In a recent interview with “The Animal House Radio Show”, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has shared his thoughts about retirement.
He mentioned about Slayer frontman Tom Araya’s neck problem and said ‘that’s what I don’t want to happen’. Here’s the statement:
“Look, nobody beats gravity. Show me anybody in the history who’s beaten gravity. Everybody gets pulled down sooner or later. What did Dirty Harry say? ‘A man’s gotta know his limitations.’ I feel I know things are wearing out — they’re wearing out. And I’m in great shape, I stay healthy, but you can’t beat gravity.
One of the things that prompted me, and this is not a slight on Slayer or Tom Araya in any fashion, but it was very disturbing. I read a review and it said, ‘And Tom talked about the fact that he can no longer headbang onstage, ’cause he’s literally damaged his neck.’ And he says, ‘I defined myself as the guy who thrashed onstage as hard as the audience, and now all I can do is stand there and groove.’
And I said, ‘That’s what I don’t want to happen.’ I wanna get off the stage while I’m still [able to do what I am known for], and I was, throwing my body on the floor, crawling around, headbanging, thrashing. I’m out there performing [and] I don’t do those things anymore, because it’s like an athlete — you damage your stuff.
But to be up there and to feel that… I just felt his pain, saying, ‘I defined myself by thrashing and I can’t do it anymore. And I’m still up there.’ And it hurt me to hear him say it. And I said, ‘I can’t have that be me.”
You can listen to the entire interview below.