Battles within the hard rock community have been happening in abundance over the past few months- be it either Gene Simmons/Shannon Tweed-Simmons versus Nikki Sixx. or Nikki Sixx versus Eddie Trunk- they are very apparent. However, the most recent dispute is between two legendary front men, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and Paul Stanley of Kiss.
Dee, on many occasions, has mentioned how much he dislikes the current Kiss lineup due to the fact that the band has Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer in the place of Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. He has written this on Twitter many times, but the most notable mention of this disagreement was on the Eddie Trunk Podcast where he says (in response to the Kiss lineup) “Oh my god- that’s disgraceful.” That podcast was one for the history books, to say the least.
Surprisingly, Paul Stanley has just recently responded to this comment- and in Chris Jericho’s Talk is Jericho podcast no less. “Let me put this in simplest terms, 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.”
Dee has never been one to hold back on his opinions, as you may recall there was a small dispute fairly recently between him and Kiss co-founder Gene Simmons regarding SImmons’ “rock is dead” comments. But this time Dee stepped it up a notch and actually challenged Stanley to an on-stage sing off in a Facebook post from September 9th, 2015. Here’s exactly what was said- directly from Facebook:
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,
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.
Whether or not an actual sing off will happen remains to be seen as Stanley has yet to directly respond.