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Rock’s Latest War of Words: Dee Snider vs. Paul Stanley

Verbal spats aren’t just reserved for pop stars and rappers.  Case in point:  The back and forth going on between Twisted Sisters’ Dee Snider and KISS’ Paul Stanley.

Here’s how everything breaks down:  Snider criticized the current lineup of KISS stating how it’s “insulting” how Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer are essentially impersonators of Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, because they don the same “Catman” and “Spaceman” characters, instead of coming up with their own personas.  (Keep in mind, Snider made these comments on “The Eddie Trunk” podcast months ago.)

…Cut to the 9/9/2015 episode of Chris Jericho’s podcast “Talk Is Jericho,” where Stanley was the featured guest and (finally) responded by saying Snider is “a wannabe” and “desperately wants attention and to be taken seriously,” and then peppered in that that will never happen because Snider is “obviously clueless” and Twisted Sister “are a bunch of buffoons.”

With words like those, you’d have thought Stanley was the “Catman.” Me-OW!

Snider never one to back down then posted the following “letter” to his Facebook page:

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 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, 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.


So far, Stanley has yet to respond, but if there was somehow some sort of “Battle of the Bands” competition between Twisted Sister and KISS, we’d be lying if we said we wouldn’t try our damnedest to score some tickets.

Who’s side are you on?  Let us know in the comments below!





Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.