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Twisted Sister News: Celebrity Apprentice recap, Guitarists talk band roots, Dee Snider’s parents – a lifelong love affair (video)
It was a good and bad night for Dee Snider on 'Celebrity Apprentice.' There were two tasks on Sunday night's (Apr. 1) special three hour episode, plenty of drama, tears, yelling and the closest competitions in the history of the show.
Teams raised several hundred thousand dollars selling New York City guidebooks they put together and soliciting donations, but in the end it was the men's team that won, with project manager Dee... by $14.00. This led to understandable tension in the boardroom, where ultimately Debbie Gibson was eliminated.
Dee's team collected over $162,000 and also received what was donated to the female team by winning the challenge. He was albe to donate $325,000 to his charity the March Of Dimes, by also being awarded the competing teams donations for winning the task.
"Dee is a true champion for all babies," said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March Of Dimes. "We are blessed to have a volunteer like Dee Snider. He is both an exceptional March Of Dimes volunteer, and a wonderful person. We are thrilled by the generosity of his time and donation. These funds will directly support our mission to give all babies a healthy start in life and our National Prematurity Prevention Campaign." Dee has a personal connection with the mission of the March Of Dimes because two of his four children were born prematurely.
This month is the March Of Dimes signature fundraiser, March For Babies, that will take place at the end of April in nearly 900 communities across the country. To help support Dee's charity anyone can join a walk by visiting MarchForBabies.org. The money raised will support March Of Dimes research, education and community programs to help moms have full-term, healthy pregnancies and healthy babies.
Dee Snider has been a March Of Dimes volunteer, supporting Bikers For Babies, for more than a decade. If you ride, Bikers For Babies events will take place throughout the country, with most occurring September 15 or 16, 2012. Each ride to benefit babies is about 70 miles long, with every mile counting to help fight premature birth and give every baby a healthy start in life. Visit BikersForBabies.org to find a ride near you.
The March Of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, and its premier event, March For Babies, the March Of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
For the second task on the show, Donald Trump mixed up the teams. The task was a fitness for Walgreens competition, and ultimately Dee's team lost, and because he was in charge of signage and the Walgreens execs didn't feel that theirs was very exciting, Dee was fired. This despite the fact that team captain Lou Ferrigno oversaw and approved what Dee had done. Lou really should have been fired, I just didn't get how Dee could go from winning the previous challenge, to exiting the show on after the next.
It was fun to watch the tension between Aubrey O'Day and Arsenio Hall on the new Unanimous team. Clay Aiken and Arsenio both attacked O'Day's character, and it was justified in my opinion. After the boardroom meeting, O'Day apparently decided she wanted to quit. E! Online says she should have been fired, while EW says it's all a fakeout to build drama and she'll be back next week. She bugs and needs to go. I'll be rooting for Penn Gillette. Watch the full episode and Dee's departure:
D'Addario Strings recently conducted an interview with 'Backstage' with Twisted Sister guitarists Jay Jay French and Eddie Ojeda. They discuss the roots of their art,classic guitar solos and all the projects coming up for the band.
Check out this Newsday piece on Dee’s parents, Bob and Marguerite Snider, highlighting their tradition of celebrating Valentine’s Day at White Castle, as well as how they remember the many years of their enduring marriage. Ironically there is no footage of Dee, but we see where Dee gets his sense of compassion, dedication and stabilty, as he parents obviously were instrumental in instilling those qualities.
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
Dee Snider of Twisted Sister in drag on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’? Not really a stretch, right? (full episode)
In case you missed it (it was up against the Oscars and the NBA All-Star Game), Twisted Sister's Dee Snider had a big week on the second episode of the new season of 'Celebrity Apprentice' last Sunday night (Feb. 26). He dressed in drag, which wasn't a big stretch for him by any means, as part of a 'Medieval Times' show team competition and broke his finger by falling off a horse.
After getting a victory in week one, Dee and the rest of the men’s team nominated Penn Jillette as team captain. He led them through creating a show at Medival Times that eventually resulted in contestant sword fights for the love of "Miss Dee Dee," played by none other than Dee Snider. Clay Aiken, skipping around with a tambourine, caused the horse carrying Dee to rear up. Dee's finger then bent sideways under the animal’s saddle resulting in a fractured finger. Dee endures the pain, sticking it out for the team, which resulted in a victory.
In the board room, the females chose Mobster wife Victoria Gotti as the next contestant eliminated, joining Cheryl Tiegs as the first two fired by Donald Trump.
Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and GWAR's Oderus Urungus are featured in the new sitcom 'Holliston,' on the FEARnet channel premiering April 3rd.
Holliston is an irreverant and offbeat half-hour buddy comedy series starring directors Adam Green (who also created the show) and Joe Lynch. FEARnet recently gave the series a six-episode order.
Set in the town of Holliston, MA, the sitcom follows the lives of Adam and Joe, two friends chasing the dream of becoming successful horror movie filmmakers while struggling to make ends meet in their post-college jobs at a Boston cable access station where they also host a late night movie program called The Movie Crypt.
"Both Dee Snider and Oderus Urungus exude the kind of larger than life personalities and elements that these characters were written for," says Green. "Both are true performers down to their cores and the entire cast and crew is so excited to have them join our family in these very fun roles that were tailor made for their sensibilities."
Dee Snider survived the first cut in last weeks season five premiere of 'The Celebrity Apprentice.' Former superstar model Cheryl Tiegs was sent home, as the women lost the sandwich selling task to the men. American Chopper’s Paul Teutul, Sr. was the project manager for the men, raising over $350,000 in the task. Watch the full episode here, and be sure to tune in for the next challenge this Sunday night at 9/8 central on NBC.
Dee Snider of Twisted Sister was featured in the Sunday Parade Magazine, which comes with your Sunday newspaper (just in case you just toss it in the recyclable bin). Dee is a contestant on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice, which has its season premiere tonight (Feb. 19).
WALTER SCOTT ASKS...Dee Snider
The rocker, 56, is a contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice (Sundays on NBC, 9 p.m. ET) and will release a memoir, Shut Up and Give Me the Mic, in May.
Did being in a band help you with the group dynamics on Celebrity Apprentice?
I was terrible in [Twisted Sister]. I was the lead singer, so I was selfish and self-absorbed. I tried to learn from that and be a team player. I worked hard to play nice since I didn’t in the past.
Your hair is tamer than it was 20 years ago [above]. Would you ever chop it off?
Oh yeah—it’s more of a nuisance than anything. But when I perform and am really rocking, I like to get the hair out. You gotta have something to swing around.
Do you have any hidden talents?
Writing. And I’m a classically trained countertenor.
What will we learn about you in your book?
That I’d lost everything by 1992. I was flat broke and riding a bicycle to a desk job. I answered phones and did some light bookkeeping in my brother’s shop for $5 an hour. We would pretend I was just using the computer.
What do you like most about reality television?
It gives me the opportunity to show people who I really am. There is more to me than a screaming guy with makeup on.