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March 8, 2005

HAMBURG, Pa. – Dee Snider will go just about anywhere to defend the right to rock.

Snider, frontman for Twisted Sister, whose 1984 hit “We’re Not Gonna Take It” salutes teen rebellion, says he’ll attend Hamburg Area High School’s annual talent show next month when students plug in their amplifiers and let loose.

School administrators had threatened to bar rock bands from the show because of potential injuries caused by moshing, a form of dancing in which participants slam into each other.

Snider, now a disc jockey at Philadelphia rock station WMMR-FM, heard about the controversy and ranted on air about it. School officials eventually backed down, and Snider helped arrange for a security company to work the show.

“For me, it was like freakin’ ‘Footloose.’ We’re banning dancing?” Snider told The Associated Press Monday.

He plans to be in the audience when one of the student bands plays “We’re Not Gonna Take It” – and says he might even join them onstage – if asked.

“I’ve never gone any place where there are musical instruments present where I’ve not been pressured to sing, much to my chagrin,” Snider joked.

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