Dee Snider On Ritchie Blackmore’s ‘Stupid Superiority’ Over Other Rock Stars

During a recent appearance on Classic Album Review, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider discussed Kiss and the Avatars, why lip-syncing bands should leave the stage, and shared a Richie Blackmore story, who, in Snider’s words, has a ‘stupid superiority.’

The Twisted Sister rocker shared the story of how he and the Deep Purple frontman first met:

“So there was a soccer table, and I said ‘Hey man, wanna play?’ So apparently, he loves playing table soccer; whatever you guys call it over there, we call it foosball in the state. Me and my wife, he and his girlfriend, we got on the table and I don’t play sh*t. Ritchie is dominating and he’s burying us with his expertise on the table.”

Having thought that Snider broke the ice with the game, he went on to officially meet and chat with Blackmore, which apparently turned out different than he expected:

“We’re playing and he’s really into it and then I thought maybe we broke the ice now, we could talk. I tried to talk to him, we’re in a club, he was soft talking and he won’t look you in the eye, it was so weird.”

He then recalled the moment when Blackmore’s ‘superiority’ changed his whole attitude toward fame and fans:

“I remember walking away that night and thinking, here’s Billy Joel, and here’s Ritchie Blackmore. I see myself leaning towards the Ritchie Blackmore attitude BS, and you can see this is where I’m headed. This sort of stupid superiority, I don’t know what he is. Anyway, I said, ‘You know what? I wanna be more like Billy Joel.’ And from that day on I sort of changed my whole attitude towards celebrity and stardom and what it meant to be successful.”

Billy Joel Changed Snider’s Life

The Piano was among the first celebrities to change the Twisted Sister frontman’s life. During an earlier interview, the rocker reminisced about the first celebrities he met, and the moment he met Billy Joel. As Snider said, Joel’s approach was fun and open:

“Billy Joel was gracious, self-deprecating, and open. I remember there was one of the radio stations in New York City that was having a subway campaign. So I took one of the posters and brought it to the party because I knew he would be there. I presented it to him to sign, he looked at it and said, ‘I’m surprised somebody didn’t draw a mustache on this’? I said, ‘What?!’ He said, ‘Oh, I would have definitely have drawn a mustache on this!'”

Comparing the time he met Blackmore to that of Joel, he continued:

“He changed me that day. I said to myself, ‘This is how I want to be around fans.’ When he walked away the general consensus was, ‘Wow! What a cool guy!’ It was a huge contrast from when Blackmore walked away and everyone was like, ‘Wow! What a d*ck!’ I knew what I wanted people to say when I walked away: ‘What a cool guy.’ That experience changed me forever.”

You can see the interview below.