Ruben Mosqueda for spoke with Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, some excerpts from the interview appear below. You have a new album/Blu Ray that has a great balance of Twisted [Sister] and solo stuff. It’s titled For The Love of Metal Live.

Dee Snider: That’s right. My management thinks I’m Nostradamus or something because back in 2019, I told them that I wouldn’t be doing any shows in 2020 [laughs] and that I would release a live album [laughs]. So now they’re looking at me and asking, ”What do you see for the stock market, Dee”? [laughs] Since I wasn’t planning on doing any shows this year, we filmed last year’s concerts. We’re going from ‘A’ to ‘B’ with this record. We know what I did before For The Love of Metal and this live album and concert helps connect the dots when you hear it all played together. In all fairness, it is detuned. I also chose a lot of the songs that showed off Twisted’s “metal” side.

When we started, people now know because they’ve seen our documentary We Are Twisted F–king Sister! The band had been together since 1973, by the early 80s when we were touring with Metallcia, [Iron] Maiden, Saxon, Motöhead…it wasn’t called “hair metal” it was just “metal”. No one thought anything about Twisted playing with Metallica. No one thought that it was strange, no one thought that Iron Maiden and Twisted playing together was strange, it was just a “metal” show. It wasn’t until the late 80s that it was branded as “hair metal.” Suddenly, there were a lot of these bands shown smiling and stuff. Then it was “happy metal,” it was “happy metal” [laughs.] That’s when the change happened. Twisted had a very “metallic” side. On For The Love of Metal Live I’m showing off my past and my present on this one. What is your favorite social media platform and why?

Dee Snider: The one that I’m most active on is Twitter. It was my first one, I’m also on Facebook and Instagram and I have a loyal following on those too. Twitter would be my favorite I think, because it just has this ease of use. It’s also got this immediacy of reaction. I liken it to back in the day when you were on the radio and you talked about something and you reacted, so the phones would light up. It’s that immediacy of something that you said and it connected with people. I see a lot of that on Twitter, there’s responses, there’s likes and there’s shares. I use Twitter as a rule, though I often wonder what I’m missing out on by not being as active on some of the other platforms. Who was the first celebrity that you ever met? What did you take from that encounter that helped you in engaging your fans down the road?

Dee Snider: Wow, what an interesting question. It had a “massive” effect on me, just “massive.” Billy Joel. It was before Twisted made it, we were this local phenomenon, but Billy Joel was Billy Joel. It was at a party, I remember Ritchie Blackmore was there too. Ritchie Blackmore was so weird, standoffish, odd, he wouldn’t look you in the eye, he was mumbly, he shook your hand like it was a wet fish. I wasn’t famous then. Billy Joel was gracious, self deprecating and open. I remember there was one of the radio stations in New York City that was having a “subway campaign.” I took one of the posters and brought it to the party because I knew he would be there. I presented it to him to sign, he looked at it and said, ”I’m surprised somebody didn’t draw a mustache on this”? [laughs] I said, “What”?! He said, ”Oh, I would have definitely have drawn a mustache on this.” [laughs] He changed me that day. I said to myself, ”This is how I want to be around fans”. When he walked away the general consensus was “Wow! What a cool guy.” It was a huge contrast from when Blackmore walked away and everyone was like, ”Wow! What a diiiiiiiiick.” I knew what I wanted people to say when I walked away—what a cool guy. That experience changed me forever.


See I Am The Hurricane from, For The Love of Metal Live, here.

To read more about For The Love Of Metal Live, view the track list and configurations, plus see a video for Prove Me Wrong, please click here.

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  • John Rives on

    Rosalinda’s Eyes.

    • genesraccoonwig on

      great song – love Zanibar as well off 52nd Street

  • bpacha77511 on

    Fave Billy Joel songs… We didnt start the fire… matter of trust… youre only human…you may be right…only the good die young….and my fave is tell her about it.

    TS….. sin after sin….burn in hell….i wanna rock….under the blade….ill never grow up now.

    • Doug R. on

      “All About Soul” is another good one, a great one, actually. Billy really puts his heart & soul into that song.

    • genesraccoonwig on

      Insane the number of amazing songs Joel catalogue has. In addition to the songs listed…some of my favorites are: “Leave a Tender Moment Alone”, “Miami 2017”, “This is the Time” and “All for Leyna”

  • Charles Clinchot on

    Have to agree, music forum with politics don’t mix. Wanna be political on a music site go to blabbermouth. I tend to look past the politics, and beliefs, with music I like Nugent, and U2, but I don’t prescribe to their politics. Yes, many stars, and musicians, no matter how nice, may have d**k moments (especially with ex band mates)part of dealing with fame. I like Billy Joel started out with a metal band, didn’t work out, but found his musical voice and he’s a fan of hard rock and metal. Sometimes, bands can be too political and music they make doesn’t appeal to me like system of down.

    Favorite Billy Joel song Sometimes a Fantasy. I like his earlier work mor than the 80s stuff.

    • Dana on


      I am lucky, I liked U2 for like five minutes in the 80’s, and got bored very quickly. So, I am glad I never had to be a captive audience member during one of Bono’s priggish lectures, barf.

      D 🙂

  • T on

    I listened to Blackmore’s Night, and it really wasn’t that bad. Believe me, I made Lute jokes also, but his wife is a decent singer and the band is decent, even if not my cup of tea (certainly better than Billy Joel Doo-Wop imho). Side note, I respect Blackmore’s body of work a lot more than Dee’s, but Dee seems like a decent guy and is certainly entitled to his opinion. Just because Richie isn’t like Dee or Billy doesn’t make him a d*ck.

    • Dana on


      I am with you on Joel, never liked him, and the doo-wap stuff is so cheesy.

      D 🙂

  • Harold Taint on

    Dana, give “Captain Jack” by Billy Joel a listen. Pretty good tune.

    • Dana on

      No can do, I stop at “You May Be Right,” and even at that, I have to sort of bite my tongue. 😉

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