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During a recent appearance on Eddie Trunk’s show, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider criticized KISS frontman Paul Stanley and bassist Gene Simmons for having current KISS members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer dress up as Peter Criss’s and Ace Frehley’s respective “Spaceman” and “Catman” personas. Dee told Trunk, “I don’t see how people could accept this. Tommy Thayer? I’m sorry. It’s insulting. Not only did he play in a tribute band of KISS, he’s imitating Ace in his entire act!” Snider went on to bash Thayer for allegedly copying Ace’s stage moves. He said, “Oh my God — that’s disgraceful. When KISS replaced Ace and Peter, and they brought in guys [Eric Carr and Vinnie Vincent] who had their own makeup and their own thing, that was acceptable. That was awesome. They were their own characters.”

Stanley got an opportunity to respond to Snider during an interview for Chris Jericho’s Talk Is Jericho podcast. He said, “Well, let me put it in the simplest terms. In this case, 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.”

A few months ago, Stanley told Rolling Stone magazine that part of the reason the new characters in KISS didn’t work is simply that “people didn’t buy it. It lost its believability.” He added, “We saw a decline that started gradually, but quickly we fell off the edge of the cliff. To go from doing multiple nights in an arena to, next tour, not being able to sell out a theater, is stark.”

During an interview on Eddie Trunk’s podcast, Frehley was asked what his “evaluation” is of Tommy “dressed as [Ace]” and “doing [Ace’s] thing.” He responded, “[Tommy is] not Ace Frehley by any stretch of the imagination, number one. Number two, what bothers me the most is that I know the new fans that KISS are getting don’t know it. A lot of people that see Tommy up there think he’s the original guy that created the makeup, that wrote great songs and wrote all those solos that he’s performing, but he’s not. He’s just a guy up there copying me and trying to move like me and trying to sing like me and trying to play like me. And that’s what bothers me the most. I mean, the real hardcore fans know. But the new fans, a lot of them don’t know.”


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  • James K. on

    Dee should know that bringing up this subject, which is old news now, won’t accomplish anything other than getting a response back like the one Paul fired off. I’ve moved on and don’t care anymore about Kiss. It does no good to get upset about it. It is what it is. I just choose to not even acknowledge the current Kiss or anything they do.

  • Coredrum on

    Dee should shut up since he came out of nowhere to attack the current Kiss lineup…who is Dee Snider at this point, other than a washed up rock and roller, who hasn’t been relevant in years…go on another reality show Dee…how about going country with Sabastian Bach?? Or did you forget about that?? None of these aging rockstar wannabes have a right to criticize any other band publicly as Dee has done, and expect that band to say nothing when asked…Paul was asked about TS and Dee by Jericho. It was a great interview by the way, and my point is Dee Snider is the last person who should be be telling Paul and Gene how to run Kiss. At this point, whether you like it or not (and I don’t neccesarily) Kiss is still out there and people are going to the shows…Dee Snider, just making headlines for his mouth…put out some music Dee. You used to be great…

  • Harry Taint on

    This argument makes me want to repeatedly hammer my genitals with a bowling pin.

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