Posted in metal | music | pictures | video on December 10, 2008

photos by Tim Griffin

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Lita Ford, Mini Kiss, a statue of Ozzy Osbourne, and Mick Foley (wrestler Mankind) were among the guests who showed up to help Twisted Sister celebrate Christmas at two shows at Nokia Theatre in NYC over the weekend. After Mini Kiss made like reindeer and pulled Santa Dee Snider on stage in his sleigh, the band broke into a set full of Christmas songs and true-to-form versions of their classics like 'I Wanna Rock' and 'We're Not Gonna Take It'. And like she does on Twisted Sister's Christmas album, and in the new official video, Lita Ford sang a 'dedicated to the troops' version of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" with the band. A great live video of that, and tons of pictures, below...

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Twisted Sister & Lita Ford live @ Nokia Theatre

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Comments (15)

The show was sick but they could have done a couple less Xmas songs and a few more tunes like "Under the Blade" or "Stay Hungry." Have they ever done "Street Justice" live? What a great tune.

I can't complain that they did play "Burn in Hell," "Destroyer," "The Kids are Back," etc. but I do miss the straight up Twisted reunion shows, or better yet the Bent Brother shows, where they play without the stupid costumes and come out in leather.

Posted by noamjamski | December 10, 2008 3:05 PM

It's hilarious that they still do this shit. Lita still looks hot, btw.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 3:06 PM

holy crap, what just happened?

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 3:24 PM

those pics are really great. Congrats, Tim.

Posted by wembley | December 10, 2008 3:26 PM

Dee is rocking it HARD.

Posted by wembley homo | December 10, 2008 3:30 PM

I want Lita Ford under my christmas tree..if you know what I'm saying!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 3:33 PM

I can't believe ZO2 is a real band. That show on fuse was the absolute worst thing I've ever seen on television and those guys are like a like Long Island hair metal stereotype caricatures from hell

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 3:52 PM

BV, since when do you link videos of bootleg sellers?

Posted by UN:art:IG | December 10, 2008 4:27 PM

Yes ladies, gentlemen & those in other categories...

It's time for my traditional everything you wanted to know about the show and plenty of things you didn't!

First things first: NYC Times Square! There is really nothing like it--well, actually that's not entirely true--it resembles the Vegas strip without the casinos and hookers. Wait...there were a few of those too..never mind! It was wonderful being in NYC the city that never sleeps, and neither did any of the SMFs, what a great time we had! Wonderful city, can't wait to come back. The Nokia Theatre was right off Times Square--very nice venue (albeit a bit confusing inside--very oddly laid out) The staff were simply wonderful and polite--professionals through and through. They opened doors promptly both nights at 6:30pm, which was appreciated given the cold temps! We were treated to a little snow while in line... (and snow inside too but more on that later!) My only complaint? It was like a meat locker on the floor--I've NEVER been cold at a concert before. But TS took care of that and heated the place up!

There were two opening bands--on Friday night, we had ZO2 (zee oh two) opening first, then Dirty Pearls. They reversed the order the second night, which was much better I thought. Hmmm. ZO2: very talented band, their sound was sort of rock meets funkadelic...they said they play rock with a groove, and there was plenty o' grooviness. The last time I saw a fro on a white boy was back when I had an 8-track player! He was straight outta 1976! Great chops, and a mouth the size of Steve Tyler, holy crap...I think that lead singer must unhinge his lower jaw like a boa constrictor. Overall, not bad--and it got us a little warmed up.

And then...we had the Dirty Pearls. Contrary to popular belief, a pearl is not made from a grain of sand. Natural pearls form typically from a parasite that enters into the membrane of a mullosk-- cultured pearls form by a bead inserted into the mullosk's gonads. (see all the fascinating shit I'm providing you that you won't get from Rolling Stone?) Anyhow, my point is this: This band was perfectly named: they reminded me of a parasite created in an oyster's balls. They had no idea who they were--the singer couldn't choose between trying to be Elvis, Johnny Rotten, or Billy Idol. He seemed much more into posing for the cameras than playing to the audience, and with the exception of their drummer, who was very good, the rest of the band had such little energy, it was almost like watching the third runner up at a high school battle of the bands. Their songs were uninteresting, not tightly played and it was NOT just me--I saw plenty of yawns and watch checking. It ain't easy opening up for TS...I love local music. Just not these guys. SMF Cyndi and I were in front until we were subjected to a man emitting toxic fumes throughout the entire show. Look, we ALL want a prime spot up front, but good god man, have some freakin' mercy! I ate Mexican food before the second night for self-defense purposes. I heard someone say "man, this stinks" and I wasn't sure if there were talking about the pearls or the farting, but either way, I had to retreat and Cyndi came later the second night.

Alright, alright the stuff you WANT to hear about. Well you have the set list--it's the same for both nights. I would be remiss in my duties if I did not describe the SET. Oh my glory the set! Those of you saw the Christmas shows from the past two years know that we were treated to elf roadies, Dee as Santa and speakers garnished with christmas lights. And that was just dandy! But no...the boys had to go all out this year. The curtain opened--and we saw Santa's workshop....actually, it was Santa's METAL SHOP, complete with a giant 10-foot laithe making a giant candy cane, a huge metal "foundry" with working conveyor belt that spit out those tacky plastic Santas you put on your lawn, and a big "mystery" device similiar to a Pink FLoyd meat grinder. And we were treated to the elves (which looked suspiciously like roadies and some Twisted Sister family members) working in the shop, incluidng one elf putting various "items" into the grinder--a turn of the giant wheel, the huge steel door opens, and out comes AJ Pero! More items into the grinder...and out comes the rest of the band. Then we notice that our plastic Santa's being cranked out have been Sister-ized! Our new Santa's were decked in leather, chains, pink and black animal prints, and a plenty more--let's just say there's a reason why Santa covers up and doesn't wear a thong. It wasn't pretty. And there was a toy soldier marching about, that looked an awful lot like Danny Stanton!

Then as SANTA was illuminated in lights very a la KISS...out comes the members of mini-KISS in full regalia, pulling our SATAN, whoops, SANTA, Dee himself, in Christmas attire, atop a very pimped out Chrome and flame job sleigh which looked inspired by Dee's mustang! Our Santa then showered the audience with candy canes and condoms--everyone around me kept giving them to me, for some reason, I'm not sure what that says, but, um...thanks. I think.

You've seen the set list--so you know what they played. The sound was definitely better the second night than the first night when they had some mic issues. Mark Mendoza did his bass solo of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" that was just fantastic--he didn't destroy as many mics as usual, maybe he was in the festive Christmas spirit--we did manage to take out Dee's mic once or twice, courtesy of these enormous 4' inflatable christmas ornaments that were being tossed around. (which hurt like hell, by the way, when they beaned ya on the back of the head). We had plenty of "indoor" snow--which was very entertaining to watch some pint size little ones trying to catch them on their tongues, not realizing they were soap suds.

The band dedicated "Destroyer" to Sal, which was very touching. I'm sure he was definitely there in spirit because that song just plain brought the house down. In fact, there were mucho sing a longs throughout the night. You can ALWAYS tell the old school SMFs because we know every single word to anything off of Under the Blade, Can't Stop Rock n' Roll etc. but damn if we can remember all the words to Christmas songs! And yes, just as I posted before the show...my Christmas wish came true! Those devilish elves put some latex and studs into their giant machine, and out pops Lita Ford...oh heavens, check out the photos. She was just spectacular. A red latex body suit and a full leather/studs harness, even pink highlights in her hair for the TS show! And she sounded every bit as great as she looked. Those morons posting about Lita and looking old? Fools, consider yourself lucky if your wife looks even 1/100th as hot as Lita did (and Lita is getting up there in years too!) Winner of the best overheard but kinda distrubing line of the night: some woman blurted out, upon seeing Lita's latex, "holy shit I could snort a line off that woman's ass!" ummm. right. moving on....The second night we were treated to "meeting" Lita's son, who was a cute little fella with a mohawk to boot. Oh I love rock and roll children being raised right. Future metal heads. warms the heart it does. AJ's whopping drum solo during Burn In Hell is always a crowd fav (just awesome). And of course Shoot 'Em Down, which I albsolutely LOVE hearing it live. It is one of those cuts that you need to EXPERIENCE with the band--a real ass kicker!

Not as much banter as we usually get from the band--a brief discussion about a few slamboard issues, especially the one about profanity. Which I might add--there was almost NONE of...except for AJ dropping the F-bomb on Saturday night. (whoops!) Mick Santa Foley asked our boys what they wanted for Christmas...which somewhat varied depending on which show you caught. AJ wanted to be a foot taller (I feel your pain brother!) Eddie wanted some "holiday spirits"...(I won't elaborate much more on that, but hey--it's Eddie. you just gotta love the man!), Jay Jay wanted to not have to take Lipitor, plus a Penthouse, and he announced that he was donating his hair to Donald Trump. Such a philanthropist, that Jay. Mark had a very long list for Santa: 1956 Panhead, a full set of Snap-On Tools, a big ass garage and a tank to cut through NYC traffic. (And if I were you Santa, I'd give the man whatever the hell he wants!) And Dee of course....wants what we all want: I WANNA ROCK! And Rock we did. Every time I see all those fists in the air--it just gives me chills.

There are always those who don't seem to understand that you cannot SIT at a TS show--Dee was careful this time around to make sure that they were NOT sitting because they were wheelchair bound (and no, they weren't...) and it didn't take long to get the crowd on their feet. speaking of crowds...I'll digress (again). The first night was packed. The second night? Even at two for one tix, the place had plenty of room, if ya know what I mean. Folks, I know it's a recession...times are rough for me too. We had fans there from Germany, Canada, Italy....I've never heard so many accents before. And I must say, there IS something quite charming about hearing folks chant: "TWEEEESTED SEEEEEEEESTUR" Please....make the shows. call in sick, borrow some money, call in a favor....bring friends. If you want to keep having shows, we gotta fill the places! The place was small...we should PACK these places! We can't cry about the band not playing our town if we don't show up when they do! You won't be disappointed.

AH! a segue. Tours! We received the special news that not only can we expect new, never before heard tracks to be released next year, but we can expect ALL NEW MUSIC! That's right, the band is headed back to the studio for some new tunes, and YUP! A NEW TOUR FOR 2009! So pack you lunchs, eat spaghetti more often and Save YOUR MONEY! The boys are gonna tour next year, including a Stay Hungry Tour, complete with pink chainlink fence for you folks that remember...and they will play the ENTIRE Stay Hungry album, straight through! how cool is that???!! Merry F**kin' CHristmas to us!

They ended with Heavy Metal Christmas, only the chorus was changed from Tattoo of Ozzy to "statue of Ozzy" as they wheeled out an 8'foot giant caricature of the Oz-man. It was a blast! Then joined on stage by the elves, Mick, Danny, mini-Kiss, Lita, family members...always fun! The energy was pure Twisted--just raw, fast, loud and full of energy. They just rocked Times Square. You HAD to be there! The meet n' greet was also very nice--band, as always, extremely gracious and kind! Great to see so many of the usual suspects, and meet a few new ones. DCT and webbie--always a pleasure to see your smiling faces...sorry I missed the group photo op! Next year, eh?

And this concludes another Armadillo road report...see all you in SMF's on the road in 2009!
...trotting off....

Terry a.k.a. The Armadillo

Posted by Armadillo | December 10, 2008 5:04 PM

whoa, Lita Ford is still hot!

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 6:05 PM

I went to BOTH nights! I think TWISTED SISTER were AWESOME! These holiday shows they do every year are brilliant! I'm looking forward to next year! Actually, I think they mentioned something about doing a Stay Hungry 25 Anniversary Tour. That would ROCK!

As for the opening bands, I thought ZO2 were allright. Pretty genetic looking, like a cover band and their songs were ok...really nothing stuck in my head.

The other opening band was The Dirty Pearls. These guys were like a modern day Aerosmith. They had some really catchy songs that I actually found myself singing after they got off the stage. The band had amazing energy and I found it hard to take my eyes off of them as they graced the stage.

TWISTED SISTER...COME OUT AND PLAY!!!


Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 7:34 PM

You make me I were there.

Posted by Lena | December 11, 2008 1:59 AM

I wish I could type one sentence without skipping the essential verb. LOL.

But the point remains - looks like it was a fantastic concert.

Posted by Lena | December 11, 2008 2:01 AM

Pretty genetic looking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fuckin' A.

Posted by someone who ponders: but aren't we all? | December 11, 2008 9:40 AM

I went to the friday show and Twisted Sister pulled it off the show was great i didnt know what to exspect with the mix of christmas carrols and there hard core hits but it was a great entertaining show.
Now for the opening bands they both Rocked the Nokia center......
And for these bands to play in front of Twisted Sister fans who are on a whole different level then most fans i seen that both bands won them over.......I really liked the Dirty Pearls there songs were really catchy and they looked and acted like they belong up there.
I've then got a chance to see them headline there own show in the city and they put on a amazing show and has a strong fan base def a band who will be heard of yrs to come!!!!

Posted by Tyler Frost | March 11, 2009 1:12 AM

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