Wednesday, September 9, 2015

KISS feud with Twisted Sister heats up

A fued between KISS frontman Paul Stanley and Twisted Sister leader Dee Snider is heating up.

In March, Snider slammed KISS for its reuse of original makeup by non-original band members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.

“I don’t see how people could accept this,” Snider told Eddie Trunk. “Tommy Thayer? I’m sorry. It’s insulting. Not only did he play with a tribute band of KISS, he’s imitating Ace in his entire act! Oh, my God, that’s disgraceful.

“When KISS replaced Ace and Peter, and they brought in guys (drummer Eric Carr and guitarist Vinnie Vincent) who had their own makeup and their own thing, that was acceptable. That was awesome. They were their own characters.”

Stanley addressed Snider’s comments with Chris Jericho on his latest Talk Is Jericho podcast,saying “Well, let me put it in the simplest terms. In this case, 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 to the fact that he and his whole band are a bunch of buffoons."

Snider wasted no time in issuing an open letter to Stanley on Wednesday, writing, “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 I on Chris Jericho’s podcast was 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,”
Snider continued, “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.”

See also:

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