Everybody knows Twisted Sister’s not gonna take it. But they’re not going to be giving it much longer, either.
Frontman Dee Snider says the hard rocking quintet’s upcoming Michigan State Fair gig is part of “the farewell end of the reunion shows” that Twisted Sister — best known for ’80s hits such as “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock” — began in 2002, after an acrimonious split 15 years prior. The concerts have been well received, but Snider, 51, says the group, which formed in 1973 in New Jersey, is resisting the temptation to remain a going concern.
“We’ve been doing full-out, old-school, makeup-and-everything shows, and everyone loves it,” explains Snider, who also has a syndicated radio program, “House of Hair,” on 200 stations and does voice-over work. “We don’t want to be like Kiss ... the smell that never goes away. It’s an oldies show, but they’re our oldies, so who better to play them?
“And right now everything’s good. We get along great. I want to finish it while we’re still friends. That’s the reason we did it in the first place, and now we get to end on a better note and fix all the relationships.”
Having two sons who are trying to enter the music business has given Snider another reason to get Twisted Sister out of the picture.
“I used to get (angry) back in the day at the old bands that never left and made room for us,” he says. “I don’t want to be the guy they get (angry) at.”
Twisted Sister has one final recording hurrah, however — a Christmas album that’s due out in mid-October and features rocked up versions of “White Christmas,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” (with Lita Ford), “O Come All Ye Faithful” set to the tune of “We’re Not Gonna Take Its” and “The Twelve Days of Christmas” recast as “My Heavy Metal Christmas.”
“It was a lot of fun,” says Snider, who also has a Halloween musical, “Van Helsing’s Curse,” that he’s developing into a touring production. “We’re doing to do a short run of dates after Thanksgiving; I wouldn’t be surprised if Detroit was one of those dates. But there’s not that many days in between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so the time of Twisted Sister really is coming to an end.”
Twisted Sister and Proper Villains perform at 7 p.m. Monday (August 28th)at the Michigan State Fair, Eight Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, Detroit. The concert is free with paid admission to the fair. Call (313) 369-8250 or visit
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