Demolition Records // 2004 // 75 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Ryan Keefer (Retired) // December 6th, 2008
New York's longtime submission into the glam rock/hair metal genres bubbles up to the surface one more time.
I'll cop to having a Twisted Sister song or two in my music library. "I Wanna Rock" and "We're Not Gonna Take It" were anthems against authority. The fact that MTV would play the band's music video in heavy rotation only fed our enthusiasm. But, as other bands took the spotlight, Twisted Sister seemed to fade away, but manage to still be rockin' out four decades later. This London performance was recorded in 2004 with the following set list:
* "What You Don't Know (Sure Can't Hurt You)"
* "The Kids Are Back"
* "Under the Blade"
* "Like A Knife in the Back"
* "Burn in Hell"
* "Ride to Live"
* "Shoot 'Em Down"
* "You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll"
* "The Fire Still Burns"
* "We're Not Gonna Take It"
* "The Price"
* "I Am, I'm Me"
* "I Wanna Rock"
* "Come Out and Play"
The other thing people might remember Twisted Sister for is their hair and the makeup. In 2004, both were in full effect, at least for Dee Snider. Guitarists Eddie Ojeda and Jay Jay French went for the sunglasses and duster look. As the concert winds on and Snider gets worked into a greater froth, the sweat turns his makeup into one of those folks you see on the street downtown after a night in the club. Lose the makeup Dee, KISS even did that at one point, and you're in pretty good shape, so why not make the leap?
You know what's also kind of surprising about the show? The boys actually play pretty well, there's very little chatting between numbers, and Snider introduces the songs in a "British heavy metal singer" manner, if you will, yelling the song over an introductory guitar chord, or before the verses start. The older acts tend to play their hits without irony or pretentiousness which is admirable.
Would I recommend people buy Twisted Sister: Live at the Astoria? Hell no. It's better viewed on some able or satellite music channel. But if you're like me, sick of modern bands who play to their audiences as if it were a chore, and want to see a concert for the sake of enjoyment, then seek this out and prepare for an hour of guilt-free '80s metal, right down to the borrowed Marlboros.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Demolition Records
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 75 Minutes
Release Year: 2004
MPAA Rating: Not Rated