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DEE SNIDER Announces Spoken and Shouted! Australian Shows

He is one of the most recognisable and notorious frontmen of all time and DEE SNIDER ascended to hard rock royalty in the early 1980s as the lead singer for New York-based heavy rockers, the multi-platinum sellers TWISTED SISTER. The charismatic and outspoken SNIDER in 1985, alongside John Denver and Frank Zappa, testified against censorship in regard to the Tipper Gore led PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center) -- SNIDER and company topped the charts in 1984 with the all-purpose us-against-the-world anthems We're Not Gonna Take It and I Wanna Rock. DEE SNIDER and TWISTED SISTER changed the face of MTV and the rock and metal world forever. Apart from those two monster singles, TWISTED SISTER also released all time classic tracks like Stay Hungry, The Kids Are Back, You Can’t Stop Rock And Roll, The Price, Under The Blade and more! After the 1987 dissolution of the group, he embarked on a series of solo and group projects such as WIDOWMAKER and DESPERADO.
But there is more to SNIDER than just his musical prowess and presence. He has starred in several reality TV shows including The Celebrity Apprentice, Gone Country with John Rich, MTV’s Rock The Cradle with his son Jesse and Growing Up Twisted, an A&E series featuring the entire SNIDER family and their Long Island lifestyle. He was also a frequent host on MTV Networks and his own long running nationally syndicated radio show House Of Hair is heard on more than 200 stations in North America. His career as a voiceover artist has resulted in Dee being heard in many radio and TV commercials, documentaries and a year-long stint as the introductory voice on MSNBC. His autobiography Shut Up And Give Me The Mic was a huge success as was his Podcast Snider Comments. He also had a starring role on Broadway in the hit musical Rock Of Ages, there isn’t much Dee can’t do. SNIDER has also just recently unleashed his critically acclaimed new album ‘For The Love Of Metal’
Now the legend himself Mr. DEE SNIDER is headed to Australia for a unique set of shows in Sydney and Melbourne! Now the legend himself Mr. DEE SNIDER is headed to Australia for a unique set of shows in Sydney and Melbourne!
Each city will be treated to one SPOKEN night and one SHOUTED! SPOKEN nights: these will see Dee being interviewed on stage and telling stories about his life, career and a real in depth look at the man himself, then an audience question and answer forum. This will be a very intimate, once in a lifetime opportunity. Plus on these nights there will be a special VIP meet and greet opportunity available, which includes entry to the SPOKEN night, front and second row seats and the first 20 buyers get to ask Dee a question over the mic from the audience, and meet Dee after the event for a photo and 2 items signed.
The SHOUTED nights: These shows will see Dee hit the stage backed by his full band and slam out a killer set list top heavy with classic TWISTED SISTER Material.
Don’t miss the chance to witness a true rock legend the frontman of TWISTED SISTER, DEE SNIDER on stage in two very different environments and two that he absolutely thrives in. If you are a true SMF, you won't be Dee-sappointed!!!
Thursday, 31st January - Sydney - Manning - SPOKEN
Friday, 1st February - Sydney - Manning - SHOUTED!
Saturday, 2nd February - Melbourne - Croxton - SHOUTED!
Sunday, 3rd February - Melbourne - Croxton - SPOKEN
TICKETS ON SALE: Thursday, 23rd August, at 10:00am EST.

'We Are The Ones' Says The Now Solo DEE SNIDER

Friday, October 28, 2016
DEE SNIDER will release his new solo album, WE ARE THE ONES, which is due out October 28 on Red River Records (Distributed by BFD/RED).
WE ARE THE ONES crackles with modern energy, from the call-to-arms manifesto of “Rule the World,” to the anthemic bonding of “So What” (complete with, yes, a string section) to the intensely synth driven “Close to You,” to the thematically soaring “Superhero” (a song tailor-made for running over the end credits of the next Marvel or DC movie blockbuster if ever there was one). Another significant highlight of the album is a newly re-recorded acoustic version of “We’re Not Gonna Take It” which has also been tapped the official anthem for The Recording Academy’s advocacy efforts, including the “Fair Play Fair Pay” Act. Recently performed in Washington D.C. at the annual GRAMMYs On The Hill event, a video of the song recently premiered on Entertainment Weekly’s website and can now be viewed at
Also featured on WE ARE THE ONES is an explosive cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Head Like A Hole.” “I always thought it was a great song, a powerful song,” DEE explains, “I can’t wait to do that one live. Like ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ is iconic, ‘Head Like a Hole’ is iconic for that era.”
With Twisted Sister effectively entering the rearview mirror, DEE now has his sights dead-set on his new musical direction. “You can’t expect others to embrace what you do if you don’t embrace it yourself,” he admits. “I have to believe it first before I can expect anybody else to believe it.  When you’re creating a new record, you want to make a statement, and you want to have music you can stand behind and feel strongly about. So it was a little unnerving when I started heading down this path. After Damon and I cut the first four tracks, I said, ‘Oh yeah, there is a place for me here.’ This is music I feel excited about, and I also look forward to playing it live.”
Earlier this summer, DEE took part in the unveiling of the new Rock & Roll Hall of Fame exhibit, “Louder Than Words: Rock, Power And Politics,” which will remain on display in Cleveland during the 2016 Republican National Convention. To commemorate the new Hall of Fame exhibit, DEE performed a new acoustic version of Twisted Sister’s legendary song, “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” This moving new version of DEE’s epic anthem is currently available on iTunes.
In April 2016, DEE was called to Capitol Hill for the second time—the first at the infamous 1985 Senate hearing instigated by Tipper Gore and the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC)--to speak on behalf of The Recording Academy’s "Fair Play Fair Pay” initiative.  On September 18, DEE will be presenting his new music at Riot Fest at Douglas Park in Chicago, IL.
For the first time ever, superstar magician Criss Angel is joining forces with DEE to release a music video featuring the new acoustic version of “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” Directed by Angel, the video aims to raise awareness of pediatric cancer by promoting HELP, a one-night-only, star-studded event which took place on Monday, September 12 at Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas to support pediatric cancer research and treatment worldwide. The video sends a powerful message to viewers as DEE belts out the iconic lyrics, while the mother of a young girl—who is a cancer survivor—allows her head to be shaved in solidarity with her daughter and in support of the fight all of these children must endure. The video also features heart-wrenching footage of Criss Angel’s son, Johnny Crisstopher, going through treatments after being diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in 2015. 
DEE is unapologetically energized about where he’s going as an artist. “Music inspires that genuine enthusiasm.  I’m not anti the past — I’m just not one of those guys sitting there singing about the glory days.  To me, these are the glory days, and the days to come are the glory days.  And this new record is the part of my next glory days.”
Here’s the complete track listing of WE ARE THE ONES:
  1. We Are The Ones
  2. Over Again
  3. Close To You
  4. Rule The World
  5. We’re Not Gonna Take It
  6. Crazy For Nothing
  7. Believe
  8. Head Like A Hole
  9. Superhero
  10. So What
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“We Are The Ones” (official lyric video):

One On One With Mitch Lafon - JAY JAY FRENCH (Twisted Sister)

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TWISTED SISTER's Jay Jay French guests on Ep. 237 of One On One With Mitch Lafon.

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In the show's only interview, guitarist Jay Jay French discusses TWISTED SISTER's Metal Meltdown (A Tribute to A.J. Pero) DVD, the We Are Twisted F*****g Sister documentary, the current tour, is this really goodbye, Mike Portnoy, the band's history and so much more.

Quotes from the interview:

Recent events - (time 1.55): "Twisted Sister's Legacy is very important to me."

Metal Meltdown DVD (time 2.30): "The entire show was dedicated to AJ."

Discussing Mike Portnoy starts at 7.39

Wacken 2003 (time 15.34): "We weren't scheduled to be on the bill. Iced Earth was headliner and Iced Earth canceled - the singer left... By leaving, they had no headliner... Well, the reviews spoke for themselves."

Is the band really done (time 21.49)? "I've lived long enough to never say never... We can't, obviously, walk away for fourteen years again."

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ANGEL to Appear At The Vegas Rocks! Hair Metal Awards

Legendary Rock Group ANGEL will appear at the 2016 Vegas Rocks! Hair Metal Awards in Las Vegas on May 15. The group will receive the Glam Rock Legends Award in honor of their contributions and influence in music. Accepting the award will be Punky Meadows, Frank DiMino, Gregg Giuffria, Barry Brandt, and Felix Robinson. This will be the first time all band members have been onstage together since 1980. From Frank DiMino: 'It's going to be lots of fun and we're all looking forward to seeing one another! It's been way too long.' Kalish Management confirmed the members are not performing at the event. The show will be held at the Eastside Cannery Hotel & Casino. Also appearing are Twisted Sister, Scorpions, Quiet Riot, Doro Pesch, Kip Winger, and more. For more info visit:
ANGEL Biography

ANGEL was formed in 1975 by guitarist Punky Meadows and bassist Mickie Jones in Washington, D.C. After becoming the house band at Bogeys the group built a strong following and eventually managers and record companies started to come around. Gordon Fletcher, a writer and reviewer for Rolling Stone and Creem Magazine would frequent the club and took notice of the band. Fletcher invited Gene Simmons from KISS to see them perform. Simmons was not only impressed, he was 'blown away'.

That summer, ANGEL signed a management contract and relocated to Los Angeles. Their manager financed the recording of their first album with producers Big Jim Sullivan and Derek Lawrence. Casablanca Records signed ANGEL to a multi-album deal upon the recommendation of KISS without hearing a single note or seeing the band live. On October 23, 1975 their debut album was released and ANGEL was voted best new band by the reader's poll of Circus Magazine. During that same year, ANGEL was awarded a gold record for the best and most promising new band in Japan. Their legendary live performances included an elaborate stage show incorporating magic tricks by magician Doug Henning, pyrotechnics, smoke, an incredible light show, a larger than life talking angel named Gabriel, members mysteriously appearing and disappearing onstage, and angelic all-white costumes. Many critics labeled them a glam band due to their flamboyant image. The progressive rock style from the first two albums would eventually evolve into mainstream hard rock on the 3rd and 4th albums. Later, due to record company pressure, the band adapted a more commercial rock sound with strong melodies and pop sensibilities as evidenced on their 5th album.

The group released a total of eight albums: 'Angel' which includes their signature song 'The Tower', 'Helluva Band', 'On Earth As It Is In Heaven', 'White Hot' 'Sinful', 'Live Without A Net', 'An Anthology', and 'In The Beginning'. Their television appearances included American Bandstand, Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, and The Midnight Special. The 'White Hot' album included a version of The Rascal's 'Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore' which became ANGEL's highest charting single reaching #44 on Billboard. ANGEL toured non-stop for years with such names as Rush, Aerosmith, Styx, Ted Nugent, Blackmore's Rainbow, Bob Seger, ZZ Top, Blue Oyster Cult, Judas Priest, Peter Frampton, and many others. The group traveled to Japan for a highly successful tour which included two nights headlining the legendary Budokan. Upon arriving at Narita Airport they were greeted by hundreds of screaming fans.

In the film 'Foxes' starring Jody Foster, ANGEL appeared as themselves and their songs '20th Century Foxes' and 'Virginia' were included on the film's soundtrack. 'Wild and Hot' from the 'Sinful' album was used in the KISS film, 'Detroit Rock City'. Finally, in 1980 the band decided to call it a day. Years later a revamped version of the group was formed featuring DiMino and Brandt along with several new members. This resulted in a new album and live shows in Europe and the USA.

Since the band's heyday each member has moved on to various music projects and business ventures. Frank DiMino became a well-respected vocal coach and in-demand session singer receiving a platinum album for his vocal contribution in the blockbuster film 'Flashdance'. In 2015 he released his solo album 'Old Habits Die Hard' under the moniker Dimino. Keyboardist Gregg Giuffria formed the AOR bands Giuffria and House of Lords resulting in several hit singles and international success. Bassist Felix Robinson toured with 707 and played on White Lion's album 'Fight To Survive'. Drummer Barry Brandt played on many LA sessions with different artists. Guitarist Punky Meadows whom Frank Zappa immortalized in the song 'Punky's Whips' will release his debut solo album in May, 2016. Tragically, founding member and original bassist Mickie Jones passed away from cancer in 2009.

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One On One With Mitch Lafon - TWISTED SISTER & ALAN FREW

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Legendary frontman DEE SNIDER of Twisted Sister joins Mitch for episode 185 of One On One With Mitch Lafon. Dee discusses the upcoming Twisted Sister documentary 'We Are Twisted F***ing Sister, his upcoming solo album 'Now', Lemmy, the Guns N' Roses reunion, David Bowie and much more.

Quotes from the interview:

Twisted Sister: "We are a little bit at odds on certain subjects. We're friends and we love each other, but we definitely have our places where there's a rub. One of them is the original Twisted Sister vs. the band that everybody knows which is talked about in the documentary."

"I never planned on being here this long. I planned on being well retired by 35. As it turns out, I lost everything and started over from scratch, but my intentions were never to be doing 'this' forever."

Lemmy: "My wife said, 'I think Lemmy may have been an angel on earth."

On his new album 'NOW' (coming later this year): "I like something new. I like something contemporary. This is going to be the new sound. No more head banging. No more throwing my body on the ground. It'll still be an intense rocking performance, but it's going to be more mainstream. I've been challenged to transform myself."

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Canadian recording artist ALAN FREW from GLASS TIGER joins Mitch for episode 186 of One On One With Mitch Lafon. Alan talks about his new 80290 Rewind solo album, his recent medical scare (a stroke), his recovery and ability to perform, and much more.
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On his recovery - "I'm just weak. I tire easily. I get hoarse really quickly."

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The TWISTED SISTER Movie 'We are Twisted F*cking Sister!' Update

The Twisted Sister movie 'We are Twisted F*cking Sister!' a documentary film by Andrew Horn to be released in Europe/UK on a new date, February 12, 2016 via MONODUO FILMS. The film, lenght 137 minutes + over 2 hours bonus material will be available on VOD (iTunes & Vimeo on Demand) and as DVD (Amazon Europe and Monoduo Films Shop). The new re-worked DVD cover and a  movie trailer can be viewed below.

'We are Twisted F*cking Sister!' movie trailer:

Featuring: Twisted SisterDee SniderJay Jay FrenchEddie Ojeda, Mark “The Animal” MendozaA.J. Pero
Produced by Andrew Horn

How fitting that 2016 marks the release of the documentary film, “We Are Twisted F*cking Sister!” a documentary film by german filmmaker Andrew Horn, which recounts the untold story of Twisted Sister’s beginnings, at the same time that the band mounts their last ever tour, making their final farewell to performing after 40 years. As the band gears up for the big finish, the movie shows how it all began.

Once upon a time, they were the Grand Funk of Glam and the NY Dolls of Metal. Some considered Twisted Sister a joke, others called them the greatest bar band in the world. While the microcosm of Punk/New Wave was taking over NYC in the mid 70s - early 80s
Twisted Sister was battling their way to the top of a vast - and unique to it’s time - suburban, co cover-band bar scene that surrounded NYC in a 100 mile radius, yet existed in a parallel universe. Guitarist, Jay Jay French, says, “the history of Twisted is really our 10 years clawing our way through the bar scene. It’s who we are, and it’s why we are, and why we do what we do.”

The film follows the band from their beginnings as a cross-dressing glam band playing 4 shows a night, 6 nights a week in New Jersey bowling alleys and Long Island beach bars, to the suburban mega-clubs of the late 70s/early 80s, to their bust-out appearance on the UK rock TV show, “The Tube”. Through it all, Twisted stood ready to do or die for the sake of “the show”, giving their all to the crowd, and demanding full attention in return. They refused to play the usual bar band role of “human juke box for drunk and horny teens” - you were going too be entertained whether you liked it or not.

They regaled their audiences with comedy rants, dragging them on stage for vomit inducing drinking games, engaging them in fits of disco record smashing and, at their most extreme, whipping them into club-destroying frenzy. The performances were low on style and heavy on the humour and attitude - but behind it all, always smart and fulll of self-awareness. Spinal Tap may have been clueless but Twisted Sister knew exactly what they were doing!

If you think you know them from their hit songs, the MTV videos and their massive stadium shows, this is the story of how they became that band - full of strange, and often hillarious, twists and turns. It’s about Rock ‘n Roll and the business of Rock ‘n Roll. It’s about perseverance and things blowing up in your face. It’s about finding yourself, finding your audience and doing literally anything, however wild, to connect with them. And even though we know how it ends, the roller coaster ride of getting there is what it’s all about. A mesmerizing, and wickedly funny story of a 10 year odyssey to overnight success.

“A sure-fire crowd pleaser...very, very, very entertaining” - The Hollywood Reporter

“Uproarious and poignant - a tale of excess, egotism andd absurdity” - The Independent

DEE SNIDER Releases New Song, 'To Hell And Back' Online

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July 7, 2015 -- In March of this year, DEE SNIDER and his Twisted Sister bandmates mourned the loss of their drummer, AJ Pero, and announced that the 2016 touring season (the 40th anniversary of the band's formation) will be the end of the road for the world-dominating force of nature that is Twisted Sister.  While perhaps he is best known as the lead singer of the '80s sensation, there is so much more to DEE SNIDER.

DEE SNIDER is continuing to make music on his own, releasing 'To Hell and Back' exclusively via his website,, as a free download.  He co-wrote the song with Silvertide founder/guitarist Nick Perri. This track will be included in a new album that DEE is currently working on with Grammy', Emmy' and Oscar' winning writer/producer Damon Ranger ('Life Of Pi').  The new project will also feature material from DEE's past including his worldwide hits with Twisted Sister.
Later this summer, DEE and his band--Nick Perri (lead guitars), Dan McCafferty (rhythm/lead guitar), Nicolai Nifoussi (bass), Joe Franco (drums)'will launch a solo tour which will take him to Europe and South America for festival shows including Rock In Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the Rock Of Ages Festival in Baliingen, Germany.  He'll also be performing a number of headlining shows in the U.S. starting with the Legendary Buffalo Chip Campground at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, SD on August 3.
DEE SNIDER has starred in several reality TV shows including appearances in three seasons of Celebrity Apprentice, Gone Country with John Rich, MTV's Rock The Cradle with his son Jesse Blaze, Growing Up Twisted, an A&E series featuring the entire Snider family and their Long Island lifestyle, ABC's Celebrity Wife Swap, and Celebrity Holiday Homes. He has also been a frequent host on the MTV Networks and, with more than 20 years on the air in radio, his own long-running, nationally syndicated radio show House Of Hair can be heard on over 200 stations in North America and at  DEE also recently launched a much-heralded podcast 'Snider Comments' on the PodcastOne network.  His career as a voiceover artist has resulted in DEE being heard in many radio and TV commercials, animated shows, documentaries and a yearlong stint as the voice on MSNBC.
Never setting limits, DEE wrote, produced and starred in Dee Snider's StrangeLand. This horror movie has become a cult classic, literally creating the torture film sub-genre. The sequel, StrangeLand: Disciple is currently in development. With the success of StrangeLand, DEE was tapped to host a weekly radio show on all things horror, Fangoria Radio, on Sirius XM.
In 2002, VH1 signed DEE to star as himself in their original movie production of Warning: Parental Advisory.  Co-starring Mariel Hemingway, Jason Priestley and Griffin Dunne, DEE re-created his role during the 1985 congressional record labelling hearings. Battling the Beltway wives, most notably Tipper Gore, DEE, along with Frank Zappa and John Denver, turned DC politics upside down, carrying the banner of his Twisted Sister legendary anthem 'We're Not Gonna Take It.'
His recent starring role on Broadway in the hit musical Rock Of Ages generated national interest and appearances on The Today Show, CNN's Joy Behar Show and a legendary spot on The Jimmy Fallon Show where DEE guested with The Roots and Jimmy on Twisted Sister's self-penned hit, 'I Wanna Rock.' The Rock Of Ages run inspired him to make a brand new record for Razor & Tie, DEE DOES BROADWAY, featuring some of the Great White Way's biggest songs, side by side with Broadway legends like Patti LuPone and Bebe Neuwirth, in his own indomitable style.  His self-penned memoirs, Shut Up and Give Me The Mic, were released in the summer of 2012 from Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster to critical acclaim, coinciding with Warner Pictures' release of the Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta Jones, Russell Brand film version of Rock Of Ages, which features two of Twisted Sister's biggest hits.
Since starring in Rock Of Ages and recording DEE DOES BROADWAY, DEE SNIDER's Broadway connection has continued to grow.  'Dee Snider's Rock 'n' Roll Christmas Tale' (lyrics, music and book by DEE SNIDER) completed a highly successful nine-week run throughout the 2014 holiday season at Broadway in Chicago, and is heading for Toronto this year.  DEE also produced the off-Broadway hit ensemble 'Puppet Shakespeare,' (five stars, New York Times) and the international award-winning short film 'Fool's Day.'
In 2014, DEE was the recipient of the prestigious Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award for his charitable work spanning several decades. Most notably, he spent twelve years as the national spokesman and Grand Marshal of the March of Dimes Bikers for Babies initiative (for whom he raised $325,000 with his Celebrity Apprentice win), established his annual Ride to Fight Hunger for Long Island Cares, and donated his Gold and Platinum album awards to Broadway Cares for auction.
Check out DEE SNIDER and his band performing the following summer shows:
DATE               CITY                                         VENUE 
Fri 7/10             Haapsalu, Estonia                     American Beauty Car Show
Sun 7/26           Wales, U.K.                               Steelhouse Festival
Fri 7/31             Baliingen, Germany                   Rock Of Ages Festival
Sat 8/1              Wacken, Germany                     Wacken Open Air Festival
Mon 8/3            Sturgis, SD                               Buffalo Chip Campgrounds (with Godsmack)
Fri 8/7               Three Forks, MT                        Rockin' The Rivers
Sat 8/15            Milwaukee, WI                           Wisconsin State Fair
Fri 8/21             Manistee, MI                             Little River Casino Resort Event Center (with Lita Ford)
Sat 8/22            Sterling Heights, MI                   Freedom Hill Amphitheater
Sun 8/23           Des Moines, IA                         Iowa State Fair
Sat 8/19            Rio de Janeiro, Brazil                 Rock In Rio (with Angra and Doro Pesch)


TWISTED SISTER Announce Retirement Plans & Tribute To AJ

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
New York, NY (April 8, 2015)—It was with heavy hearts that Twisted Sister said goodbye to their drummer A.J. Pero, who passed away on March 20. 
Today, Twisted Sister members Dee Snider (vocals), Jay Jay French (guitar), Eddie Ojeda (guitar), and Mark “The Animal” Mendoza (bass),  have announced that world renowned drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Adrenaline Mob, Winery Dogs) is the replacement for their brother A.J. Pero for all shows this year.
To honor Pero’s memory, two shows will take place on the east coast and west coast. The first, on May 30th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, will be filmed for broadcast, DVD, and CD.  The second, for the A.J. Pero family, is scheduled on Saturday, June 13 at The Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ.
Additionally, fulfilling all concert obligations that have been made for the remainder of 2015 (in several different countries), Twisted Sister want their fans to know all festival dates that they have been advertised as playing will happen. 
Finally, Twisted Sister has made it official that 2016 will formally close the touring chapter of their illustrious and legendary career.  The “Forty and F*ck It” farewell shows celebrates the band’s 40th anniversary with the core line-up of Snider, French, Ojeda and Mendoza.

RIP Drummer AJ Pero

Saturday, March 21, 2015
It's been a horror week. Another black day for metal, with the sudden passing of drummer AJ Pero of Twisted Sister and Adrenalin Mob, who he was currently touring with. AJ died in his sleep on the band's tour bus following a gig earlier.
This from the Adrenalin Mob guys:
"We write this with tears in our eyes & our hearts broken to pieces.. our beloved brother AJ Pero peacefully passed away in his sleep this morning on the bus. We are in complete shock & our hearts & prayers go out to his family. It has been nothing short of an honor to have shared the stage with such a beautiful soul & legend! We love you AJ, rest in peace.
We will cherish this last picture we all took together on tour forever! What a great night we had... we'll miss you buddy!"
And from the Twisted Sister guys:
“Today I lost a brother. Anthony Jude Pero passed away. A.J. was the final piece in a band that would become an international sensation and one of the greatest live rock acts to ever hit the stage. His sledgehammer assault on the drums helped drive Twisted Sister and I to greatness and inspired me to rock every single show. My heart breaks knowing I will never feel the power of his beat behind me, or turn to see his face smiling broadly from the sheer joy he got from doing what he loved. I will always remember that smile. RIP my friend.”
Dee Snider
“AJ Pero was a force, the likes of which I doubt I will ever have the chance to play in front of again. His drumming was legendary but his heart, as a human being, was even greater.
This April 1st would have been his 32nd year as a member.
In the Twisted Sister world he was always affectionately known as “the new guy”. That is how long and deep our history was/is.
In our hearts he will always be the engine that drove the train. I loved him and today my heart has been ripped out. RIP”
Jay Jay French
My family, extended Twisted Sister family, and I are heartbroken and devastated to hear the news of Anthony Jude Pero’s passing. A.J. was a dear friend and brother to me, and in my opinion, one of the most talented drummers of all time. I will always remember the amazing experiences and great laughs we shared. A.J. always had an amazing sense of humor and did his best to please everyone he came in contact with.
Back in the day, when the band first started touring, we were often room-mates and he never failed to keep me smiling. It’s very difficult for me to talk about this right now. However, I feel that out of respect for his legacy, it’s important for us to let the world know how we all felt and will always feel about him. I know I will dearly miss him, but I’m grateful to have been his friend and musical partner for thirty-eight years.
At this time, my sincerest sympathies go out to his family. Heaven just got a great drummer, one that will live forever in our hearts.
Eddie Ojeda and The Ojeda Family
This morning I received the tragic news about AJ’s passing. As anyone would be, I am devastated. With such a loss, even I broke down and cried, allegedly the tough guy in the band. One statement says it all, “AJ was my band mate, my friend and my brother and I will miss him forever”.
Mark ‘The Animal’ Mendoza




One On One With Mitch Lafon - DEE SNIDER

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

TWISTED SISTER frontman DEE SNIDER joins Mitch on this episode of ONE ON ONE WITH MITCH LAFON. In the extensive interview, DEE discusses the new music he's prepping for release this year (2015), reveals the titles of new songs,why Twisted Sister haven't put out an album of all new music in decades, his wife Suzette Snider, the HEAVY MONTREAL festival, We're Not Going To Take It and much more. This is classic DEE SNIDER.

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One on One with Mitch Lafon - KIX, CINDERELLA & TWISTED SISTER

Monday, August 4, 2014

In episode 34 of One On One with Mitch Lafon. Mitch is joined by co-hosts Russ Dwarf (KILLER DWARFS) and Mark Strigl Of Talking Metal. This episode features interviews with Twisted Sister's JAY JAY FRENCH, Cinderella's JEFF LABAR and KIX's Mark Schenker.

In our first interview Twisted Sister's Jay Jay French discusses the band's upcoming performance at Heavy Montreal, the band's touring schedule and philosophy, releasing new music, The Pinkburst Project: benefiting the Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation, and much more.

Our second interview is with '80s guitar God, Jeff LaBar from Cinderella. Jeff talks to Mitch about his new One For The Road album, talking on lead vocalist duties, working with drummer Cozy Powell and producer Andy Johns on Cinderella's Long Cold Winter album, the future of Cinderella and more.

We close out the episode with a great chat with KIX bassist, Mark Schenker. Mark discusses working and touring with KIX, their new album Rock Your Face Off, making new music and much more.

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This Episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon is brought to you by the Heavy Montreal Festival taking place August 9th and 10th at Parc Jean Drapeau in beautiful downtown Montreal (Quebec) Canada and this year Features performances by Metallica, Slayer, The Offspring, Lamb of God, Anthrax, Twisted Sister, Exodus and many more!

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