Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider was interviewed by Consequence Heavy, and during the conversation, he revealed why AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, and other bands didn’t want to be called heavy metal.
As you probably know, with the rise of rock music’s worldwide popularity and commercial success, it started getting divided into different subgenres such as progressive, psychedelic, grunge, glam, punk, and heavy metal. This was instigated mainly by music critics and the press.
During his interview, Dee Snider drew attention to these categorizations and terms, which some journalists created against the bands and musicians’ will. In addition, he emphasized that Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, and even Black Sabbath hated being called ‘heavy metal bands.’
Furthermore, Snider stated that punk, grunge, and heavy metal are terms with negative connotations, often used by fans who don’t know how their favorite bands feel about them. According to Snider, neither Led Zeppelin nor AC/DC wanted to be categorized as heavy metal.
Snider said in his interview that:
“That name along with every other nickname given to any form of music was rogatory term stuck on the music by some journalists. Grunge… Those bands in Seatle hated being called grunge. Hair metal, heavy metal… Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Black Sabbath don’t like being called heavy metal. That was a negative term.
Jazz was a negative term. So historically, people tried to find a band with a shitty catchphrase. Boy bands… Do you think they like to be called boy bands? They were doing just pop music. I am fifty years old and I am in a boy band! I mean these terms but the fans picked up on them and they don’t seem it rogatory. They don’t see hair metal as a negative thing or heavy metal, grunge, punk… They hated the term.”
You can watch the interview below.