Watch Twisted Sister Perform Live For The First Time In Over Six Years

Last night (January 26), Twisted Sister took the stage during the “Metal Hall Of Fame” induction ceremony at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA. The three-song set served as the band’s first live show in over six years. Notably, the group were forced to perform without guitarist Eddie Ojeda, who reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. During his absence, the group were joined by Keith Robert War. Drummer Mike Portnoy also filled in for the late A.J. Pero once again.

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Jay Jay French Says Twisted Sister Will Perform Three Songs During “Metal Hall Of Fame” Induction Ceremony

During an interview with The Metal Voice, Jay Jay French confirmed that Twisted Sister are only planning to perform three songs during their “Metal Hall Of Fame” induction ceremony. As previously reported, that event will take place at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA on January 26.

French said the following while discussing the band’s plans:

“[We were thinking] ‘Okay, we’ll just show up, get the award and go home.’ I mean, that was really it. I don’t live in L.A. Dee does. I said, ‘Dee, why don’t you just go and get the award and say ‘thank you’ on behalf of the band?’ That’s it. ‘But if you’re not in L.A., maybe I’ll fly out on behalf of the band.’ And that started the conversation about what does it mean.

We haven’t been together since we broke up, and so I think we all thought maybe it’d be a cool thing, a fun thing to do — play three songs. So we’re going there. We’re gonna rehearse three songs.”

He also added that the set will likely be a one-off:

“There’s no reunion to speak of. I’m not gonna be so cynical and say that it couldn’t lead to conversations, but we never had a single conversation about a reunion prior to this. Not one.

People always go, ‘When are you guys getting back together?’ I say, ‘Well, we talk all the time, but we never talk about playing. But we talk about business.’ Why do we talk about business? Because ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ and ‘I Wanna Rock’ are the most licensed songs in the history of the music business; they’re in more TV commercials, movie soundtracks… So we do licensing deals all day long. It’s really what we do. I’m in the business of music licensing, which is a business I didn’t know existed.”

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Mike Portnoy Confirms He Will Be Playing Drums During Twisted Sister’s “Metal Hall Of Fame” Reunion Set

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.) will be handling drumming duties for Twisted Sister during the band’s set at the upcoming Metal Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. That event will take place at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA on January 26. Portnoy, who previously filled in for the late A.J. Pero, told “The Chuck Shute Podcast” the following:

“We’ve known that we’re playing for months now. I think it was only kind of made public [a few days ago]. Steve Vai and myself are inducting them into this Metal Hall Of Fame, and then we’ll be performing a few songs there at the ceremony.”

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Twisted Sister To Return To The Stage During Metal Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

Twisted Sister will be taking the stage for the first time since 2016 during the upcoming Metal Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. That event will take place at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA on January 26 and it will find Steve Vai and Mike Portnoy inducting the band. Dee Snider tweeted the following about about the group’s performance:

Twisted Sister Launch New Makeup Collection

Twisted Sister have teamed up with Rock And Roll Beauty for a new limited edition beauty collection. The makeup line includes an eye shadow palette, a lip kit, a blush palette, eyeliner, cosmetic bags, a mirror, candles, and nail decals. You can purchase the products HERE and HERE.

Twisted Sister To Be Inducted Into “Metal Hall Of Fame”

Twisted Sister are set be inducted into the “Metal Hall Of Fame.” The ceremony will take place during a charity gala at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA on January 26.

Metal Hall Of Fame president/CEO Pat Gesualdo said the following about the event:

“The 2023 Metal Hall Of Fame charity gala is going to be an amazing event as always. There will be numerous legendary hard rock and heavy metal artist inductions and many exciting surprises and performances.”

Jay Jay French added:

“Twisted Sister is honored to be recognized by the Metal Hall Of Fame and have our names alongside many of our peers.”

A meet-and-greet with Dee Snider will be held after the ceremony. Fans will also be able to buy limited edition Snider bottles of Rocavaka.

[via Blabbermouth]

Funko Announce New Pop! Figures Based On Pantera, Ronnie James Dio, Etc.

Funko have announced some new music-related Pop! figures as part of their “Pop!apalooza” event. Among them are new collectibles based on Pantera, Ronnie James Dio, Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider, Iron Maiden’s Eddie, Twiztid, The Cure, and more. You can check those out below:

Pantera (pre-order HERE):

Ronnie James Dio (pre-order HERE):

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider (pre-order HERE):

Iron Maiden’s Eddie (pre-order HERE)

Twiztid (pre-order HERE)

The Cure (pre-order HERE)

Watch Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider Perform “We’re Not Gonna Take It” And “I Wanna Rock” On Canadian TV Show “En Direct De L’Univers”

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider recently performed “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock” live on the Canadian TV show “En Direct De L’Univers.” You can see footage of that below. The set was put on in honor of pop singer Isabelle Boulay, who considers Snider to be her favorite singer.

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Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider Teams Up With Z2 Comics For New Graphic Novel “He’s Not Gonna Take It”

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider has joined forces with Z2 Comics for a new graphic novel called “He’s Not Gonna Take It.” The effort, which can be pre-ordered HERE, will focus on the frontman’s fight against censorship and the PMRC.

Here’s a description of the comic:

“The name of Dee Snider is synonymous with the battle for freedom of expression in the arts. This new graphic novel will follow the impact of it throughout Dee’s life. From a childhood where he was frequently silenced, through the early efforts to stifle his band’s music, to the open warfare of the PMRC hearings in Washington DC, and his current efforts on social media, ‘HE’S NOT GONNA TAKE IT’ tells the story of why free speech is so important to this man who has fought for it. Even when it endangered everything that was important to him.”

Snider commented:

“When I look back on that historic day, I think, ‘How did I fit balls that big into those skin tight jeans!?.’ Then I reflect on the fact that I still stand for everything I stood for all those years ago…and I’m ready to do battle again.”

Editor Rantz Hoseley added:

“Unless you grew up during the PMRC hearings, I don’t think you can really understand what a massive impact it had as teenagers watched Dee testify before congress about the importance of freedom of speech. Metal and rock preached rebellion and fighting back in the song lyrics, but here was the only frontman who was walking the walk. In a world where you thought that adults said one thing and did another, it was the moment where you could believe… Yes, there are people out there who will fight for what is right, against all odds, no matter what the cost. It’s a story that is more vital today than ever.”

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider: “I Don’t Think I’ll Do Any More Shows”

It looks like Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) currently has no plans to return to the live stage in the future. The singer says he is shifting his focus to “writing, directing and producing.”

Snider said the following while responding to a fan on Twitter:

“Charlie, I am Dee Downer tonight. No, I don’t tour anymore. I don’t even think I’ll do any more shows. I’m focusing on writing, directing and producing. Sorry man.”

He also added the following about a possible Twisted Sister reunion:

“I wouldn’t hold your breath. @TwistedSisterNY promised ourselves we wouldn’t be like every other band, doing a farewell, then coming back. We always considered that a bullshit, pussy move…. Yeah, you know who I’m talking about (every artist who pulled that shit).”

He then shared his thoughts on bands returning after doing farewell tours:

“To further expound…I don’t think any band should retire unless they want to. Stay forever; your fans don’t want you to go. But don’t say farewell, sell us the higher priced ticket, the goodbye program, and the “No More Tours” t-shirt…then come back a couple of years later!”

[via Blabbermouth]