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.