Nikki Sixx Calls Gene Simmons an 'Overrated, Lucky Guy' After Controversial Prince Comment

Nikki Sixx performs in Las Vegas
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Nikki Sixx performs at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on April 10, 2015 in Las Vegas.

Last week, Gene Simmons caused a stir with his harsh take on Prince’s death: “How pathetic that he killed himself.” The Kiss co-leader apologized for the remarks, but many aren’t ready to forgive him for his words. Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx hit Simmons with a particularly no-holds-barred response. 

First, Sixx summed up his position on Twitter, tweeting that Gene Simmons is no longer his hero:



Then, he went into more detail. “When you're in Gene's position, you should have a little bit more than a narrow-minded, bullying sense of what's happening on the earth,” Sixx continued on his iHeartRadio show, Sixx Sense. "I think that [Gene] is [an] overrated, lucky guy that dresses like a clown. [He] wrote some good songs, [but] hasn't in a long time, and loves to brag about himself.”

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He also took Simmons to task for insinuating that depressed people should kill themselves, and for Simmons' positive words about Donald Trump. Listen to the whole segment below:


It wasn't that long ago that Kiss and Mötley Crüe toured together. The hard rockers trekked through North America and Australia between July 2012 and March 2013 on a co-headlining tour, but don't expect any collaborations any time soon. 

These days -- aside from radio and Gene Simmons -- Sixx is focusing his time on his band Sixx:A.M., which released the full length Prayers for the Damned, Vol. 1 last month and is currently touring the U.S. Mötley Crüe officially concluded their lengthy farewell tour with a final show Dec. 31, 2015.


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