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  • #1941
    Captain Howdy
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    Things have been awfully quiet around here lately so I figured I would at least pass on the set list from Dee’s solo show at the Wisconsin State Fair Saturday night in an attempt to spark some conversation. I can write a little review if there is anyone interested out there. Anyway, here’s the set list:

    You Can’t Stop Rock and Roll
    Kids Are Back
    Highway to Hell (AC/DC)
    Widowmaker
    We’re Not Gonna Take It
    To Hell and Back
    Heartbreaker (Led Zeppelin)
    The Price
    I Wanna Rock
    I’m A Real Wild One (Iggy Pop, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly – take your pick)
    – Medley included AC/DC’s “The Rocker” and Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll”

    Dee was awesome and definitely ruled the night! Also on the bill was Lita Ford, Kix, and Lynch Mob.

    #1942
    smms
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    Great to hear Dee’s startin to do some more solo shows,
    love the new song : to hell and back.
    I hope he plays more from the widowmaker album in the future, or a couple of songs from the : never let the bastards wear you down album. I love the song cry you a rainbow on that album.

    #1943
    PatrickS77
    Participant

    Yeah. That’s pretty much what he played at the Steelhouse Festival gig in Wales, we did also get Emaheevul though. It was great, although a bit short. A kick ass band he got there. I hope to get to see another solo show (along with a couple of TS shows of course) next year. Yeah. Review would be nice, if you don’t mind only 3 people reading it and nobody bothering to respond. 😉

    #1944
    PatrickS77
    Participant

    Just in case the board still eats my message, here it is again:

    Yeah. That’s pretty much what he played at the Steelhouse Festival gig in Wales, we did also get Emaheevul though. It was great, although a bit short. A kick ass band he got there. I hope to get to see another solo show (along with a couple of TS shows of course) next year. Yeah. Review would be nice, if you don’t mind only 3 people reading it and nobody bothering to respond. 😉

    #1945
    TwisAlf9
    Participant

    I was hoping for less Twisted songs, but still was very cool!!
    Emaheevul, would have been awesome.

    #1946
    PatrickS77
    Participant

    ^Yeah, that would have been nice… or some LIFS songs.

    #1948
    tssmf4lyfe
    Participant

    a few more non TS songs would have been nice.

    CAPTAIN HOWDY, what was your thoughts on the other bands there?

    #1950
    TwisAlf9
    Participant

    I thought the other bands looked old and slow. Except Lita. She was pretty good. Never saw her in concert b4.

    #1951
    tssmf4lyfe
    Participant

    i hate kix but you’ve got to be kidding about “old and slow” when talking about kix. the singer seems like non stop energy

    how was george lynchs guitar playing? i always wanted to see him

    #1952
    Captain Howdy
    Participant

    George Lynch sounded really good. I can’t say that Lynch Mob blew me away but I enjoyed them. I’ve seen Dokken a bunch of times back in the 80’s catching them at least once one every one of their tours. (Seemed like they opened up for just about everyone back the!) Lynch was always incredible. I didn’t think that same spark was still there but he was still great. I was a bit surprised with all of the Dokken songs that he could have mixed into the set that he chose “Into The Fire” and “The Hunter” as the only 2. Kind of a head scratcher to me since neither of those songs would even rank in my top 10 Dokken songs. Just my opinion, though

    I had actually never seen Kix before and have never been a huge fan but I honestly thought they were great! I would have to totally disagree that the other bands looked old and slow because Kix had loads of energy. Their singer is non-stop. I also was shocked as every guy in the band walked out looking great. Since I am living proof of how we can tend to put on a few pounds as we get older, the first thing that hit me was how healthy the whole band looked. They are all still as thin as they were back in the 80’s. How the hell do they do that? LOL! I don’t know if they are all original members or not since I have never really followed them. (The singer is the only one I recognize from that band.) But I was actually impressed since I thought they were better than I expected them to be. I really enjoyed their show. I thought they were the 2nd best band of the night hands down.

    Lita was great. She sounds as good as she ever did. And she still looks pretty good! Her band was excellent as well. I’m not sure what was up with the goofy vodka bottle shaped guitar that she used for the first couple of songs but sanity and integrity was restored once the BC Rich was came out. Lita just doesn’t look right without that BC Rich guitar. The crowd was a bit weak to be honest but Lita kept trying to get them fired up and warned them that Dee wouldn’t accept the lack luster reaction.

    Dee came out with high energy and vengeance as always. The 1-2 punch of “You Can’t Stop Rock and Roll” and “Kids are Back” was like a kick in the head. The energy of the crowd instantly elevated. Dee was so aggressive that he actually broke his belt buckle during “Highway to Hell”. After the song, he commented on it then walked over to the side of the stage to remove his belt and give it to our good friend Danny Stanton. It was at this point that the first Dee-ism of the night was born. Danny went to grab Dee’s belt while it was still hanging from the belt loops on his pants. At this point, Dee exclaimed “Hang on! I’m not a lawnmower!” He proceeded to demonstrate by yanking his belt as if he was pulling the cord of a lawnmower to start it. LOL! As he returned to center stage, he took a moment to acknowledge his “Stop Taking Selfies” t-shirt and ridicule the selfie craze and point out that nobody cares. Your mom doesn’t even want to see your stupid selfies. He then opted to provide a public service announcement for the crowd. (Dee-ism #2) “If you’re using a selfie stick, I hope someone grabs it and beats the shit out of you with it!” I absolutely concur with Dee’s assessment on that one.

    The band then kicked into “Widowmaker” and went right into “We’re Not Gonna Take It”. Afterwards, Dee commented on some of the things here at the fairgrounds such as deep fried Oreos. He then began to question the crowd’s energy and pointed out that Lita had warned him about “you guys”. He pointed out that he was “older than you” and he still had the energy. He then began dancing around the stage which morphed into this strange jig that Dee noted as part of a Riverdance routine. (Dee-ism #3) He then discussed that fact that everyone tends to go to the bathroom every time a bands introduces a new song. He pleaded with the audience to stand their ground while he played his new song “To Hell and Back”. He pointed out that they could go to the bathroom during the drum solo!

    After an awesome cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Heartbreaker”, Dee spoke fondly of AJ and commented on his tragic loss before dedicating the next song to him and introducing “The Price”. Next up was “I Wanna Rock” to close out the set. As the band began the leave the stage, Dee stopped them and pointed out that encores were bullshit. He pointed out that bands just go back stage and “crouch down behind the amps where you can’t see them”. They know and you know the band is coming back out so let’s just get on with it.

    Before introducing the band, he pointed out the name of the event which was being called Hair At The Fair. Ironically, this was one of the few times where a line of all 80’s metal bands actually still had all of their own hair. Dee, being quick witted as he is, made note of this and commented that he hadn’t seen and “skullets” at all that evening. (Dee-ism #4) He took a moment to describe what a skullet was for the audience motioning with his hand the typical bald spot on the top of many of our heads.

    Dee introduced the band at this point: Joe Franco on Drums, Nicolai “Nosferatu” Nifoussi on bass, & Dan McCafferty on guitar. Before introducing the other guitar player, Dee mentioned that their normal guitar player had been unable to make it. So while they were discussing how to proceed, this guy stands up and says “I’ll do it”. That was Twisted’s own roadie and sometimes Christmas elf during the Twisted Christmas shows, Keith Robert. And I must say, Keith did an awesome job stepping in as a last minute fill in!

    They then closed the night with a medley that included “I’m A Real Wild One” by Iggy Pop, “The Rocker” by AC/DC, and “Rock and Roll” by Led Zeppelin. As he was working the crowd, he pointed out that the end was near and that he had a few more solo shows this year and that next year was going to be it for Twisted Sister so if they were going to cut it loose, it was now or never. He commented on looking forward to moving on to other things and especially the opportunity to eat since he has to take such good care of himself when he’s performing. He thought he might re-record “I Wanna Rock” and rename it “I Wanna Eat” before he officially calls it quits. In any case, Dee and his band were awesome and they blew away the competition as always.

    Next stop for me will be the Twisted Sister show in Hinckley, MN. Time is running out boys and girls. If you’re going to catch Twisted one last time, do it while you can!

    #1954
    tssmf4lyfe
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    the last few lynch mob albums have had a 70’s hard rock feel. maybe the dokken songs were picked based on that?

    kix has 4/5ths of the classic lineup. the only guy who wasn’t with them in the 80’s was the bass player and he’s been there since they reformed in 2003

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