Video Recordings

Twisted Sister
26 May 2006
Food Lion Speed Street
Charlotte, NC, United States
1 Blu-ray Disc
CBG / Silver Stallion
(CBG) Sony HDR-HC1 HD camcorder; NTSC, 16:9 PAR, 29.97 fps; 1080x1440 HD master tape transferred to harddrive via a firewire using a Sony HDR-HC1 HD camcorder; video capture, editing, and 2-pass VBR encoding done with Sony Vegas Pro 13
71:00 min.

01. What You Don't Know (Sure Can Hurt You)
02. The Kids Are Back
03. Stay Hungry
04. Captain Howdy
05. You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll
06. The Fire Still Burns
07. We're Not Gonna Take It
08. Shoot 'Em Down
09. Burn In Hell
10. I Wanna Rock
11. The Price
12. S.M.F.

This is “CBG 21st Century Master Video Series Vol.14”.

I was real happy to see the headliner on a Friday night at Speed Street in Charlotte be Twisted Sister when I saw the entertainment schedule get posted. This band, for me, has special meaning. Other than a few bar bands, Twisted Sister was the first band I saw as a kid sneaking into a bar at age 16 to see them at the Surry in Rosendale, NY in 1979. Twisted Sister was an unsigned band that used to play this club in Poughkeepsie, NY called the Good Times Café. This later became The Chance. They broadcasted a show from the Good Times Café live as it happened on the radio on WPDH back in 1979 from there. A lot of the songs that were played are the same ones on the Club Days cd that came out a few years back. For me, this was my first true rock show. This place called The Surry (long gone) was just a flat bar with a 2 foot high stage. The ceiling was so low to the stage that the one thing I remember most was Dee Snider taking his mic stand and flipping it over and knocking out the ceiling tiles in the lowered ceiling over the stage. I just thought this was another bar band at the time. But they rocked the place and it was sort of interesting with the outfits they wore. Not your average bar band.
As I said, the local radio station in Poughkeepsie broadcasted them live around then and soon afterwards, they developed a following. They got booked warming up some band at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center a year or so later. Now, the Mid-Hudson Civic Center is by no means a major venue. It just has sentimental meaning to me as it was where I saw my first concert, The J. Geils Band. It is also the venue where the whole high school would go to see show when I was growing up. Bands would be there year after year and the classic tours, Rush, J.Geils Band, Triumph, Blue Oyster Cult, Dio, Molly Hatchet, Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss, Aerosmith, and Twisted Sister. Some of these bands loved to play Poughkeepsie (Rush, BOC, Triumph, J. Geils Band) and Twisted Sister became one of those bands. This place wasn’t that big, 2900 seats. It was basically a flat floor and bleachers in the back of like 15 rows. But it was my hometown place and there were some great shows in that intimate venue. Bands would play there and also play the 15,000 seat arenas a night or two before or after Poughkeepsie. Twisted Sister played that place several times after they got signed. I went to most of them back at that time. They would even play the bar ‘The Chance’ around the corner just because they wanted to. I will never forget one of those shows where my brother went too. In the shows, Dee would always pick someone out of the crowd that wasn’t going crazy and pick on him. Well, this night it was my brother. I was there with some other friends and Dee continued to lay into my brother Ken, trying to get him to fist pump and get into it, but Ken, rather than give in, stood his ground and just stood there motionless. My friends and I were laughing our butts off as Dee berated him over and over. To this day, Ken won’t listen to another Twisted song just because he was made fun of that night in Poughkeepsie.
So when I saw that Twisted Sister was playing Speed Street, many years later, 20 years after they played live in 1986 and broke up in 1988, I was so psyched. I never got an opportunity to film this band back in their first stint. Their last tour was 1986 and I started filming in October of 1987. I had filmed Dee’s band, the SMFs  with permission , but never Twisted Sister. So this was my opportunity! As it turns out, and it was made a point by Dee in the show, this would be the only time I would get to film the whole original band, because they had all 5 original members this night, unlike a lot of the bands from the past still playing out there. It was in a field that had a major thunder storm as I was driving up. So I waited in my car for it to pass and then went to find a place in the front of the band. This was the same deal as Stephen Pearcy, the warm up band. That spotlight on Dee’s hair, him moving from the front to the back of the stage changing the zoom length constantly and causing me to re-focus over and over. Then there was this stupid idiot in front of me that would hold up a cardboard sign too with song titles on it. Up and Down. Blocking everyone’s view behind them. If I wasn’t trying to film, I would have pushed my way ahead and grabbed that thing and tore it to shreds and threw it on the ground. Dee should have said to put the sign down to the dick. Either way, there are always issues to contend with when filming on the floor in a flat field. The nice thing was, there weren’t a sea of cell phone screens and arms up in my face. That will come a few years later! It still was great to see the original band, my only time in the south, and film them too after all these years. They still had the make-up on at this point, and Dee was as great as he always is. It made me feel like I was in Poughkeepsie as a kid again. All  you SMFs, Enjoy Twisted Sister rocking Charlotte at Speed Street!

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