Posts Tagged ‘Twisted Sister’

17498847_1430758220309198_7445967711751034253_nThe Pedal To The Metal tournament has remained one of the most controversial tournaments in history mainly due to certain fan bases arguing over the legitimacy of the tournament. People have always questioned how certain bands have defeated other bands and it always seems to center on Iron Maiden. They have been in the tournament every year and they have never won the tournament yet. We’ve seen Motley Crue, Judas Priest (2X Champs), Kreator, Destruction, and Queensryche claim the title, but never them. The fact of the matter is that I post the article on every band’s Facebook page to try and alert the various fan bases, but it’s up the band to share the posts. If they do not then you obviously do not see it and therefore when you finally catch wind of the tournament, you cry foul that Iron Maiden was eliminated. I changed the tournament up the last couple of years to include newer bands, but this year we are going back to the beginning when things were simpler. First, we have shortened how many bands are in the tournament from 32 to 16 and the last thing we did is that it is only going to involve 1980’s hard rock and heavy metal bands.

queensryche-bannerIn fact, we are only including the bands that could be considered the elite of the list and while it’s up for debate, we have chosen the bands. The following bands will be in the tournament this year: Queensryche (defending champions), Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Dio, Metallica, Megadeth, Testament, Motley Crue, Quiet Riot, Motorhead, Def Leppard, and Scorpions are the qualified bands. The last four spots of the tournament will be contested between eight other bands with the top four qualifying for the tournament. The eight bands are Twisted Sister, Skid Row, W.A.S.P., Dokken, Ratt, Accept, Y&T, and King Diamond. The voting will occur in two places: one place you can visit to vote will be on my Twitter page @TheMonsterHour with the second being the blog’s very own Facebook page. We’ll also be hosting the vote on my radio show page for Pedal To The Metal Radio which is what the tournament was named after. You will have 24HRS to cast your vote and the top four bands will move on so choose wisely. Stay tuned for the rest of the tournament news and brackets to follow!


twisted_MBF_site_bannerIt has been quite some time since I delivered a review of a Rock Doc for you guys and I figured since there is no Ass Whoopin Wednesday this week that I would give you guys one. Everyone in the world remembers the VH1 Behind The Music episode that covered Twisted Sister because it was great and to the point. Now in 2014 comes a documentary that was directed by Andrew Horn (The Nomi Song) that dives a little deeper into the story of Twisted Sister at least a lot more than the behind the music special did. The film dives deeper into the early years of the band from their creation to their tireless road work that made them known as the hardest working band in all of New York. It also explores how everyone from Dee Snider, Eddie Ojeda, AJ Pero, Mark Mendoza all joined the band and all of the road blocks the band faced on their way to super stardom. You’ll see everyone from Randy Jackson (Zebra), Martin Hooker, Phil Carson, Suzette Snider, Kenny Neill, and a whole lot more.

films-twisted_sister-Twisted_Sister_-_2_610_407shar_s_c1One thing that I will say about this documentary is that if you want to know a heck of a lot more about Twisted Sister than anyone else does, this is the documentary for you. I honestly thought going into the film that it was going to span the band’s whole career considering the length of it, but it only really covers their club days to about Stay Hungry. The real juice in my opinion is what happens during the Stay Hungry days and after. The documentary like I said is just way too long and it covers too much detail of what I don’t care about when it comes to Twisted Sister. If you are a diehard Twisted Sister fan then this is definitely your documentary, I would just rather wait for a sequel which I hope they are making. I will admit though that there is some cool facts in this documentary that I didn’t know about like Lemmy hopping on stage during a festival to tell the crowd to check the band out because they were good friends. There is also the time Lemmy and Brian Robertson hopped on stage at a TV taping as they jammed with the band. That is some of the cool information that I liked hearing about more than Jay Jay French telling you how tired he was from being the band’s manager and missing out on living a rockstar life even though he didn’t drink or do drugs. I respect the band and I especially respect Dee Snider so I can see the struggle he went through with Jay Jay French just from watching this. The grading process for this one is a hard one because even though I didn’t love it, it wasn’t a bad doc because it was informative. So, I am going to go ahead and give the documentary an B+ for a final grade.


Dee vs PaulWe have a new fight amongst us and it’s so fresh that I couldn’t resist reporting on this one. This When Metal Bands Fight Dee Snider Vs Paul Stanley. If you don’t know who they are, Paul Stanley is the lead singer/guitarist of Kiss whiel Dee Snider was the lead singer for Twisted Sister. The fight started sometime in the past week or so when Dee Snider went on Eddie Trunk’s radio show and voiced his opinion about Kiss and the fact that Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer wear the make up and costumes of former Kiss members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. He said, “Oh, my God — that’s disgraceful. When Kiss replaced Ace and Peter, and they brought in guys who had their own makeup and their own thing, that was acceptable. That was awesome. They were their own characters.” So, those were the first shots that were fired and of course you knew that Paul Stanley was going to be asked about it. Paul went on the I Am Jericho Podcast with Chris Jericho and Jericho asked him about Dee’s comments and he said, “Let me put it in the simplest terms. In this case, this guy is a wannabe, has always been a wannabe and desperately wants attention and to be taken seriously and that will never happen because he’s obviously clueless to the fact that he and his whole band are a bunch of buffoons.”

Ouch those are some pretty harsh words from Stanley, but like clockwork Dee took to Facebook tonight where he responded to Paul with a letter. Here is what he said in his letter:

A letter to Paul Stanley of Kiss in response to comments about Twisted Sister and myself he made on a recent Chris Jericho podcast.

Dear Paul, September 9th, 2015

First off, thanks for giving me the attention I—as you noted– so desperately wanted.

Now, I’ve always had nothing but respect for your band, and you as a performer, but it really comes as no surprise that the feeling isn’t mutual. For some reason you are oddly threatened by me. This said, your recent comments about my band and I on Chris Jericho’s podcast was a typical diversionary tactic used in an attempt to change the subject, rather than answer the actual accusation or question. It’s the oldest interviewing trick in the book.

As far as my “whole band being a bunch of buffoons” goes, that’s a pretty ironic statement coming from you. The argument could easily be made that Kiss is the “king of the buffoons”, so in an odd way you’ve paid Twisted Sister quite a compliment. It takes one to know one.

Lastly, on the subject of me being a “wannabe”? Do you really think so? Well then…any time, any stage. But let’s do this old school –no costumes, no pyro, no bullshit – let’s just get up there and rock. I will bury you, son.

Sincerely, the attention getting, wannabe, lead buffoon of Twisted Sister,

Dee Snider

PS: Did I mention that I’m clean, sober, razor sharp and fully capable of defending myself from any kind of lame attack? Just ask Al Gore.

Now I can’t say that I don’t blame Dee Snider for his original comments because a lot of people have voiced that opinion like myself. He just may have caught Paul in a bad time or Paul was just sick of hearing it. Like I said before, those were some pretty harsh words from the Starchild himself. The question now is whether Paul will respond to the comments or will he just blow it off. We’ll just have to wait and see, but stay tuned here for more as it comes. What do you guys think?

Monsters Of Rock BitEarlier in the year, I was blown away by the presentation of The Big Four in 8-Bit Nintendo style music that I posted it in the What If section (you can see that one here). Now I have another amazing video to show all of you for What If… Part 8: Monsters Of Rock in 8-Bit. Loudwire and Filthy Frackers created the last 8-Bit video that we all enjoyed and they teamed up once again to create another awesome 8-Bit video that features the likes of Motley Crue, Guns N Roses, Def Leppard, Quiet Riot, and Twisted Sister. The video is so awesome because it blends elements that are so iconic with the song and the band plus with Nintendo/video game characters. You’ll hear the Guns N Roses classic Welcome To The Jungle in 8-bit, Motley Crue’s Girls, Girls, Girls in 8-Bit, Twisted Sisters iconic video and song for We’re Not Gonna Take It in 8-bit, as well as Pour Some Sugar On Me (Def Leppard), and Metal Health (Bang Your Head) (Quiet Riot) all in 8-bit. You have to check it out below and let’s hope for more 8-bit awesomeness from Loudwire and Filthy Frackers cause this is the video game that never happened.

Not too many people remember that when Chris Jericho of WWE fame started Fozzy that they primarily did cover songs and their first album is entirely covers with the exception of one song. Most people also do not realize that Fozzy was basically Stuck Mojo with Chris on vocals. Anyways on the first record (the self titled debut), the band covers everyone from the 80’s from the Scorpions, Judas Priest, Krokus, Twisted Sister, and the track that I chose for the Cover Of The Week Over The Mountain by Ozzy Osbourne. This is definitely not an easy song to cover because Randy Rhoads was such a master at guitar and the band does an OK job at covering the solo, but cover songs are your interpretation of the tracks. Chris Jericho also receives a little help on vocals in this track as the cover also features Butch Walker of the Marvelous 3 fame and I have to be honest, but Butch’s vocals are my favorite on the song even though Jericho provides that Metal voice to the song. I think this is a pretty good cover and so why don’t you check it out below and check out Fozzy because their material is amazing.

zombielandThanks to pointing this out to me, October 2ND is a legendary day in horror history and it all starts with a big announcement that Sony Pictures just made. Sony Pictures finally announced that they are backing the sequel to the amazing 2009 film Zombieland which starred Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin, and a epic cameo by Bill Murray. Everything about that horror comedy classic from director Ruben Fleischer was absolutely amazing from the acting, the rules, and the obsession Woody Harrelson had with finding Twinkies were great. On the heels of celebrating it’s 5TH anniversary for a film that grossed over 100 Million came the announcement of the sequel, but that is all we have for info right now. Also in 2009, [Rec]2 was released on a new VOD format at the time that saw the film come out on demand the same day it hit theaters. On October 2ND, the film that started the era of remakes and adaptations of Japanese horror films, The Ring, was released into theaters and it became the first horror flick to gross over 100 million in the States. In 1998, Strangeland from Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider was released on this day to box office disappointment, but true horror fans rejoiced upon it’s home video release. I was always a big fan of that film and I always felt that it never got the credit it deserved. One of last years entries to the Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween in Near Dark was released on October 2nd, 1987 and in my opinion the flick was pretty revolutionary and original. It was a new take on the old horror genre of Vampire flicks and a welcomed one as well to all horror fans. So as you can see, October 2ND has been a pretty legendary day in Horror History.


The round of 16 held little surprises, but their were a couple of upsets that took place that have surely shook the foundations (no pun intended). Judas Priest was able to take care of Tesla as they won their match by five votes. Motorhead was able to fend off Queensryche who put up a valiant effort while AC/DC Blanked Jackyl. Quiet Riot was also able to fend off Pedal To The Metal tournament vets Warrant to move on to the quarterfinals. The other bracket proved one thing, the sure fire bet isn’t always the sure bet and don’t always listen to Vegas. This competition was created for fans to take enjoyment in voting for their favorite bands and Cinderella has some amazing fans as the band just about took 70% of the votes to defeat Van Halen. The Scorpions also have some amazing fans because the band was losing to Metallica yesterday only to pull the come from behind victory to win by two votes. Metal Church put in a valiant effort against Def Leppard, but it just wasn’t enough to move on while Motley Crue fended off Twisted Sister to move on to the next round. I just want to remind everyone that from here on out the competition gets harder to choose from. Judas priest and Motley Crue were in the final four last year and they are looking to get in this year as Motley Crue takes on the Scorpions and Judas Priest faces Motorhead in the next round. AC/DC look to make it to the final four for the first time as they take on Quiet Riot while the question remains will Cinderella’s fans pull them through another match as they take on Def Leppard? It remains to be seen. The matches will be up tomorrow, so stay tuned!

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