Speaking in a recent interview with Heavy Metal And Booze, Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French has revealed an interesting confession about their ‘crazy lifestyle”.
He talked about their crazy life style and said “We didn’t gamble. We were married. We had families. We didn’t do drugs. We didn’t drink”. Here’s the statement:
“We were so straight and we were so hard-working, and the fact that we were being accused of stuff when we were probably straighter than half those congressmen who were questioning us who probably had alcohol and drug problems and we didn’t. So it was kind of ironic that we were probably more morally upstanding [than they were].
We didn’t gamble. We were married. We had families. We didn’t do drugs. We didn’t drink. We were just in that crazy heavy metal band portraying this crazy lifestyle. I don’t mean to say it was an act, meaning we were trying to fool people, but, in fact, we portrayed a crazy band.
We were going out there and having fun and just looking as crazy as we could and acting as crazy as we could, but when we went home, we went home to our families and our kids. And we didn’t gamble and we didn’t drink. And not for reasons other than the fact that we thought drinking was dumb and gambling was stupid.
If you do those things and you get in the way of us being successful, because you’re too stoned to show up on time and you’re too drunk to be in rehearsal, it affects my livelihood. So that’s why we became so anti-drug and alcohol. It makes sense, but there are not that many bands who adhere to that.
So it worked for us. The point is that Dee shared that philosophy with me when he joined. I said, ‘You don’t drink or do drugs?’ He said, ‘No.’ I said, ‘Great. It’s so hard to find people who don’t do those things.’ People join bands to do those things.
So when you say to someone, ‘It’s a requirement.’ And he went, ‘No, man. I don’t. I never did.’ And I went, ‘You’re the guy.’ Then, of course, he became a great songwriter and frontman.”
Twisted Sister’s last album “A Twisted Christmas” was released in 2016.
You can watch the entire interview from below.