Dee Snider Disagrees About Van Halen Saving Rock And Roll

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider recently shared numerous Twitter posts claiming that he doesn’t think Van Halen saved rock and roll since it was still alive when they showed up in the music scene.

While the blues, psychedelic, and acid rock formed the base for heavy metal in the ’70s, it evolved significantly throughout the ’80s and gained mainstream recognition. The genre features a fast and aggressive tone accompanied by distorted guitar sounds. Many people consider bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and Black Sabbath for developing a heavier sound that set the basis for heavy metal.

Later, the groups such as Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Van Halen, and Quiet Riot all added different elements to the genre and helped to popularize the style. Critics and avid music fans debate who set the foundation of the genre and sound of pure heavy metal. On Twitter, a discussion was swirling around the topic when Dee Snider claimed that Quiet Riot paved the way for ’80s heavy metal.

Following Snider’s statement, a user wrote that Van Halen rather than Riot pioneered heavy metal and saved rock and roll. Then, the singer retook the stage and said he disagreed that Van Halen saved rock and roll since it was still alive when they showed up.

Snider stated that Aerosmith, KISS, and Ted Nugent were already there to keep live rock and roll. Then, the singer responded to another tweet by saying that he didn’t mean to claim anything related to rock and roll as all he wanted to say was Quiet Riot launched ’80s heavy metal with their massive success, although they didn’t do it on their own.

Dee Snider’s initial tweet about Quiet Riot:

“Remember? Quiet Riot. Rudy Sarzo, Carlos Cavazo, Kevin DuBrow, and Frankie Banali literally tore down the wall and paved the way for the onslaught of heavy metal in the ’80s. They deserve far more respect than ‘remember these guys!'”

A user responded:

It was Van Halen that saved rock and roll and paved the way for the ’80s metal movement, my friends. Love Quiet Riot, but they are not even close to that influence or level.”

The rocker’s reply follows:

“Interesting analysis, but rock and roll was alive and well when VH showed up. A little band called Aerosmith was taking care of that, and KISS and Ted Nugent, and how old are you, Geordy? Were you there? I was. And Quiet Riot launched the eighties wave of metal.”

Then, another user said:

“Lol… Quiet Riot’s ‘Metal Health’ came out in ’83, but they somehow saved rock and roll. Hilarious. There was a little band called AC/DC that had been around since the mid-’70s, that came out with an album in ’80 that I think a few folks bought, by the way.”

As a response, Dee Snider wrote:

“Attention idiots: Who said anything about rock and roll? I said Quiet Riot’s ‘Metal Health’ launched the ’80s wave of heavy metal! Hell, if we’re talking saving rock and roll, why not go back to the Beatles?

Why are you all talking about saving rock and ’70s bands? I was trying to give credit due to Quiet Riot, who led the way in the ’80s with their massive success. Tweets are so short. Is it that tough to read the entire 280 characters? It’s now a novel!”

When another fan mentioned Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, the singer replied:

“I’m not saying Quiet Riot did it on their own. Hell Twisted Sister had been slogging it out since 1973! But it was the album ‘Metal Health’ going to #1 on the Billboard charts that broke through for us all.”

You can check out the tweets below.