MUSICAL GUEST: Chris Caffery
The Savatage/TSO (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) guitarist discussed a show that TSO played on New Year’s Eve at the Berlin Gates for two million people. Jim Florentine asked Caffery how it felt to go from playing for two million people to 60 (in the TMS audience). Caffery talked about what an awesome honor it was to be on TMS – the greatest show on TV. When asked if there would be another Savatage tour, Caffery said that they would like to, but they’ve been so busy with TSO that it’s hard to find the time.
TAKE IT OR TAKE IT: Ronnie James Dio Tribute Album (This Is Your Life)
The segment, normally called Take It Or Leave It, was renamed for this week only because there was no possible way that anyone would leave it when it comes to a Ronnie James Dio Tribute album. All of the proceeds from the album will go to Dio’s cancer fund. The album features performances by Killswitch Engage, Metallica, Corey Taylor, Doro, Lemmy w/ Biff Byford, Adrenaline Mob, Glenn Hughes and more. The final track on the album is the title track performed by Ronnie James Dio.
TMS TOP 5: Top 5 Scariest Hard Rock and Metal Songs
- “Black Sabbath” by Black Sabbath
- “Dead Skin Mask” by Slayer
- “Welcome To My Nightmare” by Alice Cooper
- “Welcome Home” by King Diamond
- “God Of Thunder” by KISS
GUEST: Dee Snider
The Twisted Sister frontman is working a number of projects. His radio show, House Of Hair, is in its 17th year and is now heard on over 220 radio stations. Twisted Sister is doing festivals this coming summer. Snider started his own line of clothes with The Saints Sinphony. He wrote a musical called Dee Snider’s Rock and Roll Christmas Tale. There will be eight shows per week this Christmas season, starting in Chicago with plans to hopefully bring it to Broadway the following year. He is the narrator of the show.
Snider revealed that a lot of bands that open for Twisted Sister now have actually sold more records than them, but because the band plays so few shows per year, there is a great demand to see them.
Age doesn’t seem to have any effect on Snider. He turned 59 on the night that the show aired, but he could easily pass for someone in their late 40’s.
When the discussion turned to Snider’s book – Shut Up And Give Me The Mic – he took some not-so-subtle shots at Nikki Sixx, claiming that the people that he knew on heroin couldn’t find their own dicks, much less a pen to write down all of their thoughts as Sixx did in The Heroin Diaries. Snider said that the real struggles and trials and tribulations of someone trying to make it as a rock star on Long Island were not nearly as scintillating as stories about heroin. His book shows both the meteoric rise and colossal fall of Twisted Sister and the impact that it had on him. At one point, things had gotten so bad financially that he was riding a bicycle to work at a low-paying desk job after filing a tax return that showed zero income for an entire year.
RANK: Led Zeppelin albums (one of Dee Snider’s favorite bands)
Before ranking the albums on the rack, Snider immediately discarded In Through The Out Door (which was somewhat surprising) and Coda (which was not at all surprising). The rest of the albums were ranked as follows:
- Led Zeppelin II
- Led Zeppelin I
- Led Zeppelin IV
- Led Zeppelin III
- Physical Graffiti
- Houses Of The Holy
PUT IT ON THE TABLE: Dee Snider
If you could be in any other band – AC/DC
One song you wish you wrote – “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)” – by AC/DC
Best concert you ever attended – Mott The Hoople with Queen on Queen’s first tour at the Uris Theater.
Weirdest rumor you’ve heard about yourself – That I’m gay, but that’s kind of expected, and also that I’m a breeder of Shitzu dogs.
Favorite new band – A New Jersey band called The Parlor Mob.
PICK OF THE WEEK – ON THE SHELF:
Eddie – KXM – new project by Dug Pinnick (King’s X), George Lynch and Ray Luzier (Korn).
Don – Mount Salem (Endless)
Jim – Throwdown and Generation Kill (We’re All Gonna Die)
METAL MODEM: Glenn Hughes
Hughes is working with Jason Bonham on a new project called California Breed, formed after Black Country Communion disbanded. The other member of the band is Andrew Watt. Watt is a guitarist and vocalist who was introduced to Hughes by Julian Lennon. The first videos of the band debut next week. In the band’s recording sessions, Hughes sang the songs live with the intention of overdubbing the vocals later. However, the producer liked the live vocals so much that they ended up being the ones used on the album. Hughes revealed that he writes music on a daily basis.
THROWDOWN: Under The Blade vs. You Can’t Stop Rock And Roll
Chris – Under The Blade
Dee – You Can’t Stop Rock And Roll
Eddie – Under The Blade
Jim – Under The Blade
Don – You Can’t Stop Rock And Roll