Reviewed! Twisted Sister - Double Live

Twisted Sister
Double Live
Eagle Vision

Being able to see a band live before they hit it big is special, and being able to see that very same band after they’ve spent years at the top of the rock game is pretty cool too, and seeing both of those sides in one place would be incredibly special. Well, now’s your chance, as Twisted Sister’s latest DVD release Double Live offers such a glimpse into the past and the present of one of rock music’s most unique acts.

Disc One of Double Live brings viewers back to 1982 and back to the North Stage Theatre in New York City, a show commonly referred to as the bands final soiree in the NYC underground club scene as two days later the fresh faced lads were on a plane to England to record a little record called Under the Blade. The early Sister staples are there – “Bad Boys of Rock n’ Roll,” “Shoot ‘Em Down,” “You Can’t Stop Rock n’ Roll,” as well as the bands take on the Shangri-La’s “Leader of the Pack.” Speaking of covers, the bands youthful take on the Rolling Stones “It’s Only Rock n’ Roll (But I Like It)” is not to be missed, though the true highlights are the lesser-known tunes the band took to the stage with, tracks like the seldom performed “Destroyer.” The camera work leaves a bit left to be desired but since the original show was shot with a camcorder, there isn’t much that can be done. As they say, ‘never forget where you came from,’ and here’s your chance to remember.

Fast forward 19 years to 2001, and by this time Twisted Sister had long been riding the tidal wave of popularity though by now the band hadn’t performed together in 13 years. The bands performance as part of the New York Steel was truly something to behold, as they reunited in honor of the victims of the tragic events of 9/11, which happened 11 weeks prior to this concert. The band shakes off the rust during the opening stages of the 80-minute concert, though some unevenness (frontman Dee Snider’s vocal delivery) remains throughout the show, which plays literally as a best of. Armed with many of the hits that made this band legendary – “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” “I Wanna Rock,” “S.M.F.,” and “Stay Hungry” – Twisted Sister put down their lipstick, blush and eye-shadow on this night in place for an American flag, which Snider waves and raises early and often. Snider even adorns a sparkly vest that says ‘F**k Osama.’ You can’t go wrong with that.  

Double Live is a must-see, if not a must-own, for any and all fans, and even those looking to turn back the clocks and recapture some of that nostalgia that comes along with a wonderful DVD release such as this.

Grade: A