Dee Snider admits that it went to his head when Twisted Sister at the top of the charts in 1984
Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider was recently interviewed and The Sydney Morning Herald reproduced an article that appears in Sunday Life magazine within the Sun-Herald and the Sunday Age.
The following is an excerpt from the article with Dee Snider‘s comments:
“I met my wife, Suzette, when she was 15 and I was 21. She turned up to our show on her cousin’s ID and thought she was seeing a girl band. I saw her and flipped. She was this hot Italian beauty. I told her I’d be famous one day. We’ve been together ever since – that’s 43 years.
Suzette and I married in 1981 and nearly broke up in 1984. Twisted Sister was at the top of the charts and it went to my head. I became a megalomaniac. We ended up going to counselling.
By 1992, I’d lost it all and Suzette went back to work until I got back on my feet. She is a costume designer who came up with the band’s logo, did our make-up and made my costumes.
Suzette has stuck by me through thick and thin. We have four children. I always wanted to be a rock star, but wanted to have kids, too.”
Wikipedia states the following in part about Twisted Sister‘s popularity in 1984 (with slight edits):
“International fame came for Twisted Sister when the band’s third LP, Stay Hungry, hit the stores on May 10, 1984. During the successful tour, a young Metallica supported the band. Stay Hungry sold more than two million copies by the summer of 1985, and went on to sell more than three million in subsequent years. It remains the band’s biggest success.
Videos of hit singles “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (a No. 21 hit in the United States) and “I Wanna Rock” (No. 68 in the United States) ran almost constantly on MTV.”