Twisted Sister put on a stunning rock and roll show while spreading holiday cheer in New York City at Times Square’s Nokia Theatre. The set included TS classics as well as their revamped heavy metal Christmas songs displayed on A Twisted Christmas.
The band channeled a great degree of effort and a large sum of money into building a stage worthy of this year’s Twisted cheer.
The guitar techs were dressed as elves, while the band Little Kiss pulled a sleigh bearing a Santa dressed Dee Snider onto the stage.
Twisted Sister, led by Dee Snider, ripped through classic tracks such as “The Price,” “Destroyer,” “You Can’t Stop Rock and Roll,” and “Burn in Hell.”
Lita Ford performed gloriously as a special guest during “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” as she beautifully sang alternate verses of the tune with Snider.
The legendary WWE wrestler Mick Foley walked on stage, dressed as Santa Claus, asking the members of TS what they most wanted for Christmas…guess what Snider wanted?
“I WANNA ROCK!” Snider screamed, leading the band into their classic hit.
Throughout the set, Snider kicked Christmas ornament shaped beach balls into the sold-out audience.
Other holiday tunes performed by TS included “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” “Deck The Halls,” “Silver Bells,” and “White Christmas.”
Twisted Sister has hardly changed over the last 25 years—Snider still runs the stage like a psychotic ringmaster, Jay Jay French rips borderline inappropriate banter into the microphone, Eddie Ojeda wails away on his hypnotic axe, Mark Mendoza lays down the law on the bass, and A.J. Pero brings the thunder on the drums.
The fact of the matter is that everyone in attendance was on their feet, shouting along, and fist pumping like the “SMFs” they are (even if they are only a 10 year old accompanying their parents).
“A Twisted Christmas on Broadway” is a MUST SEE if you are in the NYC area on Dec. 6.
During the set, Snider mentioned that a TS Christmas musical is in the works for 2009.Top-Down: Dee Snider (dressed as Santa) Jay Jay French (left) & Mark Mendoza (right) open the show with “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas;” Dee Snider pumps his fist of rock; Lita Ford performs with Snider in leather red reindeer suit; Santa Claus aka Mick Foley [Cactus Jack/Mankind] asks the band what they want for the holidays—all concert photos taken by K. Meds Dec. 05.