KISSPaul Stanley is once again playing “voice of reason” as the frontman took issue with Nikki Sixx’s recent criticism of Gene Simmons. Stanley implored Sixx to “find another way to be in the news and get off your self inflated pedestal.”

It all started when KISS’ Gene Simmons called the death of Prince “pathetic,” adding the music legend killed himself through drug abuse, though no cause of death has yet been determined. Paul Stanley criticized Simmons for his claim, but he's now defending his bandmate by turning his barrel towards Nikki Sixx.

Sixx didn’t take kindly to Simmons’ words on Prince. On his Sixx Sense radio show, Nikki called Simmons “an overrated, lucky guy that dresses like a clown,” adding Gene was no longer a hero of his. Paul Stanley has not asserted himself into the situation again with a post via Facebook:

Jesus Christ Nikki Sixx! Would you please shut up, find another way to be in the news and get off your self inflated pedestal.
Regardless of some things Gene Simmons has said that I may take issue with, his influence on musicians (you included) is undeniable and will continue.
More importantly, his work, generosity and monetary contributions to numerous causes and charities for those less fortunate makes your ongoing rant, in the scheme of things, the unimportant but annoying squeak it truly is.
Move on.

Almost immediately after Paul Stanley posted his thoughts, Nikki Sixx responded in kind via Facebook:

Looks like good old Paul doesn't like that someone called out his buddy Gene again...I will give him a standing ovation for calling out Gene himself publicly and then trying to hold my feet to the same fire but you can't save him. If the press wants to run with a story they got legs and we all know they need fresh content.I have to admit calling the next Kiss album "Move On" would be a clever idea though...Love to the Starchild.

We all give to charities and support our troops etc because that the right thing to do with our success.Telling a depressed kid to kill themselves etc etc etc etc is not...So don't confuse issues.

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