Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider recently joined BraveWords for an interview. During the conversation, he explained the reason why there is no way Megadeth and Poison could be seen together anymore.
On September 9, 1984, Iron Maiden released their fifth studio album ‘Powerslave.’ After the album became a chart success, the band went on their World Slavery Tour to promote it. The tour kicked off on August 9, 1984, and ended on July 5, 1985.
On May 10, 1984, Twisted Sister released their breakthrough album ‘Stay Hungry.’ To support the album, they joined the World Slavery Tour as the opening act. Known as a prominent ‘hair metal’ band alongside Poison, Ratt, Quiet Riot, and more, Twisted Sister enjoyed mainstream success.
However, in the early-mid 1990s, hair metal’s popularity declined following the rise of grunge and alternative rock. Following that, many of the most successful hair metal acts of the 1980s disbanded as they lost their audience. Besides, it was hard to see them on stage with other metal bands.
In an interview by BraveWords, Dee Snider recalled those times and touring with bands like Iron Maiden. He said that there was no separation of the genres initially. Recalling when they toured with Motörhead, Saxon, Metallica, and Iron Maiden, Snider said being a hair metal band wasn’t an issue for Twisted Sister.
Following that, the musician stated the shows were all sold out, and people watched the performances from beginning to end. He then said bands like Poison and Megadeth didn’t appear on the same stage since people started defining genres in the 1980s. According to Snider, it was not a problem in the early 1980s.
Dee Snider told BraveWords in the interview that:
“People call it hair metal, this, that, the other thing, but in the beginning, there was no separation. We were a weird metal band. We toured with Motörhead, we toured with Saxon, we toured with Metallica in Europe, we toured with Iron Maiden, and nobody blinked. That was when tours were tours and men were men.
Shows were sold out. When doors opened and we hit the stage, the arena was filled, there was no showing up later just to see the headliner. People were there from beginning to end, no one left – maybe your girlfriend – but no one left, and the bands complimented each other.
Two very intense, very athletic, passionate bands, very different but just rocking the house. And somewhere in the mid to late ’80’s people started defining it, and then you wouldn’t see a Poison on the same bill as a Megadeth, you wouldn’t see that. But in the early ’80’s man, nobody blinked.”
You can check out the entire interview below.