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KISS and Twisted Sister Singers In Bitter Feud

09/10/2015
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A new war of words has erupted between KISS star Paul Stanley and Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider, with the frontmen from the theatrical rock bands trading insults via recent interviews and an online post.

The origin of the feud began earlier this year when Snider criticized KISS for continuing to use the Space Ace and Catman personas of Ace Frehley and Peter Criss for current guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer.

Snider told Eddie Trunk (via hennemusic) "I don't see how people could accept this. Tommy Thayer? I'm sorry. It's insulting. Not only did he play with a tribute band of KISS, he's imitating Ace in his entire act! Oh, my God, that's disgraceful.

"When KISS replaced Ace and Peter, and they brought in guys (drummer Eric Carr and guitarist Vinnie Vincent) who had their own makeup and their own thing, that was acceptable. That was awesome. They were their own characters."

Paul Stanley fired back in a new interview on Podcast One's Talk Is Jericho with Chris Jericho. Stanley told Jericho, "Let me put it in the simplest terms. In this case, 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 that he and his whole band are a bunch of buffoons."

Snider then responded to Stanley's criticism in an open letter posted on Facebook on Wednesday where he challenged the KISS star to an old-school sing-off without any props costumes, or pyro. He wrote, "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 bullsh*t - 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".

He also added the following postscript: "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."

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