DEE SNIDER Says DIO ‘Wouldn’t Move Any Of Their Equipment’ When TWISTED SISTER Opened For Them In 1984

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During a recent interview with MetalgodZradiODee Snider looked back on TWISTED SISTER‘s 1984 tour with IRON MAIDEN.

“That’s when tours were tours and men were men,” Snider said. “There was no ‘hair metal’ — it was just ‘metal.’ In ’84, when we toured with MAIDEN, it had not been branded ‘hair metal.’ So MÖTLEY CRÜE toured with Ozzy [Osbourne]. And that tour [with MAIDEN] was one of the great tours.

“Five nights sold out at the Long Beach Arena. We were the opening band, and it was packed. When we hit the stage, it was packed. Usually, the opening band, people show up late. No — everybody was there to see TWISTED; they were there to see MAIDEN.”

According to DeeTWISTED SISTER‘s 1984 tour with DIO was a far different experience. “DIO — and I love DIO and I love Ronnie [James Dio] — but when we toured with DIO, they wouldn’t move any of their equipment, so we were forced onto the lip of the stage in front of the lights so you couldn’t see us,” he said. “We got no spotlights. They reduced the P.A. That’s the way a lot of those old bands did it.”

Dee Snider‘s latest solo album, Leave A Scar, was released on July 30 via Napalm Records.