Twisted Sister is an American heavy metal glam band from New York City. Although they were worshipped by teenagers and feared by parents, they sold millions of albums and toured worldwide. They were highly influenced by Alice Cooper and the New York Dolls. The Band's road to success began in 1971 when guitarist Jay Jay French formed the band in New York City. By 1982, the band had formulated its classic lineup with lead singer Dee Snider, guitarists French and Eddie Ojeda, bassist Mark Mendoza and drummer A.J. Pero. Twisted Sister hammered out a name for themselves on the New York club scene, then a thriving, vital bar band environment. They have played for pretty much every type of crowd imaginable.
In search of a record deal, the Sisters flew to Britain in 1982 and recorded "Under The Blade" in Britain, which only took them a matter of days. In December of that same year, the band signed their first record deal with Atlantic Record in Europe. Their music and image attracted many fans. Most of their songs explored themes of parent vs. child conflicts and criticisms of the educational system. Their most well-known hits were "We're Not Gonna Take It," "I Wanna Rock," and off of the band's multiplatinum album "Stay Hungry."
Dee Snider is an American singer-songwriter, actor, screenwriter, and radio personality. His curly blond locks and razor-edged voice made him an icon of the decade's heavy metal scene in the 1980's. After joining as a lead singer, he brought original material to the band, becoming its major songwriter. He was exactly what the band needed, a fierce frontman who could also write.
In 1987 the band stepped away from the public eye. Each member decided to focus on their own individual work. However, in 1998, Dee Snider had an astonishing come back with "The Magic of Christmas Day," a song he wrote and was later recorded by Celine Dion. Without the slightest clue of who penned the lyrics, Celine Dion included the song in her Christmas album. Although he is most well-known as the frontman of Twisted Sister, he narrates and hosts many shows and specials on VH1, movie trailers, and behind the scenes segments. He has also narrated a live show known as Van Helsing's Curse. Snider is also the host of the radio show "The House Of Hair." In 1999, Snider wrote and starred in the horror film, "Strangeland."
In the summer of 2000, Snider reunited with Twisted Sister to play at an event for Atlantic Records. After the gig, the band decided to start rehearsing again releasing Twisted Forever: A Tribute To The Legendary Twisted Sister in 2001. The album featured a wide variety of bands who have been influenced by or simply fans of Twisted Sister. Today, they continue to rock out theatres and arenas with their music.
On Sunday December 6th 2009 at 9:00AM EST - Only on A&E's Private Sessions, welcomes the one and only Twisted Sister for an exclusive one-hour special rocking out the studio with the performance of "You Cant Stop Rock and Roll," "Thirty," "We're Not Gonna Take It," "The Price," "I Wanna Rock," and "Come All Ye Faithful." And host Lynn Hoffman sits down with the band's frontman Dee Snider for a riveting in-depth interview. Don't miss the special surprises by Bobby Brown, Lita Ford, Eddie Trunk and Riki Rachtman. Also, meet the Sniders, as Dee's family drops by to say hello.