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Ultimate Jam Night at the famous Whisky A Go Go paid the ultimate tribute to the late David Zablidowsky, bassist in Adrenaline Mob, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Soto, who was recently killed in a road accident while touring. A lot of artists showed up to honor David Z, as he was known, Dee Snider, Sebastian Bach, Jesse Hughes, Mike Portnoy, Rikki Rockett, Dug Pinnick, Jeff Scott Soto, Bruce Kulick. David’s brother was also present playing in some of the songs. The two of them were playing in a band together, Z02. To continue his legacy, the David Z Scholarship Fund has been created for the music school at Brooklyn College. Check out two vides of the night with Dee Snider singing the Twisted Sister classic “The Price” and the recently formed supergroup Sons Of Apollo featuring τους Jeff Scott Soto, Bumblefoot, Billy Sheehan, Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian playing “And The Cradle Will Rock” (Van Halen) and “Burn” (Deep Purple) with Soto getting very sentimental in the introduction of the songs.

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.

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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."

In  a recent interview with Swedish magazine Rocksverige Phil Campbell revealed that he is currently working on a solo album, separately from the one he will be releasing with his sons, featuring some special guests. He already confirmed the input of Rob Halford and Slipknot’s Chris Fehn and he said: “Dee Snider is doing some vocals. Benji Webbe from Skindred has done it. I'm really lucky to get these people on it. Matt Sorum's gonna do a track. He's doing it next week. His mixing desk blew out. It's gonna be good”. As for what we should expect, Campbell has surprises in store:  "It's not gonna be what people expect. I play piano on a few tracks. I don't know, since it's not finished yet. I still gotta write another six songs for it, but it's not gonna be all totally like Motörhead. After many years it's just nice to be able to do what I want. I could do what I wanted in Motörhead, but we didn't wanna stray too far away. We'd put a saxophone in when we wanted and a piano and acoustics..."

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.”

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