons then moves onto Princes death, pointing to the rumors that it was slightly due to drug involvement, and letting the world know what he thought about it, “I think Prince was heads, hands and feet above all the rest of them. I thought he left [Michael] 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.” These comments did not sit well with people, Prince fans or otherwise, leading to responses to these remarks from a variety of sources; general public and celebrity alike.

One of the most impassioned out cries against Simmons remarks came from none other than Nikki Sixx, drummer of Motely Crue and a previous fan of Simmons. Sixx tweeted “@genesimmons recent heartless and uneducated remarks about Princes death shows why he’s not my hero anymore or anyone else’s #HerotoZero”. He later went on to expand upon his feelings further on his radio show, “” This all occurred around the same time as another denouncing of Simmons remarks came from a more surprising source: one of his own band mates. Fellow Kiss member, Paul Stanley the guitarist of the group, also tweeted his opinions of the incident, going as far as to apologize on Simmons behalf; tweeting “embarrassed by cold clueless statement re Princes death. Without all of the facts better to say nothing. My apologies.” Along with the tweet he attached a link to the Newsweek article that started it all. To make matters more complicated, another voice came out of the woodwork in response to Stanley’s comments; the voice being that of Simmons wife, Shannon Tweed. Tweed accused Stanley of throwing his fellow bandmate under the bus, leading to a small exchange between the two of them. From the looks of it, the conflict is only just beginning.

All of this comes on the heels of his latest spat with the members of the N.W.A, including a lot of back and forth with Ice Cube, over their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Never shy about his opinions, Simmons once again debuted his blunt tongue, publicly saying that the equally iconic rap group should not have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, and likewise that rap has no place in rock music. This too caused a lot of backlash, leading to very public back and forth between Simmons and various members of the group; a conflict that had since died down. Yet, it seems that the rocker cannot seem to help himself, taking his unapologetic reputation to a new level, as he creates the kind of controversy I doubt he’ll be able to ignore for long.

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