Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French Discusses New Book “Twisted Business”

During a recent interview with Joe Rock of 102.3 WBAB, Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French offered more information on his new book “Twisted Business.” That effort will be released in 2021 and the guitarist says it will serve as “a business book and a memoir.”

French said the following:

“The book is gonna be fun. It’s a business book, because I ran the business of the band, and the band was a business-oriented band, which kind of runs counter to most rockers.

It’s called the music business, and people forget there’s a second word: business. People say, ‘sex, drugs, rock and roll.’ I say there’s a word missing in that description: money. So, they figure if you’re still around after sex, drugs and rock and roll, maybe there’s some money left over.”

He went on to describe the book as a “bizmoir”:

“What’s a bizmoir? It’s a business book and a memoir. Most books about business guys are bizmoirs. Because Steve Jobs can’t be Steve Jobs unless you know his story. You have to know the reason why people became the people they became.

I had to be honest in the book and explain that I became who I became because of my experiences. And the reason why we ran a business, and the reason why we were so straight, which shocks people to no end, is because I had a drug problem, and I was a drug dealer. And it was all those near-disasters that scared me straight and then turned me into this brutally straight business guy because of these other issues.”

On another note, French also talked about his new podcast “The French Connection”:

“I’m on so many podcasts, it’s insane. And finally, a podcast company said, ‘You should have your own.’ It’s called ‘The French Connection’, I’m excited about it. It’s gonna [cover] a very wide range of [topics]. It’s not music — I mean, it will be, a part of it — it has to be; it’s a big part of my life, bands and music — but it’s gonna be a lot of things. I want it to be about all the things I’m interested in and my hobbies, and health issues, ’cause I’ve certainly had enough health issues, and I certainly know a lot about certain health issues. Unfortunately, having had to experience them, you learn a lot about them. So I think from an educational standpoint, I want to educate people on prostate cancer; I wanna educate people on heart disease — I’ve had two heart procedures; I wanna educate people on uveitis, my daughter’s eye disease. So hopefully I can use it as a platform for a lot of good things.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French Planning To Release New Book And Launch New Podcast In 2021

Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French has announced that he will be releasing a new book titled “Twisted Business” in 2021. On top of that, the guitarist will also be launching a new podcast called “The French Connection.” French tweeted the following:

Akashic Books Release New Children’s Book Based On Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It”

Akashic Books have released a new children’s book based on the lyrics for Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” You can purchase that at akashicbooks.com. Here’s a description of the book:

“‘We’re Not Gonna Take It.’ is a playful picture book echoing 1980s hair band Twisted Sister’s most popular antiestablishment anthem. As part of their triple-platinum album ‘Stay Hungry,’ ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ spent fifteen weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, reaching number twenty-one. With lyrics by Dee Snider and illustrations by Margaret McCartney, this picture book follows three toddlers on a mission to defy their parents, whether it be lunchtime, bath time, or bedtime. ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ is a story both parents and children can relate to, and a song they can enjoy together.”

Dee Snider Says There Are “No Plans” For Twisted Sister To Perform Again

During a recent interview on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation”, Dee Snider was asked if Twisted Sister would ever perform live again. The frontman responded by saying that he has “no plans for it.”

Snider said the following about a potential return:

“I’ve got no plans for it. I’ve heard people [talk about it], and I just shrug my shoulders. The idea of being a hundred on that stage terrifies me.

I created a persona and a performance level for myself that I painted myself into a corner. And there’s a standard that people expect and that I expect of myself. And honestly, I’m afraid of hurting myself because my ego is too big to not thrash about.

I quietly walked away last summer, and I’m doing some KINGS OF CHAOS things this year.

I’ve got no plans on the horizon. And just the idea of a bunch of lumbering old dudes on a stage… I’m not impressed with a lot of the reunions. I won’t name names, but one that’s out there has been performing for way too long in their reunion, and they stand there at their microphones with virtually no movement at all. I was stunned to see a band that used to be all over the stage just standing there frozen in place… For my money, that’s not the memory I want people to have of me and TWISTED SISTER.

So, I have no plans. People say, ‘Never say never.’ But there’s nothing on the horizon.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider Dons “Stay Hungry” Outfit To Raise Awareness About The Wildfires In Australia

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider has shared a new video to raise awareness about the devastating wildfires in Australia. The clip finds the singer wearing his classic “Stay Hungry” outfit and it can be seen below:

Twisted Sister File Lawsuit Against Rock Carnival Festival Promoter

According to the Associated Press, Twisted Sister are suing John D’Esposito, the promoter of the 2016 Rock Carnival in Lakewood, New Jersey, due to them only receiving $50,000 out of the $200,000 they were owed for playing the festival. In court papers D’Esposito explained that they were having financial issues because “refunds had to be issued” to “thousands of people [who] were prevented from attending because of torrential rains and excessive winds.” You can read more about all that via Associated Press.

Twisted Sister Perform Last Ever Concert

Twisted Sister performed their final show on November 12, at the Corona Northside Rock Park Meeting Fest at Fundidora Park in Monterrey, Mexico. Check out footage from that, along with setlist below:

Setlist:

01. What You Don’t Know (Sure Can Hurt You)
02. The Kids are Back
03. Burn in Hell
04. Destroyer
05. You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll
06. The Fire Still Burns
07. I Am (I’m Me)
08. We’re Not Gonna Take It
09. The Price
10. I Believe in Rock ‘n’ Roll
11. Under the Blade
12. I Wanna Rock
13. S.M.F.

Twisted Sister Premiere “The Price” Live Video From “Metal Meltdown” DVD

Twisted Sister have premiered a new live video for “The Price.” The footage is from the band’s new “Metal Meltdown” live CD-DVD/Blu-ray, which captures their May 30, 2015 performance at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. That effort was released today (July 22), and it also comes with their “Rockshow” documentary. This was the band’s first show since A.J. Pero’s death, and it featured Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, etc.) on drums.

Twisted Sister Premiere “We’re Not Gonna Take It” Live Video From “Metal Meltdown” DVD

Twisted Sister have premiered a new live video for “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” The footage is from the band’s new “Metal Meltdown” live CD-DVD/Blu-ray, which captures their May 30, 2015 performance at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. That effort will be available on July 22, and it will also come with their “Rockshow” documentary. This was the band’s first show since A.J. Pero’s death, and it featured Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, etc.) on drums.

Twisted Sister Premiere “You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll” Live Video From “Metal Meltdown” DVD

Twisted Sister have premiered a new live video for “You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll.” The footage is from the band’s new “Metal Meltdown” live CD-DVD/Blu-ray, which captures their May 30, 2015 performance at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. That effort will be available on July 22, and it will also come with their “Rockshow” documentary. This was the band’s first show since A.J. Pero’s death, and it featured Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, etc.) on drums.