Dee Snider’s Harsh Open Letter To Paul Stanley
While the rock music genre is almost synonymous with a rebellious attitude, it sometimes extends well beyond the aggression that artists channel into their music. Rock history also confirms that rock stars have often failed to hold their tongue. Thus, fights and feuds, recurring hostilities, and harsh statements between musicians become almost inevitable.
The genre’s greatest feuds have been instigated for several reasons, from romantic relationships to creative differences. Unfortunately, most conflicts ruin the relationships among the members of the same band or between musicians from different acts. KISS icon Paul Stanley and Twisted Sister’s lead singer Dee Snider also crossed paths and became the protagonists of a feud.
Dee Snider Made Some Criticisms About Tommy Thayer And Eric Singer
The beef between Dee Snider and Paul Stanley started in March 2015 when Snider criticized KISS in an appearance on SiriusXM’s Eddie Trunk Live. Twisted Sister frontman said during the conversation that it was insulting to see the guitarist Tommy Thayer and the drummer Eric Singer dressing up as the ‘Spaceman’ and ‘Catman’ personas since they belonged to the band’s former members, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley.
Here is what Dee Snider said back then:
“I don’t understand how people could accept this. Tommy Thayer, I’m so; it’s insulting. Not only did he play in a tribute band, but he’s also imitating Ace. His entire act is an Ace imitation. My theory is that fans forgave KISS for ‘I Was Made For Loving You,’ and anything is acceptable after that. It was a disco song, people. It’s not okay. It was never okay, and they’re playing it live now. Unbelievable! They play ‘I Was Made For Loving You’ — a freakin’ disco song.”
Dee Snider criticized the replacement members of KISS since he thought they imitated the former original members rather than adding their own character to the band’s sound. Besides the lineup, the rocker was also harsh on KISS’ hit song, ‘I Was Made For Loving You.’ He described it as a disco song and said he couldn’t believe the band was still playing it live.
Paul Stanley Fired Back At Dee Snider
KISS frontman Paul Stanley felt the need to reply to Dee Snider’s statements about his bandmates Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer and the band. In an appearance on Chris Jericho’s Talk is Jericho podcast, Stanley called Snider a ‘wannabe‘ and his band Twisted Sister ‘a bunch of buffoons.’ The KISS singer also said that all Snider wanted was to attract attention and be taken seriously.
Paul Stanley’s statements against Snider’s words:
“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.”
Stanley made it evident that he wasn’t a fan of Twisted Sister’s music and also personally disliked Dee Snider. It seems like he was offended by what he said about his bandmates and KISS. Stanley thought Snider was utterly unaware of his band’s poor quality of music, so he would never be taken seriously by others.
Dee Snider Posted A Letter Targeting Paul Stanley
The conflict between Dee Snider and Paul Stanley escalated when the former posted an open letter on Facebook in 2015. The ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ singer started his letter by allusively thanking Stanley for giving him the desperately needed attention. Snider said that he always respected KISS and Stanley as a performer. Yet, he understood from his response that their feelings weren’t mutual.
Then, the singer implied that Stanley was just trying to divert attention away from the actual subject he had referred to. Dee Snider wrote that if Twisted Sister were ‘a bunch of buffoons,’ KISS was no different. Later, while talking about Paul Stanley calling him a ‘wannabe,’ the rocker challenged Stanley to a battle of the bands on the stage. Snider also said he was sure he would bury him with his performance.
Here is the open letter of Dee Snider to Paul Stanley:
“A letter to Paul Stanley of KISS in response to comments about Twisted Sister and myself he made on a recent Chris Jericho podcast.
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 me on Chris Jericho’s podcast were 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, Dee Snider.
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.'”
After challenging Paul Stanley with an old-fashioned battle of the bands on stage, Dee Snider referred to his 1985 verbal fight with the former vice president Al Gore over the content of rock music lyrics. Although the feud between the KISS and Twisted Sister icons led to the exciting possibility of watching a memorable battle, it seems like KISS did not accept the challenge.