In 1984, Twisted Sister was one of the biggest heavy metal bands on the planet with the world at their feet. However, it was only a matter of time before things would come to a screeching halt as tensions rose and tempers flared.
Now, lead singer Dee Snider — also the voice of the REELZ series Breaking the Band — tells all in a Twisted Sister special, set to premiere Saturday, February 6, on REELZ.
After a decade battling to get to the top, the Long Island bar band — whose best-known members include Snider, Jay Jay French, Eddie "Fingers" Ojeda, Mark "The Animal" Mendoza and Anthony "A. J." Pero — became MTV gold, but, according to the upcoming REELZ doc, "their crash and burn would be spectacular!"
"The band stood there in triumph — little did we know, however, that the triumph was soon to peak," says rock journalist Vinny Cecolini about the band, which split just three years after achieving a major high.
"It was all about Dee, Dee, Dee, Dee Dee — and this created problems with the band," admits the band's frontman Snider, who confesses he was "fighting to take total control" of the band. "Intra-band fractures aren't our only threat. There are warning signs that our heavy metal fans aren't buying our bad-boys-of-rock image anymore."
The REELZ documentary is billed as the "true story behind the split of Rock 'n' Roll's most outrageous, heavily made up and beloved acts." Tune in for a cautionary tale of how ego, overexposure and intra-band tension can rip a group known for their high-energy and over-the-top performances apart — told by the band themselves.
More on their rise and fall will be charted in Twisted Sister: Breaking the Band Saturday, February 6, at 8 p.m. ET.