It may be OK for Paul Stanley to publicly criticize his KISS bandmate Gene Simmons -- but he doesn't want anyone else to do it.
After making his own Twitter comments responding to Simmons' "cold, clueless statements" about Prince's death, Stanley is standing up to Motley Crue/Sixx A.M.'s Nikki Sixx, who called Simmons a "bully" and suggested that it was time for Simmons to pack it in. Stanley responded to that with a Facebook message telling Sixx to "please shut up, find another way to be in the news and get off your self-inflated pedestal."
Stanley tells us that by insulting Simmons that Sixx also insulted Stanley and KISS:
"It's just silly stuff, y'know, honestly. It's one thing to call somebody out and to have a point of view on somebody's quotes, but then to just harp on it is just, y'know, you have to be suspect of the motives. And honestly, whatever questions I have about things that Gene has said is one thing, but to beat him into the ground is, to beat the issue into the ground comes off as self-serving. It just gets annoying...not something that I just want to sit by and listen to. When somebody starts to denigrate or take potshots at your contributions or your band or anything else, if you consider the source it gets a bit ludicrous."
Sixx, meanwhile, responded to Stanley's message, saying that, "I will give (Stanley) 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."
Stanley and Simmons are currently preparing for the May 25 one-night-only screening of "KISS Rocks Vegas" in theaters worldwide, and for the July 7 start of the band's Freedom To Rock summer tour. And Stanley says no amends will need to be made between the two longtime KISS cohorts:
"Honestly, we had no issue. We've been together 40 years. Every partnership should go this swimmingly. We had no words. We actually were doing things simultaneously to all that happening. It affects nothing. A good relationship and a good partnership has differences of opinion. It impacts nothing. Forty years says it all."
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.