Dee Snider Responds To A Claim That He Was Paid More Than Other Twisted Sister Members

In a recent exchange on X, Twisted Sister’s frontman, Dee Snider, responded to a claim suggesting the band’s breakup was fueled by financial disparities among its members. The initial tweet alleged that the band called it quits because Dee Snider was receiving a significantly higher income than the rest of the group. He said via X:

“We didn’t break up… We retired in 2016. Still friends and ‘sisters.’ Now in 1987, our breakup wasn’t so friendly, but we fixed that around 2002.”

Thus, he denied the allegations of financial disagreement as the reason for the group’s disbandment.

Dee Snider On Twisted Sister’s Retirement

As Dee Snider himself announced, Twisted Sister retired in 2016. He explained this difficult process to the SiriusXM Volume show ‘Trunk Nation’. He said:

“The headbanging, the thrashing, all that energy… Where Alice [Cooper] always seemed like a crotchety old dude, and he’s crawling around the stage, that works great for a 72-year-old dude now. But what I did does not work for a 62-year-old. I mean, it’s just too f*cking hard to stay in the shape. Just to keep that going just got harder and harder. I said, ‘I wanna stop while people are still smiling and not looking at me saying, ‘Oh, remember when he was good?”

In another interview with Guitar World, when Snider was asked if they would perform a show again due to the high demand, his answer was as follows:

The band Twisted Sister, as an entity, can do it without me if they wanted to, but if they were to go out, no, I would not participate. I have an incredible love for the guys, and it was great to get up there with them the other night. It was fun to rehearse with them and hang out with them, and we’re still really close friends, but that chapter of my life is behind me now.”

Snider Dislikes Bands Returning From Retirement

At every opportunity, Snider criticizes groups that do a retirement tour and then go out on another tour. The former Twisted Sister frontman, who does not hesitate to name bands, said the following about the subject in the same interview with GuitarWorld:

“I’m not gonna name names. I always bitch about people who retire, sell us the ‘No More Tours’ shirt, Ozzy, and then come back a few years later, ‘We love you, we love you.’ That’s bullshit. And people say, ‘Well, that’s fucked up.’ No, stay forever, man. Stay forever. We don’t want you to leave. Just don’t do a three-year farewell tour, Scorpions,  and then say you changed your mind. ‘Cause you haven’t played every place? No, you’ve played every place, twice.”

He finished by giving the example of the Blue Öyster Cult, which did not do the retirement play:

“Blue Öyster Cult have ‘On Tour Forever’ jackets. Forever. God bless ’em. You do it. I’m not gonna be on tour forever. I’m gonna walk off into the sunset, waving and smiling.”

You can see Snider’s tweet denying the allegations via X below.