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SMF Cyndi
Posted 2006-03-14 1:59 AM (#921)
Subject: Very interesting..Dee Snider's father was sure his son would be the next Mickey Mantle.
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I found this interesting article....hmmm....

village voice > news > JockBeat by,jockbeat,12046,3.html

We're Not Gonna Take It

Dee Snider's father was sure his son would be the next Mickey Mantle. "He was suicidal when I gave up sports and went to music in elementary school," jokes Snider. But 30 years later, little Dee—who went on to form Twisted Sister, one of the iconical '80s metal bands—is finally making the sports pages.

When Snider first heard Atlanta Braves closer John Rocker was using "I Wanna Rock" as his entrance music before he took the mound, he was psyched. "I wrote the song!" Snider exclaims. "I was fucking ecstatic."

Snider liked Rocker's bashing of New York during the playoffs, likening the taunts to WWF hooliganism. He even developed what he calls "a phone friendship" with the Braves pitcher.

But Rocker's comments on ESPN about the demographic makeup of the No. 7 train were so out of line they shocked even the cross-dressing bandleader. Snider gave his "phone friend" a call. "I got his machine. I said, 'I know things can be taken out of context. Let me know your side of it.' No return phone call, and the [public] apology was half-assed at best."

Snider met with TS guitarist Jay Jay French, and both decided to ask the Braves not to use the song anymore. French, a Mets fan, comes from what he describes as an "Upper West Side liberal Democratic household." He saw this as a moment to "make a difference." No one from the Braves responded, but then French got a suspicious phone call. "Someone called [and asked] 'Is this where we can book Twisted Sister?' " That was strange considering the band hasn't toured in years. The Caller ID read "Atlanta Braves."

If the Braves keep paying ASCAP, the music rights licensing organization, they could keep using the song, according to French. But maybe Mets closer John Franco could loan Rocker his entrance song, "Johnny B. Goode," penned by ex-con Chuck Berry.

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