Finally! Another hard rock band gets into the Christmas spirit and releases a X-Mas CD in the big hair 80’s vein. Twisted Sister moves into an almost uncharted territory with this release. Sure Trans Siberian Orchestra (Savatage) did it first, but Twisted Sister was brave enough to do it in their name. Kudos to them for a releasing a CD that is fun to listen to. This is an X-mas CD for the headbangers out there! We finally have something that we can enjoy during the holidays, without falling asleep.
A Twisted X-Mas can be a little silly at times. Could you really expect to take this seriously? Nonetheless, Dee Snider and company sound as good as they did 20 years ago.
Personally, I find this CD a fun listen. If you are a fan of Twisted Sister, or 80’s hard rock in general, you have to pick this up.
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
- Oh Come All Ye Faithful
- White Christmas
- I’ll Be Home for Christmas (With Lita Ford)
- Silver Bells
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
- Let It Snow
- Deck The Halls
- The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)
- Heavy Metal Christmas (12 Days of Christmas)
Twisted Sister is:
Dee Snider – lead vocals
Eddie “Fingers” Ojeda – lead guitar
Jay Jay French – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Mark “The Animal” Mendoza – bass, backing vocals
A. J. Pero – drums, percussion
Eddie Ojeda and J.J. French were on the Eddie Trunk show last night for a couple of hours on XM Radio 41 the Boneyard. Twisted Sister is enjoying a moderate level of success with their Twisted Christmas Album. Sales have been surprisingly good, and their has been a demand for more live shows. The band only had 10 live shows planned. On 3 dates remain:
|Rams Head Live||Baltimore, Maryland|
|Starland Ballroom||Sayreville, New Jersey|
|The House of Blues||Atlantic City, New Jersey|
This is supposed to be the last disc we see from Twisted Sister, but the great response from the fans may have changed their mind.
Buckcherry 15 has gone Gold (RIAA certified 500,000 copies shipped.)
The Lost Christmas Eve by Trans Siberian Orchestra (featuring Savatage members) has gone Platinum. (RIAA certified 1,000,000 copies shipped.)
Def Leppard Will Begin Recording Their New Album In January
Jonathan Cohen of billboard.com reports:
Def Leppard will begin recording its next studio album in January at frontman Joe Elliott’s house in Dublin. Basic ideas were hashed out on the road during the band’s extensive tour in support of this year’s covers album “Yeah!,” a first for Def Leppard.
“We’ve got about five or six songs on the go, and there’ll be 11 or 12 on the final version,” guitarist Phil Collen tells Billboard.com. “We’re trying to get it out for next summer, which for us would be amazing. But we’ve never been this far along. We come off tour, wait six months, then we start writing. We’ve already got that sorted out.
Collen says the songs thus far have “absolutely” been influenced by the process of making “Yeah!,” which featured Def Leppard’s spin on songs popularized by Thin Lizzy, the Faces and Mott The Hoople. “We did that so quick,” he says. “It was raw, and it didn’t demand we sit around for months or years. That really inspired us.”
“A lot of the songs are anthemic sounding,” Elliott adds. “I wouldn’t say they could have been on ‘Pyromania’ or ‘Hysteria’ but they’re in the vein. Sonically, it’s a little more like ‘Back in Black’ than, say, ‘Hysteria.’ It’s more driving. The songs we’ve got so far are leaning that way.”
Says Collen, “It’s a rawer kind of vibe — more menacing. More of a live sound. Not too glossy.”