Dee Snider was the latest guest on Full Metal Jackie's weekend radio program. The Twisted Sister legend was on the air to discuss his latest solo release, For the Love of Metal Live, which showcases more recent solo tracks alongside time-honored hits in both an album and concert film.
The bleach-blonde metal singer is one of the most iconic figures in music history and was able to transform his name into a household brand, which he talks about early on in the interview. His charisma and tireless work ethic has kept him firmly in the spotlight and his creative endeavors extend far outside of music. He's actually planning to release his first fiction novel, though that in itself has been another one of those "prove it" battles.
Having to prove himself is nothing new as Snider feels like this is what he's had to do at every juncture in life — and he has no intentions on backing down anytime soon. Not with a new solo record to make, at least.
Read the full interview below.
Dee Snider, how are you?!
I am doing better than I deserve, considering my sins of the past. It's a very interesting time for rock 'n' roll for sure.
We're here to talk about the live version of your solo album and concert film, For the Love of Metal Live, which is out now. Dee, defiance and determination seemed to be the primary motivation at the start of your career. How did those factors motivate you now at this point in your life?
The same way they always have, much to my frustration. I'm a happy guy. I'm a blessed guy. I'm a lucky guy. I have a great life, no complaints here, but I do complain and I'm complaining that it always seems to be a fight to do anything for me. I seem to constantly be having to prove myself. Hence the new track, "Prove Me Wrong."
I'm tired of proving myself to you and you prove that I can't, as opposed to, I prove that I can. I'm always trying to do new things, new challenges. I'm not happy with just accepting my lot and saying, "This is what I've done and I've been accepted for." 'm always pushing.
I recently had a run-in with the literary world as I decided to write my first fiction novel — I've been writing screenplays, I wrote my memoirs... I can write. I sent a few chapters to a literary agent and said, "Hey guys, give me some feedback," and he wrote, "Stick to rocking."
I know that I'm a solid writer and again, here I am — I've got prove myself. So I just dug in and I've written a hell of a book. Now I know it will be published and the first copy will go to that agent with a big "F you, thanks for the inspiration."
Dee Snider, "For the Love of Metal" (Live)