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Twisted Sister in Fort Wayne, IN.

By A Headbanger, Do You Bang Head?
Thursday, August 6, 2009 @ 1:36 PM


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Reviewed by By: Nicholas Braun

The almighty Twisted Sister tore through Fort Wayne, Indiana on July 18 for the annual Three Rivers Festival. This outdoor festival brings in a range of artists every year from classic rock, heavy metal, alternative, and even hip hop. This night however was devoted to one of the greats, Twisted Sister.

The evening begun with great local support from a band simply called Brother. They belted out an abundance of rock covers from Dream Theater, Styx, Journey, etc., that seemed to please the sardined packed crowd. After their set, glam legends Enuff Z’Nuff took the stage around 8:45pm and did a somewhat dry run through their catalog. It was almost like sitting through their sound check or rehearsals because something just wasn’t clicking. Frontman Donnie Vie did address the crowd that they just got back from Japan and they were whooped. Hopefully that was the case because I’ve seen them perform way better than they did that night. At 10:00pm it was the moment everyone was waiting for. The lights went down and the Sister started to embrace the stage. There they were, an all original line-up ready to rock. Even though the band doesn’t over due it with all the make-up and get-up they once did, Dee Snider was not holding back. The massive blue eyeliner, rosy cheeks, caveman hair due, football shoulder pads, and black and hot pink shredded outfit, it was the Dee straight from their videos. Guitarist Jay Jay French even commented the Snider looked like Sarah Jessica Parker dipped in acid. With the first note, diehards knew it was Stay Hungry time. After all, this year marks the 25th anniversary for its release and they were going to due the entire album.

From the opening track, they went right down the order which meant that their two biggest hits “We’re Not Going to Take it” and “I Wanna Rock” were played fairly early. When “We’re Not Going to Take it” began it seemed to shock everyone-it was almost like they figured it would be played much later in the set. The crowd went into a fist-pumping frenzy and after the song was done the band went right into the chorus one more time as if the crowd didn’t get enough. A lot of shows you go to anymore, after the band plays their well known hit/hits people start to scatter for the door, but this night was the opposite. I don’t think anyone left or even went to snatch another beer because Snider kept everyone entertained. If it wasn’t his awesome stage persona it was his entertaining stories in between songs. He got some chuckles when he described their recent stint on the Regis & Kelly show where Regis got his name wrong and called him Dee Smith. He also disgustedly ranted about how all these rappers and child stars are throwing up the devil horns when ever they’re photographed. He expressed how embarrassing it is and all metal fans need to get together and bring back the horns. Other highlights that night were the rock ballad “The Price” and the song famous for being on the movie Pee Wee’s Big Adventure “Burn in Hell.” At the beginning of that one Snider did his lion crawl on the stage as if he was stalking a wild boar. When it came time for the last song of album “S.M.F.”, Snider said that he was told by promoters not to curse since it was an all ages show. So when it came time to sing the four letter f-word in the song he left it up to the audience to belt it out as loud as they could. It was a crowd participation like no other. After the Stay Hungry album tracks were finished, they left the stage and soon returned for an encore of their classics “Under the Blade” and “You Can’t Stop Rock N’ Roll.”

The show was great for a band that is still going strong with all original members for nearly four decades. Fort Wayne was blessed to have them that night since the band only does a few shows a year anymore. So if they’re in your neck of the woods-don’t hesitate-relive the sounds of Twisted Sister.



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