Dee Snider Releases New Song, “To Hell And Back,” Exclusively via Official Website + Tour of Europe, South America and U.S. Set for This Summer
In March of this year, Dee Snider and his Twisted Sister bandmates mourned the loss of their drummer, AJ Pero.
The tragedy led them to announce that the 2016 touring season (the 40th anniversary of the band’s formation) would be the end of the road for the world-dominating force of nature that is Twisted Sister.
And while he is perhaps best known as the lead singer of the ‘80s sensation (whose fan base is just as devoted as ever and who mourned right along with the band at the loss of AJ), there is so much more to Dee.
Dee Snider is continuing to make music on his own, releasing “To Hell and Back” exclusively via his website, as a free download. He co-wrote the song with Silvertide founder/guitarist Nick Perri. This track will be included in a new album that Dee is currently working on with Grammy®, Emmy® and Oscar® winning writer/producer Damon Ranger (Life Of Pi). The new project will also feature material from Dee’s past, including his worldwide hits (and anthems to this day!) with Twisted Sister.
Later this summer, Dee and his band ~ Nick Perri (lead guitars), Dan McCafferty (rhythm/lead guitar), Nicolai Nifoussi (bass), Joe Franco (drums) ~ will launch a solo tour which will take them to Europe and South America for festival shows including Rock In Rio in Rio (in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and the Rock Of Ages Festival in Baliingen, Germany. He’ll also be performing a number of headlining shows in the U.S. starting with the Legendary Buffalo Chip Campground at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, SD on August 3.
Dee has starred in several reality TV shows including appearances in three seasons of “Celebrity Apprentice,” “Gone Country” with John Rich, MTV’s “Rock The Cradle” with his son Jesse Blaze, “Growing Up Twisted,” an A&E series featuring the entire Snider family and their Long Island lifestyle, ABC’s “Celebrity Wife Swap,” and “Celebrity Holiday Homes.” He has also been a frequent host on the MTV Networks and, with more than 20 years on the air in radio, his own long-running, nationally syndicated radio show “House of Hair” can be heard on over 200 stations in North America and at Houseofhaironline.com.
Dee also recently launched a much-heralded podcast “Snider Comments” on the PodcastOne network. His career as a voiceover artist has resulted in his voice being heard in many radio and TV commercials, animated shows, documentaries and on a yearlong stint as the voice on MSNBC.
Never setting limits, Dee wrote, produced and starred in Dee Snider’s StrangeLand. This horror movie ~ with an incredible sound track courtesy of bands personally chosen by Snider ~System Of A Down, Sevendust, Soulfly, Slipknot, Kid Rock, Coal Chamber, Twisted Sister, Megadeth, Marilyn Manson and Pantera ~has become a cult classic, literally creating the torture film sub-genre (and there are rumors that Emaji Entertainment has acquired the rights to reboot Dee Snider‘s Strangeland). The sequel, StrangeLand: Disciple, is currently in development. With the success of StrangeLand, Dee was tapped to host a weekly radio show on all things horror, “Fangoria Radio,” on Sirius XM.
In 2002, VH1 signed the outspoken, larger-than-life, and ~ to many people’s surprise if they made the mistake of judging him by his outlandish garb and stage antics ~ extremely intelligent and well-spoken star to portray the ultimate role ~ himself ~ in their original movie production of Warning: Parental Advisory. The film co-starred Mariel Hemingway, Jason Priestley and Griffin Dunne and had Dee recreating his role during the 1985 congressional record labelling hearings. Battling the Beltway wives, most notably Tipper Gore, Dee, along with Frank Zappa and John Denver, turned DC politics upside down, carrying the banner of his Twisted Sister legendary anthem “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”
Possessed of a great sense of humor, Snider also took a role in Adam Green’s series “Holliston” (read more about it here) in 2012 (an endeavor close to the hearts of many of us who also lived and worked in Massachusetts) alongside the one and only Oderus Urungus, Seth Green, Candyman‘s Tony Todd, Halloween‘s Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, Derek Mears, and horror aficionado, comic, actor, radio personality, FW friend, and organizer of the annual Rock n Shock convention in Worcester, MA, Kevin Barbare .
His recent starring role on Broadway in the hit musical Rock Of Ages generated national interest and appearances on “The Today Show,” CNN’s “Joy Behar Show” and a memorable spot on “The Jimmy Fallon Show” where Dee guested with The Roots and Jimmy on Twisted Sister’s self-penned hit, “I Wanna Rock.” The Rock Of Ages run inspired him to make a brand new record for Razor & Tie, Dee Does Broadway, featuring some of the Great White Way’s biggest songs, side by side with Broadway legends like Patti LuPone and Bebe Neuwirth, in his own indomitable style. His self-penned memoirs, Shut Up and Give Me The Mic, were released in the summer of 2012 by Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster to critical acclaim, coinciding with Warner Pictures’ release of the Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta Jones, Russell Brand film version of Rock Of Ages, which features two of Twisted Sister’s biggest hits.
Since starring in Rock Of Ages and recording Dee Does Broadway, the motorcycle enthusiast’s Broadway connection has continued to grow. “Dee Snider’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas Tale” (lyrics, music and book by Dee Snider) completed a highly successful nine-week run throughout the 2014 holiday season at Broadway in Chicago, and is heading for Toronto this year (click HERE to catch Toronto’s Boom 97.3 FM playing the band’s classic song “We’re Not Gonna Take It” on vinyl, after which Dee talked about how the song was made, how the music video came to be, and revealed how the melody of the song happened with “divine intervention.”) Dee also produced the off-Broadway hit ensemble “Puppet Shakespeare,” (five stars, “New York Times”) and the international award-winning short film Fool’s Day.
In 2014, Dee was the recipient of the prestigious Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award for his charitable work spanning several decades.
Just as notably, notably, he spent twelve years as the national spokesman and Grand Marshal of the March of Dimes Bikers for Babies initiative (for which he raised $325,000 with his “Celebrity Apprentice” win), established his annual Ride to Fight Hunger for Long Island Cares, and donated his Gold and Platinum album awards to Broadway Cares for auction.
Check out Dee Snider and his band performing the following summer shows. Trust me, TS is still one of the most dynamic bands out there, and you can never predict what is going to come out of Dee’s mouth during non-musical moments on stage!
Fri 7/10 Haapsalu, Estonia American Beauty Car Show
Sun 7/26 Wales, U.K. Steelhouse Festival
Fri 7/31 Baliingen, Germany Rock Of Ages Festival
Sat 8/1 Wacken, Germany Wacken Open Air Festival
Mon 8/3 Sturgis, SD Buffalo Chip Campgrounds (with Godsmack)
Fri 8/7 Three Forks, MT Rockin’ The Rivers
Sat 8/15 Milwaukee, WI Wisconsin State Fair
Fri 8/21 Manistee, MI Little River Casino Resort Event Center (with Lita Ford)
Sat 8/22 Sterling Heights, MI Freedom Hill Amphitheater
Sun 8/23 Des Moines, IA Iowa State Fair
Sat 8/19 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rock In Rio (with Angra and Doro Pesch)