TWISTED SISTER front man Dee Snider says he doesn’t think he’ll be playing any more live shows.
The 67-year-old singer spoke about the opportunity to return to the stage while answering a question from fans on Twitter about performing in the Springfield, Illinois area in the future. snider wrote on May 17, “I’m Dee Downer tonight. No, I’m not touring anymore. I don’t even think I’ll be doing any more shows. I’m concentrating on writing, directing and producing. Sorry man.”
When a fan replied, “You’ve said this before…I don’t believe anything!”, dee countered with: “Well TWISTED SISTER has not reunited…” Another fan then wrote: “Yet…?”, to which snider replied: “I wouldn’t hold your breath. @TwistedSisterNY promised ourselves that we wouldn’t be like any other band, say goodbye and then come back. We always considered that bullshit, cunt move…. Yeah, you know who about I’ve got it (every artist who pulled that shit).”
He later added in a separate tweet: “To further explain… I don’t think a band should retire unless they want to. Stay forever; your fans don’t want you to go. But don’t say goodbye, sell us the more expensive ticket, the farewell program and the ‘No more tours’ t-shirt… then come back a few years later!”
dee previously discussed the topic of bands retiring for a new tour such as: MOTLEY CRUE and ANGER AGAINST THE MACHINE, during a 2020 interview with Ultimate Guitar. At the time he said: “I think it’s bullshit. When you say goodbye… ANGER AGAINST THE MACHINE breaks up – that’s not a pension. They broke up, and they reformed, and that’s great. But if you do a farewell tour, and you announce this, and you sell tickets, and you have a t-shirt that says ‘No more tours’ – thank you very much, Ozzy [Osbourne], I bought one like that – and then you come back, that’s bullshit. So when you say, “We’re retiring,” people aren’t taking it seriously now. So, you know, it’s like a joke, and I think part of it is that these artists have nothing else going on. And I realize that – without playing, they have no career.”
In March 2020, dee told SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” that he had “no plans” to perform with TWISTED SISTER ever again. “I have heard people [talk about it]and I just shrug,” he said. “The idea of being a hundred on that stage scares me.
“I created a persona and level of achievement for myself that I painted myself in a corner,” he continued. “And there’s a standard that people expect and I expect of myself. And frankly, I’m afraid of hurting myself because my ego is too big to not rummage around.
“I have no plans on the horizon”, dee repeated. “And just the idea of a bunch of ungainly old guys on a stage… I’m not impressed with a lot of the reunions. I won’t name names, but one that has been performing out there for years way too long into their reunion, and they stand there by their mics with virtually no movement. I was stunned to see a band that used to be all over the stage just frozen in place… For my money, that’s not the memory I want people to have of me and TWISTED SISTER†
“So I don’t have any plans. People say, ‘Never say never.’ But there’s nothing on the horizon.”
in 2016, TWISTED SISTER embarked on a final trek, titled “Forty and Fuck It”on the occasion of the 40th anniversary. These shows featured the band’s “core lineup” sniderguitarist Jay Jay Fransguitarist Eddie Ojeda and bassist Mark Mendozatogether with drummer Mike Portnoy† The band’s last concert took place in November of that year — 20 months after the death of TURNEDthe old drummer ah but†
TWISTED SISTERIts original run ended in the late 1980s. After more than a decade, the band publicly reunited in November 2001 to top the list of New York Steela hard rock benefit concert to raise money for the New York Police and Fire Widows and Child Benefit Fund†
Charlie, I’m Dee Downer tonight. No, I don’t tour anymore. I don’t even think I’ll be doing any more shows. I focus on writing, directing and producing. Sorry dude. https://t.co/7YWBXojtof
— Dee Snider🇺🇸 (@deesnider) May 18, 2022
I wouldn’t hold your breath. @TwistedSisterNY promised us we wouldn’t be like any other band, say goodbye and then come back. We always thought that was a bullshit, pussy move… Yeah, you know who I’m talking about (any artist who did that shit). https://t.co/TCPlggX2Xc
— Dee Snider🇺🇸 (@deesnider) May 20, 2022
To explain further…I don’t think a band should retire unless they want to. stay forever; your fans don’t want you to go. But don’t say goodbye, sell us the more expensive ticket, farewell program and “No More Tours” t-shirt… and come back a few years later! https://t.co/EABVH7Gf8B
— Dee Snider🇺🇸 (@deesnider) May 20, 2022