Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider recalled one of his shows that aired on MTV and admitted that he did everything he could to convince the channel’s executive to give more place to musicians and bands like Metallica and Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister after a fan’s comment on Twitter.

During the rise of alternative rock and grunge in the middle and late ’80s and early ’90s, radio and tv channels started to play more songs from these bands, which were more popular than heavy metal, hair metal, and hard rock. So Dee Snider had to do something about it as a member of Twisted Sister.

Snider contacted MTV and started hosting his new project entitled ‘Heavy Metal Mania,’ featuring special appearances such as Lemmy Kilmister, Bruce Dickinson, and Metallica in 1985. Later, the program evolved into ‘Headbangers Ball,’ which was hosted by Riki Rachtman and consisted of metal bands’ and musicians’ exclusive interviews.

In his recent tweet, Snider reminded his support for metal bands while MTV preferred rock or pop bands by initiating ‘Heavy Metal Mania’ and ‘Headbangers Ball.’ However, one of his fans expressed his thoughts about it, saying that the program didn’t promote underrated bands but revolved around Poison, Bon Jovi, and Def Leppard.

The Twisted Sister icon stated that he understood his fan’s criticism against ‘Headbangers Ball’ but he didn’t forget to highlight that both Riki Rachtman and himself had to fight with MTV authorities to play more videos by heavy metal bands and get Metallica and Lemmy Kilmister on the show at the golden times of grunge, rap, and hip hop.

Snider’s tweet read:

In ’85, when I heard MTV was cutting back on metal videos, I contacted them and asked for a metal show. With me hosting & producer Liz Nealon, we created & ran ‘Heavy Metal Mania’ for 18 months. After I left, it evolved into ‘Headbangers Ball.’ You’re welcome.”

A fan responded:

“Headbanger’s Ball used to piss me off so much. It should have been for metal bands that never got any exposure, but it was almost entirely bands that MTV played to death, like Poison, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Winger, and the like. You maybe got two or three good videos per show.”

Snider added:

“Understand, I (and I’m sure Riki Rachtman) used to war with the execs at MTV to get heavier bands on. I had to fight to get the Metallica story (they wouldn’t play their videos) & to get Lemmy Kilmister on the show because they’d only play a piece of ‘Killed by Death.’ It was tough!”

You can check out the tweets below.