by Dave McKenna - washingtonpost.com
On paper, at least to rock reviewers, the 2013 M3 Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion looked less like a musical event than it did a quarantine: so many 1980s metal bands, each more critically abused than the last! So many black-T-shirt-clad armies of fans of said panned bands! All in one place!
So much fun!
The citizens of the planet Hondo have sent their most decorated soldier, General Trius (Nils d'Aulaire), to find a new home... and wipe out the current inhabitants in the process. But when General Trius lands on Earth, he's entranced by a strange and mystical human invention: music. He immediately abandons his mission, starts a family, and launches a one-alien bluegrass act in a tiny Brooklyn bar. Years later, a bumbling assassin named Kevin (Jay Klaitz) arrives to get the mission back on track. Although Kevin is no match for the great General Trius, the Hondonians have no intention of calling off their plan to eliminate mankind. The only solution is for General Trius and Kevin to join forces to save Hondo, prevent an intergalactic takeover of Earth, and hopefully get some bigger gigs for the universe's first Hondonian bluegrass duo: Future Folk! Watch the Trailer!
In Theaters May 31st
on iTunes June 4th
Dee has a supporting role!
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Headbanging all night would give anyone a hangover. Just ask the hard-partying guys behind Grill 'Em All Burgers, the long running heavy metal-themed burger truck that set up a brick and mortar base earlier this year in Alhambra. Now, for those not intimately familiar with the landscape of Los Angeles, Alhambra is part of the rolling procession of suburbia that moves west from downtown and doesn't stop until it burns up somewhere near the Salton Sea. "Valhalla", as Grill 'Em All's burger base is known, sits next to a Menchie's frozen yogurt and within thrashing distance of an Applebee's. Still, these dudes know how to rock.
Dee Snider, backed by the band Arsenal from Broadway's Rock of Ages (Joel Hoekstra, Tommy Kesslr, Winston Roye, Jon Weber), sings Twisted Sister's "I Wanna Rock" as part of the Rock n Roll Debauchery Concert to support Rock of Ages' Michele Mais at The Cutting Room, New York City, Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Click image to see video.
A member of the 80s tribute band, Pop Rocks, putting on Dee's makeup in a time lapse video...