In a recent interview at Michigan’s WRIF 101.1 FM radio station, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider defended Metallica against the haters.

He said that ‘those motherfuckers earned every fucking dollar they made’, and continued:

“They didn’t give an inch — until they [made] an ‘Alternica’ record. Which I thought was a great record, but they gave an inch. But up to that point, they just fought hard.

This is a true story. We’re on tour with Metallica, and we’re in Holland, and I’m standing on the side of the stage and I’m watching them doing their set. And I turn to my bass player and I go, ‘These guys have got a lot of heart, but they’re never gonna go anywhere.

Like I said, I’m brutally honest. I said that out fucking loud. What an asshole! I didn’t wanna be against them. I just said, ‘They’re so heavy.’ But they made people just accept how heavy they were, and that’s the great thing about Metallica.”

He also talked about Metallica’s Napster case, and said:

“It’s like you go into a fruit stand and you’re thinking about buying some strawberries or some grapes. Most fruit stands that I’ve been to will say, ‘Taste one,’ and they’ll let you taste a strawberry, and they’ll let you taste a grape.

And you go, ‘You know what? They’re not ripe yet,’ and you walk away. Or you say, ‘Wow! I really like those.’ At that point, you don’t steal the grapes or the strawberries — you pay for the strawberries.

So, to me, sampling was a great thing. It goes back to the ’50s when people used to go into record shops, and they would get to put on the record with a pair of headphones and listen to the music. So when you listen, you go, ‘I like this,’ and you buy it, or, ‘This sucks,’ and you don’t buy it, that’s cool. That’s fine.”

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