Dee Snider Recalls How AC/DC’s Bon Scott Became The Final Part Of His Vocal Jigsaw
Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider recently remembered how the final piece of his vocal jigsaw became Bon Scott in a featured article on Louder Sound where he named 8 songs that changed his life.
After leaving his band Twisted Sister at the peak of their career back in the 1980s, the band’s lead singer and songwriter Dee Snider pursued a solo career and worked on several side projects.
Just some months ago, Snider announced that his upcoming project will be his fifth solo album titled ‘Leave A Scar,’ which will be released on July 30. He has been working on this record after a long break, as he dropped his last album ‘For The Love Of Metal’ in 2018. He has released two singles from the album, named ‘I Gotta Rock (Again)’ and ‘Time To Choose.’
In a conversation with Louder Sound where Dee Snider talked about 8 songs that are special for him, he mentioned an AC/DC song named ‘Sin City’ from their ‘Powerage’ album, released in 1978. Describing the song as the final piece in defining himself as a singer-songwriter and a vocalist, Snider said that he first saw the band AC/DC playing this song on a television show named The Midnight Special.
Moreover, Snider said that he was already working on writing heavy songs at that time and was enlightened when he saw AC/DC playing four chords only, thinking that one does ‘not need all this other stuff.’
He then described his vocal jigsaw: a little bit of Dio, Alice, Robert Plant, and named Bon Scott as the final part of it. Snider then mentioned that he covered ‘Highway To Hell’ on his live album titled ‘For The Love Of Metal – Live,’ aiming to honor AC/DC.
Talking about AC/DC’s ‘Sin City,’ Snider said in the article that:
“The final piece in defining me as a singer and songwriter and vocalist. I saw AC/DC perform this on a TV show called The Midnight Special, introduced by Steven Tyler and Ted Nugent, and again it’s [sings the ‘Sin City’ riff] and I’m going, again, ‘What the fuck is going on?’
I was already writing songs – busy, heavy, metallic songs – and then I see AC/DC playing four chords – Dang! Dang! Dang! Dang! – and I realized, you don’t need all this other stuff, this is rock ‘n’ roll. And then Bon Scott’s nasal vocal was the final part of the Dee Snider vocal jigsaw – a little bit of Dio, a little bit of Alice, a hint of Robert Plant, and then Bon Scott.
I covered ‘Highway To Hell’ on my live album and that’s me trying to honor AC/DC.”
Dee Snider then named the other 7 songs as the Beatles’ ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand,’ Paul Revere & The Raiders’ ‘Kicks,’ Grand Funk Railroad’s ‘Inside Looking Out,’ Mountain’s ‘Mississippi Queen,’ Black Sabbath’s ‘Black Sabbath,’ Led Zeppelin’s ‘Communication Breakdown’ and Alice Cooper’s ‘I’m Eighteen.’