Dee Snider versus Paul Stanley: Round III
An interesting feud is brewing between two of hard rock’s biggest shock rock artists, Twisted Sister‘s frontman and lead vocalist Dee Snider versus KISS‘ lead vocalist and guitarist Paul Stanley.
The first round of salvos occurred when during a recent appearance on Eddie Trunk‘s show, Snider commented on KISS‘ decision to continue with Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer dressing up respectively as Ace Frehley and Peter Criss‘ KISS characters: “I don’t see how people could accept this. Tommy Thayer? I’m sorry. It’s insulting. Not only did he play in a tribute band of KISS, he’s imitating Ace in his entire act!” Snider also stated about Thayer imitating Frehley‘s moves: “Oh my God! That’s disgraceful! When KISS replaced Ace and Peter, and they brought in guys [respectively Vinnie Vincent and Eric Carr] who had their own makeup and their own thing, that was acceptable. That was awesome. They were their own characters.”
The second round of salvos occurred when Stanley fired back at Snider while being interviewed on Chris Jericho‘s “Talk Is Jericho” podcast when he stated: “Well, let me put it in the simplest terms. In this case, this guy is a wannabe, has always been a wannabe and desperately wants attention and to be taken seriously, and that will never happen because he’s obviously clueless that he and his whole band are a bunch of buffoons.”
Snider has now responded on Facebook to Stanley‘s comments about himself and Twisted Sister with an open letter which states:
“Dear Paul, September 9th, 2015
First off, thanks for giving me the attention I—as you noted– so desperately wanted.
Now, I’ve always had nothing but respect for your band, and you as a performer, but it really comes as no surprise that the feeling isn’t mutual. For some reason you are oddly threatened by me. This said, your recent comments about my band and I on Chris Jericho’s podcast was a typical diversionary tactic used in an attempt to change the subject, rather than answer the actual accusation or question. It’s the oldest interviewing trick in the book.
As far as my “whole band being a bunch of buffoons” goes, that’s a pretty ironic statement coming from you. The argument could easily be made that Kiss is the “king of the buffoons”, so in an odd way you’ve paid Twisted Sister quite a compliment. It takes one to know one.
Lastly, on the subject of me being a “wannabe”? Do you really think so? Well then…any time, any stage. But let’s do this old school –no costumes, no pyro, no bullshit – let’s just get up there and rock. I will bury you, son.
Sincerely, the attention getting, wannabe, lead buffoon of Twisted Sister,
PS: Did I mention that I’m clean, sober, razor sharp and fully capable of defending myself from any kind of lame attack? Just ask Al Gore. ;-)”