TWISTER SISTERLive At Wacken The Reunion
9 out of 10
In 2003 Twisted Sister headlined the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany after reforming 5 years earlier. Eagle Eagle Vision has released the concert on DVD with a companion CD that has cuts from shows as far back as 1980. The DVD/CD combo was originally released in 2005 but was rereleased last week by Eagle Vision.
Interspersed between the songs on the DVD (The Kids Are Back, Stay Hungry, You Can’t Stop Rock N Roll, We’re Not Gonna Take It, Burn In Hell and many more), are interviews that document the initial break up of Twisted Sister in 1987, the reunion, their USO tour of South Korea, and reflections from the beginning of the band through the present.
I remember the first time MTV played the infamous Twisted Sister concert from the Stay Hungry Tour in the early 80’s. 5 guys in drag and make up playing balls out rock n roll. It was a sight and sound to behold. I of course went right out the next day and purchased You Can’t Stop Rock N Roll and Stay Hungry.
20 years later Dee Snider (lead singer) is almost wearing the same exact costume as that first MTV concert. The rest of the band is half in/half out of costume and make up. Which is somewhat of a blessing, as the last 20 years haven’t improved the looks of one of the self proclaimed ugliest bands in Rock N Roll. The important part of this DVD is that the band is back together, and still rocking the fuck out. Dee’s voice may be a bit more gravely 20 + years later, but it still holds up, still has balls, and he can still nail it note for note. He may look like a 60 year old drag queen, but his voice reminds you just how good of a front man he is without the costume and makeup. As he states in the interview, he and Twisted Sister represents real pissed off in your face fuck you music. Sure the stage attire gets your attention but it is the music that still kicks ass, still rocks, and still holds up!
The setlist from Wacken covers the highlights of Twisted Sister’s career and the interviews cover the breakup of the band through the various reunions and get togethers from political fund raising to 9/11 benefits, to the full fledged reunion.
The one reason I gave the package a 9 out of 10 is because I feel if you are going to release a concert video, release the concert video as a whole. Lately I’ve seen several concert videos where they cut away from the concert to show other interviews, back stage antics, whatever. Nothing ruins the vibe of watching a good concert than cutting away to interviews or anything OTHER than the concert itself.
I’m a music geek, I’ll watch all the bonus crap you put on the disc. And if you’re a casual fan, you STILL buy the disc for the concert, and even if you don’t watch the bonus material, you have purchased the disc. Why ruin the vibe the band created while performing by cutting away to interviews? Let the concert play!
Still certainly worth picking up if you are a Twisted Sister fan. It’s a good show that covers all their best material. Now if Twisted Sister and or MTV or ANYONE would put out that early 80’s concert on DVD. THAT would some SMF stuff there. I know Twisted Sister offered it up as a limited edition bonus disc with their new album last year, but it was for one day only, and my local stores didn’t carry it.
Go pick up Twisted Sister Live At Wacken The Reunion and remember why Twisted Sister were targeted by the PMRC, and why twenty odd years later, You Can’t Stop Rock N Roll! You’ll thank me later.