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Video footage has surfaced of Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French appearing onstage at Lordi's concert in New York last night. He was came onstage to perform the song, "It Snows In Hell." You can watch video footage of the performance below. More...
Blabbermouth.net reports: TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider, whose manager apparently also works with Robert Plant, has told MuchMoreMusic's Matt Wells that LED ZEPPELIN members Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonhman have tapped ALTER BRIDGE singer Myles R. Kennedy to sing with them on the road tour if Plant refuses to join them for the much-rumored ZEPPELIN reunion tour. "They're saying [to Robert], 'We're all rehearsed, we're ready to go, here's a gazillion dollars on the table," Snider told MuchMoreMusic. "If you don't do it, we're going out with this kid. And he can sing the shit out of ZEPPELIN.' And they're gonna, like, hope that Robert, at the last minute, will go, 'OK,' and step in, before having the lead singer of ALTER BRIDGE out with John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Jason Bonham."
A short video clip of Snider talking to MuchMoreMusic about the possibility of Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonhman touring with ALTER BRIDGE singer Myles R. Kennedy can be found at this location.
Plant recently shot down reports that he has signed on to team up with LED ZEPPELIN for a reunion tour. In a message posted on his web site, the singer said that he had no road plans after his recent tour with Alison Krauss, which wrapped on October 5 in Saratoga, Florida.
The message read in part: "Robert has no intention whatsoever of touring with anyone for at least the next two years. Contrary to a spate of recent reports, Robert Plant will not be touring or recording with LED ZEPPELIN. Anyone buying tickets online to any such event will be buying bogus tickets."
Plant himself was quoted as saying, "It's both frustrating and ridiculous for this story to continue to rear its head when all the musicians that surround the story are keen to get on with their individual projects and move forward. I wish Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham nothing but success with any future projects."
Page, Jones and Bonham have reportedly been rehearsing with a series of other vocalists, including Kennedy. There has been no official announcement as to whether the band is planning to tour or record together without Plant's involvement.
According to Psxextreme.com, fans of Guitar Hero and/or Rock Band take note: Rock Revolution is scheduled to drop on October 14 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and will boast both guitar and drum peripherals. You'll be able to create your own tracks, test out each individual instrument, and of course, have a legitimate blast with several friends. Like it or not, the other two blockbuster music franchises now have some very stiff competition, and these are the songs that could propel Rock Revolution to a stunning sales victory. More...
Twisted Sister has revealed that they will bring the songs from the bands collection of christmas songs to Broadway this December. The play will be entitled, "A Twisted Christmas" after the album of the same name. No further details have been revealed but more are expected to follow.
Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French has posted the following update on the bands forthcoming live DVD:
"Recorded in London, in August 2004, the critics hailed Twisted Sister's performance as one of their greatest ever. If you're an SMF, and have wondered what Twisted Sister thought about any of their live shows throughout their 35 year history, you should know this: while certain band members remember certain shows, and relate tales of particular performances as being their favourite, rarely does the band universally agree that any particular show is about as good as it gets. I can say this without hesitation or ambiguity: each band member considered that night to be amongst the most special of our careers. This concert was filmed and kept in a vault for the past four years. When the band had the opportunity to look at the footage, it brought back the heat, passion, intensity and audience participation that was at a level far above all expectations. The DVD will be released worldwide through Demolition Records, our UK based label, and we look forward to sharing this magical performance with all of you."
Known for her arsenal of BC Rich guitars - affectionately called "bitches" by those who play them - and her talent for ripping things up as good as the next guy, Lita Ford shredded things up last night at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK, a four day rock and metal fest featuring bands from the '80s like Queensrÿche, Warrant and Tesla.
Joining her on stage were Stet Howland (W.A.S.P.) on drums, Teddy Cook (Dio) on Bass, Michael T. Ross (Bent Pussycat) on keyboards, and Tom Cavanagh (Angel) on guitar.
According to Rocklahoma's official website this is Lita's first show in 15 years, not counting the warm-up gigs she did around New York earlier this month under the guise of a Lita Ford tribute act called Kiss Me Deadly.
After gaining notoriety for her guitar skills with The Runaways, Lita left the all-female rock group to forge a solo career in 1979, scoring huge hits with tunes like "Gotta Let It Go," "Kiss Me Deadly," and "Close My Eyes Forever," a duet with Ozzy Osbourne.
At the height of her career, Lita toured with some of the biggest acts in rock and metal, heavy hitters like Black Sabbath, Anthrax, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, proving that girls could play guitar and helping introduce a once male-dominated genre to legions of head-banging chicks across the globe.
The Queen of Metal recently signed on with Coallier Entertainment , a New York-based label that also houses Foreigner and Twisted Sister on their roster. Does this mean we can expect a new album from the metal glamazon? This mother of two is keeping mum, but rumours of a press conference on Monday should reveal if her hiatus is finally over.
TWISTED SISTER have updated their site to reveal more scheduled live dates.
The band's tour itinerary currently includes the following shows:
10 - Lovech, Bulgaria - Lovech Music Festival (free)
15 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Arrow Rock Festival
11 - Feria de Muestras, Zaragoza, Spain - Monsters Of Rock Festival
13 - Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Rock & Roll Lounge
9 - Tuuri, Finland - Miljoonarock Festival 2008
15 - Lillehammer, Norway - Metal Rock Festival
13 - Milan, Italy - Rock Of Ages - A September To Remember Festival
More dates to be announced.
Thanks to Wayne Parry of The Associated Press for the following:
Rocker Redoes Anthem for Barack Obama
Jay Jay French wants to rock. He also wants Barack.
So the TWISTED SISTER guitarist has re-recorded the heavy metal band's anthem, 'I Wanna Rock', which has become 'I Want Barack'.
French, a lifelong liberal Democrat whose mother campaigned for John F. Kennedy, said Barack Obama, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, has energized a new generation of voters who previously felt left out of politics.
"He has excited so many people," said French, who founded Twisted Sister in 1973, in a telephone interview Tuesday. "He has given sincere hope to people who have been out of the arena for years."
French plays guitar on the track, which features Paulie Z., singer for the band Z02, on vocals and lead guitar. They call the band Jay Jay French and Friends and stress this isn't a Twisted Sister project because that band's members are split on the presidential candidates.
The Obama camp had no immediate comment on the song.
French said an accompanying video will soon be released on YouTube, and hopes the song will someday be played at rallies for Obama, where Stevie Wonder's 'Signed, Sealed And Delivered' now reigns.
TWISTED SISTER has scheduled the following dates:
May 10 - [to be announced] - Bulgaria
Jun. 15 - Arrow Rock Festival - Nijmegen, Holland
Jul. 13 - Snatch Rock & Roll Lounge - Calgary, AB
Aug. 09 - [to be announced] - Finland
Aug. 15 - [to be announced] - Norway
Sep. 13 – [to be announced] - Milan, Italy
TWISTED SISTER have lined up a date in Holland, at a venue to-be-announced on June 15th. More details to surface soon.
Currently, Twisted Sister have the following European tour dates (cities, venues tba) scheduled:
10 - Bulgaria
15 - Holland
9 - Finland
16 - Norway
13 - Milan, Italy More...
TWISTED SISTER has scheduled the following dates:
Feb. 25 - Providence, RI - Dunkin' Donuts Center (Station Family Fund benefit concert)
May 10 - Bulgaria [venue to be announced]
Aug. 09 - Finland [venue to be announced]
Aug. 16 - Norway [venue to be announced]
Sep. 13 - Milan, Italy [venue to be announced]
Fan-filmed video footage of TWISTED SISTER's concert at last year's Rocklahoma festival, which took place in July 2007 on the outskirts of Pryor, Oklahoma, can be viewed below (courtesy of "dammefather").
On September 25, Razor & Tie Entertainment released "A Twisted Christmas Live", a DVD of TWISTED SISTER's holiday 2006 show at New Jersey's legendary Starland Ballroom. The DVD features performances of tunes from "A Twisted Christmas" (which features rock n' roll versions of beloved Christmas classics), as well as TWISTED SISTER's greatest hits.
Formed in 1976, TWISTED SISTER ruled the radio airwaves and MTV in the 1980s with such monster hits as "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock". To date, the band has sold over 10 million albums worldwide, boasts 34 silver, gold and platinum certifications from 8 countries and has toured in 22 different countries. TWISTED SISTER has given over 9,000 performances in their thirty-year career.
The following story is courtesy of Ken Tucker from Billboard:
The idea of bringing together strange bedfellows to entertain the masses is as old as Gilligan's Island and The Gong Show.
More recently, the concept has been effectively demonstrated by ABC's Dancing With The Stars, among a never-ending string of reality shows.
The latest mashup is CMT's Gone Country, which brings together '80s R&B star BOBBY BROWN, former American Idol contestant Diana DeGarmo, Latin artist JULIO IGLESIAS JR., Brady Bunch principal Maureen McCormick, R&B artist SISQO, TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider and singer/TV personality Carnie Wilson in a contest that nets the winner a country single release.
The ringmaster/pot stirrer/maestro/taskmaster for the show, which debuts January 25 on the network, is Big & Rich's John Rich.
Filmed in late October, Gone Country finds the contestants living together in the Plowboy Mansion, the 27,000-square-foot home north of Nashville co-owned by the Muzik Mafia, a genre-bending creative trust whose members include Rich, musical partner Big Kenny Alphin, Gretchen Wilson and Cowboy Troy
Read the full article at this location.
TWISTED SISTER has been confirmed as one of the performers at a benefit concert for the victims of the February 20, 2003 nightclub fire, set to take place on Monday, February 25 at the Dunkin Donut Center in Providence, Rhode Island. Also scheduled to appear are Tom Scholz (BOSTON), Aaron Lewis (STAIND), TESLA and STRYPER.
The show, which will be hosted by TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider, marks the fifth anniversary of Station nightclub tragedy in Rhode Island, the fourth largest nightclub fire in U.S. history. 100 lives were lost, 200 others were seriously injured and 65 children lost one or both parents. Five years later, funds available for the survivors are woefully inadequate. Only 15 survivors of the fire qualified for Social Security benefits, and many are still unable to meet their monthly needs.
All proceeds from ticket sales and charity auctions benefit the Station Family Fund, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization founded by survivors of the Station nightclub fire. They are committed to providing survivor relief, including costs of ongoing treatment and rehabilitation.
The Station Family Fund, founded by survivors, family members and community members affected by the fire and the Wake Up To Love Foundation founded by TESLA drummer Troy Luccketta are event organizers. While one hundred thousand dollars was raised in 2005 from a benefit concert featuring TESLA, SHINEDOWN, Pat Travers and Carmine Appice, those funds are in desperate need of replenishing.
Additional artists scheduled to perform on February 25 include Carmine Appice's SLAM, Eric Martin, Gary Hoey, CHICAGO drummer Danny Seraphine. Other artists will be announced over the next few weeks.
Organizers would like to acknowledge the incredible generosity of the Dunkin' Donuts Center www.dunkindonutscenter.com who has graciously donated the venue free of charge for the charity event as well as East Coast Lighting, WHJY and the many acts who are donating their time in putting together this event.
Tickets go on sale Friday, January 4, 2008 at Ticketmaster.com. Prices range from $41.00 to $61.00.
Yet another way you can tell metal is on the rise (commercially) is by how many metal Christmas songs are out this year. I don't recall another year that I have heard of more than one or two metal renditions of Christmas songs. This year, however, I've seen postings for more than half a dozen of them - some old, but some new as well. So I've decided to compile a list of these metal Christmas songs so that fans of this sort of thing can listen to and download them while they're still online.
Personally, I'm a sucker for metal Christmas songs, but only if they're done well. I figure if I've got to listen to something, it might as well be heavy or at least have a rock or metal edge to it. Granted, some of these songs are not ultra-heavy, but I find them to be fun expressions for the holiday season by metal bands. Others are parodies of Christmas songs or Christmas itself, and these are usually heavier than the actual Christmas carols.
Without further ado, here's the list: More...
MTV.com reports: Hair-metallers Twisted Sister are keeping the $25,000 deposit they were handed when they were booked to perform at a benefit concert for the U.S. troops in California, according to The Orange County Register. The band is demanding to be paid the rest of its agreed-upon fee of $50,000 for the gig, which was canceled due to lack of interest.
A Newport Beach, California couple borrowed $100,000 to book TWISTED SISTER with the hopes that they will sell enough tickets to make all their money back, and then some. The Dec. 14 show was to raise money for the Southern California families of military personnel in Iraq.
If "A Twisted Christmas…Caroling for the Corps" sold all 4,300 seats at the Bren Events Center at UCI, it would have paid off the loan the couple took out, and raised more than $100,000 for the Southern California Chapter of Operation Homefront, a national organization that helps pay the bills for the families of deployed troops and those who return home wounded. Also planned to play were METAL SKOOL and THE IRON MAIDENS (a female tribute band to IRON MAIDEN).
Lori Basheda of The Orange County Register reports that a Newport Beach, California couple borrowed $100,000 to book TWISTED SISTER with the hopes that they will sell enough tickets to make all their money back, and then some.
The couple dreamed up the scheme on the heels of their engagement in September (while listening to a TWISTED SISTER song) as a way to start their marriage off on the right foot.
Now, you might be thinking, going into debt $100,000 to throw a heavy metal concert sounds suspiciously like starting off on the wrong foot.
But then you haven’t heard the whole story. The Dec. 14 show will raise money for the Southern California families of military personnel in Iraq.
If "A Twisted Christmas…Caroling for the Corps" sells all 4,300 seats at the Bren Events Center at UCI, it will pay off the loan the couple took out, and raise more than $100,000 for the Southern California Chapter of Operation Homefront, a national organization that helps pay the bills for the families of deployed troops and those who return home wounded.
It's a big if. The couple has 3,700 tickets to sell, and only seven days left to sell them. TWISTED SISTER and two other bands, METAL SKOOL and THE IRON MAIDENS (a female tribute band to IRON MAIDEN), didn't commit until about three weeks ago, so the couple hasn't had much time to get the word out.
Read the full article at Orange County Register.
TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider has released the following statement regarding the passing of QUIET RIOT singer Kevin DuBrow:
"Kevin DuBrow is dead. This hits pretty damn hard.
"QUIET RIOT and TWISTED SISTER had a lot of respect for each other. The basis for this came from the fact that both QUIET RIOT and TWISTED SISTER formed in 1973 — long before the rebirth of heavy metal or 'hair metal,' as it came to be known, in the '80s. When QUIET RIOT (on the West Coast) and TWISTED SISTER (on the East Coast) were formed, it was an outgrowth of the glam rock movement of the early '70s and both our bands fought the good fight against the onslaught that was disco (ugh!). When most other bands gave up or switched allegiances to what was more commercially viable at the time, both of our bands refused to bend — or break, for that matter — and carried the torch for heavy rock through the dark days of the mid-to-late '70s. As a result, QUIET RIOT were not only at the forefront to the L.A. metal scene, they were the inspiration for many other bands who went on to find fame and fortune.
"If you were to look back at old issues of L.A. music papers, you'd see every band who ever became anything out of L.A. opening for QUIET RIOT. And it was Kevin DuBrow and QUIET RIOT's perseverance and refusal to take no for an answer that literally destroyed the barriers of the record industry, television and commercial radio and opened the door for all metal bands to follow into the promised land. And we all know the glory days of metal that followed.
"Thank you, Kevin.
"And because TWISTED SISTER was doing, and had done, the same thing for the music scene on the East Coast, our two bands have always shared a mutual respect for one another. We know that none of the other bands (with the possible exception of Y&T, who were doing pretty much the same thing in Northern California) had been through the shit that we'd been through. We had earned our battle scars and our right to stand on those coliseum stages...while we felt many others had not.
"It's because of this connection that the passing of Kevin DuBrow hits us particularly hard. You've all heard the saying, 'There by the grace of God go I.' Well, it's never been truer than now.
"The metal community has lost a powerful voice and a great frontman, but let it never be said that Kevin DuBrow did not leave his mark. You kicked our asses, Kevin, you really did."
TWISTED SISTER's video for the song "Silver Bells" can be viewed below. The track comes off the group's 2006 collection, "A Twisted Christmas", which features rock n' roll versions of beloved Christmas classics.
On September 25, Razor & Tie Entertainment released "A Twisted Christmas Live", a DVD of TWISTED SISTER's holiday 2006 show at New Jersey's legendary Starland Ballroom. The DVD features performances of tunes from "A Twisted Christmas", as well as TWISTED SISTER's greatest hits.
TWISTED SISTER's Dee Snider and Jay Jay French recently stopped by the VH1 Classic offices to present Autism Speaks/Cure Autism Now with a check for $17,000. The check represents the proceeds from TWISTED SISTER's "A Twisted Christmas", the rockin' holiday album that enamored both critics and fans alike.
Formed in 1976, TWISTED SISTER ruled the radio airwaves and MTV in the 1980s with such monster hits as "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock". To date, the band has sold over 10 million albums worldwide, boasts 34 silver, gold and platinum certifications from 8 countries and has toured in 22 different countries. TWISTED SISTER has given over 9,000 performances in their thirty-year career. More...
As previously reported, TWISTED SISTER recently announced a second show for New York City "due to overwhelming demand," set for December 20th. Former ANTHRAX frontman Joey Belladonna, who was originally confirmed for the scheduled December 21st show, will be on the bill as support. Ex-GRIM REAPER guitarist Nick Bowcott will once again join Belladonna on stage for the December 21st show, as he did at The Crazy Donkey in Farmingdale, New York on October 30th.
Belladonna's schedule is as follows:
3 - CC Club - London, UK (with ADLER'S APPETITE)
4 - Yardbirds Rock Club - Grimsby, UK
5 - JB's - Dudley, West Midlands, UK
7 - Rio's - Leeds, UK
20 - The Filmore @ Irving Plaza - New York, NY
21 - The Filmore @ Irving Plaza - New York, NY
TWISTED SISTER have lined up the following upcoming Christmas shows:
December 13 - Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
December 20 - New York, NY @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
December 21 - New York, NY @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza