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Paul Stanley Calls Dee Snider a ‘Wannabe,’ Says Twisted Sister Are ‘A Bunch of Buffoons’

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Paul Stanley‘s not gonna take it — and by “it,” we mean “being publicly criticized by Dee Snider.”

As previously reported, the Twisted Sister frontman aired his grievances with Kiss during a recent appearance on the Eddie Trunk Podcast, saying it’s “insulting” that the band’s current lineup includes replacement members that have co-opted Ace Frehley and Peter Criss‘s signature makeup.

“Oh, my God — that’s disgraceful,” Snider complained of this incarnation’s performances of Frehley’s “Shock Me,” which feature current guitarist Tommy Thayer copying Frehley’s stage moves. “When Kiss replaced Ace and Peter, and they brought in guys who had their own makeup and their own thing, that was acceptable. That was awesome. They were their own characters.”

Asked about Snider’s comments during a visit to the Talk Is Jericho podcast, Stanley didn’t mince words in response: “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 to the fact that he and his whole band are a bunch of buffoons.”

As Snider’s fans may recall, this isn’t the first time he’s engaged in a bit of back-and-forth with a member of Kiss. Last year, he took issue with Gene Simmonscontention that rock is dead, penning a passionate Facebook essay that claimed Simmons “couldn’t be further off the mark” and argued, “Rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well and thriving on social media, in the streets, and in clubs and concert halls all over the world. And the bands playing it are more genuine and heartfelt than ever because they are in it for one reason: the love of rock ‘n’ roll.”

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