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For those who “stayed hungry” for the riotous rock of Long Island’s loudest band, Eagle Rock Entertainment are ready to satiate! Twisted Sister: Live In Wacken – The Reunion will be unleashed as a DVD/CD set on October 26, 2010. [MSRP $19.98]
Twisted Sister established itself as a band to be heard AND seen. Their instantly recognizable image, fiery live shows, and a string of highly successful albums loaded with defiant anthems rocketed them to stardom before their split in the late eighties. In 2003, the classic line-up of lead vocalist Dee Snider, guitarists Jay Jay French and Eddie “Fingers” Ojeda, bassist Mark “The Animal” Mendoza, and drummer AJ Pero joined forces yet again and took the stage at the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany. 110 minutes thick with riffage and rebellion, this DVD/CD reissue of the concert, which was previously released in 2005, was the first filmed performance of the fully revitalized, post-millenial Twisted Sister.
Live In Wacken is the full experience of the band’s reunification. Fans are treated not only with live footage of Wacken on the DVD, but snippets of other performances and interviews chronicling the story of their reunion after so many years. The accompanying CD, Live…Past & Present, completes the package, encapsulating the band’s history with vintage live tracks from Detroit and Porchester in 1980, London in 1982, and the 2003 Wacken performance.
“The Kids Are Back” indeed.
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1.) What You Don’t Know (Sure Can’t Hurt You)
2.) In The Beginning*
3.) The Final Show…1987*
4.) The Kids Are Back
5.) Stay Hungry
6.) The Speaks Reunion*
7.) A Night For Jason*
9.) Like A Knife In The Back
10.) TS on TV*
11.) The New York Steel Benefit*
12.) Under The Blade
13.) Old School Returns*
14.) You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll
15.) The Fire Still Burns
16.) South Korea April 2003*
17.) Shoot ‘Em Down
18.) We’re Not Gonna Take It
20.) The Price
22.) Burn In Hell
23.) I Wanna Rock
24.) Band Intro
Detroit & Portchester 1980
1.) Bad Boys Of Rock ‘N’ Roll
2.) Born To Be Wild
3.) I’ll Never Grow Up. Now!
4.) You Know I Cry
5.) You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll
6.) What You Don’t Know (Sure Can’t Hurt You)
7.) The Kids Are Back
8.) Stay Hungry
9.) Like A Knife In The Back
10.) I Am, I’m Me
11.) The Fire Still Burns
Three additional musicians have been confirmed for the upcoming tribute album “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks.” Founding Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French, Tuff vocalist Stevie Rachelle and drummer Stet Howland (Lita Ford, W.A.S.P.) have collaborated on a new recording of the Ted Nugent cult favorite “Thunder Thighs,” a track from his 1986 “Penetrator” album. As Ted himself reveals in its liner notes, “‘Thunder Thighs’ is a career highpoint, as far as I and many others are concerned.” The story of a lusty young lady with a healthy appetite (and healthy curves to match), the new version is delivered with equal gusto and enthusiasm by the talented trio above. The track was arranged and produced by Paul LaPlaca (Chris Caffrey, The Great Kat, Zandelle), who also contributes bass and rhythm guitar. A sample of the song is now available at the official “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” MySpace page.
“I am the voice of this lost Nugent nugget,” says Stevie Rachelle, “and it sure was a fun one to sing! Uncle Ted does indeed rock. Always has, always will.”
“I recorded my guitar parts fresh out of seeing ‘Avatar’ by James Cameron,” comments Jay Jay French. “So even though I was laying down tracks for a song about some girl with meaty legs, all I kept picturing were those elongated blue aliens with their 3% body fat!”
“Ironically, I found myself working on ‘Thunder Thighs’ during a thunderstorm,” reveals Stet Howland, “and a lightning strike fried my system! To say that the files got corrupted would be an understatement! Long story short, after buying a new computer, reloading and upgrading my Pro Tools and shouting a lot of random curse words, my drum tracks were done!”
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Twisted Sister guitarist Eddie Ojeda has joined the roster of the upcoming tribute album “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks.” Eddie appears in conjunction with his solo project Eddie Ojeda’s Band of Steel, featuring vocalist Andre Vanchot (X Factor X, Joe Stump), bassist Chris McCarvill (Dokken, House of Lords, Jeff Scott Soto) and drummer B.J. Zampa (Dokken, House of Lords, Yngwie Malmsteen). Eddie and company contribute a new incarnation of the Spinal Tap favorite “Big Bottom,” a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the well-padded posterior. “Big Bottom” is infamous for featuring three separate bass parts (bass, lead bass, rhythm bass) with no guitars whatsoever. A bass-centric tune with a lot of low end, it’s a bottom-heavy ode to the bottom-heavy girl. A sample of the song is now available at the official “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/WholeLottaLoveTribute
“When I was first asked if I wanted to cover ‘Big Bottom,’ I thought it was a joke! I mean, why would you ask a guitarist to play on a song with no guitars?” commented a bewildered Eddie Ojeda. “That’s like hiring Dee Snider to record a song and then telling him not to sing on it! I just figured I’d stumbled into an easy gig, since my band would end up doing all the work. In the end, I did find a way of adding my own personal touch to the song, while also being respectful to the bass-heavy sound of the original.”
“It wasn’t hard playing all three bass parts,” added Chris McCarvill, “but it was hard playing them all at the same time. There has to be an easier way to do this!” The exhausted McCarvill then passed out from his exertions and declined to comment further.
“Remember, you can’t spell BASS without ASS!” remarked singer Andre Vanchot, moments before dropping trou and mooning hapless bandmate B.J. Zampa.
Summing up the band’s collective pride in the finished product, Ojeda beamed, “I think our version is absolutely killer. On a scale of 1 to 10, I give it an 11!”
Solvesborg 4-7.07 2008
REPORT AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ AND ARTO LEHTINEN
ADDITIONAL REVIEWS BY JARNO HUOVILA
Sjutton också… The summer has arrived, hasn’t it?! Sunny, rainy, and even ice cold weather all together at Sweden Rock
However, it is time for the annual march to Sweden Rock. This is the ninth time in a row that Metal-Rules.com has made a vist to the mighty Sweden Rock festival! All in all over 70 bands had been booked for the Sweden Rock festival that turned out to be nothing but an utter blast from the beginning to the end! The bill of Sweden Rock 2009 covered everything from extreme metal ala Immortal to classic rock ala Journey and of course everything between. Therefore, there was at least something for everyone who attended. As a tradition the whole festival was once again sold out when approximately 35,200 people and all the bands and crews etc at the area every day. As mentioned in the first sentence, this is the ninth time in a row when Sweden Rock has been featured on the site Metal-Rules.com, so it is quite logical for us to give a real in-depth article of several bands performing at Sweden Rock. We are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Enjoy or die !!!
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Back in the heyday of heavy metal and hard rock in the 80’s, Twisted Sister was considered public enemy #1 amongst parents and above all the legendary PMRC led by Tipper Gore. They constantly attacked Dee Snider and his Twisted Sister clan. To think back then that one day the same public guys would play in some tremendous shopping centre somewhere in the middle of nothing would be beyond belief. Strangly enough, the sisters had indeed been booked to perform in a shopping centre up here in Finland, whose typical daily visitors are mostly Finnish families. Of course the Sisters didn’t play in the middle of the day so not many shopping families got to take a glance at them while shopping.
REVIEW AND INTRO BY ARTO LEHTINEN
PICTURES AND ADDITIONAL COMMENTS BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ
Legendary glam/hard rock band Twisted Sister was originally formed in 1972 by guitarist Jay Jay French. In the beginning the band went through numerous line up changes. Eddie Ojeda joined their ranks in 1975 and one year later the band found its true leader Dee Snider who soon became the band’s dominant songwriter. Former Dictators bassist Mark (the Animal) Mendoza joined in 1978 and the band changed their style from glam rock to a more metallic hard rock. The band released their first single ‘Iï¿½ll Never Grow Up Now!’ via their own label TRS in 1981 but it wasnï¿½t until 1982 that they finally got their first deal from independent record company, Secret Records. At this point drummer A.J Pero completed the classic line-up. Later in the same year the band finally, after ten years, released their first studio album UNDER THE BLADE. The album became a surprise underground success and the band was soon signed by major company Atlantic Records. YOU CAN’T STOP ROCK N ROLL came out in 1983. With that album the the band got its first chart-flirting single but it wasnï¿½t until 1984 and STAY HUNGRY that the band hit the BIG time! With the help of such monster hits as "We’re Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock" the album soon exceeded multi-platinum sales. Twisted Sister was at the top of their game. Unfortunately, the good times didnï¿½t last too long. The bands 1985 release COME OUT AND PLAY quickly slid off the charts and the band started to lose their media interest. A.J Pero left after the tour and he was replaced by veteran drummer Joe Franco. The band did its final attempt to return with another album LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS in 1987 but after very disappointing sales Twisted Sister wound up disintegrating shortly thereafter.
The classic line-up of Twisted Sister: Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda, Mark (the Animal) Mendoza and A.J Pero reformed in 2003 after a sixteen year non existence. Since then the band has since toured sporadically across the globe and though the band has not released any new original songs they have released a bunch of material including the heavy metal Christmas album TWISTED CHRISTMAS which came out in 2006. I had a chance to talk briefly with Jay Jay and Mark before the band’s show in Helsinki on the 12th of November and here are the results of that conversation.
INTERVIEW, REVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJï¿½Lï¿½
Sauna Open Air Metal Festival, Tampere, Finland, 8th-10th of June 2006
Intro/outro by Luxi “come-out-and-play” Lahtinen
Mindless commentary, bullshitting, spitting, farting, headaches, mumbling, cursing, getting wasted, demons on shoulders, handclapping, sophisticated way of using swear words, photographing, killing of the giants / slaughtering of the gayest, documenting of all kinds, etc. by Luxi “L.O.V.E. Machine” Lahtinen & Niko “burn-in-Hell” Karppinen
“Satan´s calling… Ave Luciferus… Ave Satanas! Heavy Metal is dangerous for your health. It reaps your soul and destroys your mind”.
If that´s so, we had arrived to the right place. Sauna Open Air Metal Festival opened its doors for the third time in its entire history, this time having booked some very interesting yet big names for the bill – Iggy & The Stooges, Lordi and Twisted Sister being probably those three bands that made most of the people travel to the festival, yet not underestimating all the other bands (like W.A.S.P., Finntroll, Stam1na – and so on…) that participated in this metallic event in one of the Finland´s biggests cities, Tampere.
This year´s bill was basically shared for three musical categories: Thursday was for a more rock-orientated bands (Blake, The Black League, Iggy & The Stooges, etc.), Friday for more extreme sounding bands (Finntroll, Diablo, Cradle of Filth, etc.) and Saturday, which was also sold-out due to bands like Lordi and Twisted Sister, we were treated to bands that have based their sounds on more of a tradiotional Heavy Metal sound, so basically everyone found some bands for his/her likings.
Also two (well-) aged (but not bald), dumb (but not stupid) and close-minded (but not THAT narrow-minded) reporters from the largely respected Canadian Metal-Rules.com webmagazine intruded through the gates of the festival just like last year, and the following diary was put together by them (Read the last year´s S.O.A.M. -festival diary from here), out of the (well-selected) bands at the Sauna Open Air Metal Festival 2006. Read on…
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