KISS Slammed By Twisted Sister's Dee Snider
(hennemusic) Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider is slamming KISS for its reuse of original makeup by non-original band members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.
Thayer dresses in original lead guitarist Ace Frehley's makeup and stage outfits while Singer does the same with original drummer Peter Criss' gear, while each perform songs by their original counterparts.
"I don't see how people could accept this," Snider tells Eddie Trunk. "Tommy Thayer? I'm sorry. It's insulting. Not only did he play with a tribute band of Kiss, he's imitating Ace in his entire act!"
Snider takes particular exception to Thayer performing Frehley's track, "Shock Me", from 1977's "Love Gun." "Oh, my God, that's disgraceful," adds the singer. "When Kiss replaced Ace and Peter, and they brought in guys (drummer Eric Carr and guitarist Vinnie Vincent) who had their own makeup and their own thing, that was acceptable. That was awesome. They were their own characters."
The pair discussed the difference between longtime fans who care to differentiate between the men behind the makeup and those who simply want to see the KISS live experience regardless of which musicians are involved.
"My theory is, they forgave Kiss for 'I Was Made for Loving You,' and anything is acceptable after that," says Snider. "It was a disco song, people! It's not okay! It was never okay, and they're playing it live now. Unbelievable. They play 'I Was Made for Loving You,' a fricking disco song!"
Last fall, frontman Paul Stanley defended the use of original makeup by Thayer and Singer.
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