Dee Snider on reunions shows by KISS and Mötley Crüe: “The desire for more money trumps all, right?”

“Which is weird because it’s not like they don’t have any money.”

Dee Snider and KISS

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Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has slammed KISS and Mötley Crüe reunions as mere cash grabs.

Speaking to Ultimate Guitar, the musician did not mince words when asked about why bands like KISS and Mötley Crüe struggle to say goodbye.

“Well, first of all, it’s about money,” Snider said. “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,” he added. “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.”

And should the day come where Twisted Sister were to embark on a reunion tour, you can be sure that Snider would play no part in it.

“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,” he said.

“I have an incredible love for the guys, and it was great to get up there with them the other night. It was fun to rehearse with them and hang out with them, and we’re still really close friends, but that chapter of my life is behind me now.”

“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.”

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