Dee Snider has called out rock bands who wait too long into their careers to retire.
During a recent radio interview, Snider explained, “I see people singing 'Crazy Nights' and they're not so crazy anymore. I'm not gonna name names. I always b***h about people who retire, sell us the 'No More Tours' shirt — Ozzy — and then come back a few years later, 'We love you, we love you.' That's bulls**t. And people say, 'Well, that's f**ked up.' No — stay forever, man. Stay forever. We don't want you to leave. Just don't do a three-year farewell tour — SCORPIONS — and then say you changed your mind. 'Cause you haven't played every place? No, you've played every place — twice.”
He also said, “I didn't lose the passion for the music. I didn't lose that at all. My last two solo albums, Leave A Scar and For the Love of Metal, were stronger and sort of Dee resurging. I lost the willingness to get old on stage. I don't want you guys to watch me age out.”
Snider added, “I read a review once that said — and it was actually a positive review about the TWISTED reunion, which was ages ago now — but it said, 'When a band reunites and they're good, it makes you feel young again. But when they're bad, it makes you realize how old you have gotten,' And people were coming to see TWISTED and coming to see me and people were smiling. But I know… Look, I'm not a b***her and moaner, but I've had knee surgery, shoulder surgery, throat surgery, neck surgery… I can't lift my arms up. It hurts when I throw the horns. F**k! It's not supposed to hurt… So I'd rather walk off with some dignity and leave you guys with a positive memory, saying, 'We wanted more,' than to overstay your welcome and say, 'Gee, when is this guy gonna get off the f**king stage, man?'”