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Dee Snider

Dee Snider

"Dee Snider" (born "David Daniel Snider", on March 15, 1955 in Massapequa, New York, USA) is the frontman for American hard rock band Twisted Sister. He is somewhat of a cult icon in the heavy metal community.

As a child he sang in a church choir, and several school choruses (Snider's father is Jewish, but "left the faith when he was 15" according to Snider, quoted in ''The New York Times''). His mother is Catholic. Both sets of families opposed his parents' marriage. His parents raised Snider and his siblings as Episcopalians. He developed a habit of dressing differently from his peers and a strong desire to become a singer in a makeup band. In 1975 Snider changed several rock bands, and in early 1976 he joined the recently formed Twisted Sister and became the only song writer of the band thereafter.

On MTV in the 80's before Headbanger's Ball, the first Heavy Metal show to feature all metal videos was called Heavy Metal Mania. The first show aired in June of 1985. Metal mania was hosted by Dee Snider and featured metal news, interviews with metal artists, in studio co-hosts, etc..

In the late 1980s, after Twisted Sister was disbanded, he formed "Desperado", a band...

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