The legendary frontman of the heavy metal band Twisted Sister, Dee Snider has recalled the day he did such an extreme act to bring an uzi onstage in 1982 and explained that it seemed like a good idea back then.

One of the most iconic figures in the metal genre since the 80s and a quite outspoken social media user, Dee Snider, has come up with a shocking throwback post on Instagram, days after he commemorated his deceased bandmate, A.J. Pero.

Snider has reminisced about the show at the Reading Festival in 1982 with Twisted Sister for their unforgettable song, ‘Shoot ‘em Down,’ on his latest post. Sharing a picture of himself taken when he holds an uzi while singing, Dee Snider has expressed his regrets for his excessive decision which seemed cool in these crazy years.

He said he was firing blanks and blew out the microphones on his performance to indicate the overall unbounded image of the band. To emphasize the ‘Twisted Sister image’ in the 80s, Snider adopted a trademark persona of metal-inspired drag with long blonde curly hair, an excessive amount of eye shadow and rouge, a beauty mark, and bright red lipstick.

The machine Snider used onstage, uzi, is a family of Israeli open-bolt, blowback-operated submachine guns. The Uzi was one of the first weapons to use a telescoping bolt design which allows the magazine to be housed in the pistol grip for a shorter weapon.

Here’s what Dee Snider said in his recent Instagram post:

“Bringing an Uzi onstage at the Reading Festival 1982 with Twisted Sister for ‘Shoot ‘em Down’ seemed like a good idea at the time. I was firing blanks and blew out the microphones. My bad!

You can see the post below.