Dee Snider visited Rock City Music Company several weeks ago to promote the release of his novel ‘Frats.’ During this event, he joined a Q&A session led by Doug Podell and shared his views on some bands that have been in the music scene for decades. He criticized their decision to go on after retirement announcements.
First, naming KISS and Ozzy Osbourne, the singer said:
“I see people singing ‘Crazy Nights,’ and they’re not so crazy anymore. I’m not gonna name names. I always b*tch about people who retire, sell us the ‘No More Tours’ shirt — Ozzy — and then come back a few years later, ‘We love you, we love you.’ That’s bullshit.”
Then, mentioning Scorpions, he went on:
“And people say, ‘Well, that’s f*cked up.’ No — stay forever, man. Stay forever. We don’t want you to leave. Just don’t do a three-year farewell tour — Scorpions — and then say you changed your mind. Because you haven’t played every place? No, you’ve played every place — twice.”
Snider also reflected on Twisted Sister’s own retirement from touring in 2016. He expressed that the decision was partly influenced by his wish to avoid letting fans see him aging on stage. Then, he added:
“Look, I’m not a b*tcher and moaner, but I’ve had knee surgery, shoulder surgery, throat surgery, neck surgery… I can’t lift my arms up. It hurts when I throw the horns. F*ck! It’s not supposed to hurt… So I’d rather walk off with some dignity and leave you guys with a positive memory, saying, ‘We wanted more,’ than to overstay your welcome and say, ‘Gee, when is this guy gonna get off the f*cking stage, man?'”
On the other hand, the band briefly reunited for their induction into the Metal Hall of Fame at The Canyon Club earlier this year. After the show, the vocalist said there were no plans for more shows.
But, in April 2023, he announced that Twisted Sister would show up for a few performances in 2024 during the election season to reclaim ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It.’