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Dee Snider

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Dee Snider (born David Daniel Snider on March 15, 1955 in Massapequa, Long Island, New York, United States) is an American musician, actor and television/radio host. Snider is best known as the frontman for American metal band Twisted Sister. He is somewhat of a cult icon in the heavy metal community with his distinctive look and personality.

As a child he sang in a church choir, several school choruses, and Baldwin HS Concert Choir. He also was selected for the All State Chorus by singing Henry Purcell’s “Strike the Viol”. [2] He developed a habit of dressing differently from his peers and a strong desire to become a singer in a makeup band.

In 1975 Snider changed several rock bands, and in early 1976 he joined the recently formed Twisted Sister and became the only song writer of the band thereafter.

On MTV in the 80’s before Headbanger’s Ball, the first Heavy Metal show to feature all metal videos was called Heavy Metal Mania. The first show aired in June of 1985. Metal mania was hosted by Dee Snider and featured metal news, interviews with metal artists, in studio co-hosts, etc…

In the late 1980s, after Twisted Sister was disbanded, he formed Desperado, a band featuring ex-Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr, ex-Gillan guitarist Bernie Torme, and bassist Marc Russel. The group’s only album Ace has never been officially released but was heavily bootlegged on CD (under the title Bloodied But Unbowed).

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