Twisted Sister’s legendary frontman Dee Snider was recently interviewed by KNAC’s Ruben Mosqueda and answered lots of questions from his favorite social media platform, revealing the untold story of how Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore’s attitude has changed his style forever.
While revealing the fact that Deep Purple star Ritchie Blackmore was the first celebrity he’s ever met, Dee stated Ritchie was so cold and kind of a person that does not look you in the eye.
After he met Ritchie, Dee Snider had a chance to meet Billy ‘Piano Man’ Joel and after seeing how humble, self-deprecating and open, that was the time that he wants to be around fans just like Billy did.
Let’s hear what Dee told about his social media platforms first:
“The one that I’m most active on is Twitter. It was my first one, I’m also on Facebook and Instagram and I have a loyal following on those too. Twitter would be my favorite I think because it just has this ease of use. It’s also got this immediacy of reaction.
I liken it to back in the day when you were on the radio and you talked about something and you reacted, so the phones would light up. It’s that immediacy of something that you said and it connected with people. I see a lot of that on Twitter, there are responses, there are likes and there are shares. I use Twitter as a rule, though I often wonder what I’m missing out on by not being as active on some of the other platforms.”
Now let’s hear the story of how meeting Richie Blackmore and Billy Joel changed his life forever. KNAC’s Ruben Mosqueda asked:
“Who was the first celebrity that you ever met? What did you take from that encounter that helped you in engaging your fans down the road?”
Dee Snider responded:
“Wow! What an interesting question. It had a massive effect on me, just massive. Billy Joel. It was before Twisted made it, we were this local phenomenon, but Billy Joel was Billy Joel.
It was at a party, I remember Ritchie Blackmore was there too. Ritchie Blackmore was so weird, standoffish, odd – he wouldn’t look you in the eye, he was mumbly, he shook your hand like it was a wet fish! I wasn’t famous then.
Billy Joel was gracious, self-deprecating, and open. I remember there was one of the radio stations in New York City that was having a subway campaign. I took one of the posters and brought it to the party because I knew he would be there.”
“I presented it to him to sign, he looked at it and said, ‘I’m surprised somebody didn’t draw a mustache on this’? I said, ‘What?!’ He said, ‘Oh, I would have definitely have drawn a mustache on this!’
He changed me that day. I said to myself, ‘This is how I want to be around fans.’ When he walked away the general consensus was, ‘Wow! What a cool guy!’
It was a huge contrast from when Blackmore walked away and everyone was like, ‘Wow! What a diiiiiiiiick!‘ I knew what I wanted people to say when I walked away: ‘What a cool guy.’ That experience changed me forever.”