30 years ago Twisted Sister released what would become their most well known album, Stay Hungry. The record achieved massive success, selling more than 3,000,000 copies and spawning two signature hits: in “I Wanna Rock,” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” It was those two singles that made Twisted Sister a household name in the headbangers community.
Stay Hungry will always have a place reserved in my music loving heart. It was the first metal record that I purchased upon release. After hearing “We’re Not Gonna Take It” on the radio and seeing the video several times, I knew that I had to own this record. And while Kiss’ Destroyer was the first hard rock record I ever owned, that was purchased used at a garage sale, and only because Scott Thornton couldn’t stop talking about this band called Kiss. He raved about them so much that I had to check out their work. Stay Hungry was different. The purchase of that cassette was entirely my decision and influenced by no one other than me. Purchasing Stay Hungry was one of the best decisions I ever made in my music loving life.
My decision and my cassette tape are now 30 years old. It’s amazing how quickly time goes by. It’s also amazing how well Stay Hungry has held up over the years. Every song on the record was fantastic in 1984 and every song on the record still sounds fantastic to this day. Stay Hungry is a metal masterpiece and should be higher on the list of greatest rock records of all time than it is usually placed. With classics like the aforementioned “I Wanna Rock,” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” in addition to the amazing power ballad “The Price,” and fan favorite “S.M.F.,” how could Stay Hungry not be considered one of the greatest rock albums?
This hard rocking masterpiece has aged well and if Stay Hungry were released today, I’m betting that it would still be considered a classic. The music is timeless and the themes span generations. There will always be kids that want to rock and everyone feels that they aren’t going to take it anymore, no matter what age. Hell, I still blast that song in my car from time to time when I’ve had a rough day at work. The beauty of the anthem is that it can be appreciated by almost anyone.
In 2004, Twisted Sister tried to capitalize on the 20th album, adding additional tracks, and titling it Still Hungry. The re-recorded songs did not sound as good as the originals and the album was panned by most critics. There were a lot of rumors that the album was re-recorded because it was the only record that Twisted Sister did not hold the rights to and the re-recording would change that, paving the way for a proper re-mastered version.
In 2009, for the 25th anniversary of the album, the re-mastered anniversary edition was released and included a bonus disc of early demos and unreleased tracks. This version of the record sold much better than the Still Hungry fiasco, which five years later, was still being snubbed by critics and fans alike. It was also for the 25th anniversary that Twisted Sister first played Stay Hungry in its entirety. This was a watershed moment in the band’s career as songs like “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Street Justice” had never been performed live before.
Even now in 2014, songs from Stay Hungry are a staple of live Twisted Sister shows. “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” “I Wanna Rock,” and “The Price,” are almost always played in concert. And every time they are performed, the audience sings along at the top of their lungs. After 30 years, Stay Hungry is still one of the best rock records ever recorded. To me, the album doesn’t get the proper recognition that it deserves, but that’s fitting in the world of Twisted Sister, as the band never got the recognition they deserved either.
GLAM & HEAVY METAL RETURNS TO MERRIWEATHER
I.M.P. PRESENTS 2013 M3 ROCK FESTIVAL
IN ITS 5th YEAR M3 IS THE BIGGEST, BADDEST METAL SHOW
DRAWING FANS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
OFFICIAL M3 KIX-OFF PARTY & CONCERT FRIDAY, MAY 3 at 5:30pm
2013 M3 ROCK FESTIVAL SATURDAY, MAY 4 at 11am
2-Day and VIP Packages on sale Friday, January 25 10am EST through ticketfly.com
If Available, Single-Day Tickets on-sale in the coming week.
The heavy metal time machine will turn back to the1980s and ‘90s when Bret Michaels Band, Twisted Sister, and W.A.S.P. will be among the 20 bands to take over Merriweather Post Pavilion, playing full sets of their glam rock and heavy metal hits. M3 fans won’t have to choose between bands with overlapping set times, since each band will play one at a time. The festival will take place on two separate stages, each simulcasting the other, giving fans the option to stay in one seat and watch all the bands as they appear on both stages, or fans can move from stage to stage without missing a note.
M3, internationally renown, has attracted fans from six continents, 10 countries and 40 states. Now in its fifth year, I.M.P. Presents M3 Rock Festival starts with The Official M3 Kix-Off Party, which will get things started Friday, May 3rd at 5:30pm. Acts playing Friday night are W.A.S.P., KIX, Danger Danger and Bad Seed Rising. The full-blown 2013 M3 Rock Festival begins Saturday, May 4th at 11am and will include Bret Michaels Band, Twisted Sister, Jackyl, Steel Panther, JSRG, Firehouse, Great White featuring Jack Russell, Kings X, Loudness, Steelheart, Trixter, Love/Hate, Tuff, In The Pink, Korupt, and Streetlight Circus.
Each year VIP and Pavilion seats sell out in minutes. Two-day and VIP packages will go on sale Friday, Jan. 25th at 10am EST through ticketfly.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the 9:30 Club Box Office in Washington, D.C. If available, single-day tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks. For more information, visit http://www.ticketfly.com/ or http://www.m3rockfest.com
VIP ticket holders will have:
• Private VIP Entrance gate
• Official M3 2013 Festival T-shirt
• Official M3 2013 Concert Poster
• Access to floor and front of house seating
• Access to M3 VIP Deck located backstage (access to VIP concessions and VIP restrooms)
• Access to Artist Meet & Greet Lounge.
Formed in 1980, I.M.P. is a Bethesda, Md.-based concert promoter and event production company. In addition to launching the Virgin Festival in the U.S., the principals at I.M.P. own Washington DC’s legendary 9:30 Club, named the Top Club by Billboard Touring Awards and renowned as the premier place to see and hear cutting edge live music of all varieties. I.M.P. also programs and operates Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. Over the last 33 years, I.M.P. and the 9:30 Club have put on nearly 10,000 events, hosting millions of music fans.
DEE SNIDER GIVES HIS REGARDS TO BROADWAY – AND KICKS ITS ASS!
UNIQUE NEW ALBUM PROJECT, DEE DOES BROADWAY, AVAILABLE NOW AT AMAZON MP3!
Album Features Special Performances/Collaborations With Patti LuPone, Bebe Neuwirth, Cyndi Lauper, Clay Aiken, Stars Of The Broadway Musical Priscilla Queen Of The Desert And More!
(New York, NY) – Dee Snider, the unmistakable front-man of the rock band Twisted Sister, released his new studio album Dee Does Broadway on Razor & Tie Records. The album features Dee’s powerful voice and theatrical persona as he exudes his rock ‘n’ roll take on several Broadway classics. The new album will coincide with the release of his first ever autobiography, Shut Up and Give Me The Mic (Gallery Books) on May 8th.
Dee Does Broadway features several special guest stars, including Broadway and television icon Bebe Neuwirth on the Damn Yankees song “Whatever Lola Wants,” Broadway legend Patti LuPone on a West Side Story Medley “Tonight/Somewhere,” pop icon Cyndi Lauper on Sweet Charity’s “Big Spender,” Clay Aiken of American Idol on the Guys and Dolls classic “Luck Be a Lady Tonight,” the stars of the Broadway hit musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Will Swenson, Tony Sheldon, and Nick Adams) on South Pacific’s “There Is Nothin’ Like A Dame,” Mark Wood of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra playing violin on the Phantom of the Opera ballad “Music Of The Night,” as well a special rendition of “The Joint Is Jumpin” from Ain’t Misbehavin’ with Dee’s oldest son, Jesse Blaze Snider. Songs are also featured from classic Broadway shows including Cabaret, Chicago, The Threepenny Opera, Anything Goes, and Sweeney Todd.
Dee Does Broadway was spawned from a number of voicemails exchanged featuring “Broadway Tunes” sung as messages between Dee Snider and Alice Cooper in 2009 and Dee’s 2010 Broadway run in the Broadway rock musical Rock of Ages. Inspired to take this musical journey, the classically trained countertenor (who sang with his high school choir and always loud as hell) Snider enlisted producers Bob Kulick and Brett Chassen (whom Dee worked with on the metalized Frank Sinatra tribute called Sin-atra). The album was mixed by the legendary Ric Wake and Gustavo Celis, and features the incredible orchestrations and playing by the renowned composer/arranger Doug Katsaros and the bass guitar playing of one of rock’s prolific players, the legendary Rudy Sarzo. The amazing guitar and drum work was all by co-producers Bob Kulick and Brett Chassen.
Dee Snider explains the process, “Over the past year I have worked closely with my team and collaborators picking from decades of musical hits with only two rules: The song had to speak to me as a singer on some level, and it could not be a rock song to begin with. No Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease, Hair, Rent, Rocky Horror, etc. What would be the challenge in that?” He continues, “There are many who think doing an album of rocked out show tunes is pure insanity on my part. Apparently, they haven’t seen any photos of me from the 70’s and 80’s. Could I have been in a more theatrical band? Ever since I was a kid, I’d heard the real power inherent in a lot of songs from musicals and this record gives me the chance to show it.”
Never straying from his rock roots, Dee Snider puts his own unique spin on musical favorites. It may not be metal – but it definitely rocks!
Dee Does Broadway Track List
: 1. Cabaret
2. The Ballad Of Sweeney Todd
3. Big Spender (with Cyndi Lauper
) 4. Mack the Knife
5. Whatever Lola Wants (with Bebe Neuwirth)
6. Music Of The Night (with guest violinist Mark Wood)
7. The Joint Is Jumpin’ (with Jesse Blaze Snider)
8. Luck Be A Lady (with Clay Aiken)
9. I Get A Kick Out Of You
10. There Is Nothin’ Like A Dame (with the stars of “Priscilla Queen of the Desert: Will Swenson, Tony Sheldon and Nick Adams)
11. Razzle Dazzle
12. Tonight/Somewhere (with Patti LuPone)
Dee Snider is best known as the lead vocalist and front man for legendary rock/metal band Twisted Sister. The band have released six studio albums, six live albums and their hugely successful 2006 holiday record, A Twisted Christmas (Razor & Tie). 1984’s Stay Hungry produced the classic singles “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock.” Snider has also previously released one solo album, 2000’s Don’t Let the Bastards Wear You Down. Dee Snider has been a mainstay in pop culture, appearing as a commentator on several VH1 productions, as well as his own A&E reality show “Growing Up Twisted,” ABC’s “Celebrity Wife Swap,” and as a contestant on the latest season of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice.” Snider also starred as Dennis Dupree in a three month run in the Broadway hit “Rock Of Ages.” Dee also has his own nationally syndicated radio show House Of Hair, which airs on more than 200 stations in North America.
Eagle Rock Entertainment will celebrate Christmas early this year with the release of Twisted Sister From The Bars To The Stars: Three Decades Live, a 5-DVD boxed set, on November 8 [MSRP $59.98]. The lavish package comes complete with curios such as a Twisted Sister Christmas ornament, an official “New York Steel” backstage pass, a classic two and a half-inch Twisted Sister pin and a reproduction of the first-ever SMF Fan Club letter.
Over eight hours long, From The Bars To The Stars has to be considered the ultimate Twisted Sister boxed set. One of the five DVDs, Twisted Xmas: Live In Las Vegas, is a total exclusive, having never before been released in any format. This 2009 concert showcases the band performing such beloved holiday fare as “White Christmas” and “Come All Ye Faithful” next to “Burn In Hell” and “Deck The Halls” as only Twisted Sister can. In fact, Jay Jay French, Dee Snider, Mark Mendoza, A.J. Perro, and Eddie Ojeda, have made this holiday merriment a metal tradition for the past few years.
Live At Readingwas filmed in 1982 at England’s biggest rock festival. A bonus 2011 band interview is included.
Double Livejuxtaposes an early Long Island, New York show (North Stage ’82), filmed just prior to the band breaking internationally, and NY Steel ’01, the New York City 9/11 benefit they headlined.
Live At Wacken documents the band’s 2003 Wacken Open Air Festival reunion appearance in Germany. Complete with behind-the-scenes backstage footage and band interviews about their 1980s rise to world domination, break-up and reunion, it also contains their entire set on the big stage at this most prestigious of European Heavy Metal festivals.
Any SMF would agree – This is one boxed set no Twisted Sister fan can do without!
You can purchase From the Bars to the Stars: Three Decades Live at Amazon.com at this link!!
From their humble glam metal beginnings to their 2001 reunion, Twisted Sister’s Double Live DVD gives Twisted Sister two unique concert experiences that they won’t want to miss.
The first DVD shows Twister Sister at a time when the band was hungry. That hunger helped propel a kickass live show that had to be amazing to see in person. They hadn’t written many of their biggest hits yet, but it didn’t matter, as their show was powerful enough without them. With a set filled with songs like “You Can’t Stop Rock and Roll”, “Under the Blade”, and their cover (they way it was meant to be heard) of the song “Leader of the Pack” from the Shangrilas complete with Dee Snider on a Motorcycle…. Judas Priest style. I thought it was funny that Dee mentioned the only cover song they were doing was a cover of the Rolling Stones, “It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It)”. Ummm Dee….didn’t you do “Leader of the Pack” a few songs earlier? I can’t figure out why they never recorded this cover. I have never seen Twisted Sister perform this song before. Their heavier and faster version completely rocks! The North Stage show is closed out with a blistering version of the Twisted Sister song, “Rock N’ Roll Saviours”. This song never got a proper studio release until Twisted Sister’s 2004 CD, Still Hungry. It is very cool to see it performed by the band 22 years before its release.
The film quality from the ’82 show isn’t the greatest, but the technology was somewhat limited when this was being filmed. The audio quality is pretty good, and makes up for it. For being a live recording in a dark and smoky club, it is more than adequate. It is a unique and very cool look back at one of the humble beginnings of became the juggernaut hard rock act, Twisted Sister.
Fast Forward nearly two decades to the second DVD, New York Steel 2001. You will catch the special reunion show that was orchestrated by every metalhead’s favorite DJ, Eddie Trunk. Twisted Sister reunited for the first time in fourteen years at the at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City for the New York Steel Charity Concert. This Charity show raised over $90,000 for the New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund. While this show raised money for a great cause, it helped Twisted Sister reunite, and they have been performing live every year since then.
Twisted Sister didn’t have on their costumes or make up for the New York Steel show, but their energy more than made up for it. Dee Snider was in rare form for New York Steel. He was quite angry over 9/11 and was parading a black T-shirt with F**k Osama on the back. His anger helped fuel, a memorable Twisted Sister show, and one that should not be missed by an hard rock fan.
The interviews on both DVD’s are a nice bonus. The interviews on the New York Steel, with Twisted Sister remembering their 9/11 experiences was interesting, if not a little haunting. I enjoyed Twisted Sister’s Double Live, and believe most hard rock fans will too!
You can pick up Twisted Sister Double Live at this link. This is a must own DVD set for any Twisted Sister fan! Buy it!!
Rating: Out of 10
Disc One Track List:
North Stage Theater 1982
01. What You Don’t Know (Sure Can Hurt You)
03. Tear It Loose
04. Bad Boys (Of Rock ‘N’ Roll)
05. Lady’s Boy
06. Leader Of The Pack
07. Under The Blade
08. Shoot ‘Em Down
09. Sin After Sin
10. I’ll Never Grow Up, Now
11. You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll
12. You Know I Cry
13. It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It)
14. Rock N Roll Saviours
Disc Two Track List:
New York Steel 2001
01. What You Don’t Know (Sure Can Hurt You)
02. The Kids Are Back
03. Stay Hungry
04. Burn In Hell
05. You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll
06. Under The Blade
07. Shoot ‘Em Down
08. Come Back
09. You Know I Cry
10. I Wanna Rock
11. We’re Not Gonna Take It
12. The Price
Twisted Sister is:
Dee Snider – vocals
Jay Jay French – guitar
Eddie Ojeda – guitar
Mark Mendoza – bass
A.J. Pero – drums
On July 26, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Twisted Sister Double Live: North Stage ’82, NY Steel ’01, a double-disc DVD package consisting of two Twisted Sister concerts, 19 years apart. Over three hours of the most Twisted rock’n’roll and heavy metal ever! [Pre-book Order Date July 1, MSRP $24.98]
DISC ONE: North Stage Theater 1982
1) What You Don’t Know (Sure Can Hurt You)
3) Tear It Loose
4) Bad Boys Of Rock ‘n’ Roll
5) Lady’s Boy
6) Leader Of The Pack
7) Under The Blade
8) Shoot ‘Em Down
9) Sin After Sin
10) I’ll Never Grow Up Now
11) You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll
12) You Know I Cry
13) It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)
14) Rock N Roll Saviours
DISC TWO: New York Steel 2001
1) What You Don’t Know (Sure Can Hurt You)
2) The Kids Are Back
3) Stay Hungry
4) Burn In Hell
5) You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll
6) Under The Blade
7) Shoot ‘Em Down
8) Come Back
9) You Know I Cry
10) I Wanna Rock
11) We’re Not Gonna Take It
12) The Price
Twisted Sister has announced the following tour dates for 2011!
June 9: Pannonia Fesztival, Panolata, Hungary
June 11: Download Festival, Donington Park, UK
June 13: United Kingdom (Venue TBA)JULY 2011
July 2: Dallas, Texas (Venue TBA)
July 12: Equestrian Centre, Goudi Park, Athens, Greece
July 13: Babylonia-Mylos Open Air, Thessaloniki, Greece
July 15: Masters Of Rock, Vizovice, Czech Republic
July 16: Sonisphere Festival, Madrid, Spain
July 29: Kotka, Finland (Venue TBA)
July 30: Qstock 2011, Oulu, FinlandAUGUST 2011
August 1: Arena, Moscow, Russia
August 27: Grand Junction, CO (Venue TBA)
Mexico (Date and Venue TBA
It’s going to get hot soon with Rory Gallagher, Duff McKagan’s Loaded, Ben Waters’ Ian Stewart Tribute, Christopher Cross, Nazareth, Jeff Healey Band, Heaven & Hell, Willy DeVille, David Byrne, Primal Scream, Twisted Sister, Bad Company and Sheryl Crow!
New York, NY (March 24, 2011)—Eagle Rock Entertainment will be heating up right along with the weather as it brings you an incredible run of musical genres and elite recording artists. Here’s just some of the upcoming action.
April 12 (pre-book order date March 18)
Rory Gallagher/Irish Tour ‘74/CD, DVD, Vinyl, & Blu-Ray
A major influence on a generation of guitar players including The Edge and Slash, Rory Gallagher stretched the limits of the blues with his ferocious guitar, compositional skill and guttural vocals. Now available for the first time on Blu-Ray, filmmaker Tony Palmer captured this one-of-a-kind artist on a tour through his native Ireland in 1974. The results are staggering, a visceral gut-punch of electricity, daring and showmanship. [MSRP $19.98 for Blu-ray, $14.98 for DVD, $13.98 for CD and $29.98 for 2LP]
April 19 (pre-book order date March 25)
Duff McKagan’s Loaded/The Taking/CD
One of America’s pre-eminent hard rock bassists, Duff McKagan has sold over 100 million records as a founding member of Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and Duff McKagan’s Loaded, which debuted with Sick in 2009. Follow-up The Taking, which will also be released on vinyl on April 12, features McKagan on guitar and lead vocals with bassist Jeff Rouse, guitarist Mike Squires and drummer Isaac Carpenter. “The Taking is the closest thing to a ‘concept’ record that I’ve ever been involved with,” says Duff. “Pain, loss, triumph, and redemption. Life. Bring it.” [MSRP $13.98]
Ben Waters/Boogie 4 Stu/CD
Boogie-woogie piano player Ben Waters wanted to honor Rolling Stones founder Ian Stewart and when word got out of what was to be a solo project, an incredible array of artists signed on. Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Bill Wyman, Jools Holland, PJ Harvey, and a kickin’ horn section perform on material by Sam Cooke, Big Joe Turner, Albert Ammons, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Jimmy Yancey and Big Maceo. The album closes with a live cut from Ian Stewart’s Montreux Jazz Festival appearance with Rocket 88. This just may be THE blues album of the year! [MSRP $13.98]
May 10 (pre-book order date April 15)
Rory Gallagher/Rory Gallagher, Deuce, Blueprint, & Live In Europe re-issues/CD
Get ready for a boatload of original studio recordings from the late great guitarist Rory Gallagher, all to be re-released throughout the year.
The kick-off starts with Rory Gallagher, his first solo album (1970) after disbanding his pioneering power trio Taste. It contains raging covers of Muddy Waters (“Gypsy Woman”) and Otis Rush (“It Takes Time”) as well as one his career-long concert favorites, ‘Laundromat.”
The 1971 follow-up, Deuce, cemented his rep as THE hotshot guitar slinger who captured the attention of a generation: songs like “In Your Town,” “Crest Of A Wave” and “Used To Be” are but three of the 10 stand-outs.
His third album, 1973’s Blueprint, birthed classics like “Walk On Hot Coals,” “(Back On My) Stompin’ Ground,” and “Banker’s Blues.”
Live In Europe was recorded during his 1972 tour, and is the first of several legendary live recordings.
[MSRP $13.98 for each CD]
Christopher Cross/Doctor Faith/CD
On his first all-new studio album in 13 years, five-time Grammy winner Christopher Cross has changed it up from his usual keyboard base to a more guitar-oriented sound. Dedicated to Joni Mitchell “for a lifetime of inspiration,” Cross—for the first time in his 30-year career—goes profoundly topical here on material that resonates with the kind of attention-to-detail that only deep soul-searching can unearth. Vocalist Michael McDonald is on hand as is Cross’ fellow Texan, guitarist Eric Johnson. “This album feels not only like a new chapter to my career; it feels like starting a whole new book.” [MSRP $13.98]
This most Classic of Classic Rock bands (from Scotland) recorded Big Dogz with the intent to create something they vowed would be organic: just four rockers plying their craft and getting back to the kind of basics they spewed forth on such favorites as 1975’s Hair Of The Dog or 1979’s No Mean City. Lead vocalist Dan McCafferty is in great voice as he fronts bassist Pete Agnew, lead guitarist Jimmy Murrison and drummer Lee Agnew on a furious 11-song journey to the soul of rock’n’roll. [MSRP $13.98]
May 17 (pre-book order date April 22)
Jeff Healey Band/Live At Grossman’s/CD
Recorded live in Toronto at the same venue that spawned the birth of the band itself, this 1994 set, culled from two hot nights, served as rehearsals for what would become their fourth album, Cover To Cover. With guest artists Pat Rush on rhythm and slide guitar and harmonica man Michael Pickett, the Jeff Healey Band goes from Beatles to Hendrix to blues. Healey sounds positively inspired to be back home, his vocals and keyboard runs wild with abandon. [MSRP $13.98]
Heaven & Hell/Radio City Music Hall: Live! /Blu-ray
2007. Radio City Music Hall. Ronnie James Dio. Tony Iommi. Geezer Butler. Vinny Appice. Known collectively as Heaven & Hell. Their first U.S. show together in 15 years, this night was so transcendent, it spawned a tour, a studio album and plans for world domination but for the untimely death of Dio. Now, for the first time on Blu-Ray, that magical night—15 songs!—comes thrillingly to life. [MSRP $19.98]
Rory Gallagher/Notes From San Francisco/2CD
Unavailable until now, these are rare studio sides by the late Rory Gallagher that have now been unearthed! In 1977, six years into his solo career, the guitarist laid down these tracks with bassist Gerry McAvoy, keyboardist Lou Martin, drummer Rod de’Ath, violinist Joe O’Donnell and saxophonist Martin Fiero only to have the album in question shelved. Disc #2 consists of a 1979 power trio live show at The Old Waldorf in San Francisco with bassist McAvoy and drummer Ted McKenna. [MSRP $17.98]
May 24 (pre-book order date April 29)
Duff McKagan’s Loaded/Sick re-issue/CD/DVD
Originally released in 2009, Sick, by Duff McKagan’s Loaded, now comes complete with a 94-minute bonus DVD filmed at The Garage in Glasgow, Scotland and featuring a blistering band performance as well as the “No More” video, and five “webisodes,” four on the making of the album and one on the 2008 UK tour. Plus, two new additional bonus tracks have been included on the CD. [MSRP $15.98]
Willy DeVille/Come A Little Bit Closer – Best of Live /CD
Taken from over two decades of concert classics that this great American renaissance man recorded, Come A Little Bit Closer comes as close as one can to the kind of high-stylized idiosyncratic blend of New Orleans blues mixed’n’matched with Cajun flavor, his own Brill Building-styled composition, Mariachi Hendrixian flair, New York street corner doo-wop and classic rock soul punk as only he can fuse. And that’s just for starters. DeVille was such an original that he had no musical precedent whatsoever! There’s never been anyone like him. And it’s all on display in this 17-song Spanish stroll through a career that ended way too soon. Highlights? Every Song. [MSRP $13.98]
May 31 (pre-book order date April 29)
Primal Scream/Screamadelica Live DVD+CD, Blu-ray
Primal Scream formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1982 and in 1991 recorded what many rock critics have listed as one of the great alternative albums of the 1990s, Screamadelica. Screamadelica Live captures the band performing this album in its entirety for the very first time, at London’s Olympia in 2010. The Blu-ray includes an exclusive bonus of the Screamadelica Classic Album documentary. The DVD version includes a CD of the Screamadelica Live performance. [MSRP $19.98 for both sets]
David Byrne/Ride Rise Roar/ DVD and Blu-ray
June 7 (pre-book order date May 13)
Bad Company/Live At Wembley/CD, DVD & Blu-Ray
Recorded live at the prestigious Wembley Arena in London in 2010, these celebrated musicians are at the top of their game, playing their beloved songs as hard as ever in front of a packed and enthusiastic crowd. Founding members vocalist Paul Rodgers, lead guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke (bassist Boz Burrell died in 2006) are supplemented by guitarist Howard Leese and bassist Lynn Sorensen. These songs that have stood the test of time come thrillingly to life alongside some rarely heard gems in a 15-song celebration! [MSRP $14.98 for DVD, $19.98 for Blu-ray, and $13.98 for CD]
Sheryl Crow/Miles From Memphis/DVD & Blu-Ray
This stunning 18-song two-hour+ concert was captured last year at the spectacular art-deco Pantages Theater in Hollywood, California. Sheryl Crow, touring in support of her 100 Miles From Memphis album, performs a set filled with all her hits, deep catalog cuts and current songs, an 18-year trip. Bonuses include a “Behind-The-Scenes” segment wherein she preps for the show, introduces the band and soundchecks two more tracks—“Eye To Eye” and “Stop” (20 songs total). [MSRP $14.98 for DVD, $19.98 for Blu-ray]
Camping spaces are now on sale for the 2nd annual Midwest Rockfest. The festival will feature a variety of camping options and VIP packages to make this Rock n’ Roll weekend an unforgettable experience for everyone. Midwest Rockfest is slated for July 23-24, 2010 at the beautiful Lake Afton, in Wichita, Kansas and is produced by DEA Entertainment Group, of Arkansas City, Kansas.
Due to the excitement and success of last year’s concert series, we have made the MWRF into a multi-day event. Come SHAKE AND BAKE ON THE LAKE July 23rd & 24th at Lake Afton in Sedgwick County, Wichita, Kansas!
Bands already announced include CLASSIC ROCK sensation STYX and TWISTED SISTER, who is bringing their new show to the US. WE HAVE THE DATE! Also on the bill Pop Evil, Y&T, Winger, Kix and many more to be announced soon. VERY SOON! Check our website for at www.midwestrockfest.com for updates and to win great prizes!!
Twisted Sister’s “Stay Hungry” from the 2004 CD, Still Hungry is available as a free download from Amazon.com. Get it at this link!
Merry Christmas from Hard Rock Hideout.com. The video clip below is from the hard rock band Pretty Maids.
There is nothing like seeing Twisted Sister animated. Check out “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” below.
Santa Hulk is coming to town?
Skid Row’s – Jingle Bells
Some might consider the videos at HRH this week, songs that killed hair metal. To this listener, the songs are just plain bad, and even worse, the record companies spent money on videos. You can baste them all you want, but nothing will make these turkeys any better.
The first turkey video is Twisted Sister’s “Leader of the Pack” from the not so classic album, Come Out and Play. Why on earth did Atlantic Records green light this video? The world may never know. The only good thing about this video, is Bobcat Goldthwait. The rest is terrible. See for yourself below!
Twisted Sister has released a new promo video for “Twisted Christmas”. Check it out below!
Twisted Sister needs no introduction to hard rock fans any where. Twisted Sister is headlining the Rock Gone Wild festival on Saturday August 22nd.
Check out the Twisted Sister’s brand new video, “30”!
TWISTED SISTER will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show “Rockline” with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday, July 22 at 8:30 p.m. PST / 11:30 p.m. EST. Fans are encouraged to speak with TWISTED SISTER by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For more information, visit http://www.RocklineRadio.com
TWISTED SISTER – Live performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this Thursday July 23
TWISTED SISTER performed its classic song “We’re Not Gonna Take It” last Thursday, July 16 on “LIVE! with Regis & Kelly”.
Watch the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OynQecMSCf4
Check out these exclusive pics from the LIVE! with Regis & Kelly show:
Rocklahoma 2009 is now two days gone, but the videos keep trickling in. Check out these new clips from Youtube.
Twisted Sister – You Can’t Stop Rock and Roll
Helix – No Rest For the Wicked
Mass – Reach For the Sky (Filmed by Yasmine Baluch for Dunbar Productions)
Danger Danger – Bang Bang (From behind the stage)
Twisted Sister’s 25th Anniversary edition release of their awesome CD, “Stay Hungry” will hit stores this Tuesday, June 30th.
You can enter to win a new prize pack which includes a special Pink Vinyl edition of “Stay Hungry”, a copy of the Twisted Sister DVD “The Video Years”, and the new Double CD Edition of “Stay Hungry”.
Enter Your Name and Email Address to enter the drawing!
June 30, 2009 is Twisted Sister’s Declaration of Independents Day.
Any music fan that buys the CD or vinyl of “Twisted Sister Stay Hungry – 25th Anniversary Edition” in any participating independent record store will receive a free gift from the band: a DVD of the Twisted Sister 1984 Uncut Live At San Bernadino concert. This is the ONLY day and the ONLY way this DVD is going to be made available!
While other bands have made deals with big box chains and discounters, Twisted Sister remembers all the independent record shops who supported them through the years.
Purchase TWISTED SISTER’S, “Stay Hungry – 25th Anniversary Edition” CD and get a FREE DVD of their historic MTV concert, “1984 Uncut Live At San Bernadino”.
DVD available one day only – June 30, 2009, while supplies last, only at the participating stores. DVD limited to stock on hand and not available for individual sale.
Click the banner below to locate a store near you! If you do not see your record store listed, go ask them to contact their local WEA rep.
I must admit that I was pretty excited when I first read about the lineup for the M3 festival in Columbia, Maryland. Unlike Rock Gone Wild, and Rocklahoma, this is a one day festival, cram packed with more classic hard rock acts that you can handle in one day. There was several bands on this festival’s roster that I have not seen before, so it was a complete no-brainer. I made the trek to Columbia, MD Friday night. Sure it took roughly 8 hours each way by car, but it was well worth it, in my opinion.
The weather was perfect for the event. It was hot and sunny all day, and the crowd for M3 filled up the stands pretty quick.
Before most folks made into the festival, they were greeted by the heavy beats of Carmine Appice’s SLAMM. I only caught the tail end of their performance, but it seemed pretty cool for the most part. This wasn’t SLAMM’s scheduled set time, as they played later on in the festival. Their early performance helped to generate excitement amongst the large crowd filing into the venue.
The festival kicked off with former Guns N’ Roses and Kill for Thrills Guitarist, Gilby Clarke. Gilby’s set was short, but he fired off some of my favorite songs of his including “Tijiuana Jail“ and “Cure Me or Kill Me“. He even threw in “Be Yourself” from the Rockstar: Supernova CD. Imagine That! I never expected to hear a song from this CD again. I think Gilby handled it better than Lukas Rossi.
After Clarke’s set, I had to pick and choose which bands I wanted to see play live because several of the set times over lapped. I HATED this part of the festival. I genuinely like every band on the bill, and wanted the chance to see every band perform. This was not possible, so I had to sacrifice one band over another several times throughout the day. I don’t think this was fair to the bands, or to the fans who paid to see them.
The first choice was Y&T vs. XYZ. Y&T beat out XYZ in the battle of the alphabet bands,and rightly so. Y&T is celebrating their 35th anniversary in 2009, and I wasn’t budging from my seat. This band doesn’t know where Cincinnati, Ohio is on the map (they never play in my hometown), so I couldn’t wait to see them play. Dave Meniketti and company blasted out a rocking set of tunes that spanned over their vast career including, “Dirty Girl”, “Black Tiger”, “Mean Streak”, and “Summertime Girls”. My only complaint is that their set was too short. I would have loved to have heard some more Y&T songs. Some friends of mine were at the XYZ stage, and said XYZ put on a hell of a show as well. I guess you win some and you lose some. I enjoyed Y&T and I hope the rock gods will be kind enough to offer me another chance to see this band, when they can play a full show.
The next band dilemna after Y&T was Slaughter vs. Jetboy. I like Slaughter, but this was no competition for me at all. I immediately ran over to the second stage to check out Jetboy’s set. I got there early, and was front and center for the show.
Jetboy guitarist Billy Rowe was having some sound issues to start the show, but the crew got him fixed up pretty quickly. Jetboy rocked the crowd hard, and put on an extremely tight set of tunes. Out of all of the bands at M3, I would say Jetboy was in the top 2 as far as the performance they gave. These guys should have played on the main stage for sure. Mickey Finn’s vocals were great, and his bright green Mohawk made him one of the most photogenic rockers of the day. The whole band was on fire during this set. Fernie Rod and Billy Rowe’s playing was great. I didn’t know who to keep an eye on. Billy was blasting away on the slide guitar, and Fernie was adding in his awesome licks. Michael Butler is a pretty fun bass player to watch as well. This guy knows how to get a crowd going. New drummer Doug Hovan didn’t miss a beat. Those that hung out for Jetboy’s set got treated to some classic Jetboy tunes including “Feel The Shake”, and “Heavy Chevy”. They also a played a few new unreleased songs that were nothing short of A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!. I can’t wait to see what fans reactions are when they hear these songs. Prepare to be blown away!!
Next up on the main stage was Jani Lane and his new solo band featuring Kerri Kelli from Alice Cooper on Guitar. Jani’s set consisted primarily of Warrant tunes (no surprise there), and a brand new unreleased track. Jani’s voice sounded good, as did his band. Jani has always managed to attract some pretty good guitar players, and Kerri Kelli is definitely one of the better ones. I like Jani Lane and I wanted to stay for more songs, but he is coming to my hometown in a couple of months, and I will definitely be going to see him then. I hung out for 3 or 4 songs, and ran back to stage two for the Bulletboys.
Marq Torien might be the only original member left of the Bulletboys, but this band does not rock any less. I didn’t make it over for the start of their set, but I did catch three or four of their songs before I had to depart for my Jetboy interview. I was disappointed that I didn’t get to hear “Smooth Up In Ya”, but I will definitely catch the Bulletboys on their tour with Faster Pussycat later this year.
I met up with Fernie Rod and Billy Rowe, for a really cool sit down interview, which I will post at HRH later this week. By the time our interview was done, Dokken was finishing up their set. They sounded ok from where I was standing, and I was able to catch Jon Levin wailing away on those infamous George Lynch solos.
I quickly ran back up to stage two to catch Steel Panther perform. I didn’t expect much from these guys, but you know what…. I loved their set. Their songs are a really good hair metal parody, but they are so good at what they do, you can’t help but like them. I must admit that the only songs that I knew were “Death To All But Metal” and “Fat Girl”, but I liked all of the tunes they performed. I will certainly pick up their CD when it becomes available. I couldn’t stay for Steel Panther’s entire set either, as I didn’t want to miss one minute of Kix’s set. I ran back down the hill to stage one and got there right before Kix took the Stage.
The best performance of the day, easily goes to Kix. They were absolutely fantastic. Maryland obviously has a strong appreciation for their band, and rightfully so. Kix’s excellent set included the following songs (in no certain order): “Midnight Dynamite”, “Itch”, “Get It White It’s Hot”, “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” , “Cold Blood”, “Blow My Fuse”, “Girl Money” and a bunch more. Singer Steve Whiteman is every bit as good as the day he started this band. Ronnie Younkins and Brian Forsythe have to be one of the most under appreciated guitar tandems in rock today. Kix’s set was so good, they could have closed this show, and everyone would have been happy. Luckily, there was plenty of rock left on this day. I ran back up the hill to stage two to catch L.A. Guns.
This L.A. Guns is the version with Phil Lewis, Steve Riley, Scotty Griffin and Stacey Blades. The same lineup has been together for quite a few years now and sound great. Stacey Blades might not be Tracii Guns, but he is a damn good guitarist, and does a great job on these classic L.A. Guns tunes. Phil Lewis made this rock fan feel old by mentioning that 2009 was the 20th anniversary of the Cocked & Loaded CD. Good Grief…has it been 20 years already? I enjoyed their short set.
Extreme’s set over lapped with L.A. Guns so I missed the beginning of their show. I really wanted to stay for the whole Extreme set too, but the end of their set overlapped with KEEL’s. From what I could tell, Gary Cherone sounded exactly the same, and Nuno Bettencourt was amazing as always. I enjoyed the few songs that I got to hear.
I quickly ran back up the hill (are you seeing a pattern here) to catch the start of KEEL’s set. Judging from what I could tell from KEEL, I should have stayed to watch Extreme. I don’t know what the deal was, but something was missing in KEEL’s performance. I think Ron Keel may have been having some sound issues as his voice did not seem very loud in a few songs. He was using a wireless microphone, and this could have been oen of the problems. I thought his voice was a lot smoother, and no where near as coarse as it was back in the 80’s. It was this coarseness that gave KEEL such a cool metal sound, and I didn’t hear it during their set. They played songs from all of their albums which was cool, but I kept feeling like this was a phone in perfomance. Some of the songs from the KEEL set list was (in no order): “Cherry Lane”, “The Right to Rock”, “Speed Demon”, “Because The Night” and a few more. I hope I get the chance to see KEEL again. I love their music, and they definitely deserve a second chance. I had high expectations for KEEL at M3, and the band didn’t meet them.
I headed back down the hill one final time for RATT & Twisted Sister. I wanted to see Carmine Appice’s SLAMM, but I was ready to see two full sets of music before I called it a day.
RATT was up next, and they did not disappoint me. Pearcy’s voice sounded pretty good for the most part, and Warren DeMartini was awesome. He has been one of my favorite guitarists for a long time, and he did not disappoint. My seat for the main stage event was on the far right hand side of the stage, and the sight line wasn’t the greatest. I immediately realised that the rhythm guitarist was not Carlos Cavazo, but appeared to be John Corabi. His hair was a little different since the last time I saw him, and I almost didn’t recognize him. The one thing I have noticed the last couple of times that I have seen RATT is that Corabi kind of stands off to the side and lets the rest of the band do their thing. I don’t know if there is bad blood there, or what the deal is. Corabi is a terrific musician and singer, but I wonder how happy he is in RATT. Aside from that, I enjoyed RATT’s set. Their set list included: “Lay It Down”, “You’re In Love”, “Back For More”, “Wanted Man” and much to my surprise and enjoyment, “Nobody Rides For Free’ (From the Point Break Movie soundtrack).
Twisted Sister took the stage around 9:30, and immediately was experiencing sound issues. JJ French did not have any sound to start the show, and it took quite a while for the Twisted Sister crew to get him fixed up. After the inital snafu’s at the beginning of their set. Twister Sister kicked some major ass to close out the M3 festival. This was my first experience seeing Twisted Sister and a couple of things surprised me. These guys talk a lot during their shows. Dee Snider was pretty funny, but did he really need to continue to advertise his House of Hair Radio show during Twisted Sister’s set? Was JJ French’s rant about American Idol really necessary? Twisted Sister needs to play more and talk less during their shows, in my opinion. Aside from too much talking, I loved Twisted Sister. Their set was high energy, hair flinging fun, and the band really does try to put on the best show possible. Their set list included the following songs: “Under the Blade”, ‘Horror-teria”, “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, “Burn in Hell”, “The Price”, and I Wanna Rock”. Twisted Sister’s set was a great ending to an amazing day at Merriweather Post Pavillion. I hope they make this an annual event. If they do, I will be back!!
Rhino Re-masters 1984 Top 20 Smash Album With A Bonus Disc Of Unreleased Studio Recordings, Plus A New Track By The Original Lineup For 25TH Anniversary Edition
Limited Edition Pink Vinyl Package Accompanies CD and Digital Release
Available From Rhino June 30
After rocking clubs from Los Angeles to New York City for more than a decade, Twisted Sister made its bones in 1984 with the quintet’s second Atlantic Records release, a Top 20 album that stormed the charts with a string of hit singles and genre-bending videos. Rhino proudly wears a Twisted Sister pin on its uniform, celebrating the album’s multi-platinum success with a 25th Anniversary Edition that includes a bonus disc of unreleased outtakes and early demos from the original sessions, as well as a new track recorded especially for this collection by the 1984 lineup: Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda, Mark Mendoza, and A.J. Pero. STAY HUNGRY 25th Anniversary Edition will be available June 30
from Rhino Records at all retail outlets, including www.rhino.com, for a suggested list price of $19.98 (CD), $12.99 (digital).
A limited edition pink vinyl package with the original “Stay Hungry” album art and bonus poster will also be released this summer at the suggested retail price of $24.98.
The first disc contains remastered versions of the nine tracks from the May 1984 original. The album was a smash thanks to a pair of fist-pumping anthems of youthful rebellion “I Wanna Rock” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It” that went Top 40. The band balanced those catchy songs with the harder edge of metal classics like “Burn In Hell” and “Horror-Teria,” a macabre song that would later serve as the inspiration for Strangeland, a 1998 horror film written by Snider, who also starred as the sadistic Captain Howdy.
The bonus disc uncovers 15 unreleased recordings that range from alternate versions of album tracks–including “We’re Not Gonna Take It”–to several non-album tracks such as “Death From Above,” “Prime Motivator,” and “Pay The Price,” a song from the band’s earlier club days. Along with the vintage tracks, the collection includes “30,” Twisted’s first new song in 11 years recorded by the band for the 25th Anniversary Edition.
“30” was originally written by Dee Snider with Marc Beeman and Sharon Lawson for the reality series Gone Country. Dee says, “While ’30’ was my attempt at a country song for the show, the realization was that rock ‘n’ roll is a direct outgrowth of country music. Since ’30’ was written about my Twisted Sister experience, it seemed only natural for us to record it and rock it out.”
More than a decade after Twisted Sister’s last show, the band reformed in 2001 for a benefit and continued playing together, including an astonishing run of over 50 headline festival dates performing in front of two million people in over 23 countries. In 2006, the band returned to the charts with Twisted Christmas, a holiday album that buzzsaws through yuletide classics such as, “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” and “Silver Bells.” That same year, the Long Island Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Twisted Sister. The band is
currently at work on a new album and a Broadway musical based on Twisted Christmas. Twisted Sister will headline the annual Rocklahoma music festival July 9-12 in Pryor, Oklahoma. Rock of Ages, Broadway’s latest musical hit with five Tony® nominations, features Twisted Sister prominently in its story line and with the band’s aforementioned iconic anthems, “I Wanna Rock” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”
STAY HUNGRY 25th Anniversary Edition
1. “Stay Hungry”
2. “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
3. “Burn In Hell”
4. “Horror-Teria (The Beginning)”
a. “Captain Howdy”
b. “Street Justice”
5. “I Wanna Rock”
6. “The Price”
7. “Don’t Let Me Down”
8. “The Beast”
1. “Death From Above”
2. “Prime Motivator”
3. “We’re Not Gonna Take It” Early Demo
4. “Death Run”
5. “This One’s For You”
6. “S.M.F.” Early Demo
7. “We’re Coming On”
8. “Call My Name”
9. “Burn In Hell” Early Demo
10. “Pay The Price”
11. “What’s Love Without You”
12. “Our Voice Will Be Heard”
13. “You Got To Fight”
14. “The Price” Early Demo
15. “Stay Hungry” Early Demo
16. Radio Spot
17. “30” (New Track)
2009 TOUR DATES
May 30 – THE M3 ROCK FESTIVAL @ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD
June 4 – Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesborg SWEDEN
June 26 – Metalway Festival, Zaragoza SPAIN
July 10 – Midnattsrocken Lakselv, NORWAY
July 12 – ROCKLAHOMA, Pryor OK
July 18 – Three Rivers Festival, Fort Wayne IN
Aug 22 – ROCK GONE WILD, Algona IA
Sept 12 – Memorial Hall, Plymouth, MA
Rock Gone Wild, America’s newest and most diverse rock festival, has announced two more additions to its already impressive line-up. Twisted Sister, the kings of glam rock and roll, will close the main stage on Saturday, August 22. Sevendust, one of modern rocks biggest acts, helps shut down the huge party on Sunday, August 23.
Twisted Sister will celebrate its 25th anniversary and add to its impressive run of headline festival appearances by closing Saturday’s show at the inaugural Rock Gone Wild. The band sold over 10 million records and issued the classic rock anthems “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock” back in the ‘80’s. More than a decade after the band’s last show in 1987, the quintet reformed at a tribute show and has continued playing together; the reformation includes an astonishing run of over 50 headline festival dates, performing in front of two million people in 23 countries. The group has also had success re-issuing records, recording a Christmas collection and releasing numerous DVDs of its legendary live show, a show that will come alive in all of its glory at RGW. Make sure to catch it-this may be the last time that TS dons the “old school” make-up onstage in the U.S.
Sevendust has become one of modern rock’s biggest bands the hard way-releasing a stream of impressive records and following each with a seemingly never-ending tour. The band is not known for one record or one song, but rather a solid body of work that continues to improve with every new release. The band’s last record, Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow, which featured the huge hits “Inside” and “The Past” is still selling, but the band is already recording the follow-up. The quintet will take a studio break to rock RGW with its blend of heavy metal guitar, rap dynamics and infectious melodies.
With these additions, the line-ups for each day of the festival have been announced:
Thursday: Saxon, Warrant, April Wine, Saigon Kick, Honeymoon Suite, Tyketto, Black ‘N Blue, Tigertailz, Ernie and the Automatics (featuring former Boston members Barry Goudreau and Sib Hashian), Sick of Sarah, Ashamed and Savior.
Friday: Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Jackyl, Cherie Currie (of the Runaways), Powerman 5000, Marcy Playground, Rhino Bucket, Gypsy Pistoleros, Throw the Fight and Crazy Lixx.
Saturday: Twisted Sister, Skid Row, Lita Ford, Dokken, Great White, Kix, L.A. Guns (featuring Phil Lewis), Hardcore Superstar, Primal Fear, Dangerous Toys, Helix, Junkyard, Frankenstein 3000, Sex Department, Mighty Swine and Stallion.
Sunday: George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Candlebox, Sevendust, Saving Abel, Eve 6, Tantric, Armored Saint, Lizzy Borden, Dirty Looks, Lillian Axe, The Texas Hippie Coalition, Downtread and Stuck on Stupid.
If you want to go wild this summer, Rock Gone Wild is the place to be. With over 50 bands on two stages and campground parties going all night long, even the most insatiable rock appetite will be satisfied. But if you really want the ultimate Rock n’ Roll experience, you need to be in the Sinner’s Lounge. The Sinners Lounge is the first-of-its-kind to be featured at an American rock festival. It is not your average VIP experience at a festival, the Sinners Lounge at Rock Gone Wild will offer an up-close look at the sort of debauchery that rock fans only dream of seeing at a rock festival.
Limited only to 500 ticket holders and rock stars, the sinners lounge will place the avid fan in the midst of the rock and debauchery experience, in an all inclusive night club setting. Glowing walls, leather couches, nightly Champaign fountains, appetizers, and cocktail waitresses dressed to theme each night are just the beginning of this all inclusive lounge. Want an open bar with liquor, cocktails, martinis, shooters and more booze than a tour bus in the 80’s? Check. Want to be entertained by dancers and acoustic performances by special guests? Check. Want to mingle with the bands that rocked your world just hours ago? Check. Want a View of the backstage mayhem while you do it all? Check. Go Platinum at Rock Gone Wild 09 to enjoy this all inclusive package along with seating in the first 10 rows, buffet style breakfast, lunch and dinner, beer, soft drinks and more.
Visit www.rockgonewild.com for updates and festival news.
TWISTED SISTER guitarist Jay Jay French has posted the following message at the band’s website:
“A couple of years ago, while playing to 80,000 fans in Quebec after not playing there since 1984, it struck me just how important our album Stay Hungry had become. It broke sales records in 8 countries and the videos made us international stars. Canada especially had gone crazy for the album and bought it at a much greater proportional rate against US sales then any album in recent memory.
We had just released our re-recorded version of it called Still Hungry. While talking to our fans in Canada, it struck me how many still preferred the original Stay Hungry. Maybe, as band members, we were just too close to the whole thing. Maybe we just weren’t seeing it and, more importantly, hearing it through the eyes of the fans who had spent the last 23 years with their ears tuned in to the sound of the original record. I knew that in two years a milestone was approaching. In May of 2009 The 25th anniversary of Stay Hungry would arrive. I started to think of a way to recognize and celebrate the music and the times which had become so important to the lives of not only our millions of fans around the world, but also to acknowledge the importance and relevance of all of the music created by the hard rock bands of that period. What became obvious to me was that just re-mastering the original record was not a reason to re-release it. The only way this could be ‘special’ was to locate any material that was recorded by us at the time and never released so as to make a truly great 2 disc package.
Much to the band’s surprise, Atlantic/Rhino discovered a series of cassettes that comprised almost a whole extra albums worth of material. This original music was part of the ‘demo’ process used in making Stay Hungry. These tapes were recorded in December 1983 at Nino’s studios in Baldwin, LI along with all the songs that wound up on the finished album. I completely forgot that these tapes ever existed. The band barely remembered these songs ever being recorded. Most of the songs, upon fresh listening are shockingly good. Remember, these are demo’s which means that they are unfinished versions of songs. Maybe some day we will actually fully finish and record some of them if you, the fans, yell loudly enough. Don’t ask me why some didn’t make the record, the politics of that question are too deep to get into. Suffice it to say, we are proud of this material and, to make the re-release really special, we also recorded our first new song in 10 years – a song called ’30’.
A remastered Stay Hungry
– ten never heard before songs originally demo’d for Stay Hungry
– five early demos of songs from stay hungry
– one brand new song
– one rare radio spot using ‘SMF’ as the music bed
That is a reason to celebrate an important milestone.
The release date is Tuesday, June 23rd.
We hope you love this package as much as we do.”
Stay Hungry bonus tracks:
‘Death From Above’
‘Were Not Gonna Take It’
‘ This One’s For You’
‘Were Coming On’
‘Call My Name’
‘Burn In Hell’
‘Pay The Price’
‘What’s Love Without You’
‘Our Voice Will Be Heard’
‘You’ve Got To Fight’
Eighties famed rock band TWISTED SISTER will be headlining Sunday, July12 at Rocklahoma.
TWISTED SISTER is celebrating the twenty fifth anniversary of “Stay Hungry”, which includes rock anthems “We’re Not Going to Take It” and “I Wanna Rock”.
Dee Snider of TWISTED SISTER and host of the “House of Hair” had this to say about Rocklahoma. “In every great religion or society there are pilgrimages to be made and homage to be paid. The Islamic have Mecca, the Jews and the Muslims have the Wailing Wall, the Catholics have St. Peter’s Basilica, the Irish have the Blarney Stone and so on and so on. The ultimate pilgrimage for the old school, metal community is Rocklahoma. Each and every one of us must make the trip and pay homage to the Gods of Metal. Wait a minute….that’s me! And that’s why I’ve just got to go back to Rocklahoma this year…’cause there’s nothing quite like being paid homage to! It’s better than sex!”
In addition to TWISTED SISTER and the already announced KIX and KEEL, Catch the Fever Music Festivals is proud to announce GREAT WHITE and NELSON have been added to the lineup. Director of Operations Dave Giencke announced, “This year’s lineup is shaping up again to be a great festival showcasing Eighties rock music!”
Rocklahoma is one of the largest rock festivals of its type featuring music from the Eighties. Attendance has come from all fifty states and six out of seven continents.
Both Playboy and Rolling Stone in 2008 called Rocklahoma one of the top festivals that should not be missed.
Catch The Fever Festival Grounds is located four miles north of Pryor, Oklahoma and has 6,200 assigned and numbered seats, as well as general admission on the lawn for over 50,000 people. The grounds also feature over 4,000 campsites, on-site parking, bathroom facilities, a convenience store, Rocklahoma also has a Picture Alley that allows anyone in attendance to approach the stage during any performance and take photographs of a favorite artist at close range.
Rocklahoma offers a one-day and four-day general admission passes, along with V.I.P. Passes that includes all the food and drink you want for all four days.
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.net
…is pleased to announce the addition of two new festival dates. Stay tuned for additional tour announcements, as well as the complete track listing for the upcoming Stay Hungry 25th Anniversary two-disc release.
98 Rock Presents:
THE M3 ROCK FESTIVAL
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Ratt, Extreme, Kix, Dokken, Slaughter, Y&T Gilby Clark, Keel, L.A. Guns, Jani Lane of Warrant, Jetboy, XYZ, BulltBoys & SLAMM and more…
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I started off the new year wanting to hear some Twisted Sister. After playing “Stay Hungry” for the umpteen millionth time, I broke out my reissued copy of Twisted Sister’s “Love is For Suckers” from 1987.
I remember this album getting a lot of bad reviews when it first came out, and I can understand why some Twisted Sister fans hated this disc. “Love is For Suckers” was supposed to be released as a Dee Snider solo album. Atlantic suggested this be out under the Twisted Sister moniker and as they say, the rest is history.
“Love is For Suckers” was not supposed to sound like a Twisted Sister album, and for the most part it doesn’t. This is more of a pop metal album, than the hard rock and metal sounds of previous Twisted Sister albums.
The first track “Wake Up (The Sleeping Giant)” is the heaviest song on this disc, and the most Twisted Sister like. For the rest of the album, producer Beau Hill managed to make Twisted Sister sound like Winger with Dee Snider on vocals. With no surprise, Reb Beach does play guitar on this album, and Kip Winger sings back up vocals. The songs aren’t bad, but most of them just aren’t very memorable.
The best cuts on Love is For Suckers are “Wake Up” and “Me And The Boys”. The reissued copy of this CD has four bonus tracks: “Feel Appeal”, “Statutory Date”, “If That’s What You Want” and “I Will Win”. If you don’t have this CD, this is the version to pick up. The song “Statutory Date” is probably the best song out of the four bonus tracks. If you listen close enough, you can hear Kix frontman Steve Whiteman singing back up vocals on this song.
As a whole, I didn’t care for this poppy version of Twisted Sister. The band was best when playing their heavier edged material, and although I am a fan of hair/pop metal, this disc didn’t cut it for me. “Love is For Suckers” is a disc for hair metal fans and Twisted Sister completests only.
1. Wake Up (The Sleeping Giant)
2. Hot Love
3. Love Is For Suckers
4. I’m So Hot For You
6. Me And The Boys
7. One Bad Habit
8. I Want This Night (To Last Forever)
9. You Are All That I Need
10. Yeah Right!
13.If That’s What You Want*
14.I Will Win*
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
Reb Beach – guitars
Kip Winger – backing vocals
Jimmy Chalfant – backing vocals
Steve Whiteman – backing vocals
Beau Hill – keyboards, backing vocals
The New West Horns – horns
On November 18th, Twisted Sister releases “Live At The Astoria,” a special twin-disc CD/DVD that marks the first commercially-released, uncensored Twisted Sister concert in over 25 years. This very special concert was taped in London in 2004, and is hailed by critics as the band’s greatest live triumph in its
The band will do an in-store appearance at J&R Music & Computer World @ Park Row in Downtown Manhattan (across the street from City Hall Park) at 5:30 on Friday November 21.
We are hosting an intimate DVD screening party on Friday, November 21st @ Webster Hall, from 8-10PM (not in the main space, but in the room on the ground floor, just after you enter the venue). The classic lineup of Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda, Mark Mendoza and A.J. Pero will be in attendance, and there will be drink specials from Jagermeister.
If you would like to come by and start your Friday night early, please RSVP to:
We’d like to see as many of you there as possible. Come out and celebrate the release of ‘Live At The Astoria’ with us!
2008 two disc (CD + DVD) release Explicit Version. The legend that is Twisted Sister return with their new live CD/DVD recorded at London’s Astoria Theatre on a very hot summer night in 2004. The critics hailed Twisted Sister’s performance as one of their greatest ever. If you’re an S.M.F. 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 favorite, rarely does the band universally agree that any particular show is about as good as it gets. Each band member considered this show to be amongst the most special of their career. 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 a level far above all expectations. We look forward in sharing this magical performance with all of you!
TWISTED SISTER “LIVE AT THE ASTORIA” Track Listing:
1. What You Don’t Know (Sure Can Hurt You)
2. The Kids Are Back
3. Under The Blade
5. Like A Knife In The Back
6. Burn In Hell
7. Ride To Live
8. Shoot ‘Em Down
9. You Can’t Stop Rock N’ Roll
10. The Fire Still Burns
11. We’re Not Gonna Take It
12. The Price
13. I Am, I’m Me
14. I Wanna Rock
15. Come Out & Play