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Mexican metal festival cancelled due to safety concerns

March 9th, 2014 7:00pm EDT
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A Mexican music festival set to feature Kiss, Twisted Sister and Guns 'N Roses has been cancelled over safety concerns.

The Hell and Heaven Metal Fest was due to take place at a fairground in Texcoco, close to Mexico City, next weekend (15-16Mar14) and was expected to attract 70,000 to 80,000 fans with 50 acts slated to perform.

But officials have scrapped the event, claiming organisers did not have adequate safety plans and as such could put attendees at risk.

A representative for the Mexican state government reveals they shut down the festival because "safety conditions for potential ...

Dee Snider Upset That VP Candidate Paul Ryan Used Twisted Sister Song

August 23rd, 2012 9:54am EDT
Dee Snider
Vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan used Twisted Sister's popular tune "We're Not Gonna Take It" during a campaign stop in Pennsylvania, and the band's singer Dee Snider isn't too pleased.

On Tuesday, Mitt Romney's Republican running mate reportedly blared the classic hit to pump up the crowd at a political rally. Snider heard about it and has launched a formal complaint with Ryan's camp.

Sinder said in a statement: "I emphatically denounce Paul Ryan's use of my band Twisted Sister's song 'We're Not Gonna Take It' in any capacity. There is almost nothing he stands for that I agree with ex...

Dee Snider Rips Axl Rose Over Hall Of Fame Snub

April 12th, 2012 8:11pm EDT
Dee Snider
Twisted Sister star Dee Snider has slammed Axl Rose for snubbing his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, insisting the Guns N' Roses frontman is "screwed up".

Rose has written to officials at the Hall of Fame declining the induction and revealing he won't be attending Saturday's gala in Cleveland, Ohio - and his stand has annoyed rocker-turned-radio host and TV personality Snider.

Interviewing Rose's former bandmate Slash at the Revolver Golden Gods awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday, the "We're Not Gonna Take It" singer, said, "Someone just told me that it's official Axl is not gonna sin...

March Of Dimes President Says Dee Snider Is A 'Champion For All Babies'

April 3rd, 2012 9:46am EDT
Dee Snider
Twisted Sister star Dee Snider has raised $325,000 in support of women's reproductive health charities following his eviction from reality series Celebrity Apprentice on Sunday.

The frontman signed up as a contestant on the show in a bid to raise money for the March of Dimes, which works to help expectant mothers through pregnancy and provide support to infants with birthing problems.

And although Snider was booted from the show prematurely, the singer/actor still managed to hand over a massive check to his favorite charity, and March of Dimes president Dr. Jennifer L. Howse couldn't be m...

Dee Snider To Release Album Of Broadway Tunes, Including Duet With Clay Aiken

March 13th, 2012 9:07am EDT
Dee Snider
Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider is set to release an album of Broadway hits featuring duets with Cyndi Lauper, Bebe Neuwirth and Clay Aiken.

"Dee Does Broadway" will hit the market on May 8 to coincide with the release of the colourful rocker-turned-radio personality and reality TV star's autobiography, "Shut Up And Give Me The Mic."

The album features Snider's rendition of songs from musicals like "Damn Yankees," "Guys & Dolls," "Sweeney Todd" and "Chicago."

He also joins forces with the cast of "Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert" for a cover of "There Is Nothin' Like A Dame" from "Sout...

Q&A: Jesse Blaze Snider - A Rock Star Of Many Colors

January 23rd, 2012 1:40pm EST
Jesse Blaze Snider
Don't judge Jesse Blaze Snider solely by the fact that his father is rock legend Dee Snider.

In fact, don't judge him solely by the fact that he's also a musician. While he is in the family business, he's also a successful comic book writer (Dead Romeo, Hulk, Thor) and TV host (MTV2, Fuse and AOL's Top 11 Countdown). In between his many ventures, Jesse took the time to sit down with me and talk about growing up in the spotlight as well as making a versatile name for himself.

You're working on your first solo album right now. What can people expect from it?

I've been trying to kind of b...

Review Rundown: Christopher Cross, Willy DeVille, Rory Gallagher, Twisted Sister, Moving Mountains

August 7th, 2011 4:02pm EDT
Christopher Cross
This edition of the Review Rundown takes looks at releases from Christopher Cross, Willy DeVille, Rory Gallagher, Twisted Sister and Moving Mountains.

File Under: Christopher Cross

Christopher Cross - Doctor Faith (Eagle): Doctor Faith, the first true solo album from Christopher Cross since 2000’s Red Room, shines when Cross does what he does best, the stuff he is known for – write simple, relatable love songs and sing them with his trademark, recognizable tenor that most of us know and love (“When You Come Home,” “November”), but when Cross, who had not released a full on solo album in ...

Rob Zombie Rules The 2011 Golden God Awards

June 14th, 2011 1:42pm EDT
Rob Zombie
Rob Zombie was the toast of the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards in London on Monday as he was handed the night's top prize in front of an audience dressed as the undead in his honor.

The rocker/director was presented with the Golden God 2011 prize by music veteran Alice Cooper during a ceremony at the British capital's IndigO2 venue to mark his stellar 26-year career.

The night was made extra special for the star as hundreds of attendees turned out in zombie costumes as a special tribute.

Other awards went to Iron Maiden, who claimed the title of Best U.K. Band, and Judas Priest, who l...

'Celebrity Apprentice' – Retro Rumble – The Final Two Part 1

May 16th, 2011 11:51am EDT
Retro Rumble
Last week: two terrible OnStar promo videos later, Star Jones was fired. There are now only four Celebrities still in the game; Meat Loaf, Lil Jon, John Rich and Marlee Matlin.

We return to the lounge, where Lil Jon and John Rich are awaiting Trump’s decision. They know that Meat Loaf will give as good as he gets, but worry that Star will triumph again. They are ecstatic to see Meat. But Marlee, the other survivor, is teary and upset. She’s lost her team mate, and the win for her charity. Meat Loaf tries to cheer her up, but she clearly would have preferred Star to remain.

No time to rela...

Lita Ford, Dee Snider & Motorhead's Lemmy Highlight Vegas Awards

August 23rd, 2010 9:48pm EDT
Lita Ford
Rocker Lita Ford took her two sons, James and Rocco, to the Vegas Rocks! Magazine Awards over the weekend. Motorhead star Lemmy, Twisted Sister's Dee Snider, Glenn Hughes and the Scorpions were among the rockers celebrated at the ceremony.

All were presented with achievement honors at the inaugural prizegiving, held at the Elvis Showroom inside the Las Vegas Hilton hotel.

The event, held to mark the publication's sixth anniversary, featured a show-stopping finale as Snider and former Runaways guitarist Ford took the stage together for a duet performance.

Snider received the Rock n' Roll ...

Ohio Town Renames Itself In Honor Of Dee Snider

August 13th, 2010 8:43am EDT
Dee Snider
A town in Ohio is changing its name for a day in honor of Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider.

Cridersville in Ohio will pay tribute to the heavy metal star on August 21st by becoming Snidersville. The idea came about after Snider jokingly requested the change on his House of Hair radio show - but officials decided to make it happen.

Snider will make the most of the day by embarking on a motorcycle ride from Lima, Ohio to Snidersville to raise money for a March of Dimes charity campaign fighting premature births.

Snider says, "I've had many dreams and been lucky enough to have most of...

Dee Snider Joins Reality TV Craze

May 13th, 2010 8:28am EDT
Dee Snider
Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has become the latest heavy rocker to open up his home to reality TV cameras.

Snider and his wife Suzette will host "Growing Up Twisted" on cable network A&E.

The show will feature the couple's four kids and will be shot in around the family's Long Island home.

It will also feature footage from a Snider performance in New Jersey this weekend. At the concert, the colorful rocker-turned-DJ will premiere a song written by his son Jesse.

Snider joins Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons, who have also turned their home lives into hit reality TV shows.

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Dee Snider To Bring Back Sick Captain Howdy

January 18th, 2009 2:30pm EST
Dee Snider
Twisted Sister rocker Dee Snider is heading back to the big screen to reprise his Captain Howdy character in the sequel to 1998 cult horror movie Strangeland.

A Nightmare on Elm Street ghoul Robert Englund will also return for the new film, Strangeland: Disciple. Englund was a victim of Snider's sick character in the first film. Snider, who wrote and co-produced the original film, admits he set out to create the most disturbing movie.

He tells, "At the time, I really wanted to re-invent the wheel of horror. Horror, traditionally, plays on people's fears of being...

Slideshow: Hair Challenged Musicians - Who's The Worst?

September 30th, 2008 3:20pm EDT
One of the best things about being a rock star is that you don't have to stay in shape to be successful. You can be skinny and scrawny like Jimmy Page and Flavor Flav or you can be large and in charge like Meatloaf and Heavy D however, to have bad hair can be some what of a set back.

Here are some Musicians who have carried on, persisted and triumphed despite being follicly handicapped.

When you're done here, be sure to check out Male Musicians Who Look Like Girls.

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Children Of Musical Stars Face Off In 'Rock The Cradle'

March 11th, 2008 3:45pm EDT
Bobby Brown
Children of famous musicians including Bobby Brown, MC Hammer and Olivia Newton John are set to compete in a new reality talent show to discover the next American singing sensation.

MTV has gathered Landon Brown, A'keiba Burrell-Hammer and Newton John's daughter Chloe Rose Lattanzi to battle it out on new TV program entitled Rock The Cradle, which is due to premiere on April 3.

The show - which will see the pop wannabes compete every week in their bid for fame - will be judged by a host of celebrities and music industry bosses.

Other celebrity kids set to rock the stage inclu...

Great White Benefit Concert Raises $175,000

March 11th, 2008 9:38am EDT
Dee Snider
Twisted Sister rocker Dee Snider's benefit concert for the survivors of the Great White fire tragedy raised $175,000. Stars including Winger, Stryper, Staind's Aaron Lewis, Boston's Tom Scholz and Gretchen Wilson teamed up to play the February 25th fundraiser - organized by Snider and Tesla's Troy Luccketta - at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

The concert, which will be broadcast on TV network VH1 on Easter Sunday, was staged to raise money to benefit the Station Family Fund, an organization set up to help pay the survivors' medical bills.

One hundred Grea...

CMT's 'Gone Country' Is Surprisingly Entertaining

February 11th, 2008 9:35am EST
Dee Snider
"Gone Country," a show in which mostly washed-up singers are resurrected as country stars, is the first show, to my knowledge, on CMT that I've watched in its entirety. I wouldn't call myself a country fan by any means, and at first glance this didn't seem like an appealing show at all. That was until I saw the lineup of goof balls that they had enlisted:

Dee Snider: He's the cross-dressing front man of Twisted Sister whose last major hit was over 20 years ago. I "met" him once in Chicago. He was going through a revolving door with me. I threw some metal horns at him with my hand...

Music Spotlight: 80s Hair Bands

January 2nd, 2008 10:15am EST
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Hair. It's a four letter word that made a big impact on bands during the 80s. During that time, Aqua Net super hold hairspray was a household name and big-bodied hair was the goal for some rockers. Bands such as Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, and Twisted Sister took big hair to a whole new level.

Short black locks and long blonde hair could only point to a band that doesn't follow the rules so well. Twisted Sister, fronted by Dee Snider, flaunted his thick, blond tresses during such anthems as, "We're not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock." Not only did he have big hair, his band...

Twisted Sister Cancel Charity Gig

December 13th, 2007 3:36pm EST
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Twisted Sister have been forced to scrap a concert in California due to poor ticket sales. The gig at the Bren Events Center in Irvine was planned by two entrepreneurial fans who took out a $100,000 bank loan to fund the December 14 show. reports the Newport Beach, California couple stood to earn a tidy fortune for local charities and cover their loan if the show was a sell-out, but now it looks as if the pair will be left out of pocket after only 600 of the 4,300 tickets sold.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

'Twisted Sister - The Video Years' Hits DVD June 26

June 20th, 2007 10:00pm EDT
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Big hair, big hits and even bigger riffs -- the era of big metal returns as Rhino presents the DVD debut of hard-to-find and out-of-print video collections from one of the biggest-selling bands of the '80s: Twisted Sister. The DVD offers a clear digital picture along with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound mixes that capture the band at the height of their popularity.

"2006 marked the 30th anniversary and 9000th live performance of Twisted Sister" says Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French. "In reaching this historic milestone, it is only fitting that this DVD, encompassing some of the...

Celebrity Birthdays, March 15

March 15th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Eva Longoria
Happy Birthday to G-Unit rapper Young Buck (1981), "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria (1975), Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath (1968), Poison singer Bret Michaels (1963), singer Terence Trent D'Arby (1962), Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider (1955), American guitarist Ry Cooder (1947), funk pioneer Sly Stone (1943), Beach Boy Mike Love (1941), Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh (1940), "Taxi" star Judd Hirsch (1935), "Reservoir Dogs" actor Lawrence Tierney (1919; d. 2002), blues legend Samuel "Lightnin'" Hopkins (1912; d. 1982), and 7th President of the United States Andrew Jackson (1767; d. ...

Long Island Is Finally Getting Respect, Say Twisted Sister Rockers

October 16th, 2006 10:12am EDT
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Twisted Sister rockers Dee Snider and Eddie Ojeda have praised the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, saying it will help New York City's neighbor to overcome its inferiority complex. The stars will be inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside fellow Long Island music stars Billy Joel and Joan Jett later this month, and say they're thrilled to be recognized by the museum.

Guitarist Ojeda says, "It's always an honor to be part of something like that, especially when you're one of the first ones to be induced into it."

And frontman Snider thinks the Hall of Fame will help Long Island ...

Dee Snider Passes The Torch to Younger Bands

October 7th, 2006 9:30am EDT
Dee Snider
Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider will quit the band for good this year because he dreads the idea of becoming an old rocker. The heavy metal band reunited in 2001 following a 14-year hiatus, but Snider has now had enough.

He tells Billboard, "I've told the guys that I'm done (after 2006). I've got a lot of things plaguing me. I really resented the older bands that would not know when to get off the f**king stage. I want to get out of the way and let (younger bands) have their chance in the spotlight.

"Am I saying I'll never do anything ever again? No. But am I serious that I wan...

Twisted Sister Focuses on Christmas Album

June 27th, 2006 10:12am EDT
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Heavy metal rockers Twisted Sister are celebrating their 30th anniversary by releasing a collection of deranged holiday songs. The band is so intent on finishing their album in time for the Christmas season, they have cancelled all performances at European festivals this summer.

The new album, "A Twisted Christmas," will feature a heavy metal take on holiday classics including "Deck The Halls" and "O Come All Ye Faithful."

The album is scheduled for release on October 17.

Get some Twisted Sister RINGTONES.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network...

History Of Heavy Metal Coming To DVD May 23 In "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey"

March 21st, 2006 4:16pm EST
Rob Zombie
Heavy Metal has long been a stigmatized musical genre characterized by aggressive rhythms, dark lyrics and satanic worship. “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey” is a ground-breaking film that explores the history of how these stereotypes came to be and explains the motivation and truth behind the music through candid interviews with Metal icons including Rob Zombie, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickison, Geddy Lee of Rush, Alice Cooper, Slayer, Slipknot, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Ronnie James Dio, Motorhe...

Celebrity Birthdays, March 15

March 15th, 2006 3:00am EST
Eva Longoria
Happy Birthday to G-Unit rapper Young Buck (1981), "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria (1975), Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath (1968), Poison singer Bret Michaels (1963), singer Terence Trent D'Arby (1962), Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider (1955), American guitarist Ry Cooder (1947), funk pioneer Sly Stone (1943), Beach Boy Mike Love (1941), Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh (1940), "Taxi" star Judd Hirsch (1935), "Reservoir Dogs" actor Lawrence Tierney (1919; d. 2002), blues legend Samuel "Lightnin'" Hopkins (1912; d. 1982), and 7th President of the United States Andrew Jackson (1767; d. ...

Dee Snider To Have Growth Removed From Throat

March 3rd, 2006 11:27am EST
Dee Snider
Dee Snider, the frontman for 1980s metal band Twisted Sister, will undergo emergency throat surgery today for a polyp lodged near his vocal chords. The growth was discovered after the singer lost his voice during a January 20 concert in Los Angeles. The band has been forced to cancel appearances for the next two months so that Snider can properly recover.

The singer says, "I hate canceling shows and disappointing fans for any reason, but I have been advised that this surgery should not wait."

The benign growth is located near Snider's voice box and will be removed during a routin...

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