January 31, 2015

TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider performed at the 2015 Show Harley in Montreal, Quebec.

Snider was joined by openers THE DAWN TRUTH and EAGLE TEARS at the 36th Show Harley, which saw over 50 Harley-Davidson and custom motorcycles riding around in the Bell Centre, a presentation of the most spectacular custom bikes in America, and the 2015 Harley-Davidson apparel collection.

The event’s house band completed the bill, performing rock classics of METALLICA, AC/DC, IRON MAIDEN, BLACK SABBATH, DEEP PURPLE, SCORPIONS and many more.

Fan-filmed video footage of Snider's performance can be seen below.

Snider will release a career-spanning compilation, "Rock And Roll Ain't Dead - Dee Snider Essentials 1983-2015", in March through Rhino. The collection will feature music from all of Snider's projects over the years — including TWISTED SISTER, WIDOWMAKER, DESPERADO, VAN HELSING'S CURSE and DEE DOES BROADWAY — as well as three brand new songs.

Snider's new solo band includes Nick Perri (SILVERTIDE, SHINEDOWN),guitarist Dan McCafferty (DEE SNIDER'S SMFS, DEE DOES BROADWAY),bassist Nicolai "Nosferatu" Nifoussi (AUTOMATIC 7) and drummer Joe Franco (WIDOWMAKER, VAN HELSING'S CURSE, TWISTED SISTER, GOOD RATS).

Speaking to Canadian rock journalist Mitch Lafon of the "One On One With Mitch Lafon" podcast, Snider stated about his new solo material: "There are three new songs on there. One's called 'Rock And Roll Ain't Dead', which my son Jesse wrote. I've always loved the song, and it was my rebuttal to Gene Simmons and when people say the music scene is so dead. Then there's 'Soul Lady', and then there's 'To Hell And Back'. Those are the three new songs that are already recorded, and they will be on the retrospective record, and there may even be a fourth. I'm actually working with a very contemporary writer now, who is on a mission to write me a new anthem that's going to appeal to new generations. And he's approached me about recording a song that he's working on. So there may be a fourth. So there's gonna be new music for the first time."

Dee added: "Quite honestly… it's really just testing the water. Because we've talked about doing an album, and I said, 'Nobody's buying albums.' I said, 'Who knows if anybody is even fucking interested?' So [if] we put out this thing, and people react to the new material, and there's a positive reaction, it could lead to a more extensive… 'Cause Nick and I just connect. As a writer, he's very old school, but he's got a lot of new-school influences as well.

"Anyway… So you may hear more Dee Snider solo. And that's really the direction, if I'm doing [anything] musically, I'm heading in."

Dee then clarified: "I'm not leaving TWISTED SISTER; I wanna be clear. We've got four shows together this year — maybe five or six now this summer — but I'll be doing a lot more solo shows this year."

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