Twisted Sister's Dee Snider to Kiss' Paul Stanley: 'I Will Bury You'
Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider and KISS guitarist Paul Stanley have been trading barbs lately, but with a new open letter Snider posted to Facebook Wednesday it may have just escalated to a full blown classic rock war.
The beef started back in March when Snider made some criticisms of KISS on the SiriusXM satellite radio show, Eddie Trunk Live, as BlabberMouth reported then. Snider said the band's current lineup with guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer dressing up as Peter Criss' and Ace Frehley's original "Spaceman" and "Catman" personas, respectively, as "insulting" and that he didn't understand how fans could accept this "imitation."
"I don't understand how people could accept this," he said. "Tommy Thayer, I'm sorry, it's insulting. Not only did he play in a [KISS] tribute band, he's imitating Ace. His entire act is an Ace imitation."
Stanley responded, appropriately, in a new episode of former pro wrestler Chris Jericho's Talk is Jericho podcast Wednesday, calling Snider "a wannabe" and his band "a bunch of buffoons."
"[Snider] 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," he said.
Now, with Snider's open letter, the conflict is quickly escalating. Snider wrote, "For some reason you are oddly threatened by me," and said Stanley was just trying to divert attention away from the real issue he brought up before.
From there, he said that the "buffoon" comment seems like "a pretty ironic statement" coming from Stanley since 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."
And, lastly, he challenged Stanley to a good old fashioned battle of the bands, saying they should do it "old school," meaning "no costumes, no pyro, no bullshit -- let’s just get up there and rock." He added, "I will bury you, son."
Snider closed with a postscript stating he is lean, sober, razor sharp and fully capable of defending myself from any kind of lame attack" and that Stanley should "just ask Al Gore," a reference to the rock star's 1985 verbal jousting with the former vice president over the content of rock music lyrics.
Read the full letter below and please let this showdown happen. That'd be one for the history books.