Dee Snider Says Music Industry Needs To “Start From Scratch”


In a brand new interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider was asked if he thinks there’s any chance that the music industry will eventually figure things out and find a way to make its business model more viable.

He responded: “They have to. But probably the best route they should take… I think they’ve been playing catchup for a long time — they’re constantly trying to readjust and adapt. I think that, probably, the truth of the matter, the answer is to start from scratch and create a whole new playbook. Forget everything… They keep trying to adjust what they knew… Throw it out the window and say, ‘Okay, we’re starting out. Now how do we create a new music industry, forgetting everything that went before?’ Just get it out of your mind. Because it haunts people, it clouds their judgement, and they keep trying to recapture…and it all comes down to economics; you recapture that. Well, forget that — start with a blank piece of paper and say, ‘Okay, now we’re making a music industry. These are the elements we have, this is the way music is created, this is the way music is transmitted, this is how it’s shared and enjoyed.’ Build a whole new business plan off of that. I don’t think anybody, at least that I’m aware of, has done that, started with just a blank slate and just started over. I think that’s really what needs to be done. Just level the fucking building and build something brand new.”

Dee Snider Releases New Song “To Hell and Back” – Exclusive Download On His Website

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In March of this year, DEE SNIDER and his Twisted Sister bandmates mourned the loss of their drummer, AJ Pero, and announced that the 2016 touring season (the 40th anniversary of the band’s formation) will be the end of the road for the world-dominating force of nature that is Twisted Sister. While perhaps he is best known as the lead singer of the ‘80s sensation, there is so much more to DEE SNIDER.

DEE SNIDER is continuing to make music on his own, releasing “To Hell and Back” exclusively via his website,, as a free download. He co-wrote the song with Silvertide founder/guitarist Nick Perri. This track will be included in a new album that DEE is currently working on with Grammy®, Emmy® and Oscar® winning writer/producer Damon Ranger (“Roar,” “Life Of Pi”). The new project will also feature material from DEE’s past including his worldwide hits with Twisted Sister.

Later this summer, DEE and his band–Nick Perri (lead guitars), Dan McCafferty (rhythm/lead guitar), Nicolai Nifoussi (bass), Joe Franco (drums)—will launch a solo tour which will take him to Europe and South America for festival shows including Rock In Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the Rock Of Ages Festival in Baliingen, Germany. He’ll also be performing a number of headlining shows in the U.S. starting with the Legendary Buffalo Chip Campground at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, SD on August 3.

Check out DEE SNIDER and his band performing the following summer shows:

Fri 7/10 – Haapsalu, Estonia – American Beauty Car Show
Sun 7/26 – Wales, U.K. – Steelhouse Festival
Fri 7/31 – Baliingen, Germany – Rock Of Ages Festival
Sat 8/1 – Wacken, Germany – Wacken Open Air Festival
Mon 8/3 – Sturgis, SD – Buffalo Chip Campgrounds (with Godsmack)
Fri 8/7 – Three Forks, MT – Rockin’ The Rivers
Sat 8/15 – Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin State Fair
Fri 8/21 – Manistee, MI – Little River Casino Resort Event Center (with Lita Ford)
Sat 8/22 – Sterling Heights, MI – Freedom Hill Amphitheater
Sun 8/23 – Des Moines, IA – Iowa State Fair
Sat 8/19 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Rock In Rio (with Angra and Doro Pesch)

Listen to “To Hell and Back” here.