“I wanna rock!” was a statement made famous during the mid ’80s by heavy metal legend Dee Snider. Twisted Sister’s lead singer is unapologetically himself—a truth teller that delivers honesty through music, reality television, distinctive voice-over work, his gripping autobiography, and just about every other creative medium you can think of. Snider likes to express himself in all forms; he’s one of those human beings who has stories to tell that are tall, without embellishment. There’s no doubt that Snider means it when he screams those three words: I wanna rock!

We’ve come to discover that it’s the man beneath the makeup who truly rocks, both on and off the stage. There are endless reasons why we’ve fallen in love with Snider, but here’s just five of them.

We love a person who says it like it is. Dee Snider allegedly sports a tattoo in Italian that reads: don’t let the bastards get you down.

He has put in the hard work. Fame wasn’t instantly his—he tried several rock bands that just weren’t the right fit, and his style was not mainstream by any means. Twisted Sister performed six nights a week in clubs, determined to break into the industry with an energy that couldn’t be matched.

He has brains beneath that teased-out, blonde mane. In 1985, the Parental Music Resource Council (PMRC) formed in response to the rock band’s “rebellious” lyrics with such songs as ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ and ‘Burn in Hell.’ The claim was that they were offensive and a potentially negative influence on young people. Snider testified before the US Congress, as did Frank Zappa and John Denver. It was notably Snider’s ability to present his point of view that sandbagged the opponent and gave him new status as a voice of reason against a censorship movement that wanted to ban metal anthems.

Twisted Sister hung up their skin-tight leather in 1988 and surprised their fans in 2001, announcing their reunion, which came about after more than a decade of unresolved tension amongst the group. The 9/11 attack in New York gave them the excuse they required to get together again. They performed at a charity concert and raised over $100,000, which reminded them that even the most broken relationships can be mended.

Celine Dion recorded a Christmas song written by Snider. The irony lies in the fact that Snider wrote and recorded the song as a present to his wife, never intending to release it. A studio engineer asked to keep a copy, then to his surprise, Celine Dion expressed interest in it. Today, Snider calls the house he and his family live in, “The house that Celine built.”

Dee Snider is heading to Australia in 2019, bringing us shows that highlight his diversity as an entertainer. Sydney and Melbourne are opening the gates to rock royalty in January and February, with two shows per city. One is SPOKEN and one is SHOUTED! Put simply, the first is an evening of story-sharing from Snider’s book of life plus a Q&A session, and the second is an exclusive night of heavy rock with a full back up band and songs from his new solo album For The Love of Metal as well as Twisted Sister’s classics—the ones we love and, of course, the ones we love to shout along to.

Thursday, 31 January 2019 – SYDNEY, Manning Bar

Friday, 1 February 2019 – SYDNEY, Manning Bar

Saturday, 2 February 2019 – MELBOURNE, The Croxton

Sunday, 3 February 2019 – MELBOURNE, The Croxton

Available here.

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