DEE SNIDER: ‘I Was A Real A—hole In The 80s’

Dee Snider
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During a recent interview with Metal Hammer magazine, Dee Snider talked what he was like to be around at the height of his fame.

“I was a real a—hole in the 80s, but I feel much better now!,” TWISTED SISTER frontman says. “There’s nothing like a good humbling to have it all taken away from you and nearly losing everything, which I did in the late ’80s and early ’90s. All the money was gone, the band was gone, my wife nearly left me. It woke me the f*ck up.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Snider addressed a decades-old feud between TWISTED SISTER and MANOWAR, which started when MANOWAR guitarist Ross ‘The Boss’ Friedman told the UK music press that he considered Snider’s former band “a joke” and said “Back in the States, TWISTED SISTER play wet T-shirt competitions and dollar beer nights”. Snider’s response to the guitarist was blunt: “My fist, your face.”

“There was a time when I wanted to punch MANOWAR,” Snider admits. “We told them to meet us in [London’s] Covent Garden, and we were gonna have fisticuffs. They didn’t show up because they knew I wasn’t kidding. I was in my 20s, I was crazy.”

“Would I do a MANOWAR cover? Probably not, even though we’ve patched things up and we’re not enemies, let’s not go crazy!”

Dee Snider‘s latest solo album, Leave A Scar, was released on July 30 via Napalm Records.