Dee was previously the owner and spokesperson for Take Back The Horns. His career has kept him so busy, that he just doesn't have the time anymore. We at WebVantage are proud to take over the site we built for Dee and continue to promote Dee's message.
Some of you may be wondering what my “metal credentials” are; what gives Dee Snider the right to speak out on this subject? Well, let me lay it out for you...
I was born March 15, 1955; by many accounts the year rock n’ roll was officially born. That’s right: I’m a bona fide old guy. And being such, not only was I there to witness the ugly, breach birth of heavy metal in the late 60’s, early 70’s, but I helped destroy the Woodstock Nation. Up until the advent of heavy metal, people enjoyed all rock music forms equally. Folk rock acts (Richie Havens, Crosby, Stills and Nash) were on the same bill as hard rock acts (like The Who or Mountain) and funk/soul rock bands (think Sly and the Family Stone) would share the stage with country rock acts (Country Joe and the Fish, Canned Heat) and 50’s bands (like Sha-na-na). Yuck! I was there at the forefront of the metal movement, waving my Grand Funk Railroad, Deep Purple and Led Zepplin records and screaming, “Fuck that other shit! It sucks!” Hell, one of my first bands in 1970, only played Black Sabbath! 1970! Beyond that, I am the front man for Twisted Sister, one of the bands that was at the vanguard of the new wave of heavy metal in the early 80’s (Twisted Sister actually got together as a band and started fighting the metal fight in the mid-70’s.) and I co-created (with producer Liz Nealon) the MTV show “Headbanger’s Ball.” Originally called “Heavy Metal Mania,” I was the original host for 18 months. After I left, they brought in Rikki Rachman and renamed the show.
In 1985 my band and I were targeted by the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) and our song “We’re Not Gonna Take It” was on the than notorious “Filthy Fifteen” (with bands like AC/DC, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath and Motley Crue). I went to the Senate hearings in Washington, DC to fight for metal and against censorship and as a result became the poster boy for all that was wrong with metal. Something I was proud to be.
And I was there when Ronnie James Dio first started throwing the metal horns (No, it wasn’t Gene Simmons. More on that in the “Origins” section of this site.) and initially refused to throw them simply because I didn’t want to steal Dio’s sign.
I started in radio over 15 years ago with a weekly local radio show called “The Metal Nation” and for the past 12 years have been hosting a syndicated, old school, metal show called “The House of Hair” heard on over 220 stations in North and Central America.
And finally, not only have I been a metal fan since day one, but I love and respect all the forms it comes in. From “pop-metal” to “hardcore,” if the drums are pounding, the bass is booming, the guitars are blasting and the vocalist is screaming his lungs out, it’s heavy metal and you can count me in!
And if all that isn’t enough...I’m Dee Snider dammit! I am “Mr. Heavy Metal!” You got a problem with that?