Dee Snider Wants To See More Unity In Metal Community

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(Classic Rock) Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider says the divisions in the world of metal are worse than ever and he's calling on fans to be accepting of different sub-genres.

Snider and Twisted Sister headlined the Bloodstock festival in England last Friday as part of their farewell Forty And F*** It tour and the flamboyant frontman says the metal community must work harder to work together.

Recalling how he first started noticing splits in the metal fanbase in the 1980s, Snider says it has only got worse. He tells Metal Hammer: "That's been going on for way too long. I'm an original headbanger - an OHB. I had the first Sabbath album when it came out, the first Zeppelin album, Deep Purple album - it wasn't even called metal, it was hard rock.

"I was in a Black Sabbath tribute band. There was a unity, a Woodstock nation and the heavy bands came together and you supported them. Then all of a sudden in the early 80s it started to faction and you had this kind of metal and that kind of metal. I always fought for unity because I said we were so oppressed and were such a small section of the music world that to further cut it into smaller and smaller pieces and fight among ourselves weakens us, it doesn't strengthen us.

"While you don't have to be a supporter of all different kinds of metal, at least be supportive. Recognise that we are all part of a sort of dysfunctional family. Strength in numbers. If we try to break it down the way some people want to break it down, then all you're gonna have is a bunch of club shows." Read more here.

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