Dee Snider On KISS + Mötley Crüe Reunions: ‘It’s About Money’

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Besides a recent one-off performance the band took part in this year, Dee Snider has no interest in touring with Twisted Sister ever again. He has lived a life of adventures through the band and, at this point in his life, seems to be more interested in exploring other creative opportunities. But that said – does Snider ever get the itch to tour with Twisted Sister?

Recently, as part of a conversation with Ultimate Guitar, the band’s recent one-off performance was brought up to Snider, and the ex-Twisted Sister singer was asked if the band would consider additional one-off performances or even a tour. In short, Snider’s answer is no (at least for himself).

Per Snider, he says, “The band Twisted Sister, as an entity, can do it without me if they wanted to, but if they were to go out, no, I would not participate.”

While speaking about his lack of interest in taking part in more Twisted Sister shows, Snider opens up about his feeling regarding bands who go on farewell tours, only to come back and play more shows, saying:

“I’ve also loudly denounced bands who do the farewell tour thing and then come back a few years later; I think it is such a pile of dogshit.”

However, he does make sure to add the following alongside that stance: “But to clarify my stance on all of that — you could stay forever. Please do stay forever. Never leave us. Stay on stage until you die.”

Snider says that because of bands like KISS and Mötley Crüe, who played farewell shows and then went on to play more shows afterward, he feels no one took him seriously at first when he said he was done with Twisted Sister.

Snider is then asked why he thinks both KISS and Mötley Crüe have had such a hard time saying “goodbye.” And per Snider, he believes it has to primarily do with money. Per his full reply:

“Well, first of all, it’s about money, which is weird because it’s not like they don’t have any money. Certainly, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have plenty of money and don’t need it. Still, the desire for more money trumps all, right? I guess it could be that some of these guys miss the stage and the rush, but I can tell you that I don’t. It’s funny; my dad, who is in his 90s, asked me the other day, ‘Dee, don’t you miss it? Don’t you miss the thousands of people cheering you on?’

“So yeah, my dad asked me that, and I said, ‘No, I think I’m good.’ [Laughs] And that was the truth; I absolutely do not miss it. It’s not like I don’t get adoration from people. I have my moments, whether it’s public appearances or going out and doing a few solo things here and there. So, I’ve got my moments where I get my ego trip here and there. I don’t know, though; maybe other people miss that. I guess guys like KISS and Motley miss it to the point where they can’t let it go.”

What do you make of Snider’s points?

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