Twisted Sister Schedule
Who can forget the 80's rock anthem of rebellion, "We're Not Gonna Take It," that blasted
on car radios in every high school parking lot in the nation? Just as memorable is the group behind the song with their over-the-top
makeup, costumes and stage presence. Twisted Sister is still touring today, and you can find them at venues like the Best
Buy Theater in New York, New York. If you'd like to relive those days again, just sign up for event updates right here through
Twisted Sister Background
Twisted Sister emerged out of the glam rock scene that was popular
in New York City during the dawn of the 70s. Adoring fans of Alice Cooper, Kiss and the New York Dolls, Twisted Sister's role
models rallied around theatrics, artistry and shock value. But because acts like the New York Dolls failed to make it big
with record sales and eventually disbanded, Twisted Sister toiled for close to a decade before they finally made waves in
the early 80s.
Twisted Sister's roots were planted in 1972 by Jay Jay French. As loyal disciples of the New York Dolls,
Twisted Sister modeled themselves closely after the Dolls. Three years later, they maintained a somewhat cohesive lineup,
which was comprised of French, Kenneth Harrison Neil (bassist), Eddie "Fingers" Ojeda (guitarist) and Kevin John Grace (drummer).
The one element that remained unstable in the lineup was the vocalist. But, that all changed in early 1976 with the arrival
of Dee Snider. Snider served as a welcome addition to the band with his Alice Cooper-like persona. He additionally became
the band's primary songwriter. At this time, Tony Petri also signed on as the new drummer and it seemed that the climate was
right for the band to start building a reputation for themselves around the Big Apple. With a solid lineup in place, the band
was on the right course for success. Snider cranked out a significant amount of new material and the band's calendar was filled.
They packed them in at many clubs, setting attendance records that have yet to be matched today.
Twisted Sister eventually
evolved from a glam rock band to a metal hard rock band. The addition of Mark "The Animal" Mendoza (bass player) cemented
the transformation. In 1980, "I'll Never Grow Up Now!" was issued as their debut track followed by the release of "Bad Boys
of Rock 'n Roll." After being turned down by record label after record label, Secret Records took the group under its wing
and issued the Ruff Cuts EP. Their debut full-length album, Under the Blade, made its way underground, conjuring up enough
noise to draw the attention of Atlantic Records. You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll dropped in 1983. The album set the tone for
the good things to come for Twisted Sister with the title track being well-received by metal fans. Stay Hungry arrived next
at a time when the band Quiet Riot rocketed to the top of the charts with songs like Metal Health. Snider unleashed some material
that held commercial value - songs like "I Wanna Rock" and the monster smash hit, "We're Not Gonna Take It." To complement
the songs, videos soon hit MTV at full speed, featuring amusing and funny antics. It didn't take long for the album to achieve
multi-platinum status. Twisted Sister kept the good times flowing by supporting their album with an extensive touring schedule.
But, fame slipped through the band's fingers and once-loyal fans and critics. The release of Come Out and Play (1985) didn't
help matters, which was imbalanced with both hardcore and pop elements. Atlantic Records re-release of Under the Blade didn't
stop the bleeding either. The band soldiered on and issued Love Is for Suckers in 1987. With less-than-stellar sales, Twisted
Sister fell apart shortly after its release. Snider carried on with a rock band called Desperado, which eventually became
Widowmaker. The other members of Twisted Sister remained under the radar over the next few years. Snider became the face and
voice for the promotion of the New York State Lotto, using his signature "I wanna rock!" lyrics. And, by the close of the
90s, he was recognized as a radio DJ and also dabbled in producing movies. He put his writing skills to use when he penned
and starred in Strangeland - a 1998 horror movie. For this project, he got Twisted Sister's last complete lineup back together
to make "Heroes Are Hard to Find." Eventually, Snider and Jay Jay French resolved their differences, which laid the groundwork
for a reunion of the Stay Hungry lineup. They presented a show for the first time in public in over a decade at a benefit
concert for NYC after 9/11. After a few more recordings in the 2000s, Twisted Sister continues to give performances today!
Twisted Sister Albums
Twisted Sister's discography is comprised of Under the Blade (1982); You Can't Stop Rock
'n' Roll (1983); Stay Hungry (1984); Come Out and Play (1987); Still Hungry (2004); and A Twisted Christmas (2006).
Twisted Sister Trivia
Twisted Sister scored the No. 73 spot in VH1's 100 greatest artists of hard rock.
Twisted Sister Concert Experience
We all know there are a variety of ways to get your music in today's day and
age, but to see one of your favorite artists perform live on stage gives you a completely different perception and experience!
Why miss out on the chance to feel the beats rumble through the crowd?
Twisted Sister knows a thing or two about getting
the a crowd going. So drop that bag of chips, get off the couch and head out for a night of captivating music by the iconic
rock band Twisted Sister. The concert experience is nothing short of spectacular, as any fan can confirm, but it's still something
that you have to embrace if you want to truly appreciate. When a fun and talented group like Twisted Sister takes the stage,
the vibe is ever-present, giving you plenty of reasons to click off the big-screen and head out to see it all happen up close
and personal as Twisted Sister looks to put on yet another fantastic show for metal fans.
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