Who doesn’t enjoy a good war of words every now and again, right? As we bid farewell to 2015, here are some of our favorite verbal feuds of the year!
Dee Snider vs. Paul Stanley
This one started when Snider criticized the current lineup of KISS stating how it’s “insulting” how Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer are essentially impersonators of Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, because they don the same “Catman” and “Spaceman” characters, instead of coming up with their own personas. Stanley then fired back months later during a September episode of “Talk Is Jericho” where he called Snider “a wannabe” and “desperately wants attention and to be taken seriously,” and then peppered in that that will never happen because Snider is “obviously clueless” and Twisted Sister “are a bunch of buffoons.” Snider then responded on Facebook and challenged Stanley to a “rock off.” Such an event has yet to take place, but we wish it would.
Bill Ward vs. Ozzy Osbourne
There was an all-out Facebook war between former Black Sabbath bandmates Bill Ward and Ozzy Osbourne this year that was so intense, you would’ve thought they were high school kids! Ward posted a lengthy statement in April where he said he "neither severed nor discontinued my relationship with Black Sabbath" but that "the often inaccurate statements about me as a person and as a musician has caused me to be guarded and be especially detached emotionally and spiritually from Ozzy. His rhetoric above all has brought me the most discord."
Ozzy then took to Facebook the next day and wrote, “Wow Bill…What the f*ck are you on about? I cannot apologize for comments or opinions I may have made about you in the press during Sabbath’s “13” album and tour – physically, you knew you were f*cked. Tony, Geezer and myself didn’t think you could have done a two hour set with a drum solo every night, so we made the decision to move on.”
There was more back-and-forth, but yeah…it was pretty ugly.
David Lee Roth vs. Sammy Hagar
Some things just don’t change.
First, Sammy Hagar criticized the vocals on Van Halen’s latest live release saying, “They’ve got some pretty rough vocals” and “What the (expletive) are these guys thinking?”
David Lee Roth responded in kind when asked if any Sammy Hagar-era songs would be incorporated in the setlist of Van Halen’s North American tour with, “Well, there's a credibility issue there. Good, bad or in the middle, you know Roth means it; the other guy doesn't. And that's why it sold half as well. Literally, Midas Bible half. Never did better than half. And why would you bring that into the proceedings? This hamburger don't need no helper. [There] ain't no rehearsing pants in my closet.”
It never ends with those two…
Eddie Van Halen vs. Michael Anthony/Sammy Hagar
…and things certainly having stopped with the rest of Van Halen!
Eddie Van Halen said in an interview with Billboard that "Every note [former bassist] Mike [Anthony] ever played, I had to show him how to play," and that before tours Anthony would videotape Van Halen playing the material so he could study.”
Anthony didn’t respond, but Hagar sure did in a video posted to Facebook where he calls EVH a “liar” and that "It`s really irritating to see them going after Mike. Mikey didn't do anything, ever, to Van Halen. Mikey was the most loyal guy in the band. He was the first guy there at rehearsal, the last guy to leave, the first guy at the gig, the guy that carried the fucking VH banner every night." Hagar also calls Van Halen's comments about showing Anthony his parts "the biggest line of bullshit I`ve ever heard in my life."
Keith Richards vs. Everyone
No one safe during Keith Richards’ press tour for his latest solo release. From calling Black Sabbath and Metallica “great jokes” to calling The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band “rubbish,” nothing was sacred.
Patrick Carney vs. Jack White
Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney took to Twitter one September morning and recounted an allegded run-in with Jack White.
In response, White issued the following statement: “Nobody tried to fight you, Patrick. Nobody touched you or ‘bullied’ you. You were asked a question you couldn’t answer so you walked away. So quit whining to the Internet and speak face to face like a human being. End of story.”
Carney then posted to Twitter that he “Talked to Jack for an hour. He’s cool. All good.”
Not a long feud, but entertaining nonetheless.
Jack White vs. The Media
White performed at the University of Oklahoma in early 2015, and somehow the student newspaper got a hold of his tour rider, which included a very detailed recipe of guacamole. The paper published the rider, and for obvious reasons, it went viral. White was clearly not happy about this, and took to his Third Man Records website and posted a very lengthy statement titled “For God Sakes!” It included some gems like, “Dear journalists and other people looking for drama or a diva, even in the age of the short attention span internet article, it's still hard to believe you are STILL writing about this.” He also expressed he was “disappointed in young journalists at their school paper...but I forgive them. They're young and have learned their lesson about truth and ethics hopefully."
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.