Dee Snider Says Jimmy Page Hated Led Zeppelin Being Called Heavy Metal


Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider recently posted a tweet on his Twitter account and revealed his views on the term ‘heavy metal’ while claiming that Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath hated that term because it was used in a derogatory way.

As you know, Dee Snider rose to fame as the frontman of Twisted Sister in the ’80s but left his fans heartbroken when he announced his decision to quit the band at the height of their success. However, he’s been pursuing a successful solo career and is wildly active in various side projects such as the Kings of Chaos.

Aside from a famous rockstar, Snider is also a big social media personality and often uses his Twitter account as a platform where he can express his views on various matters. Last year, Dee had gotten into a heated discussion considering the term ‘hair metal.’ He’d argued that it was used as a derogatory term by critics to degrade musicians and their stage personas.

In a recent tweet, Dee responded to a fan’s question about the term ‘heavy metal’ and whether it’s true that rockstars like Jimmy Page also hated it. Snider said that just like hair metal, heavy metal was also used by ‘music mags as a derogatory term’ to criticize certain forms of hard rock and that this is why bands like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath didn’t like it.

A Twitter user asked for Dee Snider’s opinion as follows:

“Hi, Dee. Many object to the term ‘hair metal.’ What do you think of Jimmy Page who, according to Eddie Trunk, declined an invite to ‘That Metal Show’ because he didn’t want LZ associated with metal? Do rock musicians think metal is a lesser art form?”

To which Dee Snider responded:

“Here we go again: like the term ‘hair metal’ the term ‘heavy metal’ was originally quoted by music mags as a derogatory term to put down certain forms of what was originally called ‘hard rock.’ Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and the rest did NOT like the term heavy metal. The fans did!”

You can check out the aforementioned tweets below.