Dee Snider is out with an acoustic version of the Twisted Sister signature hit ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’, directed by magician Criss Angel, in an effort to help raise awareness for Angel’s HELP (Heal Every Life Possible) charity. The video was shot outside of Las Vegas and features footage of people shaving their heads and hospitalized children who are battling cancer.
“Dee and I have known each other since the 1990s and he was a strong proponent of mine for years. We are both from Long Island, or as we like to think of it, ‘Strong Island,’ and his record publishing company gave me the rights to the song and it is our anthem for gratis,” Angel told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “Dee was unbelievably generous with his time and participation.”
Watch it via YouTube below.
Patriotic rock band Madison Rising is firing back at rock artists such as Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine for their criticisms of the Mitt Romney presidential campaign for Mitt and his running mate Paul Ryan using their music on the campaign trail, suggesting that they are large beneficiaries of the capitalistic system embraced by the Republican ticket that has brought both musicians enormous personal wealth.
“I think American’s are getting really tired of the divisive undertones of all of these musicians and how they constantly attack anyone who supports the system they benefited from so much,” Rich Mgrdechian, Madison Rising’s manager, said in a press release. “It really is ironic how guys like Tom Morello, Bruce Springsteen, Dee Snider and all the other anti-American loudmouths have made an absolute fortune bashing capitalism. They clearly have no shame whatsoever. They’re capitalists, they’re artists, they’re musicians, they’re Americans – and so are we. The only difference is that we don’t try to hide it.”
Rock acts on television this week include:
Spinnerette perform on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ (CBS) on Monday.
The Script perform on ‘The View’ (ABC) on Tuesday.
Twisted Sister perform on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ (NBC) on Thursday.
Twisted Sister are out with the video to their new single ’30’, off the Dee Snider led rock group’s 25th Anniversary Edition of ‘Stay Hungry’, out now on Rhino Records. Watch below.
Guns N’ Roses guitarist Bumblefoot, Twisted Sister’s JJ French and Eddie Ojeda, Frank Stallone, Anthrax’s Scott Ian, and Arthur Hanlon dropped by the Gibson Room at NAMM 2009. Check out highlights below.
Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider visited ‘Today’ on Wednesday (February 20) to talk about the tragic 2003 fire at the Station Nightclub in Rhode Island and how heavy metal is helping the survivors and family members. Watch the segment below the fold.
Dokken are out with the animated video to their holiday single ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’, from the compilation album ‘Monster Ballads Xmas’, also featuring Twisted Sister, Winger, Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer, Queensryche and Skid Row. ‘Monster Ballads Xmas’ is out now on Razor & Tie Records. Watch the brief video below.
Dee Snider was on the phone with Bob Rivers of 102.5 KZOK in Seattle on Monday (November 20) to talk about the first non live or compilation Twisted Sister album since 1987, ‘A Twisted Christmas’. They talked about how Bob Rivers’ ‘Twisted Christmas’ CD title is conflicting with their new album, Bob’s effort to get ‘Twisted Christmas’ copyrighted but noting that Twisted Sister was given an exception, and how Bob was happy about this and hoped some stoners would accidently buy his album instead. They also discussed the hair metal genre, being targetted by Tipper Gore in the ’80s, how women are into their music, how selling their music for commercials being like selling junk in your garage, the changing distribution models of the record industry, what he’s doing for Christmas, and more. Audio at bobrivers.com has since been removed.
Twisted Sister performed at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday (September 2) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Check out pictures from GettyImages.
Former Twisted Sister lead Dee Snider was on hand for the 4th Annual March of Dimes Bikers For Babies Ride on May 21st on the roads of New York City. Details on the ride are available at the rocker’s web site, DeeSnider.com.