Gene Simmons apologises, deletes twitter account as Kiss song ban grows | radioinfo

Gene Simmons apologises, deletes twitter account as Kiss song ban grows

Saturday 16 August, 2014

In a message posted on the Kiss website Gene Simmons has apologised for his comments about depression.

"I was wrong and in the spur of the moment made remarks that in hindsight were made without regard for those who truly suffer the struggles of depression. I sincerely apologize..."

Kiss songs were pulled from the Triple M playlist yesterday in response to Simmons' comments about depression. Other stations around the world, including Power 97 Winnipeg Canada, have begun to follow suit and are reporting their actions at twitter hashtag #BanGene

If the ban spreads, it will hurt the band's royalty payments.

In the past two months, across the 5 Triple M metro stations and other regional stations, SCA has played 12 Kiss songs more than 500 times, according to Triple M's Head of Content Mike Fitzpatrick.

  Meanwhile, Gene Simmons has deleted his twitter account after an online backlash to his comments.

The Triple M network has first hand experience with the problems depression can cause, with night announcer Dave 'Higgo' Higgins fighting his own battle with depression a decade ago and coming through it. He shared his experiences after Robin Williams' death in a powerful and revealing story on his Triple M blog.

Simmons' apology has been posted on his own website and on the official Kiss site.
 

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