Twisted SisterRock | 2006
Twisted Sister was a dangerous combination of the New York Dolls’ glam, KISS’ theatrics, and the shock-rock styling of Alice Cooper. In 1972, Jay French formed a glam-rock cover band modeled after the New York Dolls. An apprenticeship on the local club scene followed, and, by early 1976, the band consisted of French, fellow guitarist and high school buddy Eddie “Fingers” Ojeda, bassist Kenneth Harrison Neil, drummer Kevin John Grace, and frontman Dee Snider (born in Queens and grew up in Baldwin), who gave the band’s glam sound a kick in the chops and also quickly developed into the dominant songwriter. With new drummer Tony Petri in tow, Twisted Sister took on a heavier musical direction, influenced by Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, and started setting attendance records in many Long Island Clubs—they secured a residency at the Mad Hatter in East Quogue the summer of 1973. In 1984, Twisted Sister released Stay Hungry, a multiplatinum album that included the monster hits “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock.” The band recorded and toured extensively during the mid-1980s, and although Twisted Sister disbanded in 1987, they’ve reunited over the years to tour together.