Twisted Sister – Double Live

Twisted Sister - Double Live: North Stage '82 - NY Steel '01

Released on July 26, 2011 (Eagle Rock Entertainment)

Disc One Track List: North Stage Theater 1982
01. What You Don’t Know (Sure Can Hurt You)
02. Destroyer
03. Tear It Loose
04. Bad Boys (Of Rock ‘N’ Roll)
05. Lady’s Boy
06. Leader Of The Pack
07. Under The Blade
08. Shoot ‘Em Down
09. Sin After Sin
10. I’ll Never Grow Up, Now
11. You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll
12. You Know I Cry
13. It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It)
14. Rock N Roll Saviours

Disc Two Track List: New York Steel 2001
01. What You Don’t Know (Sure Can Hurt You)
02. The Kids Are Back
03. Stay Hungry
04. Burn In Hell
05. You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll
06. Under The Blade
07. Shoot ‘Em Down
08. Come Back
09. You Know I Cry
10. I Wanna Rock
11. We’re Not Gonna Take It
12. The Price
13. S.M.F.

Band Members:
Dee Snider – vocals
Jay Jay French – guitar
Eddie Ojeda – guitar
Mark Mendoza – bass
AJ Pero – drums

Hot on the heels of the Twisted Sister reissues by Armoury Records — including the stellar deluxe edition of the debut Under The Blade and the classic You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll’ — comes the band’s new DVD Double Live.

Eagle Rock Entertainment have raided the Twisted Sister archives with the band’s full cooperation and has unearthed the band’s 1982 North Stage Theater concert. Obviously, visually this recording won’t compare to today’s standards, but the footage is of great historic significance as it captures Twisted Sister playing a final club gig in New Jersey before hopping on a plane and heading across the pond to record their debut album Under The Blade. The ‘North Stage’ concert showcases Dee Snider and the guys primed and ready — they certainly weren’t green by any means. Hits like “Shoot ‘Em Down”, “Destroyer”, “Under The Blade”, and “You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll” are included alongside Twisted Sister cuts that have long been retired from the band’s live shows.

In the weeks following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, America pulled together to help in any way possible. New York radio/television personality Eddie Trunk started to put together a fundraising concert to benefit the families of the firefighters and police officers who lost their lives at the World Trade Center. Trunk reached out to Twisted Sister and was instrumental in reuniting the band after 14 years (at that time), and resulting in the second disc of Double Live. Twisted Sister came out without the glam, the make-up, and played a no-frills 13 hit set that closed the New York Steel benefit show and stole the show — and rightly so, as they played with the angst and urgency of a band slugging it out in the clubs.

There’s interview footage included on Double Live that neither makes nor detracts from this collection — the meat of this package is clearly the live performances. Double Live is essential to anyone who considers themselves a true ’80s hard rock and heavy metal fan.

Reviewed by Ruben Mosqueda for Sleaze Roxx, July 2011

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