Dee Snider thinks ’80s metal fans not interested in new music
It is no secret that singer Dee Snider who became the main and really only songwriter for the legendary Twisted Sister stopped writing new material seemingly decades ago.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Snider gave his reasons why he has stopped writing songs for the fans of Twisted Sister‘s studio albums released back in the ’80s consisting of Under The Blade (1982), You Can’t Stop Rock N Roll (1983), Stay Hungry (1984), Come Out And Play (1986) and Love Is For Suckers (1987).
The Rolling Stone article / interview with Snider indicates in that regard:
“Look, I hadn’t written anything new in decades,” Snider levels. “I know that my marketplace – Eighties heavy metal fans – are not interested in new music. I’m not going to kid myself.” He self-deprecatingly recalls the time he asked his pal Alice Cooper when people switched from being scared of them on the street to being happy to see them. As for his acolytes leaning into the gentle-rocker thing and going country? “It’s sad,” he says. “I don’t know why they do it, but fair enough – I’ve done Dee Does Broadway.” (He was tickled by Catherine Zeta-Jones‘ rendition of “We’re Not Gonna Take It” in the Broadway play–turned-movie Rock of Ages.)
Snider who also appeared on Donald Trump‘s Celebrity Apprentice and even sang “We’re Not Gonna Take It” at at least one of Trump‘s events recently asked the presidential candidate to stop using Twisted Sister‘s hit song and is now not backing him up to be the next president of the United States of America. The Rolling Stone article states:
Snider is less enthused about that particular song’s use in Donald Trump‘s campaign this year, which he initially approved. But a damning video clip recently surfaced online showing the rocker performing “We’re Not Gonna Take It” onstage flanked by various Trump offspring [see video below]. Snider considers himself a libertarian and says he doesn’t have a problem with politicians on either side using his music. But after Trump‘s “Muslim ban and wall comments,” Snider asked the Republican presidential nominee to stop. “Some of my band members were very freaked out,” Snider says. “We were getting hate mail.”…
Snider hasn’t hid his prior friendship with Donald Trump. He calls the GOP candidate a “classy guy” for asking permission to use his songs. But Snider also clarifies that this was before Trump made his political platforms known. “[Trump‘s] a WWE guy, he’s a carnival, a showman, he knows how to work the room, but if you’re representing [the alt-right] – I don’t care what he truly believes or doesn’t believe – if he’s allowing the alt-right to have a voice, that’s unacceptable. Put up a wall? Mass deportation? No, that’s unacceptable.
“I’m terrified by the people coming out of the shadows of the extreme right, these racist people who harbor ill-will,” Snider says, audibly frustrated. “As long as [Trump] doesn’t win, I think he’s done us a favor. Because we were lulled into a false sense of security with a black president, thinking, ‘Oh, now racism is gone.’ And look what’s happening today.”
You can read the rest of the article / interview at Rolling Stone.