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]

Watch Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider Perform Acoustic Version Of “We’re Not Gonna Take It” At “Concert For Ukraine”

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider was among the artists who took part in last night’s (April 4) “Concert For Ukraine” in Agoura Hills, CA. You can see footage of the frontman performing an acoustic version of “We’re Not Gonna Take It” during the event below. The show was organized to help raise money for Ukrainian refugees.

[via California Rock News]

Twisted Sister To Release “Greatest Hits – Tear It Loose (Studio & Live)”

Twisted Sister will be releasing a new deluxe two-LP set titled “Greatest Hits – Tear It Loose (Studio & Live)” on January 14. You can find the cover art and track listing for that effort below:

“Greatest Hits – Tear It Loose (Studio & Live)” Track Listing:

LP1:

01. “Under The Blade”
02. “Shoot ‘Em Down”
03. “The Kids Are Back”
04. “I Am (I’m Me)”
05. “You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll”
06. “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
07. “I Wanna Rock”
08. “The Price”
09. “Leader of The Pack”
10. “Fire Still Burns”
11. “Hot Love”
12. “Wake Up The Sleeping Giant”

LP2:

01. “What You Don’t Know Sure Can Hurt You” (Live from the Marquee)
02. “Sin After Sin” (Live from the Marquee)
03. “Tear It Loose” (Live from the Marquee)
04. “Stay Hungry” (Live from Hammersmith)
05. “Knife In The Back” (Live from Hammersmith)
06. “We’re Gonna Make It” (Live from Hammersmith)
07. “Destroyer” (Live from Astoria)
08. “Ride to Live” (Live from Astoria)
09. “Come Out & Play” (Live from Astoria)
10. “S.M.F.” (Live from Astoria)

Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French To Promote “Twisted Business” Book With Two In-Store Appearances

Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French will be promoting his new book, “Twisted Business: Lessons From My Life In Rock ‘N’ Roll,” with some special in-store appearances in New York. Here’s the dates:

11/06 New York, NY – Generation Records (discussion with French moderated by Drew Stone)
11/07 West Babylon, NY – Looney Tunes Record Store (in-store signing)

Dee Snider Says He Is “One Hundred Percent Committed To Not Reuniting” Twisted Sister

During a recent appearance on the “Metal From The Inside” podcast, Dee Snider said he is “one hundred percent committed to not reuniting” Twisted Sister. However, despite his feelings regarding a full-scale reunion, the frontman still says he would not be opposed to doing something for charity or a special performance for a talk show.

Snider said the following:

“[I am] one hundred percent committed to not reuniting. Now, let me just be clear: we’re friends. I did a [solo] show a couple of weeks ago [on June 11 at Stereo Garden in Patchogue, New York] and [TWISTED SISTER bassist Mark] Mendoza showed up, and we did [TWISTED SISTER’s] ‘Under The Blade’, and it was awesome. I talk to the guys all the time. I can show you my text messages. We have a little text group, and we were sending messages back and forth.

To me, that was the reason to reunite, was to fix the relationships [between the members of the band], and we did fix’ em, and we’re friends. I feel we did what we could do without just doing the same thing over. And I wanted to do some new, challenging things that I couldn’t do within TWISTED. And the solo records I’ve done I could not have done with TWISTED SISTER. I could not have done ‘Dee Does Broadway’ with TWISTED SISTER — ‘Twisted Does Broadway’. And I could not have done ‘For The Love Of Metal’ with TWISTED SISTER; people would never have accepted it. But as a solo artist, I’m allowed to change and evolve. And some things [fans have] liked; some things they’ve not liked. But at the same time, I’m allowed; no one’s ever questioned [it]. And, again, if TWISTED SISTER did it, it would be, like, ‘Hey, it doesn’t sound like TWISTED SISTER anymore’; it would have been that kind of thing.”

He also added:

“I could see us doing a charity — a couple of songs for charity, for the right reasons. We got [back] together originally for charity, which was a good reason to get together. I could see [talk show host Jimmy] Fallon — he’s a big fan — if he said, ‘Hey, guys, can you guys come on ‘[The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’] and do ‘White Christmas’ for us?’ Fuck yeah. But to do a tour, to do 90 minutes, two hours on a stage, I don’t see that happening. And credit to everybody in the band, and I know some people — without naming names — some guys, they would have kept going; others did not wanna keep going. But I’m sure we get offers. Jay Jay French [TWISTED SISTER] is the manager of TWISTED, ’cause it’s still an entity — there’s still royalties and licenses and things like that, and merchandise — he’s not presented one offer, and I’m sure we’ve gotten ’em. ‘Cause we’re not even considering it. It doesn’t matter what they’re offering; we’re not doing it.”

Notably, Snider also revealed that the band may release a live effort focusing on their final shows:

“We filmed a lot of those shows, and we filmed a lot of behind-the-scenes [footage] on the tour, and when that finally comes out, you will see TWISTED SISTER moments in front of 90 thousand, 75 thousand, 50 thousand people. And that’s how I remember TWISTED SISTER — standing on that stage with an audience just… People were crying — people were crying, but for the right reasons. And not because we were so bad [laughs]; they were crying because they loved us and they knew that it was time for us to move on.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Jay Jay French On The Possibility Of A Twisted Sister Reunion: “We Used To Say It Would Never Happen. I Will No Longer Say That”

During an appearance on “The Chuck Shute Podcast” Jay Jay French was asked about the possibility of a Twisted Sister reunion. The guitarist responded with the following:

“Look, I used to say ‘never.’ I’ll never say never. But we have never discussed it. We used to say it would never happen. I will no longer say that. We came back in 2003 for, basically, a two-year reunion which lasted 14 years. It lasted longer than the original band lasted with [drummer] A.J. [Pero]. It was an incredible ride, and when we walked offstage, I personally just said, ‘That’s it for me.’ But who knows?””

[via Blabbermouth]

Dee Snider Joined Onstage By Mark Mendoza For Performance Of Twisted Sister’s “Under The Blade” In Patchogue, NY

During Dee Snider’s June 11 show at Stereo Garden in Patchogue, NY, the singer was joined onstage by his Twisted Sister bandmate Mark Mendoza for a performance of “Under The Blade.” You can see footage of that below:

[via Blabbermouth]

Australian Politician Ordered To Pay $1.2 Million After Losing Twisted Sister Copyright Case

According to The Guardian, Australian politician Clive Palmer has lost a copyright case involving the unauthorized use of Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” Palmer will now be required to pay AUS$1.5 million (approximately $1.17 million) in damages.

This news comes after Palmer changed “We’re Not Gonna Take It” to “Aussies Not Gonna Cop It” in 2019 as part of a political campaign. Since he didn’t get permission to use the track, Universal Music filed a copyright lawsuit in February 2020. Ultimately, the case went before federal court justice Anna Katzmann, who ruled that Palmer’s song was a “substantial” reproduction of “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”

Palmer tried to argue that Twisted Sister made the song by ripping off “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” but that argument didn’t pan out. A representative for the politician also claimed that the campaign did try to get the rights to the song, but they didn’t pursue things further due to a AU$150,000 fee. Katzmann commented:

“I do not accept that Mr Palmer honestly believed at any relevant time that his use of the copyright works was lawful.”

Dee Snider also commented on Twitter:

Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French To Release New Book “Twisted Business: Lessons From My Life In Rock ‘N’ Roll” In September

Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French has announced that his new book “Twisted Business: Lessons From My Life In Rock ‘N’ Roll” will be released on September 21 via RosettaBooks. That effort is being described as a “’bizoir’: part memoir and part business primer.”

Here’s a synopsis for the book [via Amazon]:

“Jay Jay French—founder, guitarist, and manager of the world-famous heavy metal band Twisted Sister—delivers his “bizoir”: part memoir and part business primer.

In addition to founding Twisted Sister, a world-famous heavy metal band that has sold more than 20 million records worldwide, Jay Jay French is one of the top entrepreneurs in entertainment. After taking over as manager in the ‘70s, French developed Twisted Sister into the most heavily licensed heavy metal band in history, leading the group to perform more than 9,000 shows in forty countries.

Part business book, part memoir, Twisted Business is an unexpected, inspiring, whirlwind story of transformation and redemption. Twisted Business follows French’s adventure-filled life—from growing up in New York City in the sixties, to working as a drug dealer and struggling as an addict before quitting cold-turkey, and finally, to creating and cultivating Twisted Sister and turning it into one of the most successful brands in the world.

Together with his mentor, Steve Farber, a best-selling author and one of the world’s top leadership and management experts, French offers unique, hard-earned tips and advice from his nearly 50 years as a musician, music business manager, and entrepreneur. French shows how, through tenacity, grit, and dedication, anyone can create their own brand, grow a successful business, re-invent themselves, or simply find success in what they love to do. Entertaining, provocative, funny, and informative, this book is the trip of a lifetime and a treasured guide for entrepreneurs, business people, and music fans alike.”