In shocking news, it appears that Gene Simmons has apologised for the comments he made about Prince’s death. I’m sure the apology would have been close to the scene from Happy Days, with Simmons playing Fonzie trying to stammer out an I was W-W-W-W… WRONG!
Simmons made headlines all across the word for his outlandish comments on the Prince’s death yesterday, which included: “His drugs killed him. What do you think, he died from a cold?” That was followed up with “I think Prince was heads, hands and feet above all the rest of them,” he said. “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. Slowly, I’ll grant you-but that’s what drugs and alcohol is: a slow death.”
Simmons made a statement explaining that his “big mouth” had got him in trouble once again. He went on to say: “I just got such shit 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.
“I was raised in a culture/crowd where drug addicts were written off as losers, and since that’s the narrative I grew up with, it’s been hard to change with the times. 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.”