Krokus offer to settle Twisted Sister feud
Peace offering: von Rohr and Snider
Krokus have offered to meet Dee Snider and apologise for an incident in the 1980s that’s left the Twisted Sister frontman furious to this day.
In 1982 Snider’s wife Suzette was hired to make stage costumes for the Swiss outfit’s US tour. But the band didn’t like her work and their manager refused to pay her.
That enraged him to the point that he dedicated a chapter of his autobiography, Shut Up And Give Me The Mic, to slating Krokus, calling them “Crapus” all the way through and saying: “These guys ripped off and threatened my wife. You have no idea how close you were to landing in the bottom of a lake.”
With the benefit of hindsight, bassist Chris von Rohr admits Krokus could have handled the situation better. He tells Blick: “The clothes did not correspond to what we had agreed – too much harlequin style. So we made a bonfire of it.” But he adds: “If we have not treated his wife with due respect, we are sorry.”
Both bands will appear at this year’s Hellfest festival in Clisson, France, and von Rohr has asked for the opportunity to bury the hatchet and “drink beer together for a reconciliation.”
Snider tells Blick: “If they mean business I think it’s a nice gesture – but I’ll have to ask my wife if she can forgive Krokus.”
The Swiss band, who formed in 1974, have just released 17th studio album Dirty Dynamite – their first with guitarist Mandy Meyer since he left in 1983.