Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot, Etc. Members Cover Mountain’s “Theme From An Imaginary Western”

Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater), and Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot) have shared their cover of Mountain’s “Theme From An Imaginary Western.” This track is from the new Leslie West tribute album, “Legacy: A Tribute To Leslie West,” which will be released on March 25. Snider commented:

“Leslie was a hero, friend, amazing guy and a guitar god. I always wanted to sing this song. It’s my favorite Leslie West guitar solo. It resonates with me and speaks to me on so many levels. I’m honored to have gotten a chance to do it on this record.”

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 Premieres “Down But Never Out” Music Video

Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) has premiered a new video for his song “Down But Never Out.” This track is from his new album “Leave A Scar,“ which was released today (July 30). Snider commented:

“I pride myself on the fact that throughout the decades, my music has always tried to not only push back against all oppressors (in this case Covid-19), but also lift people up and encourage them to fight back. ‘Down But Never Out‘ is a perfect example of this ethos.”

Dee Snider Tests Positive For COVID-19 Despite Being Fully Vaccinated

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider has revealed that he recently tested positive for COVID-19. The frontman has already been fully vaccinated, but some breakthrough cases like his are expected considering the vaccines are not 100% effective at stopping infection. Despite this, the shots are still effective at preventing death and severe illness.

Snider told Ultimate Classic Rock the following:

“I’ve been having problems with my home studio and got COVID in spite of the fact that I’m fully vaccinated. It happened a few days ago. This is about day five. It was really minor, like, nothing that Advil and Sudafed [couldn’t handle]. But … I don’t want to bring my studio guy into fix my technology. I told him to stay out of here. Even though I feel fine, I don’t want to take a chance. Hopefully, I’ll be super-immune. Like I said, I’m fully vaccinated, plus [I got] COVID.”

“I won’t say that I had no effects. It was a little aches and pains, a little stuffiness. But like I said, a Sudafed and a couple of Advil and I was just doing everything, business as usual. You know, I said, ‘Maybe I’ll get tested just for the hell of it.’ I got a home test and I’m like, ‘What the fuck?’ But they’re saying that they think a lot more people who are vaccinated have gotten it. And because it’s minor, they’re not going to the doctor or the hospital, so it’s not being reported. Because I’m hearing a lot of people saying that they caught it. It’s not knocking them on their ass or hospitalizing them, but they’re definitely getting COVID, even with vaccinations.”

He also added:

“My wife decided [to take the grandkids] to Disney World [because they wanted to go]. ‘Okay, I’m going to take you to Disney World.’ She looks online – reservations only, limited [number of] people in, social distancing, masks, must be vaccinated, if not vaccinated, must be tested. So, okay, great. She gets all of the tickets, $1,000 worth of tickets and goes there. No one checks vaccination, no one checks tests. No one’s enforcing masks. It’s packed and they’re all in lines waiting for an hour.

They came back and brought it back with them. There was zero enforcement. And then, you know, once you’re through that gate. They say, ‘Well, why would you take your kids there?’ They’re through the gate and the kids are just running for fuckin’ Minnie Mouse, and it’s non-refundable. They don’t give you a thousand bucks back for all of the tickets you bought. It’s like, ‘C’mon grandkids,’ they’ll be hating Grandma for the rest of their lives. ‘Oh, but I saved you from getting COVID.’ Yeah, that will matter to them.”

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 Premieres New Song “Time To Choose” Featuring Cannibal Corpse’s George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher

Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) has premiered a lyric video for his new song “Time To Choose.” This track features George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher (Cannibal Corpse) and it will appear on Snider’s new album “Leave A Scar,“ which is set to be released on July 30. Snider commented:

“‘Time To Choose‘ deals with a subject I’ve addressed often over the course of my writing career: good vs. evil (see ‘Burn In Hell‘). Given the heaviness of this track, I felt adding George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher‘s voice to this would drive home the seriousness of the choices we make. I was honored when he agreed to contribute his incredibly powerful voice.”