How Dee Snider Lost Everything, and Got It All Back

August 20, 2015

The 1990's were not kind do Dee Snider. The upsurge of the grunge movement put the '80s hair metal bands on the back burner, including Twisted Sister. In an interview on "Breakfast Television" a talk show in Toronto, Snider spoke of the '90s saying "Grunge rock was, like, the cure for 'hair metal.' One day I work up and I said, 'What do you we're not doing that anymore?' I dedicated my life to one form of music, one style of performing, and no one cared. So I actually lost everything - all the millions I made, I lost everything. I woke up one day with three kids, married and broke, and I had to start all over. But I'm doing great now."

Through lots of hard work and determination, Dee managed to reinvent himself and adapt to the modern world while still retaining his metal roots. :Really, it's a matter of just not selling yourself short, and believing in yourself enough to know to say, 'Hey, I'm not a one-note horn.' People wanted to write me off in the '80s and say, 'Okay, yeah, you did that, makeup guy and crazy hair. We're done with you.' And I'm going, 'I'm not dead yet.' And I started doing voiceover work, and I started doing radio, and I started writing screenplays, and I started trying acting. I didn't say it was easy - I had to learn these crafts - but you have to have some belief and faith in yourself and pick yourself up and keep trying."

Recently, Snider wrote a musical called "Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas Tale", which tells the tale of a heavy metal band Daisy Cutter who tries to make it to the big time even though the '80s are long gone. So the four members did what many struggling artists do, they sell their souls to the devil in exchange for money, sex, drugs, and rock n' roll! Except every time they try to seal the deal with the infernal one, their heavy metal anthems transition into warm and fuzzy carols. 

Snider, who appears as both the narrator and the exorcist in the musical, says: "It's about a band that has a dream and is giving it everything they've got for that dream, and also recognizing that sometimes we overlook all the great things we have in our life."

(source: Blabbermouth)