TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider called in to the “Bo Jim” morning show on the Dallas, Texas radio station Lone Star 92.5. During the chat, which can be streamed below, he talks about why he decided to do showtunes, his book, how life after age 30 has been totally surprising, whether he’s been approached about appearing in the “Rock Of Ages” movie, and more.
Dee Snider filmed a video for the song “Mack The Knife”, with his son, Cody Blue Snider, in the director’s chair. Producing the clip was Robby Starbuck, who has previously worked with TIMES OF GRACE, AUGUST BURNS RED, SILVERSTEIN, A STATIC LULLABY and A SKYLIT DRIVE.
“This was the first time we had the opportunity to work together strictly as a director and an artist,” Cody Blue told Entertainment Weekly about working with his father. “That could have made this a tumultuous shoot, but my father and I have so much mutual respect for one another that it was anything but that. Working with Dee was the most joyous part of the production for me, and I’m sure we’ll continue working together until I am changing his diapers in-between takes.”
“Mack The Knife” comes off Dee‘s new studio album, “Dee Does Broadway”, which was released on May 8 via Razor Tie. The CD features Dee‘s powerful voice and theatrical persona as he exudes his rock ‘ n’ roll take on several Broadway classics. The new album will coincide with the release of his first-ever autobiography, “Shut Up And Give Me The Mic” (Gallery Books) on May 8.
“Dee Does Broadway” features several special guest stars, including Broadway and television icon Bebe Neuwirth on the DAMN YANKEES song “Whatever Lola Wants”, Broadway legend Patti LuPone on a “West Side Story” medley “Tonight/Somewhere”, pop icon Cyndi Lauper on SWEET CHARITY‘s “Big Spender”, Clay Aiken of “American Idol” on the GUYS AND DOLLS classic “Luck Be a Lady Tonight”, the stars of the Broadway hit musical “Priscilla Queen Of The Desert” (Will Swenson, Tony Sheldon, and Nick Adams) on SOUTH PACIFIC‘s “There Is Nothin’ Like A Dame”, Mark Wood of the TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA playing violin on the “Phantom Of The Opera” ballad “Music Of The Night”, as well a special rendition of “The Joint Is Jumpin” from “Ain’t Misbehavin'” with Dee‘s oldest son, Jesse “Blaze” Snider. Songs are also featured from classic Broadway shows including “Cabaret”, “Chicago”, “The Threepenny Opera”, “Anything Goes” and “Sweeney Todd”.
“Dee Does Broadway” was spawned from a number of voicemails exchanged featuring “Broadway tunes” sung as messages between Dee Snider and Alice Cooper in 2009 and Dee‘s 2010 Broadway run in the Broadway rock musical “Rock Of Ages”. Inspired to take this musical journey, the classically trained countertenor (who sang with his high school choir and always loud as hell) Snider enlisted producers Bob Kulick and Brett Chassen (whom Dee worked with on the metalized Frank Sinatra tribute called “Sin-atra”). The album was mixed by the legendary Ric Wake and Gustavo Celis, and features the incredible orchestrations and playing by the renowned composer/arranger Doug Katsaros and the bass guitar playing of one of rock’s prolific players, the legendary Rudy Sarzo.
Dee Snider explains the process: “Over the past year, I have worked closely with my team and collaborators picking from decades of musical hits with only two rules: The song had to speak to me as a singer on some level, and it could not be a rock song to begin with. No ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Grease’, ‘Hair’, ‘Rent’, ‘Rocky Horror’, etc. What would be the challenge in that?” He continues, “There are many who think doing an album of rocked out show tunes is pure insanity on my part. Apparently, they haven’t seen any photos of me from the ’70s and ’80s. Could I have been in a more theatrical band? Ever since I was a kid, I’d heard the real power inherent in a lot of songs from musicals and this record gives me the chance to show it”.
“Dee Does Broadway” track listing:
02. The Ballad Of Sweeney Todd
03. Big Spender (with Cyndi Lauper)
04. Mack The Knife
05. Whatever Lola Wants (with Bebe Neuwirth)
06. Music Of The Night (with guest violinist Mark Wood)
07. The Joint Is Jumpin’ (with Jesse Blaze Snider)
08. Luck Be A Lady (with Clay Aiken)
09. I Get A Kick Out Of You
10. There Is Nothin’ Like A Dame (with the stars of “Priscilla Queen Of The Desert”: Will Swenson, Tony Sheldon and Nick Adams)
11. Razzle Dazzle
12. Tonight/Somewhere (with Patti LuPone)
Three songs from the album — “Tonight/Somewhere”, “I Get A Kick Out Of You” and “Cabaret” — are available for streaming below.
Audio samples of the entire CD can be found at Amazon.com.
“Mack The Knife” video: