"We don't want you to do a three-year farewell tour and then say you changed your mind..."
Dee Snider has taken aim at bands that reunite after only a few years of being broken up. Sharing his immovable stance on the matter in a live Q&A, the Twisted Sister vocalist joined the Rock City Music Company for a new interview.
“I didn't lose the passion for the music,” the I Wanna Rock singer said about bands that have stuck around as they age. “I didn't lose that at all,” he added, as transcribed by Loudwire. “My last two [solo] albums — Leave A Scar (2021) and For The Love Of Metal (2020) — were stronger.”
Besides, Snider doesn’t want fans watching him or his bandmates in Twisted Sister get too old on stage. “I don't want you guys to watch me age out,” he said, adding that he’s “lost the willingness to get old on stage.”
Taking aim at heavy metal legends Ozzy Osbourne and Scorpions later in the interview, Snider continued, “I always bitch about people who retire — sell us the 'No More Tours' shirt, Ozzy! — and then come back a few years later… We don't want you to do a three-year farewell tour — Scorpions! — and then say you changed your mind.”
Twisted Sister, who haven’t toured since November 2016, have made that deliberate call for a reason. “People coming to see Twisted, coming to see me — people are smiling. I'm not a bitcher or moaner, but I've had knee surgery, shoulder surgery, throat surgery, neck surgery,” Snider said.
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He continued, “I can't lift my arms. It hurts when I throw the horns. So I'd rather walk off with dignity and leave you guys with a positive memory, saying [you] wanted more, than to overstay [my] welcome and say, Gee, why doesn't the guy get off the fuckin' stage?” You can watch Snider’s interview below.
In January, Twisted Sister did reunite for a one-off performance at their induction into the Metal Hall Of Fame in California.
The group's classic lineup of Dee Snider (vocals), guitarists Jay Jay French and Eddie Ojeda, bassist Mark Mendoza, and late drummer A.J Pero received the honour. Guitar hero Steve Vai and freak-of-nature drummer Mark Portnoy handled the inducting proceedings.