We all have rivalries in our lives, whether we’re competing over the same woman or something as simple as a parking space. Some rivalries are bigger than others, though, and in this case we’re talking about two aging titans of rock battling over who can still rock the hardest.
This whole beef apparently began back in March, when Twisted Sister lead singer Dee Snider appeared on the Eddie Trunk Live radio show and, before slamming the infamous KISS disco track “I Was Made For Loving You,” decided to berate the band for letting relatively new members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer keep the “Spaceman” and “Catman” characters invented by former members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, respectively.
“I don’t understand how people could accept this,” Snider 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.“
Well, it took a while, but KISS co-founder and and lead singer Paul Stanley finally responded this week during an episode of the Talk is Jericho podcast, and went right for the throat.
“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.”
Well, obviously this is a throwdown of the first order between two 60-something rock gods, so it couldn’t end there. Snider decided the next logical step was to respond to Stanley via Facebook and challenge him to a good old-fashioned rock-off…which is apparently a thing.
"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 bullshit — let’s just get up there and rock. I will bury you, son.”
There’s no word yet on whether or not any of this will actually result in a physical contest of rock 'n’ roll might, but I have to say I take Snyder’s side for the moment, if only because he seems less self-serious about the whole thing (also, Twisted Sister made a Christmas album that I kinda adore). That said, Stanley is a member of the self-proclaimed “Hottest Band in the World,” and he’s friends with the fire-breathing Gene Simmons, so who knows what might happen if this escalates.