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Everybody knows Dee Snider. I am sure that everyone has heard at some point in their lives the timeless hits “I Wanna Rock” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It”. But the thing that most people didn’t know –at least up until the arrival of the internet- was the fact that Dee Snider attempted to recapture the glory of his Twisted Sister days with two bands: Desperado and Widowmaker. Eventually, those two outfits didn’t achieve their goal and unfortunately disbanded after a while. The good thing is that in the meantime they managed to produce three excellent records (although the Desperado material remained shelved for years) and it’s not scarce to meet fans claiming that the debut Widowmaker album is as good as the classic Twisted Sister records. In addition, Dee Snider always stated that the songs that he had written during his Desperado days are some of the best of his entire career.

Twisted Sister’s frontman released an acoustic version of the classic “We’re Not Gonna Take It” as a means of compensation for members of the music industry that requested changes in music copyrights laws in front of the Congress. As most of the laws about musicians’rights were voted during the pre-internet era the artists are not protected against the abuse of their labor. At the same time Snider has scheduled the release of a new solo album in October, titled “We Are The Ones”. “The album’s message is very much on point with the things I’ve always been singing about,” Snider says in a statement. “I’m hoping by moving forward as a solo artist with stuff like this, that the songwriting and performances will stand up to the best of what’s going on today. I want to earn my place in the current music scene.”

Dee Snider signed a new record contract and he is going to release a new solo album titled "Now" where he will be collaborating with song writer Damon Ranger. Ranger has won an Oscar, Grammy and Emmy awards and has worked with Katy Perry, as well as in the movie "Life Of Pi". Snider has already recordsd five songs with Ranger and his team which includes members from Pink's band. The material is modern rock and according to Dee Snider he was approached by Damon Ranger's people: 'You're iconic. You're the voice of rebellion. And I think with the right songs, you could reach a whole new audience — a mainstream rock audience.' These are people who write for Kanye, they write for Katy Perry, they write for Pink, they write for Taylor Swift… They're top pop songwriters. I've been challenged to transform myself at the ripe old age of 61, and I like being challenged. It was almost a dare. I don't wanna say it's out of my wheelhouse, 'cause it's my voice. But this stuff is very different. It's edgy. Think Foo Fighters, think Queen stadium anthem [type of sound], think that kind of mainstream rock. So it's still crunchy, and it's still got attitude, but it's not '80s rock. It's contemporary-sounding stuff."

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