Celebrated guitarist Steve Vai and legendary drummer Mike Portnoy will induct Twisted Sister in the Metal Hall of Fame at the 6th Annual Metal Hall of Fame Charity Gala to be held at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California, on January 26, 2023.
At the event, Portnoy and Vai will share their stories of how Twisted Sister influenced them in their early days on the music scene.
The Metal Hall of Fame Gala will also include the World Premier of former Black Sabbath/Dio drummer Vinny Appice‘s new band Scream Taker.
The event will be hosted by radio/television icon Eddie Trunk, and co-hosted by entertainment personality Cathy Rankin.
The classic Twisted Sister lineup of Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda, Mark Mendoza, and late drummer A.J. Pero recorded the band’s first four albums.
Their first two albums, Under the Blade and You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll, developed huge underground popularity for the band. This led Twisted Sister to achieve mainstream success with their third album Stay Hungry and the hit single “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”
Both “We’re Not Gonna take It,” along with Twisted Sister’s other classic anthem, “I Wanna Rock” are consider to be two of the most influential videos in the history of Heavy Metal / MTV.
After a 12 year hiatus, Twisted Sister returned to support a major fundraiser for 9/11 Police and Fireman, which led to an extraordinary resurgence on the European festival circuit.
In 2006, Twisted Sister had an unexpected international hit on their release of A Twisted Christmas, which continues to sell every holiday season.
(Photo: Alfred Nitsch)
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