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Video: Dee Snider sings piano version of “We’re Not Gonna Take It”…

This is a pretty amazing remake of one of the greatest metal songs of the 80’s. Like most people I’m really impressed with this song myself. In the full band version that made Twisted Sister famous had heavy guitars, distortion, shredding solos, Dee Snider’s screaming vocals and in this new version doesn’t have any of that. Snider turns “We’re Not Gonna Take It” into a piano version. He made this video for a good cause, promoting a fundraiser and to help promote Criss Angel’s “Help” event which will happen on Sept. 12th. They’re doing all this in honor of children with cancer.

As far as this song goes, I’m amazed like everyone else. Dee Snider has got the vocal chops for sure. That guy can sing real good. He can sing all genres of music, not just metal and rock n’ roll. People are surprised ’cause people didn’t think he could sing other music other than metal. Well Snider can. That guy can sing just about anything. This song “We’re Not Gonna Take It” can be played on any instrument too. It’s a real simple song, really. I read somewhere that Dee Snider inspired “We’re Not Gonna Take It” from a Christmas song. I read about that in Dee Snider’s book.

I remember when “We’re Not Gonna Take It” first came out in the 80’s, that song was a huge hit. MTV played the video constantly and the song was all over the place. Well, the song turned out to be a big hit once again once this piano version came out.

Who said metalheads can’t do piano ballads??? Of course they can.

Kev

It’s Dee Snider vs. Paul Stanley, two rock icons in a heated feud…

This feud is getting entertaining. Call each other “buffoons”???

http://www.inquisitr.com/2407813/dee-snider-calls-kiss-the-king-of-buffoons-as-his-personal-war-with-paul-stanley-turns-vicious/

Honestly, which musician here has the bigger ego? Dee Snider obviously. Both of these guys are very talented and amazing but come on. When was the last fucking time Twisted Sister made a hit record? I think “Stay Hungry” was the only hit record they did. Yes, Kiss may have continued on without Ace and Peter but KISS continues to sell a lot of records even without them. KISS also continues to sell out shows. Twisted Sister went back to playing the smaller clubs while KISS continues to play huge arenas everywhere. KISS are also rock n’ roll hall of famers now. So who is more successful? KISS obviously.

So if I have to ask Dee Snider, jealous much, dude?

While some may find this surprising that you will see two adults acting like children this is nothing new in the rock & metal world. A lot of big egos.

Kev

RIP: A.J. Pero 1959 – 2015

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The legendary 80’s metal band, Twisted Sister, announced their longtime drummer, AJ Pero just passed away. AJ was also a member of the band, Adrenaline Mob

It is unknown how the drummer died at this time ’cause as you can see both bands are not revealing anything as of this moment. The Adrenaline Mob facebook says he passed away in his sleep on the tour bus.

A sad loss in music. He was an important part of Twisted Sister and his drumming for that band was pretty memorable. He’s one of those drummers where he can make memorable drum patterns that stick in your head especially the opening drum intro for the song “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (listen to track below).

Twisted Sister have been my heroes for many years. They were the reason I got into rock n’ roll music. The drums of Twisted Sister was a huge part of that got me into the band.

RIP AJ!!!

Kev

Book Review: Dee Snider, “Shut Up and Give Me The Mic”

Today, I just finished reading Dee Snider’s rock memoir, “Shut Up and Give Me the Mic”. You see, the 80’s hair metal band, Twisted Sister, was a huge inspiration for me. When I was a kid, I would play their vinyl album, “Stay Hungry”, pretty religiously. Yep, I was pretty addicted to that album. Dee Snider’s look and image, the long curly hair, makeup, and weird looking costume. That look is very cool. That look on the album cover of “Stay Hungry”, is what made me want to get the album and what made me want to get into the band, Twisted Sister. Every time, “We’re Not Gonna Take It” or, “I Wanna Rock” played on MTV back in the day, I would crank it up, sing along with it and play air guitar. I truly believe that was the beginning of my love for rock music. It started from there. That’s how big Twisted Sister was back in the day.

If you think Dee Snider, was into drugs, alcohol, hard partying and fucking multiple women. Think again. He did none of those things. Most rock memoirs are about sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll. Dee Snider’s book is not. If you’re expecting to read about sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll in this book, then move along. This book strictly focus’s on Dee’s life and music career. The main focus of this book is to tell the true story of how he created the rock character we all loved and has been inspired by. His famous look in the photo below:

The book also focuses on how he created the two iconic hit songs everyone knows, “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, and “I Wanna Rock”.

In the book, he explained how he got into music and how he joined, Twisted Sister. Dee didn’t form the band himself, he joined them. Twisted Sister, was Jay Jay French’s band. Dee just wrote all the songs and sang them. He explained that the Dee Snider image we all know, didn’t happen right away. It happened pretty slowly. Dee had different costumes before the one we all know. His wife, Suzette, is a costume designer and she was the one who created the image for him. Everything about Dee’s life and the career of Twisted Sister is in there. He also talked a lot about family life and how he met Suzette and married her. Things like that. Even Twisted Sister’s career slump after the “Stay Hungry” album was all in there too. I was actually pretty surprised on how intelligent Dee Snider is. He’s also pretty comical and told a lot of funny stories. There will be a few parts in there that will get you laughing out loud for no reason.

The part that grabbed me the most about the book was the part about Dee’s battle against the PMRC. As you can see in that link, Dee testified in that court battle, to defend Twisted Sister’s music ’cause Tipper Gore accused the band of promoting violence and obscene things. John Denver and Frank Zappa both tried to help defend the 1st Amendment in music too. While these three guys tried their best to destroy the PMRC, they lost the battle of course. Which is why we still see those, “Parental Advisory” warnings on albums even to this day. I agree that there is nothing violent about Twisted Sister’s music at all. Their music has always been positive, and family friendly, yet they’re always getting wrongfully accused of promoting violence, drugs, etc. The song, “We’re Not Gonna Take It” is about venting out your frustrations. I don’t see anything in the lyrics about beating people up.

Other than that, this was an entertaining read. Dee says he plans on writing a sequel to this book, so that should be good too. This book focused on the past of his career. I’m sure the sequel will focus on the present time of his career (like the Twisted Sister reunion, the Christmas album, Celebrity Apprentice, etc.). I’ve read a lot of rock memoirs, but I think this is one of the best ones I’ve ever read. Like Dee Snider or not, he is a heavy metal pioneer. He was the one who started the 80’s hair metal trend. This was a great read. Check it out.

Kev

EDIT TO ADD: While we’re on the subject of Twisted Sister, they deserve an induction into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame too.

Report: Twisted Sister’s “Stay Hungry” getting re-issued for 25th Anniversary…

I’d say it’s about time this happened! Twisted Sister is getting a re-issue for their smash hit album “Stay Hungry” to celebrate the album’s 25th Anniversary. It will be a 2 disc set, the 1st disc being a reissue with a much improved sound quality and the 2nd disc will include unreleased material during that era.

The re-issue will hit stores June 30th.

More on it here:

http://www.guitarworld.com/article/twisted_sister039s_039stay_hungry039_cd_getting_25th_annivesary_reissue_treatment

This was a pretty important album to me, as I believe this was the first album that got me into music to begin with. I remember playing the vinyl record quite a lot when I was a little kid. I’m definitely going to have to pick up the re-issue. I’m excited for this!

Kev

Report: “Strangeland” sequel is coming to the big screen and Dee Snider is set to reprise role as Captain Howdy!!!

Yep, Dee Snider’s horror film “Strangeland” which came out back in 1998 is getting a sequel. The name of the sequel is titled, “Strangeland: Disciple”. The film will get an NC-17 rating and Dee promises the next film will be ultra-intense. It will probably have nasty gore, nudity and sex scenes just like the first one.

Most would know Dee Snider as the frontman for the band Twisted Sister who is still together today with the same members. Dee Snider is an occasional film actor, writer and film maker. Dee first made his on screen debut as an actor in “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” where Twisted Sister were filming a music video at Warner Bros. studios.

The plot to the sequel will be similar to the first, a dangerous serial killer taking out victims that he met on the internet.

More on it here:

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=112600

Pretty sweet! I liked “Strangeland”, a sequel will be interesting. Looking forward to see what they’re going to do with it!

Kev