Earlier this month, heavy metal icon Dee Snider got into one hell of a debate with his Twitter followers. It all started when the Twisted Sister singer made a comment saying that the late Ronnie James Dio was a great singer, but not a great frontman.
This comment, along with several others like it, got folks in a fit. At one point, Snider even expressed that he doesn’t consider Led Zeppelin‘s Robert Plant to be a great frontman (though he does consider Plant to be very talented).
During a recent interview with Sally Steele Rocks!, Snider was asked if he regrets the “spur-of-the-moment” comments he expressed during that debate. Per his reply, Snider shared the following (as transcribed by Blabbermouth):
“No, because [those comments are] usually pretty thought out in my head. I don’t really sort of just blurt things out; I process ’em and I’m kind of deliberate. I say it and it comes out like it’s blurted. But I’ve got strong opinions.
“People get very upset sometimes when me or a lot of celebrities express our feelings, like we’re not allowed to have an opinion,” he continued. “I always say ‘in my humble opinion’, but trust me, that’s the first thing they cut off when they repost it. ‘In my humble opinion’ — that’s gone.”
Snider then went on to clarify what he was striving to convey during that debate; how, per his feelings, a good frontman and a good singer can be two different things.
“How do you differentiate a Dee Snider or an Alice Cooper or a Robert Plant or a Bon Scott… Or a Chris Cornell, who just stood there, but he sang perfectly every night.
“So I was just trying, in a social media Twitter discussion, to explain the differences. And people were up in arms: ‘How can you possibly say that Robert Plant isn’t a great frontman?’
“And I love Robert. And I was just trying to… You can’t put me and Robert Plant in the same category. So how would you explain what Dee Snider does on stage and what Robert Plant does on stage. And I was trying to do that. But people got upset.”
Do you agree with Snider’s points when it comes to great singers versus great frontmen? Do you think his logic makes sense?
You can check out the full interview featuring Dee Snider below.