Dee Snider Talks About His “Feud” With Paul Stanley – “I Fear No Band, I Fear Nobody…”


Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider sat down with the KISS fan podcast Three Sides Of The Coin to discuss his online feud with KISS frontman Paul Stanley and his Twitter battles with the KISS Army. Dee had made a statement about guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer being imposters and Paul responded by taking personal shots at Snider and his band rather than addressing what Snider had said.

When Snider was asked if he would like the Three Sides guys to help negotiate a potential peace treaty with Paul Stanley, he laughed and pointed out that they would need Stanley there to negotiate it. Then Snider went on to reiterate his point about why this became such an issue and why he needed to hit back with the letter he posted.

While admitting that he has not seen KISS live recently and has never seen them with Thayer and Singer in the make-up, Snider listened as Mark Ciccini explained that Thayer, while wearing the make up, is in fact not impersonating Ace Frehley, not walking or moving like him even though Ace was Thayer’s biggest influence as a guitar player growing up.

Snider responded, “I’ve seen pictures, I know he was in a tribute band, he’s very imitative, but if you tell me he’s not doing his moves and such, I’ll take your word. I AM an asshole, but I’m not gonna hold my position if somebody makes a point. You gotta give them a point,” he continued.

“I think I vocalized an opinion that some people were very upset about and Paul, he didn’t attack, or question, or address my opinion, he attacked me as a personality, as a performer, as an entertainer, and my band who were just innocent. He called us a bunch of buffoons; he took some cheap shots at us. When I woke up and saw how it exploded; I’m not big on taking shit. If Paul Stanley would have put me in my place saying what you guys (Three Sides Of The Coin) said in his own way, I’d have nothing more to say other than ‘point counterpoint, man. That was my opinion and you just put me in my place and told me your side of it and fair enough’, but when he went after me and my band personally, I had to come back hard… real hard. To me I fear no band, I fear nobody. I sang “Rock & Roll” in front of Robert Plant and I basically did it just to shake my dick in his face.”

And Snider’s thoughts on his Twitter war with KISS fans? “Do whatever you want, KISS Army. It’s kind of fun, really. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel for God sakes.”


Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider Looks Back On Historic PMRC Hearings 30 Years Later


Dee Snider has written an Op-Ed story about his experience, which appeared this week on

In 1985, the Parents’ Music Resource Center (PMRC), led by Tipper Gore, was trying to introduce a parental warning system that would label all albums containing “offensive material.” The system was to include letters identifying the type of objectionable content to be found in each album (e.g. O for occult themes, S for sex, D for drugs, V for violence, etc.), which resulted in the “Parental Advisory” sticker now found on new album releases with “questionable content.” The incongruous trio of Frank Zappa, Dee Snider and John Denver were called before Congress to testify in defense of music.

“Thirty years later, everything and nothing has changed,” Snider wrote. “The ultra-conservatives still want to dictate to the masses what they deem acceptable for the general public to see and hear. The record industry is a mere shadow of its former self (apt punishment for its cowardice), and CDs and vinyl albums have almost become ‘novelties’ in a world driven by downloads. Yet, the warning labels still adorn individual track listings and albums online.

“While initially my appearance at those Senate hearings was damaging to my career and reputation, long term it was beneficial, showing people for the first time that I was much more than a screaming ‘Raggedy Ann on acid’ and a fairly intelligent, sentient human being. Fortunately, I have gone onto better things.”