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.”
AC/DC Concert Blamed for Chicago Cubs’ ballgame errors
AC/DC have been blamed for errors made by the Chicago Cubs during their nine runs to five win against the Milwaukee Brewers this week.
Cubs boss Joe Maddon tells the Chicago Tribune: “Since the AC/DC concert we’ve had a little trouble. I don’t know if they were out there taking ground balls, or if they had nine-inch heels or spikes. They totally messed up the infield – it has nothing to do with the groundskeepers. I’ve seen a bad hop at third and a bad hop at second. I didn’t see one bad hop all year.”
One Chicago sports columnist suggested that the aftermath of the AC/DC show could affect the Cubs’ chances of reaching the post-season. Paul Sullivan wrote: “Hopefully, it doesn’t hurt them. But if it does, I can see the headline now: ‘AC/DC Kills Cubs’ Hopes.'”
Anthrax’s Scott Ian Tells Spotify to “Take Your Streaming And Shove It Up Your Ass”
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian was interviewed on the latest installment of Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta’s podcast. When Ian was asked about Anthrax’s early material available on streaming music services like Spotify and Pandora, he said,
“I don’t have Spotify. I don’t stream. I don’t do any of that. So I’m ignorant to that. That’s a good question that I’ll ask my manager. Like, all our old Island catalog, is ‘Among The Living’ on Spotify? I have no idea. If it is, I’m sure we’re not making any money off it. Even if we had the best deal in the world, we still wouldn’t be seeing any money from Spotify. That’s why when I hear musicians use Spotify, I’m, like, ‘Really? You’re supporting a company that’s ripping you off.’ That’s amazing. ‘Yeah, but it’s so easy to just have your music.’ I’m, like, ‘It’s really easy to have my music without Spotify.’ I just never got that. You know this company is fucking you, yet you are still okay with using it. That’s weird to me.”
“I came from the era where you could actually have a platinum album. How many records went platinum in America last year? That’s a fucking joke. So take your streaming and shove it up your ass, is really how I truly feel about it. But that doesn’t mean I’m gonna be a caveman and say, ‘We’re not streaming.’ I want our music to get out there. I want as many people to get exposed to it as possible.”
Kickstands Up as 1,000+ ride at Dee Snider’s 13th Annual Charity Ride
Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider called upon fellow motorcycle enthusiasts to take part in his annual charity bike ride to raise money for Long Island Cares last weekend in Lido Beach on Long Island, NY. Our fearless leader led more than 1,000 bikers on a ride from Lido Beach all the way to Robert Moses and then back again.
For the third year in a row, the Dee Snider’s Ride charity donated its proceeds to Long Island Cares, the regional food bank and hunger assistance organization founded by the late Harry Chapin in 1980, which helps provide food to Long Islanders in need.
Snider said before the event, “There are more than 316,000 Long Islanders in need of emergency food and community support services because of reductions in critical programs like food stamps, unemployment and other safety net supports. I’ve seen the work of Long Island Cares first hand and know how important their services are for families, children, and others who rely upon the assistance of charitable organizations just to get by. We’re very fortunate that Harry Chapin had the vision to establish this great organization and food bank thirty-five years ago, and it has grown to meet the changing needs of our communities with some very creative programs like their satellite programs in Freeport, Lindenhurst and their new location in Huntington Station, along with their mobile outreach units for our veterans, seniors, and the homeless. I’m very proud to continue Harry Chapin’s great work and support Long Island Cares.”
Tommy Lee Pokes Fun At Lars Ulrich’s Drumming: “Straight Outta Tempo”
Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee sent out a tweet over the weekend poking fun of Lars Ulrich’s notorious inability to keep time during Metallica live performances. The tweet in question, which can be seen below, was a meme of the “Straight Outta Compton” film’s mocked-up title logo with the space originally occupied by “Compton” replaced with “Tempo” and a photo backdrop of Lars playing the drums.
Just a few hours before Tommy sent out his tweet, Metallica and Mötley Crüe shared the stage at the Rock In Rio festival in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
The feud between Mötley Crüe and Metallica stems back to an incident nearly two decades ago when Ulrich accused the Crüe of performing to a tape at the American Music Awards in January 1997 (which, by all accounts, they did).
After learning of Ulrich’s allegations, Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx posted an “open letter” to the Metallica drummer, writing:
“Dear, Sweet, Fat, Balding, Larz (love the make-up, babe!) Taking your ever-moronic soapbox position on a subject that’s NONE of your fucking business has made you out to be an asshole as usual. Considering that me and Tommy know that your live tapes have been re-recorded. And ALL your instruments were repaired in Pro Tools (and had the balls to lie to your fans and call it a ‘live’ album)… People in glass houses should NOT throw rocks!! Considering your bullshit to the press, we feel it’s only fair to return the punch!!…Your [sic] such a poseur…Thanks for releasing that ‘load’ of shit CD of yours…you made more room for us!!”
Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister to Be Honored at Bass Player Live! 2015
On the heels of the release of Motörhead’s latest album “Bad Magic”, Lemmy Kilmister will be given a Bass Player Lifetime Achievement Award at the the annual Bass Player Live! event on November 7 in Los Angeles. This is the eighth year for the event sponsored by Bass Player magazine.
Alice Cooper Narrates Children’s Classic Adaptation “Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood”5
Alice Cooper will narrate the entire story as well as voice each character in the upcoming app and CD, “Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood,” an animated re-imagining of the classic children’s tale due November 13. “Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood” will be released as an iPad app along with a CD and digital album.
Cooper is passionate about the project. “I love the fact that it’s moved on, and that Peter has come to Los Angeles to meet his grandfather, who turns out to be an old hippie!” Cooper says. “That gives the story a fresh dynamic. And I like that he’s not in the least bit terrified by the wolf when everybody else is freaking out.”
Queensrÿche Unleash New Track ‘Hellfire’
Queensrÿche has a new album coming out and they’ve just released the first track “Hellfire.” Listen to it here.
Queensrÿche will release Condition Human on October 2. They are currently out on the road with Scorpions. Tour dates are here.
Stryper’s New Song “Let There Be Light” Now Streaming
“Let There Be Light,” a brand new song from Stryper, can be streamed in the video here. The track is taken from the band’s new album Fallen, which is coming out October 16 and includes a cover version of the Black Sabbath classic “After Forever.”
Stryper frontman Michael Sweet says, “I don’t wanna scare any fans away or anything, but it’s gonna be the heaviest album we’ve done. Not in the sense that it’s gonna be thrash metal or anything like that. It’s definitely got a little bit of a darker vibe to it lyrically and musically. Some of the songs are tuned down — not like the modern Drop B stuff; I’m talking like the E dropped to D, ‘Unchained’ Van Halen kind of stuff. And it’s just got a heavy sound to it. And I think when people hear it, in a good way, they’re gonna go, ‘That’s Stryper? What?’ I think they’re gonna be shocked.”
Scorpions Documentary “Forever And A Day” Hits Theaters In October
The Scorpions continue to celebrate their 50th year in metal with a special one-night national screening event of their first theatrical release, the documentary film, Forever And A Day, on Wednesday, October 14th. Check out the preview, here.
For 18 months, renowned filmmaker Katja von Garnier accompanied the Scorpions on what was originally supposed to be the band’s farewell tour. The resulting documentary, Forever And A Day, follows the band on the road from Bangkok to Moscow, and culminates in the Scorpions’ decision to scrap their retirement plans, deciding instead to mark their 50th anniversary in 2015 with a new tour, a new album and the Forever And A Day movie.
More information on locations and tickets is here.
Joe Satriani Announces “Surfing to Shockwave” Retrospective Tour
Joe Satriani will celebrate 30 years as a recording artist with a retrospective tour that’s set to launch in February 2016.
The 45-date tour celebrating “30 Years of Mind-Bending Guitar Daredevilry,” a phrase coined by Rolling Stone, launches next February at Seattle’s legendary Paramount Theatre and travels the U.S. and Canada for two months. The shows will highlight music over Satriani’s entire career, including songs the legendary guitarist hasn’t played live in over 20 years.
Iron Maiden’s Trooper Beer Presents The Official Motörhead Motörboat Pre-Party
Trooper, the premium British beer created by Iron Maiden and handcrafted by Robinsons’ brewery in England is proud to present the Official Motörhead’s Motörboat Pre-Party on September 27 at the Clevelander Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. The following day the second annual Motörhead’s Motörboat sets sail from Port Miami aboard Norwegian Sky.
The party is free and open to the public (ages 21+), and will feature Trooper item giveaways, Trooper koozies for the first 50 guests to buy a Trooper beer, swag including Iron Maiden’s new album The Book Of Souls, plus other giveaways and a raffle to win a Big OBC (on board credit).
Motörhead-Branded Whisky To Be Launched Next Week
Not wanting Iron Maiden, Metallica and AC/DC (see below) to have all the liquored up fun, Motörhead is also jumping into the branded booze fray.
To celebrate Motörhead’s 40 years of eardrum crushing, they’re releasing Motörhead Whisky in collaboration with Brands For Fans and award-winning Swedish distillery Mackmyra. Due out October 1 in Sweden, the band has played an active role in both choosing casks and blends.
The distiller describes the whisky as, “The uncompromising attitude that characterizes Motörhead’s music is also obvious in Motörhead Whisky: bourbon influences up front, it’s an alert and vital – almost cocky — perfectly balanced whisky with nice caramel and typical vanilla notes from American oak.”
Lemmy Kilmister, Motörhead’s legendary frontman, vocalist and bass player, says: “Life is less painful with Motörhead Whisky. I may consider having a sip now and then.”
Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee states: “We think it’s great fun to launch a whisky in collaboration with a Swedish, world-famous distillery, Mackmyra. The whisky is incredibly good, with full character and fully flavored with a superb bourbon touch, as it’s been aged in new American oak casks. All of us in the band have been active in the production process and are very proud over the result, and are happy to now launch such a great, characteristic whisky, Motörhead style.”
AC/DC bring Rock Or Bust beer to Australia
AC/DC will launch a limited-edition beer in time for their tour in Australia.
The Rock Or Bust brew will be on sale in Aldi supermarkets in one-pint cans and five-litre kegs, to tie in with the band’s album of the same name, and their world tour stops Down Under in November.
A spokesman for the chain says: “The combination of great German beer and Aussie hard rock just seems like a match made in heaven.”
“Lebrewski Cruise” To Feature Music From Molly Hatchet and the Fabulous Thunderbirds
And since you need a scorecard these days to keep up with the escalating number of craft beers, there’s now a rock and brew cruise called the “Lebrewski Cruise.”
The first Lebrewski Cruise, billed as the “Ultimate Craft Beer Vacation”, will take place from March 1-5, 2016 and feature music from Molly Hatchet, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Blackfoot featuring Rickey Medlocke of Lynyrd Skynyrd, O.A.R. and many more.
For those interested in the growing field of craft beer, there will be daily tastings, a home brewing workshop, a roundtable with four of America’s top brewmasters and a “Beer Olympics,” including beer pong and the World Series of Quarters. Participating breweries include Boulder Beer, Cigar City Brewing, Lagunitas and Stone Brewing, Dogfish Head, Rogue, Cascade Brewing and Funky Buddha. There will also be special events that pay tribute to the classic cult movie The Big Lebowski.
To see the full lineup of bands and to learn more about the beer-related activities, visit the cruise’s website.