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|Jay Jay French|
|As this subject seems to energize the fan base, I thought I would chime in. Yes, new recorded material would be nice however let us really take a look at what all the classic touring bands are doing. First, they tour so they have no choice but to release new product so as to help the publicity machine. We realized 12 years ago that for complicated reasons, we could never tour again which is why we only play occasionally. It was never a plan to go after the big shot again. we had no idea how the world looked at us. Happily the world did care. We started out thinking that maybe a couple of festivals would contact us as we can only play 10-20 times a year. To our shock we have now played over 150 shows since our return and headlined 90% of them which is why we are considered on of the top festival headline acts in the world. |
The difference in the way we are presented and the song choices we make are really not that much different from any other major headliner. most classic bands have their core 15 songs that they have to play. They start out their new tour and cd with a belief that fans want to hear the new stuff. Most of the bands only change up about 5 songs. They call the tour the name of the album and play the 5 new songs in the set. Many think that it is somehow new when it is really not....but within a week or 2 most of the bands realize that the new stuff, no matter how good it may sound to them, isn't going over too well so they start cutting down the new stuff. The last time I saw ac/dc about 3 years ago, they were down to only 2 songs from the new album. When I saw the Stones 2 years ago they did one song that was recorded after 1986.How many new songs do KISS play 2, 3 maybe? Most people can't wait to get past them so they can hear what they know. That is just the reality of the situation. This is not an excuse to not record new stuff, its just to make you aware of the manipulation that all these bands go through to mke you belive that your getting something really different. You are not, trust me
Twisted Sister is only one of maybe 20 Metal acts in the world that knows how to entertain crowds upwards of 100,000+ people. That's why promoters hire us. This past summer was probably the most incredible so far. In Austria, the promoter apologized for having Slayer go on after us. Why? Because more then half the crowd left after our show. At Graspop we were the fist band ever to go from special guest to headliner 2 years in a row. The night we headlined we had 50,000 who stayed in the pouring rain. The year before, when Guns n Roses headlined in the rain only 15,000 remained out of 80,000.
This year we were a special guest at Heavy Montreal. Metallica headlined on a Saturday and Slayer headlined on the next night (Sunday). Did you see the reviews?? The biggest metal blog wrote the 5 things we learned about the Montreal Metal Fest. the countdown got to no. 2 and we hadn't been mentioned so I thought that somehow we lost it. Boy was I wrong. The person wrote the "Twisted Sister kicked everyones ass" Same thing in the regular newspapers. And to make that review even more incredible, we had flown in from Belgium the night before, didn't sleep for 30 hours and still took out a field of the heaviest acts on the planet.
Twisted Sister is an annual festival event to be enjoyed once a year when you a partying with your friends. We are totally comfortable with that and the day that any band can kick our ass is probably the day we will retire. I, however don't see any band that can deliver the intense live performance that we do regardless of how young they are.That's because we still care and never phone it in like nearly all the other bands that we play with
Our Christmas album was a huge gamble which we took and it did commercially better (250,000 sales worldwide) then anyone ever expected. That was a crazy experiment and was a lot of fun! The music was totally different and those who saw it know what kind of a production and spectacle we created.
I've said this many times before and I will say it again. We do what we do, we play what we play and one day we will stop. That could be tomorrow. Enjoy it while you can. I certainly do
|Richard UK SMF|
Nearly A Band Member
Location: Newcastle UK
|Hi Jay Jay, |
All I can say is, long may it continue. I just hope that a Bent Brother show can happen in the UK on the back of a TS show.
Richard UK SMF
|i would go and see any club/theatre shows in the uk southeast with TS band members. |
JJ singing would be amazing. a replacement singer i guess is down to individual taste but would still go. would rather see the original members singing though.
just seen some amazing uli jon roth doing early scorpions shows here, he always seems to have different singers and it's always good.
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