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Dee Snider News: ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ recap, new Broadway-themed album and autobiography to both drop May 8
On last Sunday's episode of 'Celebrity Apprentice' Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider and his broken finger were back for the challenge of putting together a car presentation for Buick. Dee had a second surgery to separate a tendon from scar tissue in the broken finger and the four pins and plate from the earlier surgery were removed.
Although Dee really couldn't participate in driving the car or any physical activity releated to the challenge, he helped out in the production room from a technical angle. Adam Carolla was the team leader, which ultimately was perplexing to Donald Trump and his sons in the board room, since this seemed to be a challenge tailor made for another member of the team, race car driving Michael Andretti.
Ultimately the men’s team 'Unanimous' lost for the second week in a row, and Trump decided to axe two contestants rather than one, showing both Adam and Michael the door. Dee seems to have a solid position on the show, and tonight he hopes to mop up the competition. There is some disatisfaction by he and his teammates with Lou Ferrigno, who seems to complain he is being under-utilized at every board meeting, but says nothing during the tasks. Dee even tweeted about it this past week.
Watch the full episode and the promo for tonight's show at 9/8C on NBC.
Dee Snider's Broadway-themed album, 'Dee Does Broadway,' will be released on May 8, and it will include collaborations with his Celebrity Apprentice co-star Clay Aiken. They perform together on the track 'Luck Be a Lady,' from 'Guys and Dolls.' Other collaborations include 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', Cyndi Lauper on 'Sweet Charity's' 'Big Spender', 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', and 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 70's and 80's. 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."
Never straying from his rock roots, Dee Snider puts his own unique spin on musical favorites, "It may not be metal - but it definitely rocks!"
Dee Does Broadway tracklisting:
'The Ballad Of Sweeney Todd'
'Big Spender' (with Cyndi Lauper)
'Mack the Knife'
'Whatever Lola Wants' (with Bebe Neuwirth)
'Music Of The Night' (with guest violinist Mark Wood)
'The Joint Is Jumpin'' (with Jesse Blaze Snider)
'Luck Be A Lady' (with Clay Aiken)
'I Get A Kick Out Of You'
'There Is Nothin' Like A Dame' (with the stars of Priscilla Queen of the Desert: Will Swenson, Tony Sheldon and Nick Adams)
'Tonight/Somewhere' (with Patti LuPone)
Look for Dee's autobiography, 'Shut Up and Give Me the Mic,' as it will be released on the same day as the album.
Filled with entertaining anecdotes and candid confessions, 'Shut Up And Give Me The Mic' takes you through the good times and bad with a heavy metal star who worked as hard as he played, and who did it all for his wife, four kids, and millions of fans. As lead singer and songwriter of Twisted Sister, Dee Snider became the poster boy for heavy metal, hair bands, and the wild side of rock. Now, in his twisted new memoir, he reveals the real stories behind the crazy makeup, the big hair, and badass hits like 'We're Not Gonna Take It' and 'I Wanna Rock'.
In his journey from every parent's worst teenage nightmare to Renaissance man, Dee avoided the usual pitfalls associated with rock stars. But that didn't stop Tipper Gore and the Parents Music Resource Center from targeting him-a fight that led him to testify before Congress with Frank Zappa. He may have been slapped with a Parental Advisory warning label, but, through it all, Snider stayed positive and focused on being the best he could be.
Dee has scheduled the following book signings around the country, with more to be announced:
7 - Ridgewood, NJ - Bookends - 7 PM
8 - Huntington, NY - Book Revue - 7 PM
9 - Mendham, NJ - Mendham Books - 7 PM
10 - Madison, CT - R.J. Julia - 7 PM
11 - Philadelphia, PA - Barnes & Noble - 6 PM
12 - Detroit, MI - Barnes & Noble - 4 PM
14 - Skoki, IL - Barnes & Noble - 7 PM
15 - Kansas City, MO - Unity Temple on the Plaza - 7 PM
16 - Norma, OK - Hastings - 7 PM
17 - Tucson, AZ - Barnes & Noble - 7 PM
18 - Tempe, AZ - Changing Hands Bookstore - 7 PM
Michael Schenker covers Rush, Iron Maiden, Gary Moore, Black Sabbath and more on “By Invitation Only”
Michael Schenker's new covers album called "By Invitation Only" will be released by Store For Music on June 3rd. It has a variety of rock covers with various vocalists and musicians and Iron Maiden cover 'Run To The Hills' with Robin McAuley originally taken from the Iron Maiden Tribute: Numbers From The Beast.
It's great to have an album of material from Michael Schenker, even if it is an album of covers. We're looking forward to a clean and sober Schenker rocking again!
"By Invitation Only" tracklisting:
'Run To The Hills' (Iron Maiden)
Vocals: Robin McAuley, Rhythm Guitar: Pete Fletcher (Pygmy Love Circus), Bass: Tony Franklin (ex-The Firm, Blue Murder), Drums: Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Billy Idol)
'Save Yourself' (McAuley Schenker Group)
with: Robin McAuley
'Finding My Way' (Rush)
with: Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row)
'All Shook Up' (Elvis Presley)
Vocals: Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Deep Purple, Rainbow), Bass: Jeff Pilson (ex-Dokken, Dio, Foreigner), Drums: Aynsley Dunbar (ex-Whitesnake, UFO, Journey)
'Blood of the Sun' (Mountain)
Vocals: Leslie West (Mountain), Bass: Rudy Sarzo (Blue Öyster Cult, ex-Dio, Quiet Riot), Drums: Simon Wright (Dio, ex-AC/DC)
'Doctor Doctor' (UFO)
Vocals: Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), Bass: Marco Mendoza (Soul Sirkus, Whitesnake), Drums: Brett Chassen (Bret Michaels Band)
'War Pigs' (Black Sabbath)
Vocals: Tim "Ripper" Owens (Dio's Disciples, Yngwie Malmsteen, Beyond Fear, ex-Judas Priest, Iced Earth), Drums: Aynsley Dunbar (ex-Journey, Whitesnake, UFO), Bass: Mike Inez (ex-Ozzy Osbourne, Alice In Chains)
'I'm Not Talking' (Mose Allison)
Vocals: Mark Slaughter (Slaughter), Drums: Aynsley Dunbar, Bass: Jeff Pilson
'Money' (Pink Floyd)
Vocals: Tommy Shaw (Styx), Sax: Edgar Winter, Bass: Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel), Drums: Mike Baird (Journey)
'Out In The Fields' (Gary Moore)
Vocals: Gary Barden (MSG), Bass: Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, ex-Alice Cooper), Drums: Brett Chassen
'Hair of the Dog' (Nazareth)
Vocals: Paul Di'Anno (ex-Iron Maiden), Bass: Phil Soussan (ex-Ozzy Osbourne), Drums; Vinny Appice (ex-Black Sabbath, Dio)
'I Don't Live Today' (Jimi Hendrix)
Vocals: Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row), Drums: Eric Singer (KISS), Bass: Tony Franklin (ex-The Firm, Blue Murder)
Vocals/Bass: Jeff Pilson (ex-Dokken, Dio), Drums: Brett Chassen