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Formed: 1972
From: Long Island, NY, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Twisted Sister Announce Calgary Date

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

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Twisted Sister Announce Live Date For Holland

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:

May
10 - Bulgaria

June
15 - Holland

August
9 - Finland
16 - Norway

September
13 - Milan, Italy More...

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Twisted Sister Announce European Shows

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.

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Twisted Sister Frontman To Appear On Reality Show

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

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Twisted Sister To Play Great White Benefit Show

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.

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A Heavy Metal Christmas Song Round-up

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...

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Twisted Sister Demand Payment For Cancelled Show

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).

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California Couple To Put On Twisted Sister Concert

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.

They hope.

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.

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Twisted Sister Frontman Talks Quiet Riot Singer

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."

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Twisted Sister Post New Video Online

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...

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Joey Belladonna To Support Twisted Sister

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:

December
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

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Twisted Sister Announce More Christmas Shows

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

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Twisted Sister Guitarist To Perform With Lordi

TWISTED SISTER guitarist Jay Jay French will join Finnish monster rock n' roll band LORDI on stage tonight at The Fillmore in New York City.

French, who played on the song "Chainsaw Buffet" off the band's 2007 release "The Arockalypse", will join the band in full TWISTED SISTER attire for the track "It Snows In Hell".

LORDI, who triumphantly rocked this year's Ozzfest across North America, is currently on tour as direct support for TYPE O NEGATIVE. Remaining dates are as follows:

Oct. 29 - The Fillmore at Irving Plaza - New York, NY
Oct. 30 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 31 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ More...

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Twisted Sister Announce Hollywood Show

TWISTED SISTER has scheduled the following dates:

Dec. 13 - Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
Dec. 21 - New York, NY @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza

Support at the New York gig will come from BELLADONNA (featuring former ANTHRAX singer Joey Belladonna) and BAPTIZED BY FIRE (the band featuring TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider's son Jesse Blaze).

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.

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.

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Twisted Sister To Do New York Show

TWISTED SISTER will perform a headlining show at The Filmore New York @ Irving Plaza in New York City on December 21, 2007. Support at the gig will come from BELLADONNA (featuring former ANTHRAX singer Joey Belladonna) and BAPTIZED X FIRE (the band featuring TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider's son Jesse Blaze). Tickets go on sale on Saturday, October 20 at 10:00 a.m. through Ticketmaster and the Irving Plaza box office.

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.

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.

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The Dream Is Dead, Gates Of Slumber Split 7"

Indianapolis, IN's The Dream Is Dead and The Gates Of Slumber have teamed up for limited split 7" release.

The split 7" features one original track and a cover of Twister Sister's "Burn In Hell" from The Dream Is Dead and a cover of Samhain's "To Walk The Night" from The Gates Of Slumber. The 7" is apart of the Relapse Single Series and is limited to 1000. Vinyl colors include grey, blue, and clear, and orders are currently being accepted.

The Dream Is Dead is in the process of writing the follow-up to their 2005 Escape Artist Records release, "Hail The New Pawn." The Gates Of Slumber recently saw the release of "Villain, Villain" as a double LP courtesy of Metal Supremacy Records and is also currently writing new material.

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Twisted Sister & Steelheart Frontmen Help Charity

Dee Snider of TWISTED SISTER and Michael "Mili" Matijevic of STEELHEART were just some of the celebrities who came out to the home of the Coney Island Cyclones in KeySpan Stadium in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday, August 25 to help raise awareness about autism and funds for autism research at the second annual Autism Speaks Celebrity Softball Game and silent auction.

Snider and Matijevic both played on the CW11 team which went on to win the game 2-0 against NBC.

All proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction benefit Autism Speaks, the nation's leading autism advocacy organization.

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Diamond Head Confirmed For Hard Rock Hell

UK NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD are the latest act confirmed for Britain's Hard Rock Hell - The Winter Ball festival which is taking place from November 9th - 11th at Butlins in Minehead, UK (Somerset).

The festival billing is as follows: 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, AMENTI, BEYOND THE GRAVE, CHTHONIC, CRADLE OF FILTH, CRUCIFIED BARBARA, DIAMOND HEAD, FASTWAY, FINNTROLL, GIRLSCHOOL, GMT, GRAND MAGUS, LAUREN HARRIS, MCQUEEN, MY DYING BRIDE, RAVEN, SAXON, TESLA, THE 69 EYES, TIAMAT, TWISTED SISTER, UFO, VIXEN, WOLF, ZERO CIPHER.

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Metal Gets Its Due On Massive Rhino Boxed Set

Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.

Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.

The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.

Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...

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Twisted Sister Guitarist To Record New Solo Album

MetalSucks recently conducted an interview with TWISTED SISTER guitarist Eddie Ojeda. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

MetalSucks: Are you thinking about doing another solo album anytime soon?

Ojeda: That's what I'm trying to do. 'Cause you know, I go out… once September comes, I'll be out playing constantly, I probably won't be back 'til December, because I'll be out doing this show VAMPIRES ROCK.

MetalSucks: What's that?

Ojeda: It's basically, um… it's kinda like a "Rocky Horror"-type show. They do a whole stage production with pyro and a band and a cast, and… it's very cool.

MetalSucks: Did you write the music for that?

Ojeda: No, I didn't. It's actually, it's not original music, it's like really well known rock n' roll. I mean, when I'm doing it we'll do "Burn in Hell", 'cause it kinda fits… and we'll do "We're Not Gonna Take It", 'cause, y'know, I'm being like a guest artist. 'Cause the lead guy is this singer and he usually does the whole lead thing. He also does a MEAT LOAF tribute, which is funny. He does this whole MEAT LOAF tribute and he tours England. 'Cause MEAT LOAF is SO big in England, y'know… I guess they just love it, they can't get enough of it, so… he started doing a MEAT LOAF tribute and it turned into this really big thing, and then, like, he does this show, VAMPIRES ROCK, so, y'know, half a year he does the MEAT LOAF thing, he goes out in the like the spring and the summer, and then in the fall and winter, he does the VAMPIRES ROCK thing. It basically started out as a Halloween thing that he used to do like ten, fifteen shows around Halloween, and now it's gotten even bigger, it's gonna be… well, so far, I'm doing 39 shows with them.

MetalSucks: Have you been working on a new solo album?

Ojeda: Yeah, I've been working on… right now I'm trying to pick songs. I've got a lot of stuff on tape. I'm trying to pick songs to get working on… I'm getting sidetracked alot, going to events and doing shows… I'm trying to do some voice-overs… my day… between all the events I go to and some of the traveling I'm doing just for business reasons, it's hard to get cracking, y'know what I mean (laughs)? [I] kinda feel like just going somewhere where I can… 'cause I always thought it works the best, when you just go someplace and you're not… when you work at home or, y'know, near your home, there's a lot of distractions, y'know? Sometimes it's better to go somewhere, and you're just there to record. Or just, y'know, put stuff down and start your album. And that's kinda the best way to get it done, 'cause otherwise there's always a million distractions, y'know? Before you know it, another month goes by.

MetalSucks: So, when you do get to do another solo album, do you think it will have a bunch of guest vocalists? I know last time you had [Ronnie James] Dio and Dee [Snider] obviously did some stuff, and Joe Lynn Turner…

Ojeda: Yeah. I'm definaltey gonna try and have a bunch of people on there… at least two or three, I'd like to have at least three guys, y'know… 'cause I got some songs that are really cool for certain people. But I'm not, y'know… it depends on who I can get, and scheduling. I mean, I know Ronnie [James Dio]'s up for it… for doing another one if I ask him to, y'know, uh… it might be cool, if I can find something. Y'know, that song "Tonight" [from "Axes 2 Axes"], it was kinda like, really perfect for him, y'know? And that's one of the reasons I asked him to sing it. It was almost like, I said "Wow, this really sounds like a DIO song," y'know? Even though I wrote it, it sounded like… it had a very DIO feeling to it. That's kinda why I asked him to do it. And I think it makes it a little more exciting for people, y'know… 'cause it's funny, when I asked these guys to sing, I didn't realize how many people these guys had worked with. The list, when I read the list, it reads like… 'cause I have the album on CD Baby now, so it says "Featuring guys who have played with WHITESNAKE, OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK SABBATH." (laughs) And I'd realized Rudy Sarzo played with OZZY OSBOURNE, played with WHITESNAKE, y'know, played on "Blizzard of Ozz", y'know, RAINBOW. So the list of people, when the record company puts together the list of all the artists, y'know, "featuring artists who've played with all these bands," it's a real who's who band list, y'know? And it's a CD that I only have four guest artists on, but it's like… like Ronnie. Ronnie's been in SABBATH, he's been in RAINBOW, and he's done his own thing, y'know… and Dee, Dee has done his own thing with his, uh, basically his own project… But until I get some other songs, y'know, semi-recorded… 'cause right now it's just me playing guitar on a boom box, y'know, with the songs… so until I get some basic drums down, y'know, some kind of basic tracks that sound like something, as far as laying the vocals over it, I really can't tell, y'know, who I'm gonna ask to do what. But I definately wanna [use more guest singers].

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