Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) To Take Part In All-Star Musical Fusion Extravaganza “Rock Me Amadeus”

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider will be taking part in the upcoming all-star musical fusion extravaganza “Rock Me Amadeus.” That concert experience is scheduled to open in New York City in summer 2021.

The following was said about “Rock Me Amadeus”:

“ROCK ME AMADEUS brings together some of the greatest talents from the worlds of rock, pop and classical music, into an unexpected and nostalgic musical fusion and spectacle of a show you never knew you was possible until you experience it!

When iconic rock songs from Led Zeppelin, Journey, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith and Nirvana get uniquely mashed up with the likes of classical masters and rockstars of their day, Mozart, Beethoven and Puccini, Rock Me Amadeus takes you on a unique and edgy musical journey.

An unparalleled and diverse range of vocal talent highlight the cast, and they are joined by a second-to-none rock band, world-renowned violinist, symphony orchestra and choir. When you thought your favorite rock or classical music songs couldn’t possibly get any better or more exciting, Rock Me Amadeus proves otherwise with a fresh take that will have you singing along, dancing in the aisles…and rocking all night long!

CAST:

Alyson Cambridge
Chloe Lowery
Kia Warren
Máiréad Nesbitt
Brian Delaney
Dee Snider
Toby Rand
Tony Bruno
Tony Vincent
Victor Ryan Robertson
Luis Guzman
Henry Aronson
Co-Creators/Producers: Tony Bruno & Alyson Cambridge”

[via Blabbermouth]

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:

Dee Snider Recording Christmas Song With Tarja Turunen

During an interview on the “Behind The Vinyl” podcast, Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) revealed that he has teamed up Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish) to record a Christmas song. The frontman said the following about that:

“I wrote this song for my wife many years ago. You guys may or may not know that Celine Dion recorded a Christmas song I wrote [called ‘God Bless Us Everyone’]. I wrote it as a gift for my wife; I never wrote it for commercial purposes. And I can’t — it’s just out of my range to sing it. But long story short, I decided to do my own rendition of it, and I asked Tarja to sing it as a duet with me, ’cause it’s got some really high parts in it. So Jeff Pilson from DOKKEN and FOREIGNER, he’s producing it. And we’re just finishing the tracks right now, so we’re gonna start doing the vocals. That’ll come out later this year.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta Wants To Team Up With Other Singers To Record New Vocals Over The Instrumentals On Metallica And Lou Reed’s “Lulu”

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed) says he wants to team up with Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row), Robb Flynn (Machine Head), and Kirk Windstein (Crowbar) to record new vocals over the instrumentals on Metallica and Lou Reed’s collaborative album “Lulu.” He even offered to give the band a $50,000 donation for their “All Within My Hands” Foundation to make his vision a reality:

Dee Snider Premieres Video For Live Version Of “For The Love Of Metal”

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider has premiered a new video for a live version of “For The Love Of Metal.” This version of the track is from his new live release “For The Love Of Metal Live!,” which will be available on July 31. More details on that effort can be found HERE. Snider commented:

“When Jamey Jasta told me his idea for this song, I thought it sounded crazy. But after we were done putting it together and recording ‘For The Love Of Metal’, I knew we made a statement that not only needed to be made, but will speak for the heavy metal community for years to come. Because at the end of the day, we are all fucking metal! This is my new favorite song to perform live!”

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider Says AC/DC’s New Album Has Been “Delayed” Due To The Coronavirus Pandemic

During a recent interview with ABC News Radio, Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider said that AC/DC’s new album “has been recorded,” but it had to be “delayed” due to the coronavirus pandemic. He also added:

“I haven’t heard anything, but… it’s AC/DC, man. You can’t go wrong! Four chords and a dream, baby! That’s it!”

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David Ellefson (Megadeth) Recruits Anthrax, Sacred Reich, Crobot, Etc. Members For New Covers Album

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson will be releasing a new covers album titled “No Cover” on October 2. The 13-track record will feature covers of tracks by Motörhead, W.A.S.P., Def Leppard, Cheap Trick, Queen, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, and more.

Ellefson recorded the album with vocalist Thom Hazaert, guitarist Andy Martongelli, guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Guns N’ Roses), drummer Paolo Caridi, and the following special guests:

– Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
– Eddie Ojeda (ex-Twisted Sister)
– Brandon Yeagley (Crobot)
– Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth)
– Frank Hannon and Troy Lucketta (Tesla)
– Mark Slaughter
– Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, ex-Watchtower, Evil United)
– Greg Handevidt (Kublai Khan, Ex-Megadeth)
– Chuck Behler (Ex-Megadeth)
– Gus G (Firewind)
– John Aquilino (Icon)
– Doro Pesch
– Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head)
– Dave Alvin (White Trash)
– Todd Kerns (Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators)
– Andy Freeman (Last In Line)
– Jacob Bunton (Mick Mars)
– Dead By Wednesday

Ellefson said the following:

“Before any of us started writing our own songs, we all began playing cover songs by our heroes during our formative years as musicians. So, it’s fun to go back in time and revisit those songs which helped us to become the artists we are today, especially when, ironically, many of those artists have now become peers and friends.

During the process of recording some covers for B-Sides and bonus tracks for the upcoming Ellefson solo LP, Thom and I just said, ‘This is a blast, let’s just do a whole album of covers!’ Literally, within 2 weeks, we had the songs recorded, and began calling our friends to join us, many of whom we had just performed with on the MEGA-Cruise back in October. From there, the album just fell into place.”

“A lot of our buddies have been playing covers and quarantine jams on the Internet during the pandemic, so this is really just an extension of that, but we took it the next level and actually recorded a full studio album.

We’ve been working remotely anyway, as we’re all over the Globe, so it was easy to incorporate some guests jumping in with some outstanding performances of their own. It’s been a really fun nod to making great music with our friends, who are kick-ass players, and many legends in their own right, which is the whole reason we got into this in the first place!”

Hazaert added:

“It’s all songs and artists that really mutually influenced both myself and David, especially a lot of early ‘metal’ and harder classic rock. Some stuff I picked, some stuff he picked, but for the most part is was all artists that we both loved. What’s funny, as there’s a bit of an age gap, we were sometimes more influenced by different eras of the same bands. But it was really him saying, ‘Let’s do this song,’ and me saying, ‘Yes!!! And let’s do this song.’ And before we knew it, we had over 15 songs. And it’s a lot of album tracks, deep cuts, early tracks, stuff people might not expect, which was what was so fun.”

“It was also great that we were able to work in a lot of nods to David’s history, getting Chuck Behler to play with us, bringing in original Megadeth guitarist Greg Handevidt to play on ‘Love Me Like A Reptile’, a song they used to play in cover bands together before they moved to L.A. (which we wrote about in ‘More Life With Deth’), and Randy Burns is going to mix a track or two. As a singer, these are literally bands I’ve listened to, and covered all my life, and for me, getting to play with Eddie Ojeda, the Tesla guys, Charlie Benante, Jason McMaster, Mark Slaughter, etc, and sing these songs that mean so much to me. I mean, literally, the entire record is my bucket list of people I’d love to play with, and some of my favorite bands. So, it’s truly an honor to put together something so fun, and really as effortless as this was. It truly is a love letter to rock n’ roll, an homage to what made us, musically, who we are today.”

Dee Snider Premieres Video For Live Version Of “I Am the Hurricane”

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider has premiered a new video for a live version of his song “I Am the Hurricane.” This version of the track is from his new live release “For The Love Of Metal Live!,” which will be available on July 31. More details on that effort can be found HERE. Snider commented:

“If there is ever a repeated message in my songs, it’s this: stand up, fight back, don’t take any shit from anybody, and fuck anybody who gets in your way or tries to put you down. It’s a message that constantly needs to be reinforced in us all, myself included. ‘I Am the Hurricane’ is that reinforcement!”

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.”