Dee Snider says that he is "taking a break" from performing live — and he isn't sure if and when he will return.
The TWISTED SISTER frontman has spent much of the past year playing sporadic shows in support of his latest solo album, "For The Love Of Metal", which came out in July 2018. He also previously announced that he was already thinking about making a follow-up record, also to be produced by HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta.
Now Snider has offered an update on his touring activities, revealing in an Instagram post that he has no plans to hit the concert stage for the foreseeable future.
"Well, now that my summer shows are over, I can tell you that I'm taking a break from concert performing for a while," Dee said in a video message on Wednesday (September 11). "I've got no more concerts the rest of this year. 2020, I'm clearing the boards there as well. We'll see what happens after that. In the meantime, you'll see me around — I'll be popping up here or there; I'll be doing a song or something with other people — but as far as concerts go, that's gotta take a break. I'm working on my novel, I've got some movies in production, television shows, things like that, and I've got some family situations to take care of. Everything's cool, but I've gotta take care of the home fires every now and then. So, [I'm] not sure when I'll be back on the concert stage — if I'll be back; we'll see — but I'm taking a break for a while."
"For The Love Of Metal" featured contributions from Howard Jones (ex-KILLSWITCH ENGAGE),Mark Morton (LAMB OF GOD),Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY),Joel Grind and Nick Bellmore (TOXIC HOLOCAUST),and Charlie Bellmore (KINGDOM OF SORROW).
Snider told Decibel magazine about the musical direction of "For The Love Of Metal": "I love contemporary metal and I think that's why it sounds so genuine. I go to shows. My kids are all metalheads, especially my daughter, she's hardcore. Over the years, because she was so young, I had to escort her to these shows, so I was exposed to all these hardcore bands. I love the passion, and I love the 'I've got nothing to lose' attitude that these bands have. That's what you lose when you're successful. You lose that fearlessness. I'd much rather listen to bands that have that heart and that passion than listen to people who have lost it. I've always been in tune with that and have loved it. Jamey, in writing, we sat and talked endlessly about what matters to me now and about what I wanted to say now and where was I at emotionally now."
In a separate interview with Distorted Sound, Snider said that he has found his place in the contemporary music scene with "For The Love Of Metal". "I'm so happy to be doing this," he said. "This record defines me as a person who wants to feel vital what I'm doing now matters and counts. I'm so happy I thought there wasn't that place in music for me. I've been doing Broadway, radio, TV, movies, I've been finding my place now with other things that I've been doing, but my first love is metal and music, and to do a record that I feel is a place now… My wife said she hasn't seen me this happy in a long time, and I'm always happy. She said I have an odd, childlike glee. It's crazy. I know, I'm  and not that I feel it. I'm healthy, people see me rock and their minds are blowing. I didn't think at this point in my life, this would be happening."
TWISTED SISTER will reunite for two days and nights this fall to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the band's classic album "Stay Hungry".
Snider, Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda and Mark "The Animal" Mendoza will be together again at the Spooky Empire horror-themed convention in Tampa, Florida for a very exclusive, one-time-only gathering.
All four members will be available for autographs on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2. Plus be sure to catch their question-and-answer sessions and photo ops.
TWISTED SISTER called it quits in 2016 after completing a farewell 40th-anniversary tour.