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- Mar 20 '17
Larry King: Forty-year anniversary of Twisted Sister.
Dee Snider: Yeah.
Larry King: Forty years.
Dee Snider: Yeah.
Larry King: Why? What was special about them? What made them a hit?
Dee Snider: I think it was our- was- yes we’re talking in the past tense now, even though we have a couple more shows. It was our attitude. I call it the middle finger factor
Larry King: F%$k you.
Dee Snider: Yeah. We weren’t singing about sex, drugs, and rock and roll. We were singing about-
Larry King: What?
Dee Snider: Believing in- my message. Believe in yourself, stand up for yourself, fight back, we’re not gonna take it. I wanna rock.
Larry King: So you’re saying-
Dee Snider: You can’t stop rock and roll.
Larry King: -you’re saying ‘F you’ to the establishment?
Dee Snider: It’s to anybody who was telling us that we couldn’t do it the way we wanted to do it, as a band, and as a people. I grew up in suburban America and I was not a popular kid and people my whole life telling me, ‘no, you can’t be a rock star. You don’t have what it takes. You don’t… why don’t you accept your look, accept your place, and take the civil service test?’ You know my dad was a cop, God bless police and-
Larry King: Where did you grow up?
Dee Snider: I grew up on Long Island. In, you know, in suburban Long Island. But I just refused to say, ‘I will accept being defined by other people. And I want to be the voice of other people, saying ‘don’t allow yourself to defined by others.’
Larry King: What is Dee short for?
Dee Snider: Daniel.
Larry King: Man. I like Dee.
Dee Snider: Thanks. So do I.
Larry King: I like Daniel too. Are Twisted Sisters on a last tour? Is this it?
Dee Snider: Yeah, for sure.
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