Twisted Sister

Twisted Sister band members, albums, songs, photos

hair story

The band Silver Star, soon to be renamed to Twisted Sister, was formed after John Segall (later renamed to “Jay Jay French”) was added following auditions in the “band house” located in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey in late December 1972. Manhattan resident John Segall auditioned and was asked to join the “glitter band” Silver Star. Silver Star was the creation of the drummer Mel Anderson (Mel Star) as the “New Jersey version of the New York Dolls”, consisting of Billy Diamond (lead guitar), Wayne Brown (lead vocals and guitar), Tony Bunn (bass), Steve Guarino (keyboards). At the same time as Silver Star/Twisted Sister was created, Mel Star’s brother, Al Anderson, was the guitar player for Bob Marley and the Wailers. Segall hated the name “Silver Star” and pushed to have it changed. Michael O’Neill took over the lead singer role from Wayne Brown who had left. O’Neill came up with the name Twisted Sister at a rehearsal on Valentine’s Day in February 1973. Along with the name change came some stylistic changes that eventually resulted in an amicable parting of ways for some members. Bassist Tony Bunn and keyboardist Steve Guarino left soon after first lead singer Brown. Guitarist Billy Diamond, drummer Mel Star, Johnny Heartbreaker (soon to change his name to Jay Jay French), and new bass player Kenneth Harrison Neill made up the next lineup of Twisted Sister…

…In February 1976, at the suggestion of the band’s agent, Kevin Brenner, Jay Jay was told that the band could only go so far without being able to play Led Zeppelin cover songs and urged Jay Jay to hire Danny Snider (Dee Snider), who had been in the bands Peacock and Heathen. Danny changed his name to Dee at Jay Jay’s suggestion and thus began Twisted Sister line up number six…(from Wikipedia)
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hair band members

Dee Snider, lead vocals
Eddie “Fingers” Ojeda, guitars
Jay Jay French, guitars
Mark “The Animal” Mendoza, bass
A. J. Pero, drums
other hair band members
Joey “Seven” Franco, drums (1987-1988)

hair albums

Under the Blade (1982)
You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll (1983)
Stay Hungry (1984)
Come Out and Play (1985)
Love Is for Suckers (1987)
Big Hits and Nasty Cuts (1992)

post-hair albums

Still Hungry (2004)
A Twisted Christmas (2006)

live shows

Live At Reading 1982