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TWISTED SISTER: Fortieth-Anniversary Expanded Version Of ‘Below The Blade’ To Embrace Album Of Early Covers

TWISTED SISTER: Fortieth-Anniversary Expanded Version Of ‘Below The Blade’ To Embrace Album Of Early Covers


In a brand new interview with Pod Scum, TWISTED SISTER guitarist Jay Jay French revealed that the band’s basic debut album, 1982’s “Below The Blade”, will obtain an expanded Fortieth-anniversary reissue this yr. “That is gonna be a double vinyl album,” he stated. “And a type of albums is gonna have us taking part in cowl materials from again within the bar days, which we have by no means launched earlier than. So that you’re gonna have us taking part in [LED] ZEPPELIN and AEROSMITH songs, which nobody has ever heard. So I believe folks will admire [it]. That is new.”

As for the opportunity of extra stay performances by TWISTED SISTER, which was inducted into the Steel Corridor Of Fame earlier this yr, Jay Jay stated: “TWISTED SISTER‘s fiftieth anniversary is that this yr. ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ [and] ‘Keep Hungry’‘s Fortieth anniversary is subsequent yr. What does that imply? We have been inducted into the Heavy Steel Corridor Of Fame in January. We performed three songs. They’re up on YouTube. It was enjoyable to do it. Does it imply we’re gonna do extra? Proper now I do not know. We could or could not. I do not know… So I do not know what’s gonna occur with TWISTED. That is an open dialog. I simply do not know.”

Again in 2011, Eagle Rock Leisure reissued “Below The Blade”. The expanded version of the LP — initially produced by Pete Means of UFO — contained 4 tracks from TWISTED SISTER‘s 1982 “Ruff Cuts” EP (by no means earlier than out there on CD) in addition to “Shoot ‘Em Down”, an ’82 stay monitor from England’s prestigious Studying Competition. The lavish bundle featured the unique “Below The Blade” cowl, which had not appeared on any home variations of the album till then, and mirrored the unique Secret Data monitor record and remastered audio combine.

French joined the band SILVER STAR, a New Jersey-based “glitter band” in December 1972. The group, whose authentic goal was to be the New Jersey model of the NEW YORK DOLLS, modified their title to TWISTED SISTER on Valentine’s Day 1973. The band, nevertheless, regularly modified lineups and did not take off till singer Dee Snider joined in 1976. The lineup did not totally coalesce till 1982 with the ultimate addition of drummer A.J. Pero.

“Below The Blade” first got here out on an impartial U.Ok.-based label referred to as Secret Data, however actually gained momentum when Atlantic Data launched a special mixture of the album nationally in 1985 whereas benefiting from the bands newly minted stardom. Their meteoric ascent got here in tandem with the simultaneous rise of MTV.

In 2016, TWISTED SISTER launched into one closing trek, titled “Forty And Fuck It”, in celebration of its Fortieth anniversary. These exhibits featured the band’s “core lineup” of Snider, French, guitarist Eddie Ojeda and bassist Mark Mendoza, together with drummer Mike Portnoy. The band’s last-ever live performance happened in November of that yr — 20 months after the passing of Pero.

TWISTED SISTER‘s authentic run ended within the late ’80s. After greater than a decade, the band publicly reunited in November 2001 to high the invoice of New York Metal, a hard-rock profit live performance to lift cash for the New York Police And Fireplace Widows’ And Kids’s Profit Fund.

The surviving members of the basic lineup of TWISTED SISTER beforehand reunited nearly in March 2021 for a particular episode of Mendoza‘s Web TV present “22 Now”. The hour-and-a-half-long program was a tribute to Pero, who died precisely six years earlier on the age of 55 whereas on tour with the band ADRENALINE MOB.

Previous to the March 2021 digital reunion, the 4 surviving members of TWISTED SISTER reunited for 2 days and nights in November 2019 to have a good time the thirty fifth anniversary of the band’s basic album “Keep Hungry”.



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