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A Twisted Christmas Live

twistedxmasdvd.jpgLast year, Twisted Sister gave us a brand new holiday CD called A Twisted Christmas. This year, we get A Twisted Christmas: Live (Razor & Tie, 2007). Filmed at New Jersey's Starland Ballroom, the high energy show is from the band's 2006 Christmas tour.

The track listing looks like this:




Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Shoot 'Em Down
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
The Fire Still Burns
You Can't Stop Rock n' Roll
White Christmas
The Price
Oh Come All Ye Faithful
I'll Be Home For Christmas
Burn In Hell
Silver Bells
I Wanna Rock
Heavy Metal Christmas (The Twelve Days of Christmas)
We're Not Gonna Take It

Many readers know that "Burn In Hell" is my favorite Twisted Sister song and I think it's a great compliment to a holiday performance. After all, retailers might think it's the most wonderful time of the year, but those of us in the real world know the holidays are usually a hassle, so a song called "Burn in Hell" is appropriate. The performance of "Burn In Hell" is definitely a highlight of this disc, but the best part of the show is the band's version of "Heavy Metal Christmas." To the tune of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" Twisted Sister recount the top 12 gifts for any Metal fan, including a tattoo of Ozzy, two pairs of leather pants and four quarts of Jack Daniels, five skull earrings and more!

Other highlights include "I Wanna Rock" and "We're Not Gonna Take It." On the former, Snider gives a little story about seeing Santa and telling him (naturally) "I Wanna Rock!" On the former, the crowd is frenzied and happy to sing along to Twisted Sister's biggest hit. In both instances the crowd and band interaction are top notch, proving the live ability of New York's favorite glam sons.

There are a few problems with this really fun release, namely with editing. If you've ever seen Twisted Sister live, then you know that lead singer Dee Snider likes to swear - a lot. This release has awkward cuts and bleeps that cut out Snider's colorful stage banter. The bleeps aren't nearly as glaring as the edits where entire conversations are noticeably slashed. Multiple cut cameras usually help when trying to edit for lewd content, but perhaps there was a budge or venue issue.  Even with the family-friendly edits, this is a fun DVD that's good for the holiday season.


Reader Comments (4)

What more can you say about Dee and the boys? I saw Twisted Sister 4 times and they always rocked..I have a Twisted christmas I have to get this one..I love how they did I'll be home for Christmas" to "The Price" with Lita Ford..It was great to hear her again also.
December 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJoe
I reviewed this one too:

I liked the DVD even with the editing. The concept is complete genius because both the album and DVD have brought TS back into the collective public conciousness. I read an interview with Dee somewhere online and he said that A Twisted Christmas has easily outsold their last studio record, LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS. Not sure about that but the band is going to get major run evey holiday season.

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December 25, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterpbf fan 2007
I was at this show last year. I am sure it is edited out, but three-fourths into the show, someone in the audience started yelling that Twisted Sister rocks!. For some unknown, prima donna reason, Dee Snider stopped the show intermittently and started yelling at the fan saying, 'Don't fuckin yell at me!" Dee Snider then called for security to have the fan thrown out of the venue. Most people were in shock and disbelief! Jay Jay French looked horrified at what Dee was doing and walked away. Eddie Ojeda also looked dumbfounded. Finally, Dee realized he was being a prick and told security to forget about it and he then went into song.

I sent several emails to Stevie @ Metalsludge about this, but he wouldn't post it. A month or so later, Stevie posted Twisted Sister interviews from that show which were taken by CC Banana. Each band member was interviewed and the interviews were posted exclusively on Metalsludge. I emailed Stevie and told him he was a wuss for not calling Dee out for acting like a childish prima donna prick. Stevie emailed me back telling me to fuck off.

Ah well, the joys of rock!

December 26, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterfletch

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