Twisted Sister: Live in Oulu, FINLAND

May 19th, 2005
by Marko Syrjala

TWISTED SISTER Live in Club Teatria, Oulu FINLAND 07.05 2005

 

It?s been nineteen years since Twisted Sister last time played in Finland during their "heydays" in 1986. Then about a year later the Sisters broke up after very the unsuccessful "Love Is For Suckers" album and that was it ? Fortunately vocalist Dee Snider visited Finland in 1999 playing for sold out crown in Tavastia Club as a solo artist with his S.M.F band. When Twisted Sister "surprisingly" announced news about their re-union in 2002 rumors started to fly about their possible return to Finland which now finally came true when hockey player Janne Niinimaa asked them to play in the opening party for his new rock club Teatria in Oulu.

Review and pictures by Marko Syrjala



 

 

Teatria is a pretty big place in Oulu with a capacity of 2500 and I was a little afraid it would be quite empty in some places, but when i got in and saw all the people heading to the show my fears were gone. I think that show was almost sold out at least it looked like that.’

The night kicked off with two Finnish bands Ter?sbetoni and Tarot but somehow i managed to miss them both because i arrived just a just few minutes before "the showtime", so there is nothing to say about those bands.

 

 

Within a few minutes, Twisted Sister were on stage, launching into "What You Don?t Know (Sure Can Hurt You)" - what can I say? Dee Snider screaming and jumping accross the stage, Jay Jay French and Eddie Ojeda playing and looking funny, Mark "the Animal" Mendoza literally chopping his bass and looking angry and A.J Pero …. this man now knows how to play drums! All in all a great start. Next song was "Shoot ‘Em Down", another gem from their classic debut album "Under The Blade".

 

 

 

The crowd was really wild right from the beginning. The guys were stunned with their fans’ reaction, and the fans were stunned with their heroes. Everybody knows that success of this band culminates to classic "Stay Hungry" album, which they recently re -recorded with new title "Still Hungry", and now first time ever they did the entire album from start to finish. When Snider introduced their biggest hits: "We?re Not Gonna Take It " and "I Wanna Rock" a wave of screams shook the hall. Everyone went completely mad!

 

 

 

One funny thing happened during guitar solo for "We’re Not…." when Eddie completely lost his melodies and he played solo from wrong note until Jay Jay showed him the right place. It’s only rock’n roll and from that moment everything only got better!

 

 

At some point Jay Jay, who looked really "twisted" in his 80’s look, did a long speech about faithfullness of metal fans who keep on following their heroes year after year and he received a big cheers from the crowd. "Burn In Hell" intro included a nice effect when "Evil Dee" was standing on stage and red spotlight was pointing in his face when stage was full white smoke. That worked out great.

 

 

Drum solo from A.J Pero was okay because it didn’t started a mass invasion to the bar which is a good thing, i think? "Stay Hungry", another "evergreen", was good as always and so was "The Price". "Horror-Teria (Captain Howdy & Street Justice)" ,(another track from Stay Hungry), was one of the few surprises of the night and it receipt another big cheers from the audience. This song was a really rare delicacy for the Finnish audience because as Dee said himself, it was a second time ever this song was performed live. Other not so often played tracks included "I Believe In Rock’n Roll" and "Don’t Let Me Down".

 

 

Encores started with "Come Out And Play " and then followed "the grande finale" which included a brief band member introducion by Dee before they closed the event with "S.M.F".

 

It’s true that this band is pure nostalgia act, some of the guys are using wigs on stage, they are not the best players in the world and in fact they haven’t done any new music together in almost 18 (!) years but still this is clearly something what people are looking for. There isn’t anything negative to say about this concert, even i’s a pity that there weren’t any tracks from the "Love Is For Suckers", because they played with such energy and power that it simply couldn’t have been better. Especially Dee Snider is still in wonderful shape. But from fans perspective only two tracks from "Under The Blade" and another two from "You Can’t Stop Rock’n Roll" is not enough… but you can’t get everything,right?

 

Hopefully they will carry on for a long time and they should definitely give it a try and put out another studio album sometime..?

 If you have a change to catch ‘em live, don’t miss them!

 

 

HERE IS THE SETLIST FROM OULU (not in order..)

 What You Don?t Know (Sure Can Hurt You)

Shoot ?Em Down

The Kids Are Back

You Can?t Stop Rock ?n? Roll 

Stay Hungry 

We?re Not Gonna Take It

Burn In Hell (incl. drum solo) 

Horror-Teria (Captain Howdy & Street Justice)     
I Wanna Rock 

The Price 

Don?t Let Me Down 

The Beast 

S.M.F. 

Come Out and Play

I Believe In Rock ?n? Roll

The Fire Still Burns

 

  

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