DEE SNIDER DISCUSSES HIS OTHER CAREER AS A VOICE OVER ARTIST

Michael Starr of the New York Post reports:

If the narrator of popular rock docuseries Breaking the Band sounds familiar, that’s because it’s former Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider — who’s parlayed his hard-rockin’ raspy pipes into a successful voiceover career.

“I’m blessed with a voice that people like hearing,” says Snider, 65, on the phone from Belize, where he and his wife own a home. “It’s my cadence, or whatever. Many times I’m in a store and someone will come around the aisle and say, ‘I knew it was you!’

“My [voiceover] agent, Lisa Marber, says ‘You’ve got that cigarette smoker/whiskey-drinker voice.’ I never smoke or drink,” he says, laughing. “Screaming all those years and torturing my vocal cords [with Twisted Sister] has given me that rasp, that husky voice, that people want for certain voiceovers…”

…Snider’s voiceover days date back to his first spot for the New York Lottery’s Quick Draw game in 1995. “It was a time when my career was not going well. I was broke,” says Snider, whose appearances on Howard Stern’s radio show (then on K-Rock) ignited the voiceover spark. “Twisted Sister had been over for a number of years and then grunge hit. As a performer I was looking for some other work and started to audition [for voiceovers]. That New York Lottery spot brought in tens of thousands of dollars for a regional ad and I was like, ‘Holy s–t! This is an amazing gig. And it’s been a consistent ever since…”

…Snider, 65, has narrated Breaking the Band since its 2018 premiere; starting June 8th, he can be heard in all his whiskey-voiced glory when Reelz will air four back-to-back episodes every Monday starting at 6 p.m…

…“It was the authenticity of having an actual rocker reading the copy, someone who really gets it, even though I’m learning something on every episode,” he says. “The company that produces the show is out of England and they wanted an American voice, someone who could also insert American colloquialisms. I guess I was the right guy for the job.”

Snider says “there are differences” in hearing about each band’s breakup despite the familiar overindulgences, etc. “The wretched excess of Fleetwood Mac, sending a plane to get pizza from another town while recording an album … this is how stupid, and I include myself in there, that we get,” he says. “But there are enough differences [in the bands’ stories] that keep it interesting and keep the audience intrigued.”

And, Snider says, a future Breaking the Band episode will … wait for it … chronicle the demise of Twisted Sister.

“So I’m gonna be reading copy about me breaking up my own band,” he says. “This is like … going back in time and seeing yourself in the past. I said to them, ‘Can I make comments while reading the copy?’ and they said, ‘You can try.’

“So I think you’re going to hear me going, ‘Wait a minute …’ and them cutting away from me.”

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SLAYER CELEBRATES “INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SLAYER” ON DEMAND WITH “THE REPENTLESS KILLOGY” MOTION PICTURE

At midnight tomorrow, Saturday, June 6th, for the first time since its theatrical and DVD release last November, the motion picture Slayer: The Repentless Killogy will make its Video On Demand debut. The release is in celebration of tomorrow’s “International Day Of Slayer,” the annual heavy metal holiday that commemorates the uncompromising, loud and defiant music of the iconic thrash metal band Slayer. Since the holiday’s inception 18 years ago, every June 6th, Slayer fans have staged a “Slay-out,” skipping work or school in favor of spending the day listening to Slayer at nuclear blast level, in their car, at home, or the public place of their choice. However, this year, to make sure every Slayer acolyte stays lean and mean, the “International Day Of Slayer” can be saluted in the privacy and comfort of your own home — a “Slay-In.” As part of the celebration, the feature film will premiere at the special rate of $6.66 USD for one week, with 50% of the proceeds, donated on behalf of Slayer, Nuclear Blastand Global Merchandising Services, earmarked for Live Nation’s Crew Nation charity to help support live music road crew members who have been directly impacted as a result of COVID-19.

Part one of Slayer: The Repentless Killogy motion picture was written and directed by BJ McDonnell, who conceived and directed the three brutal music videos — You Against YouRepentless and Pride In Prejudice — for Slayer’s final studio album Repentless (2015). The film opens with the three music videos assembled as one chronological storyline, and then segues into a present-time narrative written and filmed especially for this motion picture. Part One stars many of the actors who appeared in the original video series: Jason Trost (“Beats of Rage”, “Hatchet III”), as Wyatt,  Danny Trejo (“Machete”, “From Dusk Til Dawn”), Richard Speight (“Band of Brothers”, “Supernatural”), Derek Mears (“Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Jessica Pimentel (“Orange Is The New Black”), Tyler Mane (“X-Men”, “Halloween II”), Bill Moseley (“The Devil’s Rejects”, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2”), Caroline Williams (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2”, “Sharknado 4”), and Sean Whalen(“Twister”, “The People Under The Stairs”).

Part two features Slayer’s entire live set performed at the Los Angeles Forum on August 5th, 2017 and was directed by Wayne Isham. Presented in front of one of the most striking stage productions of the band’s career, Slayer performs fan favorites including South Of HeavenWar EnsembleMandatory SuicideDead Skin MaskRaining Blood and Angel Of Death.

For the Slayer: The Repentless Killogy feature, the band — Tom Araya, Kerry King, Gary Holt and Paul Bostaph — was filmed discussing the Repentless album, Slayer fans, being a member of the “Big Four,” and more on “A Prequel to Slaying…”.

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STEVE PRIEST, BASSIST AND FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE SWEET, PASSES AT AGE 72

Steve Priest, bassist and founding member of ‘70s glam band the Sweet, has died at age 72. While a cause of death has not yet been revealed, Priest’s health had been failing for some time. On March 12, a post on the Sweet’s official Facebook page stated that he was in a Los Angeles hospital “receiving the best possible care,” but did not offer any other details.

The news of Priest’s passing was confirmed Thursday by the Sweet’s lone surviving core member, lead guitarist Andy Scott, who wrote, “Then there was one! I am in pieces right now. Steve Priest has passed away. His wife Maureen and I have kept in contact and though his health was failing I never envisaged this moment. Never. My thoughts are with his family.” Scott also described Priest as “the best bass player I ever played with.” 

Priest was born in Hayes, Middlesex, England, on Feb. 23rd, 1948, and formed the Sweet (originally called the Sweetshop; later shortened to just “Sweet” with no “the”) with lead singer Brian Connolly, drummer Mick Tucker, and guitarist Frank Torpey. After Scott replaced Torpey in 1970 to solidify the classic lineup, the Sweet went on to become sensations of the glam-rock movement alongside acts like Wizzard, Mud, and Suzi Quatro, scoring 13 top 20 hits in Britain including Block Buster, Hell Raiser, and Teenage Rampage. In America, they had four top 10 hits: Little Willy, Fox on the Run, Love Is Like Oxygen, and their signature song, The Ballroom Blitz (No. 2 in the U.K., No. 5 in the U.S.)…

…The band did eventually receive their critical due. “The Sweet produced five of the most exciting singles of their era. Of any era. The machine made magic,” music historian Simon Reynolds wrote in his glam-rock anthology Shock and Awe of the band’s Chinn/Chapman output. “The Radio Rock pantheon holds high perches for Cheap Trick and Def Leppard … anoints moments from Van Halen, Boston, Billy Squier, and the Scorpions … exalts Nevermind-era Nirvana for producer Butch Vig’s blend of grunge and glisten. But the Sweet remain almost unrivaled in this roll call of honor.”

Priest is survived by his wife of 39 years, music publicist Maureen O’Connor, his daughters Lisa, Danielle and Maggie, and three grandchildren.

Read more at Yahoo.

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CHARLIE BENANTE, JOHN 5, P.J. FARLEY AND JOE MCGINNESS COVER KISS’ “MR. SPEED”

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante has uploaded a video of himself, guitarist John 5, Trixter bassist P.J. Farley  and Kuarantine guitarist Joe McGinness covering KISS song Mr. Speed

Benante writes to his YouTube channel, “This has always Been a favorite from the Grea Rock and Roll Over album. According to Paul: It’s was written about having all the lines and know-how to pick up a woman quickly.

Here is a fun version of a KLASSIK song ! Thanks to John 5, PJ and Joe #paulstanley #genesimmons #petercriss #acefrehley #kissband #70skiss #kissalive #kissarmy @joe_mcginness_official @kissonline @pjfarley @Kuarantine_Official @john5official @anthrax.com @kissnyc @knightsinsatanservice #trixter @officialraband thanks to @dlevanchuk for the awesome edit.

To view the video, please click here.

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EAGLES’ DON HENLEY URGES CONGRESS TO CHANGE COPYRIGHT LAW

Eagles songwriter Don Henley has asked Congress on June 2nd to protect artists against online pirating, wading into a copyright fight pitting Hollywood and the recording industry against big tech platforms like Google’s YouTube, reports Fox News.

Henley testified online from his home before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee weighing possible changes to a 1998 copyright law. The law allows holders of copyrighted material to formally ask parties they believe have taken their content without permission to remove it. The parties can dispute the claim. If they comply promptly with the request, there are no legal consequences. Otherwise, they may be subject to criminal penalties.

Henley said the law is weak and needs to be changed to make it more effective in stopping online piracy…

…In the debate over online pirating, the subcommittee chairman, Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., made his leanings clear. He said creative industries have been “absolutely decimated” by the economic fallout of the pandemic as well as the online pirating of copyrighted material that hasn’t slowed down…

…Copyright holders maintain that some network operators have manipulated Internet-provider addresses in a way to make other networks appear responsible for the file-sharing. Entertainment industries have been pushing tech platforms to do more themselves to police content that violates copyright.

On the other side, users of the content have accused copyright holders of alleging infringement where it doesn’t exist. Internet companies say they have worked actively with the creative industries to block access to illegal content and protect the copyrights.

Read more at Fox News.

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SPACE X ASTRONAUTS FAVOR HARD ROCK MUSIC

On Saturday, May 30th, SpaceX made history when they launched astronauts into orbit for the very first time. 

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley were onboard the Crew Dragon capsule on top of the Falcon 9 rocket when it blasted-off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. 

Saturday’s launch came after bad weather prevented the initial lift-off on May 27th – and it’s emerged that on their way to the launch pad last Wednesday, the pair had a playlist which included AC/DC classic Back In Black.

SpaceX commentator Lauren Lyons explained that Behnken and Hurley chose the track because it had been nine years since astronauts launched from launch pad 39A at the facility to make the point that “they are back,” according to Space.com.

It’s also emerged that on Sunday, ahead of the capsule’s docking procedure with the International Space Station, Behnken and Hurley were woken by the gentle, psychedelic sounds of Black Sabbath’s Planet Caravan. Space.com say the song was specifically chosen by the pair as they’re big Sabbath fans.

Behnken and Hurley are expected to spend up to four months onboard the ISS before returning home.

additional source: Classic Rock via loudersound.com

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