Dee Snider Explains Why He Really Ended His Twisted Sister Career

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider revealed why he ended his career and live performances. When asked during his interview with CBC Listen whether he missed the band, the frontman replied:

“You know what I miss? After Twisted [Sister], I did three solo albums, and I’ve stopped doing that as well, and I’m really putting that behind me. Do I miss it? Yeah, and what I miss most is the reckless abandonment of my live performances. They weren’t thought out; they were the most childlike thing, my last touch with childhood.”

Dee added that his live stage performances were spur-of-the-moment decisions; he said:

“For my performances, I would just say, ‘I’m going to fall on the ground now,’ and I would just fall on the ground. It’s not like trashing on the ground or ‘I’m going to jump up in the air’; it was very much about an idea that would pop into my head, and I would do it.”

Even though Snider misses his Twisted Sister days when he did what he wanted to without thinking of the consequences, the singer admitted that his body has been through the wringer with surgeries. He continued:

“As adults, everything is so thought out and predictable, and with Twisted right to the bitter end, there was that frantic craziness of when I was on stage, and I miss that. I stopped because nobody beats gravity; I’ve got throat, shoulder, knee, and neck surgery. I mean, I’ve had so many surgeries I was able to play and not think about it, but now I got issues.”

Twisted Sister’s latest reunion, the start of this year for their Metal Hall of Fame induction, was the band coming together for the first time in six years after their 2016 farewell tour. The band did a three-song set that included ‘You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll,’ ‘Under the Blade,’ and ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It.’ You can watch their performance below.

You can listen to Dee Snider’s interview with CBC Listen here.