TWISTED SISTER Live At Wacken: The Reunion (Eagle Vision)

This American hair metal band combined the shock rock of Alice Cooper, the influence of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (Motorhead, Judas Priest) and the glam image of the New York Dolls to produce an idiosyncratic but highly popular brand of metal. After huge commercial success and criticism from parental/religious groups in the early 80s, the band split up in 1987.

This DVD intercuts concert footage of the official reunion at Wacken Open Air 2003 (one of the biggest in the world) with interviews of the band members (Dee Snider, Eddie “Fingers” Ojeda, Jay Jay French, Mark “The Animal” Mendoza and A. J. Pero) discussing the journey of the band from the 1987 break-up to the 2003 reunion.

To be honest, I was more interested in the band interviews than the concert footage as it is also instructional to witness how bands split and then come back together again. In addition, to consider how a glam metal band can age gracefully is something worth studying as well. Remember, this is a band which wore make-up and androgynous clothing (20 years ago) and with the members now in their 50s (!), it’s an altogether bizarre situation.

Purely for diehard fans and rock scholars (like yours truly), this package also comes with a live CD entitled Live: Past & Present, which is self-explanatory.

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