Fan-filmed video footage of Dee Snider‘s (TWISTED SISTER) August 7 performance at the Rockin’ The Rivers music festival outside of Three Forks, Montana can be seen below. Featured in the set was a new Dee Snider rock song called “To Hell And Back”, which the singer recorded with his solo band, including former SILVERTIDE guitarist Nick Perri. The track will be included in a new album that Dee is currently working on that will also feature material from Snider‘s past, including his worldwide hits with TWISTED SISTER.
Dee told Billboard.com: “‘To Hell And Back’ represents my first truly new, original musical offering since the ’90s. When my friend and co-writer, guitarist Nick Perri, presented me with the riff and music bed for this song, I found true inspiration to write for the first time in decades. Lyrically, the song raises a bold middle finger to those who whine and complain about the difficulties of life, but have no real clue what difficult is. As I say in the song, ‘Don’t tell me your sad story. Don’t say your world is black. Just spare me your vainglory. I’ve been to hell and back!'”
Snider has also recorded four songs with Grammy, Oscar and Emmy Award winner Damon Ranger, whose credits include Katy Perry‘s “Roar” and working with Kanye West.
“[Ranger] approached me and said, ‘Hey man, I think we can reintroduce you to a new audience. You’re iconic. You’re the voice of rebellion. You could be singing a rock ‘Roar’ for a new pop audience,'” Snider said. “I’m into trying new, challenging things, so I said ‘What do you got in mind?’ and we did these tracks. I didn’t touch them as a writer; [Ranger] said, ‘Do you want to write?’ ‘Absolutely not. I don’t know how to write new songs. I know how to write old songs.’ [Ranger] has a grand plan of taking me from Active Rock to FOO FIGHTERS rock to pop-rock to stadium rock.”
He continued: “Do I think it’s gonna happen? Doubtful. It’s kind of long shot when you do something like that, but if it works that would be a whole different thing for me to step into that area as a contemporary artist with music being played on contemporary radio, not oldies stations for classic rock stations but actually connecting with people on a contemporary level. Now that would get me interested. That would be a new challenge.”