By Jim Hagerty
Even after Dee Snider became the host of the syndicated radio juggernaut The House of Hair, metal fans were sure the airwaves were not the only place the world would hear from the outspoken Twisted Sister frontman. It was only a matter of time before Snider would take a break from a prolific multi-media career to assume a familiar role prompting fans to “stay hungry.”
Sixteen years after breaking up, Twisted Sister was back, headlining the 2003 Wacken Open Air Festival in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment and Rebellion Entertainment, the show was captured and packaged as Twisted Sister, Live at Wacken, The Reunion. The project includes a 26-scene DVD, while the CD, Live…Past & Present, features cuts from the Wacken show and six tracks from early ’80s performances in New York, London and Detroit.
From start to finish, the DVD plays like a history of the band with several shots of an enthusiastic crowd of fans who’ve obviously been around as long as Snider, Jay Jay French, Ojeda, Mendoza and Pero, who’ve been rocking since the early 1970s.
While the show atmosphere is disrupted at times with between-song interviews, the DVD is more about the history of the band than its Wacken set. Each interview is relatively short, yet tells the story of a timeless metal band that can still pack an in-your-face punch, despite four decades of high-energy showmanship. Footage is not without its high points, most notably extended versions of “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock,” arguably the band’s two calling cards.
Live…Past and Present
The 11-track Live…Past and Present is well produced, and brings the band’s vintage and modern sounds together on one record. Song selection is suitable for a bonus addition to the DVD. Snider’s voice is still heyday strong, while the band’s timing never wavers. Those expecting new licks, modern versions of classic tunes may wind up wanting more. Twisted Sister stays true to the original sound and live show that hasn’t been altered for almost 40 years.
Released Oct. 26, the package retails for $19.98. It can be purchased at eaglerockent.com and through select retailers.
From the Nov. 3-9, 2010 issue