Courtesy of CBS Chicago
In 101 years of Chicago tree-lighting ceremonies, there was nothing quite like this year’s.
It wasn’t the 57-foot Colorado blue spruce, or the 47,800 LED lights. It was the singing that set it apart.
Heavy-metal rocker Dee Snider, who was the focus of a Congressional hearing on explicit lyrics when he was lead singer of the band Twisted Sister in 1985, helped throw the switch, and sang a mash-up of the standard “O Come All Ye Faithful” with Twister’s Sister’s arena-rock anthem, “We’re Not Going to Take It.” Watch the Video
Paula Killen's Music Kills a Memory features a simultaneous harmony medley of "Superstar" and "Piece of My Heart"—a feat relying on the melodies sharing the same chord progression. After Dee Snider discovered similar structural parallels existing in certain traditional Christmas anthems and his own hit-making compositions for the 1980s rock band Twisted Sister—well, what could be more logical than a nostalgic mash-up combining both musical genres?
Review by Diana Martinez of Broadway in Chicago; Video produced by Tribeca Flashpoint Academy
Patrick Murphy of Elgin joined Diana Martinez of Broadway in Chicago to review the opening night of Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas as the Short & Sweet guest critic. Murphy, a stage manager at Profiles Theater in Chicago, drew upon his experience in the theater industry to critique the show. Murphy describes the show as a rock concert mixed with a comedy show: "You were laughing at one moment; the next you're up clapping, stamping your feet, rocking rock show." According to Murphy, it's different from typical holiday shows and has a broad appeal for audience members of all ages. Watch the Review
The city officially lit Chicago's Christmas Tree in Daley Plaza to kick off the holiday season. This year's tree is a 10,000-pound, 57-foot Colorado blue spruce, nominated by the Atkinson family in Elgin.
"It's fun, I've been watching it on TV whenever the news has got it on I'm like, 'That's my tree!'" said Donna Atkinson. Watch the Video