DEE SNIDER Says TWISTED SISTER Won't 'Insult' Fans By Coming Back From Retirement
November 5, 2017
TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider recently spoke with the Poughkeepsie, New York classic rock radio station 101.5 WPDH. The full chat can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On his 2016 solo album, "We Are The Ones":
Dee: "The thing about being in TWISTED... it was restrictive in a lot of ways. With 'We Are The Ones', I can take some chances, I can do some things I couldn't do before. Hell, I do a cover of [NINE INCH NAILS'] 'Head Like A Hole' with synthesizers. I could never do that in TWISTED SISTER, so I definitely get to have some fun. It's a great moment in the show. People love it. At first, they go, 'What?' And then they go, 'Yeah!' In its own way, it's as anthemic as 'We're Not Gonna Take It'."
On his non-musical projects currently in the works:
Dee: "Right now, I have four movies in different stages of development, a children's animated show, a game show, a television show and a show in Vegas all in various stages of development as a producer, writer, performer, actor. My goal is not to be out on tour and on the road for the rest of my life."
On a potential sequel to "Strangeland", the 1998 horror film he wrote:
Dee: "This is an on-again, off-again situation that has been a source of frustration to me, but I'm happy that with the production company I've started, and with all the movies that I'm working on and developing, things are moving forward with the 'Strangeland' sequel. It's called 'Disciple'. It's not in production yet, but me working and doing all these other projects is creating an energy for my production company, which looks like is finally going to allow me to make 'Strangeland 2', which is the movie I've been wanting to make for so long."
On whether TWISTED SISTER will release a live DVD commemorating their "40 And Fuck It" farewell tour:
Dee: "For the '40 And F-It' final shows, we did a lot of filming throughout the entire run, huge shows all throughout Europe and around the world. I know that there is some special products, DVD, concert video in the works of the final tour. JJ French [TWISTED SISTER guitarist] will be putting out product for the next 30 years. He's amazing. I go, 'Where did you get that, dude?' He finds stuff I didn't even know about — 'There was a camera there?' But he finds it — if there's a camera, he finds it, and it's great — it's great to see the stuff being available."
On whether TWISTED SISTER has really called it quits:
Dee: "I'm one of those people who express great frustration at these bands who retire and then come back. I think it's an insult to the fan, especially when you pay a premium for those shows, a premium for the 'No More Tours' shirt by Ozzy [Osbourne]. How many years ago was that? C'mon, seriously? The KISS farewell tour — farewell to Ace [Frehley] and Peter [Criss], I guess? I think it's insulting. SCORPIONS did a three-year farewell tour and changed their minds. I don't want them to leave, but if you're going to announce that you are and tell us that, then you're supposed to leave. Feel free to stay forever — we love you, SCORPIONS — but don't do a three-year farewell tour and then change your mind the next day. Not cool. Not cool, SCORPIONS. Me and the TWISTED guys, we are of the mind, just like MÖTLEY CRÜE, that this really is it, and we're done. I have no intention of going back. I don't want to be one of those people who go back on their word, and I hope if I do, the audience tars and feathers me, and says, 'You know what? You're worse than the people who faked it. You made a big deal, made a stink, pointing fingers at everybody, and then you came back!' I don't want to be that guy that people ever look up there and go, 'God, he used to be so good.' I never want people to feel that way."
Snider is currently working with HATEBREED's Jamey Jasta on what Dee calls a "very aggressive" and "true metal" solo record, which will be released in the spring.
"We Are The Ones" came out in October 2016 via Red River Records (distributed by BFD/RED). Produced by Damon Ranger, the disc was described by Dee as "an album that is part FOO FIGHTERS, part IMAGINE DRAGONS, part THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS."