Friday, July 8, 2016

CD/DVD Review: Twisted Sister Have A "Metal Meltdown" In Honor Of A.J. Pero

For over 30 years, the music of Twisted Sister has blasted over the airwaves. Known primarily for their rock anthems ("We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock") and their over-the-top music videos, Twisted Sister was always first and foremost about the music. They believed in their cause and their fans believed in them. In 1988, Twister Sister disbanded and each of the member went their separate ways.
In 2001, in the wake of 9/11, Twisted Sister regrouped for a cause to headline the New York Steel benefit concert to raise money for widows and orphans of the NYFD and NYPD. Since then, Twisted Sister has performed at festivals all over the world, until tragedy hit the band when long-time drummer A.J. Pero passed away suddenly in 2015. Instead of calling it quits, Twisted Sister raged on and in honor of their fallen bandmate, they performed at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas with friend Mike Portnoy sitting in on drums. The show was filmed for release and on July 22nd through Loud And Proud Records will have "Twisted Sister: Metal Meltdown Live At The Hard Rock Casino Las Vegas - A Concert To Honor A.J. Pero."
The video will be released in Blu-ray and DVD formats along with an audio CD of the show. Included with the 90-minute concert is the documentary "Rockshow" which takes fans from Twisted Sister's beginnings through the band's 40-year career. The show was mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound and features high-definition cameras to capture every angle, from right in lead singer Dee Snider's face to over the shoulder of drummer Mike Portnoy. The seventeen-song setlist is a Twisted Sister's fan's wet dream as they perform all of their most well-know hits like "You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll" and "Under The Blade." The band's energy is super high on tracks like "The Kids Are Back" and "Shoot 'Em Down" as the camera continues the scan the crowd in order to feel the energy in the room. The video breaks away from the concert on several occasions to show interviews with the band members about their early days of touring and others associated with the band like Mark Metcalf, who plays the father/teacher in the music videos. The venue turns into a starlight memorial for A.J. Pero during "The Price," before turning the heat up with the dark heavy metal tones of "Burn In Hell," which pays tribute to Pero with one of his iconic drum solos played on the videos screens. 
Dee works up the crowd with the science experiment during "I Wanna Rock," before the intense thrash metal throwdown of "Come Out And Play" and the Twisted Sister anthem of "SMF" to close out the show. To find out more about "Twisted Sister: Metal Meltdown Live At The Hard Rock Casino Las Vegas - A Concert To Honor A.J. Pero," please visit

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