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Dee Snider’s secrets to success (including why friendship isn’t always about seeing eye to eye)

Written by J Cooch Lucchese. Posted in Rock & Roll Christmas Tale

Dee Snider

Thirty years ago, Dee Snider became rock royalty as the big haired, boa-clad front man of Twisted Sister. Since then, he has been to bankruptcy and back again and logged several hours in Donald Trump’s boardroom as a contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice. This holiday, his musical Dee Snider’s Rock ’n’ Roll Christmas Tale is playing in Toronto through Dec. 20. Here, the We’re Not Gonna Take It rocker shares some of the secrets to his success, including why friendship isn’t always about seeing eye to eye.

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Bring A Rock Star Home

Written by J Cooch Lucchese. Posted in Charity

Dee Snider - Mark WeissPhotographer Mark Weiss Donates His Iconic Photos of 80s Rock Legends to Benefit Rockit Live Foundation

Legendary photographer Mark Weiss captured the 80s in all its decadent glory and has generously donated a collection of his classic photographs to benefit the Rockit Live Foundation. These limited edition photographs, signed by the artist and Weiss are being auctioned through CHARITYBUZZ November 24th through December 17th. BID NOW on iconic autographed photographs from the Decade that Rocked!

The Rockit Live Foundation, a resident program of the Count Basie Theatre’s Performing Arts Academy, is thrilled and honored to have Mark Weiss on board. His generous commitment to his community and young musicians align with our mission to help develop and inspire young Rock and Roll performers to reach their full potential through live band performance. The Rockit Live Foundation (a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization) was established to help develop and inspire young "Rock and Roll" performers to reach their full artistic potential while also providing professional development and music scholarships. “We are grateful and honored that Mark lends his talent and support for our mission and to future generations of rock stars.” - Bruce Gallipani, Founder/Executive Director Rockit Live Foundation.

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Dee Snider's Christmas tale a rockin’ good time

Written by J Cooch Lucchese. Posted in Rock & Roll Christmas Tale

Dee Snider's Rock and Roll Christmas Tale

By Dee Snider. Directed by Adam John Hunter. Until Jan. 3 at the Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge St. 1-855-622-ARTS.

I’m dreaming of a Whitesnake Christmas.

That’s what I was singing after I left the Winter Garden Theatre, where Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale is playing through Jan. 3, and if you’ve got one drop of heavy metal blood coursing through your veins, I guarantee you’ll feel the same way.

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Dee's Secret to Branding

Written by J Cooch Lucchese. Posted in Rock & Roll Christmas Tale

Dee SniderTwisted Sister frontman Dee Snider talks about how to feel confident when pitching, how to grab an audience’s attention and keep it, and what he learned from Donald Trump about branding:

You’re frequently cited as one of rock music’s greatest frontmen. What’s your philosophy on how to connect with an audience?

You let them know you are large and in charge. It’s the way you stand, the way you carry yourself. Being a frontman is less about your voice than your ability to connect with a crowd. A frontman is a salesman. Steve Jobs was a frontman. Wozniak was the great songwriter, but he couldn’t sell the thing he created. He needed the cock rocker Jobs to say, “Pay attention to this!” I wasn’t always confident, but confidence is a self-fulfilling prophecy. It starts as false bravado—you’re acting like you’re cool and confident even when you’re not—but if you’re convincing enough, people start to believe it. Then you start to believe it and then it’s the reality.

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