Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider is OK with Donald Trump using “We’re Not Going To Take It”
TMZ did an impromptu (ambush?) interview with Dee Snider on the street in LA yesterday. In the interview, the Twisted Sister frontman says he’s totally cool with Donald Trump using “We’re Not Going To Take It” as his campaign song.
Snider — who knows Trump personally after appearing more than once on “The Celebrity Apprentice” — claims that the band is not receiving any royalties from Trump using the track.
He said, “Donald Trump is a good friend and a great guy, and I support him turning the political system on its head. The song ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ is a song about rebellion, and there’s nothing more rebellious than what Donald Trump is doing right now. Although [Democratic presidential candidate] Bernie Sanders can use it as well; he’s turning things upside down too.”
Snider continued, “I don’t necessarily agree with every single thing Donald Trump says, but I do support his spirit, his attitude, and people are just… They’ve had all they can stand and they’re not gonna take it anymore, so ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ is the perfect song.”
He also said that Donald called him in advance and asked if he could use the song. “I said, ‘Look, you’re a buddy of mine and I like what you’re doing, so go for it,'” the singer explained.
Check out the entire video interview.
Gene Simmon’s L.A. Home Searched by Crimes Against Children Task Force
LAPD’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force served a search warrant at Gene Simmons’ Benedict Canyon home Thursday, but officials said no member of his family was a suspect in the investigation. In fact, a detective emphasized that Simmons and his family were “extremely cooperative” and none of them are suspected of a crime.
A representative for Simmons released this statement:
“Today (Aug. 20, 2015) members of the Los Angeles Police Department visited Mr. And Mrs. Simmons at their home to discuss a crime that may have occurred on their property last year while Mr. Simmons was away on tour with Kiss. Neither Mr. Simmons nor any member of his family is a person of interest in the investigation and they are cooperating fully with the investigation. At this time, the police have requested that Mr. Simmons and his family not discuss the investigation publicly so as not to compromise it.”
Simmons’ wife, Shannon Tweed, tweeted about the incident without mentioning what happened.
Iron Maiden Will Fly New “Ed Force One” Jumbo Jet On Massive 2016 World Tour
Iron Maiden are taking touring to a new level using a Boeing 747-400 Jumbo Jet for their 2016 World Tour. Maiden’s new studio album, The Book Of Souls, will be released worldwide on September 4.
Frontman Bruce Dickinson is currently in training for his license to fly the massive four engine jet, which is almost twice the size and over three times the weight of the Boeing 757 they used on previous tours.
Dubbed “Ed Force One,” the plane will take the band, crew and over 12 tons of equipment more than 55,000 miles around the planet with concerts in six of the seven continents -Australia, Asia, North and South America, Africa and Europe. What? No Antarctica? The Book Of Souls World Tour 2016 is expected to play in over 35 countries.
Bruce Dickinson comments, “The greatest benefit of traveling in a 747 is that because of its colossal size and freight capacity we can carry our stage production and all our stage equipment and desks in the cargo hold without having to make any of the immense structural modifications needed to do this on the previous 757, the extent of which fans will have noted on the Flight 666 DVD. And, our Krew can almost get a row of seats each to catch up on sleep on the flights!”
“We’re all really excited at the thought of bringing our brand new tour to fans who have never seen us play live before, and of course re-visiting all our old friends again too. You can rest assured we are all working hard to put together a spectacular show for our fans.”
Are Slash and Axl Rose Back on Speaking Terms?
It looks like a major breakthrough in the relationship between Slash and Axl Rose took place recently. In a new interview, Slash says the reconciliation between the classic Guns N’ Roses members was “way overdue.”
Slash was in Sweden helping to promote the new Marshall London phone, when a Swedish reporter for Aftonbladet TV seemed to randomly say, “I’ve heard that you’ve made friends with Axl Rose again.” Instead of dismissing the comment, Slash confirmed the news, saying, “It was probably way overdue, you know. But it’s…you know, it’s very cool at this point. You know, let some of that, sort of, negative … dispel some of that negative stuff that was going on for so long.”
Guns N’ Roses Classic Lineup Reunion Rumors Start Again
Just a few days after former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash shared the news that he and GN’R leader Axl Rose are back on friendly terms, a new rumor suggests that the group’s classic lineup might be on the verge of a reunion.
James Young, owner of the Melbourne club Cherry Bar, citing “a very well informed heavy hitter in the Australian music industry,” said he’d been privy to “the most amazing rumor” regarding next year’s Soundwave Festival.
According to Young’s mystery heavy hitter, a reunited Guns N’ Roses will headline the festival. “I have heard ‘fantasized’ … that it will be: Steven Adler, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, Slash, and Axl Rose, the reformation of the original 1987 Appetite for Destruction Guns N’ Roses lineup,” he continued. “Can you believe it? It’s incredible; I’ve had sleepless nights fantasizing about it.”
Van Halen Cancel Show Due To David Lee Roth Illness
Van Halen have cancelled Sunday’s scheduled concert in Hershey, PA after lead singer David Lee Roth was advised by doctors not to perform due to a bout with the flu.
“Due to David Lee Roth suffering from the flu and the doctor recommending he rest his throat, Van Halen’s concert tonight (8/23) at Hersheypark Stadium has been cancelled,” read the band’s official statement. “Refunds will be available at point of purchase.”
Bassist Wolfgang Van Halen posted on Facebook, “This sucks… To all the fans, we are SO sorry. This is such a huge bummer. We were really looking forward to this show… I really wish this wasn’t the situation.”
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler To Guest On ABC Show “Nashville”
Steven Tyler will appear in an upcoming episode of ABC’s hit television show Nashville.
Tyler posted a picture of himself with Nashville star Hayden Panettiere on his Twitter account, writing, “Hayden and I getting a little ‘crazy’ on set at Nashville. You won’t want to miss this.”
The fourth season of the series is scheduled to premiere on Wednesday, September 23. There is no word yet on when Tyler’s episode will air.
— Steven Tyler (@IamStevenT) August 18, 2015
Lady Gaga Wants To Be “The Next Iron Maiden”
And in yet MORE Iron Maiden news, Pop superstar Lady Gaga has told CR Fashion Book magazine that she would rather be called the next Iron Maiden than be compared to pop veteran Madonna. “They’re one of the greatest rock bands in history, in my opinion,” Gaga said about Iron Maiden. “Some people really don’t know the importance of metal and the scope of it. Those guys were filling stadiums, and they still are. And it’s because of the culture of the music, the poetry that’s so powerful, that whenever the fans come together they unite in the essence of what Iron Maiden is all about. I always used to say to people, when they would say, ‘Oh, she’s the next Madonna.’ No, I’m the next Iron Maiden.”
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 19, 2015
Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi At Event Highlighting Loneliness Of Cancer Sufferers
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi made an appearance at Birmingham, England’s Bullring Shopping Centre to bring awareness to Macmillan Cancer Support’s “Not Alone” Isolation Box, which highlights the plight of lonely cancer patients in the U.K.
The experiential isolation box, which allows people outside to see in but stops the person inside seeing out, aims to evoke the same feelings of loneliness and isolation many cancer patients experience after a diagnosis.
Jon Bon Jovi Leaves Mercury Records After Three Decades
“It is the end of an era,” Jon Bon Jovi tells Billboard. Bon Jovi’s latest effort, Burning Bridges, fulfilled “a commitment to Mercury Records. After 32 years, we have parted ways. That is the big news. If you listen to ‘Burning Bridges,’ the song, it is clearly spelled out.” He pointedly sings, “Here’s the last song you can sell.” It’s a song, Bon Jovi adds, that “hits it right in the head and tells you what happened. Listen to the lyrics because it explains exactly what happened. And that’s that.”
George Lynch Wants a Dokken Reunion
Guitarist George Lynch says he’s in talks with bassist Jeff Pilson about reuniting the classic Dokken lineup. Lynch and Pilson played together on five of their former band’s albums between 1984 and 1997, and have worked together in the Dokken spin-off T&N.
Lynch tells Glide, “We’re both incredibly busy so it’s hard to find the time but every year or two, we try to make time to do some sort of project together.
“And the project that’s on the table right now is possibly a Dokken reunion, but of course that comes and goes every couple of years so who knows.”
Ex-Judas Priest Frontman Tim “Ripper” Owens to Appear on Spike TV’s ‘Bar Rescue’
Tim “Ripper” Owens, frontman for Judas Priest over a two-album stint 15 years ago, is getting a much-needed hand with his struggling Akron, OH bar.
“Ripper’s Rock House,” co-owned by Owens and a local landscaping businessman, has been selected for a future episode of Bar Rescue. The Spike TV series stars consultant Jon Taffer, who offers struggling business owners and staff advice on improving their fortunes.
Owens says he welcomes the show’s arrival. After all, he and Micah Posten have “never owned a restaurant,” Owens tells Ohio.com. “We don’t know how to run one. We need help to figure that out.”
Glenn Danzig to Guest on IFC’s ‘Portlandia’
it looks as though Glenn Danzig is the latest rocker to showcase his sense of humor on “Saturday Night Live” cast member Fred Armisen’s and rock ‘n’ roll guitarist Carrie Brownstein’s sketch TV show Portlandia.
Brownstein tweeted a photo in which she and Armisen are decked out in goth makeup, flanking Danzig who has unbuttoned his shirt and raised a glass in a toast to the camera. Brownstein captioned the shot, “Summer Goths. With Danzig. Dreams (nightmares?) do come true. #Portlandia.”
— Carrie Brownstein (@Carrie_Rachel) August 25, 2015
Metalheads Say The Damnedest Things
“We were really grateful to have him come in and cut the track,” he maintains. “I mean, for all of us, it was like, ‘Holy s***, we’re actually doing a session with Paul McCartney….I mean, talk about an ego leveler.”
Perry adds that during the session, which was done live in the studio, he, Depp and Cooper “were looking at each other like, ‘I can’t believe this is happening.'”
“I remember watching them on [The] Ed Sullivan [Show] when I was 14…I mean, that why I’m doing what I’m doing today,” he points out. “And to have [McCartney] just strolling in like any [of the] other cats that played on [the album] was really amazing. I still can’t believe it.”
~ Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, talking about recording with The Beatles Paul McCartney during a live session for Alice Cooper’s “Hollywood Vampires” album.