Why Can’t We Be Friends

They’re not gonna take it…anymore. In this latest episode of Real Housewives-esque rock star drama, two ironic frontmen have engaged in trading public barbs with each other. Twisted Sister‘s Dee Snider and KISS‘s Paul Stanley are at odds over what continues as a long-standing controversy amongst much of the KISS army.

Debate has raged for years over whether current members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer should rightfully be performing in the classic Spaceman and Catman outfits of Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. Some of the KISS faithful are enraged by the so-called impostors of the original and consider it blasphemy. Others, like myself, do not really care. Thayer and Singer are proficient musicians in their own right and deserve high praise no matter what their appearance. If you don’t agree, try checking out some of the old Black N’ Blue and Badlands records. Or go see them live with KISS. You won’t be disappointed. Meanwhile, Dee Snider‘s convictions lie within the opposing argument. And he took to the press to make it known.

In an interview with That Metal Show’s Eddie Trunk, Snider was asked about that very topic. His response was profoundly honest, in particular toward Thayer:

“I don’t see how people could accept this. Tommy Thayer? I’m sorry. It’s insulting. Not only did he play in a tribute band of KISS, he’s imitating Ace in his entire act!”

In a subsequent podcast with former wrestling star turned metal junkie Chris Jericho, Stanley was asked to react to Snider‘s comments. Instead of taking the high road, the Starchild lashed back:

“Well, let me put it in the simplest terms. In this case, the 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.”


Snider then responded with an extensive open letter defending the reputation of both himself and Twisted Sister. He concluded the passage with the clearest of statements:

“I’ll bury you, son.”

Obviously, there’s blame to go around in both camps. Snider lit the fire. However, instead of dousing it with water, Stanley added kerosene. Unnecessary and childish, I’d say. Two grown adults should be above these grade school antics.

It’s a shame because I share a tremendous respect for both men. Paul Stanley is undoubtedly one of the greatest rock ringleaders of all time. And Dee Snider is certainly no “wannabe”. He is one of the most recognizable faces in metal music. Plus, no one can underestimate how impactful and important his battle with the PMRC in the 1980’s really was. In addition, his syndicated radio program, “The House of Hair”, is the main reason why you’re even reading my words in the first place.

Let us be above this. Let us not be a couple of Donald Trump‘s and be able to take a little constructive criticism without resorting to vicious personal attacks. Most importantly, let the music stand on it’s own.

What do you think? Team Snider? Team Stanley? Or should they both zip it (no Morton Downey, Jr. pun intended)?

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